NEW YORK (Dec. 27)
A resolution expressing “abiding and unshakable confidence in the leadership of Dr. Abba Hillel Silver and his policy” was adopted last night at a meeting attended by more than 100 active Zionist members from New York, Long Island, New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania and Connecticut, held at the Riverside Plaza Hotel here. The resolution urged:
1. That Dr. Silver’s resignation from leadership of the American Zionist Emergency Council be withdrawn and that “complete unity be restored in the leadership of American Zionism.”
2. That the executive committee of the Zionist Organization of America ” retire its present representatives on the American Zionist Emergency Council and designate, in consultation with Dr. Silver, new representatives on the Council in order to ensure effective cooperation between him and them in the future.”
3. That the national administrative council of the ZOA convene an extraordinary session of the National Convention of the ZOA “to deal with the internal situation which has been created.”
Dr. Israel Goldstein, president of the ZOA, in a statement prepared for the forthcoming issue of the New Palestine, official organ of the Zionist Organization of America, outlines the essence of the controversy within the ranks of the American Zionist Emergency Council, charging Dr. Silver with writing, without authorization, to Rep. Sol Bloom, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, urging him to take prompt action in having his committee report out the Palestine Resolution, despite the fact that only a week before the Emergency Council had decided that before pressing for the resolution it was necessary to secure assurance that the State Department would not interpose objections against its passage at this time.
“What needs to be borne in mind by all Zionists is that important as Congress resolutions may be, it is even more important to secure practical help of our Government and its Allies in shaping the situation of Palestine, in bringing immigration into Palestine in the near future, and in preparing Palestine to absorb mass Jewish immigration as soon as possible,” Dr. Goldstein points out.