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World Zionist Actions Committee Opens Today in Jerusalem

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American delegates to the World Zionist Actions Committee, which opens its session here tomorrow to map policy for the world Zionist movement, are expected here to play a leading role in influencing the decisions of the Actions Committee, it was indicated today as delegates from various countries arrived to participate in the deliberations.

One of the major questions which the Actions Committee will discuss is how to attract more Jewish immigrants to Israel from the Western countries. The prevailing opinion that Jews from the United States, England or Canada cannot adjust themselves to life in Israel is not borne out by facts. It was established here that of some 550 Jewish professionals who left Britain for Israel during recent years, only five percent have returned because of their failure to adjust themselves to conditions here.

The question of unifying all the American Zionist groups into a territorial unit without affecting the individual existence of each group will also occupy the attention of the Actions Committee. This problem has been raised several times by Zionist leaders but some of the American Zionist groups have expressed their opposition to unification.

The relationship between Israel and the Zionist movement in countries outside of Israel is another issue which will be discussed at the present session. The problem of attracting non-Zionist elements friendly to Israel to more active work on behalf of Israel will also come up for discussion. The opening session tomorrow is expected to be addressed by Dr. Nahum Goldmann and Berl Locker, co-chairmen of the Jewish Agency executive.

The Israel Cabinet, meanwhile, named today a committee of four Ministers to complete the negotiations with the Jewish Agency for an agreement recognizing the Agency’s special status in Israel. The four Ministers are Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett, Finance Minister Levi Eshkol, Religious Minister Moshe Shapiro and Justice Minister Pinchas Rosen. After the negotiations the committee is authorized to sign the pact.

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