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U.S. Labor Zionists Criticized for “insufficient Zionism”

August 6, 1954
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The world conference of the Ichud, Labor Zionist movement, concluded last night at Kfar Saba, adopted a number of resolutions urging Labor Zionists throughout the world to send their children for study in Israel, suggesting that the Chalutz movement be intensified, and recommending increased Hebrew education for adults as well as for youths in countries outside Israel.

The conference voted in favor of creation of a united Zionist movement in every country, based on individual membership and not on party affiliation; however, the resolution emphasized that the various existing Zionist parties must not be abolished. The delegates also decided to start a campaign in the countries outside Israel for the “democratization of Jewish communities.”

An executive committee of 101 members, and a central committee of 35, was elected at the closing session, at which Israel delegates criticized the Zionist Labor movement in the United States for “insufficient Zionism.” American delegates, including Louis Segal, Bert Goldstein and others, strongly refuted the charges. They argued that “extreme Zionism” is not always good for the interests of the Jewish State.

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