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American Zionists Reject Israeli Proposal on Jewish Education

January 5, 1960
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American participants in the general debate in the Zionist General Council here today had firmly rejected proposals advanced by Zalman Shazar, an Israeli member of the Jewish Agency executive, that American Jewish children be sent to Israel for a year or two to receive a Zionist education.

Mr. Shazar’s proposal came in the course of a speech in which he criticized American Zionism for allegedly failing to give adequate attention to Jewish education for children.

Mrs. Rose Halprln, of New York, sharply rejected the charge of neglect as well as the proposal itself. She pointed out that American Zionists were required to devote most of their attention to raising funds for Israel and noted that Israeli Zionists withheld allocations for Jewish education outside Israel.

A special committee on distribution of seats in the next World Zionist Congress reported that Israel would receive 38 percent, the United States 29 percent and the balance distributed among 32 countries. It said Argentina would receive 20 seats; Britain, 19; Canada, 15 and France 14.

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