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Political Committee Named to Aid Zionist Executive Agency Council Meets Today

August 18, 1937
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THE ZIONIST GENERAL COUNCIL TODAY ELECTED SIX MEMBERS OF A NEWLY-CONSTITUTED POLITICAL COMMITTEE EMPOWERED BY THE ZIONIST CONGRESS TO CONSULT WITH THE EXECUTIVE ON ALL POLITICAL MATTERS. THE COMMITTEE WILL HAVE HEADQUARTERS IN LONDON.

THOSE DESIGNATED ARE LORD MELCHETT, INDUSTRIALIST; PROF. L.B. NAMIER, HISTORIAN; HARRY SACHER AND LEONARD STEIN, ATTORNEYS, ALL OF ENGLAND; RABBI MEIR BERLIN, LEADER OF MIZRACHI, AND BERL KATZNELSON, LABORITE LEADER, BOTH OF PALESTINE.

A SEVENTH MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE WILL BE EITHER DR. STEPHEN S. WISE OF NEW YORK, PRESIDENT OF THE ZIONIST ORGANIZATION OF AMERICA, OR PROF. FELIX FRANKFURTER, OF THE HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, WHO HAS SERVED AS A LEGAL EXPERT ON BEHALF OF THE ZIONISTS IN THE PAST.

THE GENERAL COUNCIL, ELECTED AT THE CLOSING SESSION OF THE CONGRESS YESTERDAY, MET FOR THE FIRST TIME LAST NIGHT AND NAMED A PRESIDIUM AND A JERUSALEM SUBCOMMITTEE.

ZIONIST LEADERS WERE MAKING STRENUOUS EFFORTS TODAY TO AVERT A SPLIT WITH AMERICAN NON-ZIONIST LEADERS AT THE MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF THE JEWISH AGENCY WHICH WILL OPEN HERE TOMORROW, CONTINUING UNTIL FRIDAY.

DR. CHAIM WEIZMANN, PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD ZIONIST ORGANIZATION, SUPPORTED BY AMERICAN ZIONIST, TOLD A CONFERENCE OF ZIONIST LEADERS EVERYTHING SHOULD BE DONE TO AVOID A BREAK IN VIEW OF FORTHCOMING NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT ON ITS PROPOSALS TO ESTABLISH A JEWISH STATE IN PALESTINE.

UNITED STATES ZIONISTS EMPHASIZED ZIONIST FUND-COLLECTIONS MIGHT SUFFER IF COOPERATION WITH THE NON-ZIONIST JEWISH LEADERS WERE DISCONTINUED.

HOWEVER, LABORITE ZIONISTS AND SOME MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ZIONIST FACTION ASKED THAT NON-ZIONIST DEMANDS FOR PARITY IN THE JEWISH AGENCY BE IGNORED. THE AGENCY COUNCIL COMPRISES ZIONISTS AND NON-ZIONISTS IN EQUAL NUMBER AND HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED BY THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS AS THE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE IN PALESTINE MATTERS.

THE ZIONISTS ELECTED 105 DELEGATES TO THE COUNCIL, BINDING THOSE WHO HAD OPPOSED THE CONGRESS RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING NEGOTIATIONS WITH BRITAIN, TO VOTE IN A BLOC WITH THE REST. THE CONGRESS EMPOWERED THE EXECUTIVE TO NEGOTIATE WITH BRITAIN, BUT AMERICAN NON-ZIONIST JEWISH LEADERS, HEADED BY FELIX M. WARBURG, HAVE EXPRESSED OPPOSITION TO ANY DIVISION OF PALESTINE.

ZIONIST LEADERS EXPRESSED CONCERN OVER LATEST INFORMATION FROM GENEVA ACCORDING TO WHICH AN ARAB DELEGATION HAS INDICATED THAT TROUBLE CAN BE EXPECTED IF NEGOTIATIONS FOR THE PARTITION OF THE HOLY LAND ARE UNDERTAKEN. MEMBERS OF THE ARAB DELEGATION SAID THEY WOULD NOT GIVE UP THEIR FIGHT AND EMPHASIZED THE PALESTINE ARABS HAD AUTHORIZED THE DELEGATION TO NEGOTIATE FOR THEM.

DR. WEIZMANN’S FIRST STEP ON RETURNING TO LONDON, IT WAS UNDERSTOOD, WILL BE TO POINT OUT TO THE BRITISH COLONIAL OFFICE THE POSSIBILITY OF RENEWED TERRORISM IN PALESTINE AND HE WILL SEEK MEASURES TO PREVENT DISORDERS.

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