(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
In connection with the statement made recently by Chief Rabbi Koppel Reich, of Budapest, that the authorities of the Orthodox community of Hungary had not made any declaration in regard to excluding Zionists from membership of their body, the Central Office of the Zionist Organization points out that according to a report published in the Jewish paper, “Egyenloseg.” of December 10th, the Centra: Committee of the Orthodox community, at meetings held on December 6th and 7th, reaffirmed a previous prohibition of Zionism. The meeting was attended by six Rabbis and nine lay members. Chief Rabbi Koppel Reich wrote excusing his nonattendance on the ground of illness, and stating that he accepted in advance all cosisions that would be adopted. The report stated:
“In the animated discussion, in which all present took part it was unanimously agreed that the religious prohibition on this question, which had been proclaimed and subscribed by all the Rabbis of Gregter Hungary in 1904, applied both to Zionists and to Mizrachists. This prohibition is in force today in the fullest degree and it was therefore forbidden to any Jew who is faithful to his religion to enter the Zionist Organization, to take part in its work, or to support Zionism or its institutions in any shape or form.”
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