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Shekel Campaign Opens in U.S.; Zionist Groups Issue Proclamation

February 10, 1955
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The traditional Shekel campaign, a primary election which will determine representation of Zionist groups from all part of the world at the forthcoming 24th World Zionist Congress, was officially opened today in the United States with a proclamation issued by the 12 Zionist organizations functioning in this country. The Congress is scheduled to take place this year in Jerusalem.

The proclamation points out that the “establishment of Israel was the first step toward the fulfillment of the historic aspirations of the Jewish People,” and calls upon American Jews to accept continuing responsibility for the “consolidation of the State, the settlement and reclamation of the land, the fullest development of Israel’s resources.”

“Israel’s security and economic stability,” the proclamation says, “must yet be achieved and peace with her neighbors must still be attained.” It urges the generation of Jews who participated in the establishment of the State itself, to “take part in determining the policies of the movement with regard to Israel as well as Jewish life elsewhere, by acquiring the Shekel.”

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