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U.S. Revisionists Urge Shelving Demand for Jewish Agency Status

April 3, 1952
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The United Zionists-Revisionists of America today issued a statement through their leader Dr. Joseph B. Schechtman announcing that at the forthcoming session of the Zionist Actions Committee, which opens in Jerusalem on May 7, the Herut-Revisionist delegation will recommend the temporary shelving of the demand for granting, by the State of Israel, of a special status to the World Zionist Organization.

This will be done “in preference to accepting the compromise formula now agreed upon by Mr. Ben Gurion’s Government and the majority of the Jewish Agency,” Dr. Schechtman said in his statement. He claimed that “this new status formula represents a complete distortion of the resolution adopted by the Jerusalem Zionist Congress last August.”

“The resolution demanded that the Zionist Organization be recognized by the state as representative of the Jewish people in all matters relating to the organized participation of Diaspora Jewry in the development of Israel,” Dr. Schechtman declared. “The text which is now being proposed merely states that the Jewish Agency-which is now identical with the executive of the World Zionist Organization-will continue to function as ‘an authoritative body’ for colonization, development and absorption of immigrants.” The difference between being recognized as ‘representatives of Diaspora Jewry’ and as ‘an authoritative body,’ is both obvious and decisive,” he pointed out.

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