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World Zionist Conference Planned; Jewish Agency Members in U.S. Notified

September 17, 1944
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With the liberation of all Europe in sight and with the resumption of Zionist activities in the countries already liberated, the executive of the World Zionist Organization today decided to convene a world Zionist conference “as soon as possible.” Members of the executive of the Jewish Agency in the United States were notified of this decision by cable. This will be the first world Zionist gathering since the 21st Zionist Congress which took place in Geneva in 1939 a week before the outbreak of the war.

All the various groups in Palestine which boycotted the elections to the Assefath Hanivcharim, the Jewish National Assembly, today held a joint meeting and adopted a resolution stating that the Assefath Hanivcharim does not represent all the Jews of Palestine and is not authorized to speak in their name, and that its decisions are not binding on those sections of the Yishuv which did not participate in the elections.

As the Jewish year concludes it was officially announced today by the Jewish National Council of Palestine that there are at present 560,000 Jews in the country. The announcement also estimated that 350,000 persons visited the Wailing Wall during the past year, including Gen, George C. Morshal, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, British Admiral Cunningham, Soviet Ambassador Ivan Maisky and other prominent non-Jews.

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