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World Zionist Executive Elected; Cabinet Members, Except Eliezer Kapian, Eliminated

September 5, 1948
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The Zionist Actions Committee concluded its sessiontoday, with the election of a new World Zionist Executive from which all members of the Israeli Cabinet were eliminated except Eliezer Kaplan who was given ## seat without a portfolio.

Prior to the election of the new executive, it was officially announced to the delegates that David Ben Gurion, Moshe Shertok, Goldie Meirson, Dr. Itzhak ?ruenbaum, Rabbi Judah L. Fischman and Moshe Shapiro — all members of the Israeli cabinet — had given up their seats on the executive. They have been replaced by Dr. Israel Goldstein, General Zionist; Levi Shkolnik, Laborite; Baruch Zucker?an, Laborite; Zerubawel, United Workers Party; Zvi Lurie, United Workers Party and Itzhak Werfel, Mizrachi Labor. Yehuda Gravinsky of the United Workers Party and Dr. ?. Schechtisan of the Revisionists were elected deputy members. Leon Gelman of the Mizrachi was chosen as an advisor.

The new executive, which now includes representatives of the United Workers Party and the Revisionists, will be divided into three branches. The American branch will be composed of Dr. Abba Hillel Silver, Dr. Emanuel Neumann, Dr. Nahum Coldmann, Hayim Greenberg, Zuckerman, Lurie, Mrs. Rose Halpern and Eliahu Stone. Dr. Schechtman will act as deputy member in the American branch and Gelman will serve as advisor to it.

The Jerusalem branch of the executive will be composed of Dr. Goldstein, Berl Locker, Kaplan, Shkolnik, Eliahu Dobkin, Moshe Kolodny, Rabbi Wolf Gold, Werfel, S.Z. Shragai and Zerubawel. Gravinsky will be its deputy member. Prof. Selig Brodetsky will constitute a one-man London branch of the executive.

The American branch of the executive will include the economic department, which is charged with promoting trade and investment for Israel. It will also bear responsibility for public relations among the Western Hemisphere countries. It is also expected that Dr. Goldstein will succeed Kaplan as treasurer of the World Zionist Organization.

Dr. Emanuel Neumann in a statement to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency declared: “The sharp conflicts and differences of opinion at the present session cannot reduce the value of the great constructive work of the session. The Actions Committee passed most important resolutions on the next year’s activities in the field of immigration and economics. It adopted a positive attitude towards the proposal of the General Zionists that members of the Israeli Cabinet must resign from the Zionist executive. It is noteworthy that one of our important colleagues, Dr. Israel Goldstein, will participate in the Jerusalem executive.”

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