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September 17, 1982 - Image 90

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-09-17

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

- 90 Friday, September 11, 1982

simply
"Automatic"
means that you can't repair

Zionist Congress Anticipated as Activities Recalled

it yourself. —Mary Waldrip

By DR. AHARON
ZWERGBAUM •

Best wishes for a
happy, healthy
New Year

World Zionist Press Service

MARK, HARRIET, HEATHER, &
JASON COOPERMAN

JERUSALEM — The
Zionist year 5742 was char-
acterized by the preparation
for the approaching 30th
Zionist Congress, which is

lawn tnn nan

to all

my friends
and relatives

MRS. ABRAM (FRANCES)
OLIWEK

Best wishes for a
happy, healthy
New Year

MR. & MRS.
S. FLEISHMAN & FAMILY

Best wishes for a
happy, healthy
New Year

MR. & MRS.
PAUL FRANK & FAMILY

To All Our
Relatives
and Friends,
Our wish for a
year filled with
happiness,
-
health and prosperity

ROSA & JULIUS SCHAUMBERG

To All Our
Relatives
and Friends,
Our wish for a
year filled with
happiness,
health and prosperity

BERNICE AND NATE SCHECTER

May the New Year Bring

To All Our Friends

and Family

Health,

Joy, Prosperity

and Everything

Good in Life

HARVEY & DIANA STALBERG,
CAREN & BARBI

scheduled to open on Dec. 7,
1982. It is, however, possi-
ble that owing to extraordi-
nary or currently unfore-
seen icircumstances the date
may be changed, e.g. if elec-
tions to the Knesset take
place at the end of 1982 or in
the first half of 1983.
After all, the result of
Knesset elections decisively
influence the set-up of the
congress, since the Israeli
delegation — 38 percent of
the total number of dele-
gates — is constituted in ac-
cordance with 'the relative
strength of the Zionist par-
ties in the Knesset. There-
fore, it would look strange if
the Israeli delegation re-
flected the composition of a
Knesset that within a few
weeks were to be replaced
by a new one.
The United States will
again account for 29 percent
of the delegates and the
other countries of the Dias-
pora for 33 percent. Certain
changes are likely to occur
in the list of countries re-
presented at the congress by
full delegates. There had
been 28 last time, among •
them a certain anonymous
Moslem country, which this
time will be missing. Fur-
thermore, the Zionists of
Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) will
most probably lose their re-
presentation owing to the
sharp decline of the number
of Jews in that country.
On the other hand, for
the first time in history,
Spain is likely to have one
or two delegates after the
establishment there of a
Zionist federation. So far
no territorial Zionist
organization had existed
in Spain.
In Japan, too, a Zionist
federation is being set up. In
this community an in-
tricate and delicate prob-
lem has arisen: whether and
how to affiliate with the
Zionist Federation non-
Jewish Zionists or Zionist
sympathizers, like the
Makuya sect, whose num-
bers are much greater than
that of the ordinary Jewish
members — the whole
Jewish community of Japan
being about 1,000 persons.
The Zionist Congress was
preceded by a membership
campaign all over the
world. While the total
number of organized
Zionists — members of the
Zionist federations who are
entitled to vote in congress
elections, approached
1,200,000 before the last
Congress, the target set for
the 30th Congress is
1,300,000 — 1,400,000, of
whom more than one mil-
lion are in the U.S.
In some countries like
Australia, Denmark, Swe-
den and Argentina, the
membership drive has been
very successful; in others, it
has come up against not
only indifference but also
apprehensions, mostly un-
founded. Some Jews fear
that an express profession of
Zionism might hurt their
position in the general pub-
lic.
Incidentally, the inces-
sant and vicious anti-
Israel and anti-Zionist

-

propaganda which has
been rampant this year
has had two opposite ef-
fects: on the one hand it
prevents and deflects
some Jews from joining
the Zionist movement,
but on the other it stirs
people to a positive reac-
tion, to increased iden-
tification and intensifica-
tion of activities.
In Argentina, the Zionist
federation, which had been
in a crisis for many years,
was successfully reor-
ganized through the affilia-
tion of non-political Jewish
clubs and of the Reform and
Conservative movements.
A reorganization, though on
a smaller scale, was also
carried out in Uruguay and
Mexico.
In March a- very suc-
cessful conference of all
Zionist federations of
Europe took place in Zurich;
a special feature of this
meeting was the presence
and participation of non-
Jewish parliaments who
pledged and reaffirmed
their sympathy for Israel
and the Zionist movement.
In the ideological area,
the "Caesarea process,"
namely the rapproche-
ment between the World
Zionist Organization and
the Jewish Agency, is
continuing.
A delicate and intricate
question which has been la-
tent since the establish-
ment of the state became
topical owing to events like
the disturbances in Judea
and Samaria. Have the
WZO and Zionists abroad to
identify themselves not
only with the state of Israel,
which for Zionists is a mat-
ter of course, but also with
the every detail of the policy
of its government?
This is probably the
majority view but it is asked
whether Zionists don't have
a right and perhaps a duty
to express dissent and criti-
cism in regard to this or that
policy of the Israel gOvern-
ment. This is maintained
for example by Dr. Arthur
Herzberg, a former member
of the Zionist Executive in
the United States.
The official stand of the
WZO was expressed by
Chairman Arieh Dulzin as
follows: Zionism being a
pluralistic movement, there
exists in principle freedom
of expression, but it should
be used judiciously, criti-
cism should be voiced inter-
nally and not in a non-
Zionist forum and in any
event, Zionists should exer-
cise voluntary restraint and
refrain from criticism for
this is liable to damage the
interests of Israel.
The problem, however,
is topical only in what
might be called usual
times; if there is danger
or war, as in Lebanon,
Zionists should do their
best to bury differences
and rally around Israel.
The WZO is responsible
for aliya from the free coun-
tries only, while the so
called rescue aliya from
regions like the Soviet
Union and the Arab states
- falls under the auspices of

the Jewish Agency.
The most significant de-
velopment in Jewish educa-
tion in the Diaspora, which
is one of the main fields of
Zionist activity, is the
"Jerusalem Fellowship"
program whose implemen-
tation has now begun. It
was launched in recognition
of the fact that the training
of first-class educators

capable of filling top posi-
tions in Jewish education, is
a precondition both for its
maintenance and for its
successful development.

Best wishes for a
happy, healthy
New Year

MRS. ZAL AARON &
SON CHARLES

A Very Happy and Healthy
New Year to All Our Friends
and Family

DR. & MRS. DAVID A BENSON

May the coming year be
one filled with health,
happiness and
prosperity for all our
friends and family.

EVELYN & SIMON SCHWARZBERG

To All Our
Relatives
and Friends,
Our wish for a
_ year filled with
happiness,
health and prosperity

LOWELL & SHELLY SCHULTZ
MICE & JUSTIN

May the New Year Bring

To All Our Friends
Health,
and Family

Joy, Prosperity

and Everything

Good in Life

MR. & MRS. SAM FLATT
DONNA & AMI

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