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         VII

Aliyah: Time To Go Home

 

bA very old and very cynical example of black Jewish humor bis the classic definition of a Zionist as one Jew who raises bmoney from a second Jew to send a third Jew to Israel. No bclearer evidence of the truth of that statement and the bcorruption of the true meaning of Zionism—the return of ball Jews to the Land of Israel—can be found than in the btragicomic series of events that took place at the twenty- beighth World Zionist Congress, so aptly described by The bNew York Times as “now a modest event,” held in Jerusalem bin January 1972. Seventy-five years after the historic First bCongress in Basel, Switzerland, which laid the foundations bfor a Jewish State, its successor was thrown into confusion by ba resolution.

bThe resolution, drafted by many of the younger and bIsraeli members of the Congress, took the “radical” position bthat Zionist leaders must pledge to undertake an aliyah b(literally, “going up” or emigrating to Israel) within a set bperiod of time or give up their positions. In the ensuing buproar the US Zionist Women’s Organization, Hadassah, bled by doughty, hatted, Rose Halpern, stormed out of the bhall four hundred strong, to the horror of the chairman, the blate Louis Pincus, who saw not matronly ladies but millions bof dollars flying out the window. The extremist resolution bwas immediately laid to rest after a parliamentary ruling bthat it had been “illegal.” Dollars, Hadassah, and the bWestern version of Zionism had been saved.

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