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23/10/2017

The 37th Zionist Congress

 

 

 

Jerusalem, October 20-22, 2015

7-9 Heshvan, 5776  

 

 

The Zionist Congress established by Herzl, is the supreme organ of the World Zionist Organization and its supreme legislative authority. Article 13 of the WZO Constitution stipulates: "An Ordinary Congress shall meet at least once in five years at a place and time determined by the Zionist General Council. It shall be convened by the Executive". Notwithstanding, the Constitution allows postponement of the Congress for special reasons, and subject to a vote requiring a majority of 75% of all members of the Zionist General Council. . It should be noted that the first five Zionist Congresses, beginning with the first Congres in Basle in 1897, were held annually.


Powers of the Congress
• The Congress sets the policy of the WZO, including its fiscal policy and elects the institutions of the WZO/
• The Congress elects the Chairman of the Zionist Executive, the Vice-Chairman, the members of the Executive, the members of the Zionist General Council and their deputies, the President of the Zionist Supreme Court, the Attorney of the World Zionist Organization and the Comptroller.
• The Congress receives and considers the reports of the Zionist Executive and of the Institutions of the World Zionist Organization.
• The Congress receives the report of the Comptroller.
• The Congress, in its committees, deliberates proposals brought before the Congress by the members of the Zionist General Council, the members of the Zionist Executive and the Zionist Federations. The conclusions of the committees are put to the vote in the plenary of the Congress.


In the inter-Congress period many of the Congress powers are assumed by the Zionist General Council, including the authority to amend the Constitution.


Composition of the Congress
The number of delegates to Congress, apart from those elected on World Election Lists and those representing International Bodies, will not exceed 500., The Zionist General Council may resolve, not later than one year before Congress meets, to increase this number by not more than 5% so that the number of delegates to Congress are allocated in the following proportion: Israel 38%,United States of America 29%, other countries of the Diaspora 33%.


The Central Elections Committee
The Chairman of the Central Elections Committee and the members of the Committee are appointed by the President of the Zionist Supreme Court. The Committee is chaired by a judge or judge emeritus in Israel. Factions which participated in the previous Zionist Congress participate in the Committee as observers. The Central Elections Committee is esponsible for ensuring the membership campaign and the elections in every electoral area. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 3 above, the Central Elections Committee is authorized to take any steps necessary for the proper running of elections where, due to an action or omission of the Zionist Federation or of the Area Election Committee, there exists a suspicion that elections will not take place.

The Zionist World Unions
"Zionist World Union" refers to a Zionist organization, which represents a special ideological point of view within the World Zionist Organization, has branches in at least 5 countries, and is represented by a Congress Grouping.


The Zionist World Unions are:
• : Labor Zionist Movement–Arzenu–World Union of Meretz
• United Faction: Kadima–HaNoar Hatzioni–MERCAZ
• World Mizrachi/Ichud Le'umi/Herut/Yisrael Beytenu
• World Likud
• World Shas
• Hadassah/Confederation


The International Jewish Organizations
Since the Twenty-Eighth Zionist Congress (1972), the international Jewish and Zionist organizations have been represented in the Zionist Congress. Until the amendment to the WZO Constitution in 2009, representatives of these organizations, that accepted the Jerusalem Program on an organizational level, did not have the right to vote on matters of candidature and elections to the institutions of the WZO. Since 2009, International Jewish and Zionist Organizations whose members individually accept the Jerusalem Program, may vote on all matters in the institutions of the WZO.


The International Jewish Organizations are:


• Bnai Brith International
• Maccabi World Union
• Na'amat
• WIZO Women's International Zionist Organization
• World Council of Conservative Masorti Synagogues
• World Emunah
• World Organization of Orthodox Synagogues & Communities in Israel and the Diaspora
• World Sephardi Federation
• World Union for Progressive Judaism
• World Union of Jewish Students


Zionist Council in Israel – this organization represents many various Zionist bodies in Israel. The Zionist Council in Israel is represented in the WZO in accordance with a decision of the Zionist General Council, upon a recommendation from the Zionist Executive. The representatives of the Zionist General Council may not vote on matters of elections to the institutions of the WZO.


Hadassah is represented in accordance with a decision of the Zionist General Council. Representatives from Hadassah may join a faction within the Congress (unlike representatives from the above-mentioned organizations) and have full voting rights.

 

Take an active part in the elections to the congress and be part of the  democratic process by contacting your local Zionist Federation

 
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The World Zionist Organization is a global organization with the support of the Keren Kayemet Le'Israel, Keren Hayesod and the Government of Israel.

 

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