July 25, 1922
TO THE COMMUNISTS OF ALL COUNTRIES TO THE JEWISH PROLETARIAT
STATEMENT ON THE DECISION OF THE
POALE ZION NOT TO AFFILIATE
TO THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL
Inprekorr, ii, 148, p. 954, 29 July 1922
The congress of the Poale Zion World Federation has taken its decision on the conditions of admission to the Communist International jointly discussed by the ECCI and representatives of the majority and minority in the Federation. The congress rejected these conditions.
That makes the situation clear. Since the third congress the petty-bourgeois, nationalist, and opportunist elements in the majority of the delegations to the Federation have tried to sabotage and damp down the urge of the proletarian and communist elements for amalgamation with the Communist International. . . .
A condition of admission to the Communist International is the abandonment of the nationalist opportunist Palestine programme and the dissolution of the world federation and the entry of the Jewish proletarian communist elements into the national sections, the communist parties. The CI was prepared to make great concessions in the sphere of propaganda and organization in order to facilitate the development of the backward section of the Jewish proletariat towards communism. . . .
The ECCI makes it the duty of the national sections to initiate strong action against the petty-bourgeois sectarians. The theme of Palestine, the attempt to divert the Jewish working masses from the class struggle by propaganda in favour of largescale Jewish settlement in Palestine, is not only nationalist and petty-bourgeois but counter-revolutionary in its effect, if the broad working masses are moved by this idea and so diverted from an effective struggle against their Jewish and non-Jewish capitalist exploiters. The national sections of the CI must everywhere support the minority of the Poale Zion World Federation in their struggle against the majority in so far as they have accepted the conditions of admission and leave the World Federation in order to adhere to the national sections of the Comintern. . . .
The only possible attitude of communists to the Poale Zion Federation after its rejection of the conditions of admission is one of complete hostility.