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August 20, 1993 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-08-20

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Simcha Dinitz Denies
Impact On Campaign

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Jerusalem (JTA) — Simcha
Dinitz is refusing to specu-
late on what he will do if an
advisory committee of
Diaspora leaders recom-
mends at the end of the mon-
th that he step down as
chairman of the Jewish
Agency for Israel.
He also is denying claims
that the Jewish Agency's
fund- raising campaigns in
North America have been
hurt by allegations that he
used agency funds for per-
sonal use.
But in a strong indication
of concern from the fund-
raising community, a
Simcha Dinitz:
Massachusetts federation
Has Zionist support.
has publicly and formally
ty and his value to the
demanded that Mr. Dinitz
organization," he said.
take a leave of absence while
Mr. Dinitz, who also chairs
an Israeli police investiga-
World Zionist Organiza-
tion of his alleged financial
tion, is receiving strong sup-
misdeeds continues.
port from Zionist leaders,
The Jewish Federation of
who have long been battling
the North Shore also rec-
with the Diaspora fund-
ommended reconsidering the
raising establishment for
longstanding arrangement
control over the Jewish
by which the Jewish Agency
receives virtually all of the
On Aug. 13, the executive
money raised for Israel by
the WZO in North
the United Jewish Appeal.
America issued a resolution
That arrangement is
calling on the Jewish Agen-
renewed every five years
cy leadership not to take any
and is up for discussion next
action against Dinitz until
month. The prospect of
all the legal and in-
changing the relationship of
vestigative proceedings are
the federations to the Jewish
complete "and the attorney
Agency — a move that could
general determines a course
end up destroying it — has
of action."
been an undercurrent in the
The Jewish Agency board
harsh arguments over
governors has appointed a /
various Jewish Agency
senior advisory
issues in recent years.
committee to monitor the
But the Massachusetts
impact of the affair on fund-
resolution is believed to be
raising efforts. The com-
the first public venting of
mittee is charged with mak- c/
such a change, which is the
ing a recommendation by
ultimate weapon in the
the end of this month as to
hands of the Diaspora
course of action on the Dinitz
Mr. Dinitz has refused to
But according to the Jew-
comment publicly on the
Agency's bylaws, the
pending police investigation
board of governors does not
of the charges against him,
have the power to dismiss \
which is expected to con-
Mr. Dinitz.
clude this month.
When asked whether he-`
But this week he said the
abide by a board rec-
premise of innocence must
that he stepi
prevail until a determina-
down, Mr. Dinitz said he
tion of guilt is made.
does "not comment on
"When judging behavior
anything having to do with
prior to a legal determina-
inquiry," that he "relies_
tion," he said, "the totality
completely on the
of the record of an individual
struments of justice as
must be taken into account,
stituted by the law of Israel'
not press allegations or
and that he "doesn't answer
other assumptions."
speculative questions."
"A record of a public ser-
Mr. Dinitz said he has \
vant who for 35 years served
"flooded with hundreds
his people and his country
of support, in-
without a blemish cannot be
cluding "scores from the
set aside when an assess-
biggest contributors." ❑
ment is made of his credibili-

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