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Jewish World Review Dec. 6, 2004 / 23 Kislev, 5765

Jewish Congress tsuris must end

By Richard Z. Chesnoff


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Another example of us being our own worst enemy?



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In the old New York Yiddish theater, a distraught mother inevitably stepped to center stage, raised her hands and wailfully chided her warring children: "What, you don't have enough enemies? You have to fight among yourselves?"


It's a good question for the World Jewish Congress. The global organization that has taken on everybody from cheating Swiss bankers to ex-Nazi UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim, is now embroiled in its own nasty and embarrassing internal battle over charges of financial mismanagement and dictatorial rule.


At the core are claims that senior WJC executive Israel Singer moved some $1.2 million in WJC funds to Swiss and British bank accounts, allegedly for his own pension fund.


A WJC spokesman calls the charges "garbage" and says an audit accounted for all the money. Once-powerful WJC member Isi Liebler wants a more independent audit, saying that the WJC lacks transparency and accountability.


The characters in this melodrama suffer from sizable egos. Edgar Bronfman, who revived the WJC with his billions and finances some 25% of its $8million annual budget, is one of America's wealthiest businessmen-philanthropists and is used to getting his way. Singer, with a penchant for hyperbole, has run the organization since 1985. Liebler, an Australian tycoon ousted from the WJC power structure when he crossed political swords with Bronfman and Singer, is still seething.

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The congress, an umbrella organization for Jewish groups in 86 nations, always has operated loosely. That was one of its strengths. Swiss bankers, who eventually had to cough up more than $1 billion to settle congress claims on behalf of Holocaust victims; French museums that had to return stolen Jewish-owned art, and most everybody else the group has taken on were convinced the stealthy WJC was a Jewish CIA with a huge staff.


Actually, WJC's headquarters in New York operates with fewer than a half-dozen full-timers. During research for "Pack of Thieves," my book about the search for Holocaust assets, I found that WJC superpublicist Elan Steinberg kept a cache of hitherto secret documents not in locked files but in a bunch of cartons in a closet.


Unfortunately, such informality is now proving to be a weakness. To try to straighten out the mess, Bronfman has brought in Stephen Herbits, a sometime Defense Department consultant and former senior executive at Seagram's, the Bronfman family corporation.


Those the congress has taken on — Swiss bankers, insurance companies and European governments that hid the stolen assets of Holocaust victims — relish the spectacle, as do anti-Semites and rival Jewish groups. In the meantime, the strife could slow compensation for aged Holocaust survivors and distract the WJC from its real task — protecting the world Jewish community.


It's time all involved settle their differences, with a truly independent audit and a clearing of the air, perhaps through a mediator. Or maybe the World Jewish Congress ought to have a congress!

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JWR contributor and veteran journalist Richard Z. Chesnoff is a senior correspondent at US News And World Report, a columnist at the NY Daily News and a senior fellow at the Washington-based Foundation for the Defense of Demoracies. A two-time winner of the Overseas Press Club Award and a recipient of the National Press Club Award, he was formerly executive editor of Newsweek International. His latest book, recently updated, is Pack of Thieves: How Hitler & Europe Plundered the Jews and Committed the Greatest Theft in History. (Click HERE to purchase. Sales help fund JWR. )

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