Report details Ashdod Port corruption

According to Channel 2, union chairman accumulated wealth through a serious of shady dealings, violating laws banning business contacts.

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June 16, 2013 01:46
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LABOR MK Avishai Braverman looks at a model of a crane during a visit to the Ashdod Port.

LABOR MK Avishai Braverman looks at a model of a crane 370. (photo credit: Knesset)

The Ashdod Port’s Union chairman Alon Hassan has become a wealthy man, not simply through his exorbitant port salary, but through corrupt dealings, Channel 2 reported on Friday.

Despite rules blocking port workers from doing business with the Port, the report said that Hassan had profited from regular arrangements, often made indirectly with companies in which he has an interest.

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According to the report, the port does regular business with a small shipping company connected to Hassan, called Benny Dan Movers, and stocks products from a cleaning supplies company he owns, Shahar-Hops.

The report also alleged that Hassan’s family members and friends received choice positions and ran intermediate businesses facilitating profitable deals between Hassan’s companies and the port.

Appearing on Channel 2 on Saturday night, Hassan rejected the claims, saying “Everything I do I do legally. I never mixed my businesses and my position.”

In a post on her Facebook page on Saturday, Labor Party chairwoman Shelly Yacimovich called on Hassan to “go home,” accusing him of giving unions a bad names and tarnishing their legitimacy.

“This is how a ruler in a banana republic, not a union chairman, behaves,” she said.


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