Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Jason Reed)
Natan Sharansky, Jewish Agency chairman, has called for an independent
investigation of allegations against senior executives of the Claims Conference,
a spokesman told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.
As agency chairman,
Sharansky has a seat on the board of the conference, which was established in
1951 to secure restitution for Holocaust survivors and their heirs from the
Sharansky made his call in a letter to conference
chairman Julius Berman in which he “recommended that a public independent
committee of distinguished members who are not connected to either the board of
the directors or the beneficiaries be established, in order to investigate the
allegations so that the public trust in this important organization not be
damaged,” the spokesman said.Berman told the Post
that it would be
“inappropriate and impolite to discuss our response publicly before we have
responded personally to Mr. Sharansky.”
He said “the FBI and US
Department of Justice conducted a rigorous and in-depth investigation into the
fraud, with the full cooperation of the Claims Conference, and the results are
available for all to study.
“I doubt if anyone could identify more public
and independent entities than these,” Berman said.
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