LONDON – Britain’s principal Israel charity, the United Jewish Israel Appeal (UJIA), has firmly rejected claims that it is interfering in Israel’s forthcoming general election by ‘partnering’ with a group seeking to replace Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with someone from the political Left.
UJIA director Michael Wegier made it very clear to The Jerusalem Post that his group is “an apolitical organization that takes no position on UK or Israeli politics” whatsoever.Wegier was commenting on claims made to the Post that UJIA’s past funding for the One Voice organization had compromised its political neutrality and that he leads a Jewish charity “that appears to be involved in the political efforts to unseat Prime Minister Netanyahu.”
Susie Dym, spokesperson for Mattot Arim, an Israeli grassroots organization, had complained that because of the UJIA’s links with the One Voice organization, it was possibly contravening the UK’s strict charity laws over political involvement.
Dym wrote UJIA that, “It would appear that your UK Jewish charity is organizationally linked to funded political efforts to unseat Israel’s prime minister.”
One Voice, based in the United States, has been accused along with other organizations of funding efforts to replace Netanyahu with “the Israeli Left” in the country’s upcoming election.