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Klein Embarrasses ZOA with Qatar Involvement

The koshering of Qatar by supposedly pro-Israel Jews is getting attention. PM Netanyahu has rebuked Jewish leaders, including Klein, who have been seduced into a meeting with Qatar.

Read Yigal Carmon’s criticism here. Save the ZOA is also posting below an excerpt from a column in Ha’aretz by Steve Rabinovitz, a friend of Mort, asking: “What Really Turned ZOA’s Mort Klein From a Preacher Against Qatar to Its Propagandist?”

So, how is it that just two months later a former Qatari diplomat and current head of Qatar Investments would attend ZOA’s big fundraising dinner (“Anyone who pays $700 comes to the dinner,” Mort said) and two months after that, Mort would visit Doha on an all-expense-paid trip? 

Surely, Mort can’t be bought with free airfare and lodging, along with some pyjamas, “the softest I ever felt.”

Mort, of course, insists that he accepted the trip to gather information and to speak truth to power. “When an Arab leader asks the head of a Jewish organization to come make a case for what we would like to see happen, it’s really my mission, and it’s ZOA’s mission, to fight for the Jewish people,” he said, noting he distributed to those he met copies of a 50-page report demanding changes from Qatar.

That’s all well and good, but what Mort really did was set himself up as a poster child for the Qataris. And since his trip, all the Qataris and their paid agents in the West have done is hold Mort up as an example of someone who’s for them who used to be against them.

But they haven’t stopped funding Hamas. They haven’t stopped funding the Muslim Brotherhood or the Al Nusra Front. They haven’t deported all those Hamas terrorists living comfortably in exile in Qatar.

That other Jewish leaders were similarly seduced into giving Qatar legitimacy does not spare Klein from similarly criticism. Perhaps next he will go meet with Ayatollah Khameini on a trip paid for by Iran and help improve that country’s image. Save the ZOA strongly suspects that both Mort received special compensation in addition to the free trip, but it will be impossible to prove. In any event, it is sickening.

 

 

Mort Klein Takes More Than $1.5 Million from the ZOA In 2013!

The ZOA recently filed its Form 990 for 2013.  It discloses that for calendar year 2013, Mort Klein received compensation of more than $1.5 million.  Here is a copy of page 15, which sets forth Mort Klein’s compensation, as well as the compensation of the next two highest paid employees.

The link to the Form 990 in its entirety can be found here.

Steve Goldberg was on the ZOA’s Board of Directors, and in fact was National Vice Chair, until March of 2014.  The Board was never informed of Mort Klein’s extraordinary compensation for 2013, and certainly did not vote on it.

A salary of this magnitude for the leader of a non-profit Jewish organization is shocking.  No leader of  Jewish organization has been paid anywhere close to this amount, including leaders of vastly larger and wealthier organizations.  Mort Klein continues to take approximately 30% of all donations to the ZOA for himself.

Upon reviewing the recently filed Form 990, Steve Goldberg sent inquiries to David Drimer, the Executive Director of the ZOA who operates under Mort Klein’s strict orders.  Steve Goldberg accepted Mr. Drimer’s invitation to ask  questions, to which Mr. Drimer sent an e-mail that refused to answer any of Steve Goldberg’s questions “under advice of counsel.” It is apparent Mort Klein and the ZOA have something to hide.

You can read the e-mail thread here.

So for the six year time period from 2008 through 2013,  without a vote by the ZOA’s Board of Directors, Mort Klein was paid a total of $4,942,112 for an average annual income of $823,685, 333.

During this time period the ZOA shrunk in size.  For two of those years the ZOA lost its 501c3 status because it failed to file its Form 990s for 3 consecutive years.  That’s some great management by Mort Klein.

The ZOA’s Board of Directors has shamefully put its head in the sand.  Imagine what the ZOA could have been done with all this money.  Millions could have been invested in growing the ZOA, hiring qualified people, helping besieged Jewish students on college campuses, on activism, on advocacy in the United States and Israel, on lobbying in Washington, D.C.  The ZOA could have been a larger and more effective organization.

Israel and the Jewish people deserve better.

If you would like to Save the ZOA, please contact Steve Goldberg at stevegoldberg54@gmail.com. It’s not late to turn around this once great organization.

Mort Klein Equivocates on Palestinian State

In this interview with Shalom TV, Mort Klein equivocates when asked his position on carving out a Palestinian state from the land of Israel. The interview demonstrates his lack of leadership, not only in his refusal to take a position against the creation of a Palestinian state in Israel’s heartland, but also in his lack of composure, which elicits the mockery of the interviewer.