Monday, March 19, 2007

Katsav turns to Iranian Jews in US for help

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli president Moshe Katsav has created a non-profit organisation to lobby Iranian-American Jews to help finance his defence against rape charges, an Israeli newspaper reported on Friday. (With thanks: Albert)

The newly created "The truth will burst forth" group will focus its fundraising efforts on American Jews of Iranian origin, like Katsav, the daily Maariv reported.

"Katsav is operating discreetly, without publicity, to ask members of the Jewish community of Iranian origin to donate gifts to finance his defence against the lawsuit," the newspaper reported, quoting an anonymous philanthropist who had been asked for money.

"He isn't getting the support he expected because -- given the circumstances -- people fear being identified with him," the source added, according to Maariv.

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