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I’ve had the suspicion for quite some time that Moshe Kantor became president of the European Jewish Congress (EJC) through electoral fraud- buying votes. I suspect that Kantor not so coincidentally created the European Jewish Fund (EJF) in 2006, only a year before his election, with the aim of funding various projects of European community leaders in return for the electoral support of their communities.
Yet Moshe Kantor is not one to generously spend his billions. You can see proof in the projects funded by the EJF. Micro projects such as one-off meetings and summer camps could scarcely be called substantial. I strongly suspect that by “donating” small amounts to art projects and the like he buys individual votes of community leaders.
For example, the 2010 Yiddishervelt festival of Yiddish culture in Romania. “The purpose of the project was to promote and preserve the Yiddish language and culture – as a part of the Romanian and European linguistic and cultural diversity.”
I would like to mention that the current Jewish population in Romania is around 3,000. I would also like to mention that the head of that Jewish community, Aurel Vainer, is also on the Executive Committee of the European Jewish Congress.
This is not a serious contribution to communities. This is not building solid Jewish infrastructure. And neither is it pageantry. So why would a billionaire spend these insignificant sums? It appears to me to be the “funding” of individual community leader’s votes.
Though I leave the question open, I would like to stress the consequences of Kantor’s election. His position is one of importance to European Jewish leadership. His voice is the Jewish diplomatic voice, and in the wake of renewed anti-Semitism and Iranian nuclear proliferation….that voice is critically absent.