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Portrait of a sick man and how he has damaged the ZOA

Tablet Magazine has released a feature which details the grave abuses of the ZOA by Mort Klein. It also addresses a disturbing legal document in which his wife alleges physical and emotional abuse.

Another set of accusations against Klein are almost 32 years old, and are contained in a petition submitted under Pennsylvania’s Protection from Abuse Act. In the petition, which was stamped “filed” by the Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, prothonotary on April 23, 1987, Klein’s wife Rebecca, to whom he is still married, alleges that “for approximately one year prior to this petition your Petitioner and her daughter have been physically and emotionally abused and said abuse continues to present.” The petition cites an alleged incident from the week leading up to April 23 that is claimed to have resulted in multiple visits to a specific Philadelphia-area emergency room. It names a doctor who treated Klein, and whose existence and employment at the hospital Tablet has confirmed.

When reached for comment, both Kleins said that the narrative in the petition was entirely fabricated by Rebecca Klein’s lawyer, who is now dead. In separate interviews, both said they were in a rough patch in their relationship due to religious differences. “I have never touched my wife in anger,” Mort Klein told Tablet.

Read the rest in Tablet.

BREAKING: Mort is being sued…again

The ZOA’s former National Executive Director has filed a lawsuit detailing Mort Klein’s continual financial corruption. Save the ZOA has long been detailing some of these allegations, which should come as no surprise to ZOA members and followers who have followed Mort Klein’s corrupt career, in which he treats the ZOA as his personal ATM machine. For the sake of Israel and Zionism’s good name, he must be stopped!

Read the article about the lawsuit in the Forward, here.

Read the filed complaint, here. 

Mort Klein defends Qatar trip after report of payments

The evidence is mounting that Mort Klein further blackened the ZOA’s name by selling his services to Qatar.  Failure to register as a foreign agent is a federal crime.  Does anyone really believe that Mort Klein did not know the payments came from Qatar?

Mort Klein told us by phone this morning… “We are now looking into it thoroughly. In the next 24 to 48 hours, if we determine that this money clearly came from Qatar, we will return the money immediately. Any money that the ZOA has received for the past 25 years has come from private individuals, never from any country. To this minute, my complete understanding was that it came from a private individual. If I thought that any money came from Qatar, I would never have accepted it.”

“I assumed this was a wealthy businessman (Joseph Allaham) who was giving ZOA a check. I’ve had many wealthy business people who have given me 100k and plus. That happens all the time. And I knew that Allaham brought Malcolm Hoenlein, Alan Dershowitz and Mike Huckabee to Qatar. In my eyes this made him look like a legitimate individual. To me, them going, koshered the trip. I never did a thing for Qatar. Whatever money I got — whether it is from Qatar or not — I never did anything for them. I never wrote an article praising them, I never lobbied for them.”

“My whole trip was wall-to-wall meetings with officials from Qatar. Al Jazeera was going to release a four part series called The Israel Lobby, which would have increased anti-Semitism in America and hatred towards Israel. That was a horrible documentary, and I urged them to kill this. And because of my work it never aired. This was a big achievement of my going to Qatar. It’s not like I went there and went to the beach… Qatar asked me a month ago to come back. They wanted to set up meetings with top officials at Al Jazeera, but I rejected this because too many people thought that I shouldn’t have gone to Qatar in the first place.”

Read the full article in Jewish Insider


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.