Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Attorney General Calls For Probe Into Claim Chief Rabbi Metzger Got Hotel Kickback


At 8:14 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

Is this a surprise to anyone? See:

AG wants probe into claim Chief Rabbi got hotel kickback
By Yuval Yoaz, Haaretz Correspondent, and Haaretz Service
Wed., December 15, 2004

Attorney General Menachem Mazuz on Wednesday called for a preliminary police investigation into claims Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger received benefits worth thousands of dollars from an exclusive five-star hotel in Jerusalem.

According to a report on Channel 2 some two months ago, Metzger and his family received free rooms during their stay in David Citadel Hotel over the Passover and Sukkot holidays this year, as well as discounts on hotel meals.

Metzger told Channel 2 in response that the Prime Minister's Office is the body responsible for paying for the rabbi's hotel bills during the holidays.

However, an official in the Prime Minister's Office said that while there are longstanding arrangements with the David Citadel Hotel, none of them apply to Metzger.

Channel 2 also presented a letter written by an employee of the hotel, who said that Metzger's stay improves the hotel's public relations, a fact which may explain the benefits given to the chief rabbi.

Metzger's appointment as chief rabbi in April 2003 brought forth an outrage after he was accused of sexually harassing four men of various ages and from various sectors of society.

Metzger denied the allegations against him at the time and said that they were an attempt to sully his name.


AG orders probe of Chief Rabbi
Jerusalem Post
Dec. 15, 2004

Attorney General Menachem Mazuz instructed police on Wednesday open an investigation into Israel's Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger for accepting special hotel discounts.

In early November Channel 2 TV exposed that Metzger received huge discounts while staying at Jerusalem's exclusive David's Citadel Hotel over the festivals of Passover and Succot, which caused a furious uproar.

According to Channel 2 report, Metzger and his family stayed at the hotel free of charge and received tremendous discounts on meals and various services over a long period of time. The chief rabbi accepted the markdowns while the government was simultaneously subsidizing rent for an apartment for him in the capital at a rate of thousands of shekels a month.

State Attorney Eran Shendar recommended the initiation of the probe because he viewed the rabbi's explanations in the incident as unsatisfactory.

Metzger's defenders claimed that the special hotel prices were within the context of government discount arrangements.

Years ago, in 1991 former chief of police Rafi Peled was charged in media reports of similar misbehavior, the resulting outcry over which led to a wider investigation and his eventual resignation.


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