Ort Is­rael side­lined

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY LEON SY­MONS

WORLD ORT has pledged to spend al­most £4 mil­lion on science and tech­nol­ogy ed­u­ca­tion in Is­rael this year — but has side­lined Ort Is­rael to work di­rectly with the gov­ern­ment.

The Cam­den, Lon­don-based char­ity will be op­er­at­ing a joint pro­gramme, called Science Jour­ney 2007, with Is­rael’s Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion to ad­vance hun­dreds of tech­nol­ogy projects among more than 30 lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

Nor­mally the money would have been chan­nelled through Ort Is­rael. But the ac­ri­mo­nious split re­ported in last week’s JC has led World Ort di­rec­tor-gen­eral Robert Singer to work di­rectly with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion. Ort Is­rael claimed it had been starved of funds by the char­ity’s head­quar­ters and that Mr Singer wanted to take con­trol of the Is­raeli or­gan­i­sa­tion. World Ort dis­missed the Is­raeli or­gan­i­sa­tion’s claims as “ridicu­lous charges”.

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