Damned­bya­judge

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment & Analysis -

It dam­ages all of us in the com­mu­nity when our revered char­i­ties be­come talked about more for their le­gal bat­tles than their good works. This news­pa­per nat­u­rally wel­comed the end of lit­i­ga­tion, ear­lier this year, be­tween JNF UK and its for­mer Is­raeli as­so­ciate, Keren Kayemeth LeIs­rael, af­ter an es­ti­mated £4 mil­lion had been spent on le­gal fees. So it is em­bar­rass­ing for us, as a com­mu­nity news­pa­per, to have to re­port to­day yet an­other court­room fight in­volv­ing JNF, this time in the name of its for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive, Si­mon Win­ters, and the law firm, Mish­con de Reya, that rep­re­sents JNF. In dis­miss­ing Mr Win­ters’s claim that the law firm should not rep­re­sent the char­ity in yet an­other le­gal claim that he has brought against JNF, Mr Jus­tice Hen­der­son was with­er­ing in his crit­i­cism of the lit­i­gant. “Mr Win­ters has not told the truth to the court”, the judge de­clared; more­over, his ev­i­dence was “some­times demon­stra­bly false”. The same Si­mon Win­ters, read­ers may re­call, has sep­a­rately cho­sen to pur­sue le­gal action over this news­pa­per’s re­port­ing of his de­par­ture from JNF. We will leave read­ers to draw their own con­clu­sions.

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