The Emir of Qatar donated $100,000 to Zionist Organization through pro-Israel businessman, Time of Israel newspaper reported.
The newspaper added in its report that a public relations official works for Qatar donated $100,000 paid to him from Qatar to an American Zionist Organization.
Joseph Allaham, said his donations to ZOA, came out of $1.45 million intended by Qatar to woo Jewish and other leaders to its side in its dispute with Saudi Arabia, US website Mother Jones reported.
Morton Klein, the ZOA president, told Jewish Insider that he had been under the impression that the money came from Allaham’s own pocket. Klein said that if he determined the funds came from Qatar, he would return them.
Klein, in the past a sharp critic of Qatar, visited the country earlier this year at its invitation. He has said he used the visit to express his concerns about the country’s support for Hamas, its closeness to Iran and the hostility to Israel on Al Jazeera, the government-backed TV network.
Since registering as a foreign agent, Allaham has begun denouncing Qatar as inimical to Israeli and US interests.
Another prominent Jewish figure, Nick Muzin, an adviser to Republicans, also said recently that he was ending his paid lobbying relationship with Qatar, although unlike Allaham he did not denounce the country.
The Trump administration has gone back and forth in the dispute. Saudi Arabia is perhaps the most important Arab ally to the United States, but Qatar hosts one of the largest US military bases.
A number of US Jewish figures have landed on one side or the other, and prominent figures have visited the country. Along with Klein, they include Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and Alan Dershowitz, the constitutional law expert and Israel defender.
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