NEW YORK (Aug. 31)
The Jewish Agency’s Committee on Control and Authorization of Campaigns issued a statement here today declaring that certificates of the Israel Ministry of Welfare should not be interpreted by the American public as endorsement of fund-raising activities in this country.
The statement by the Agency was released after a number of fund-raising offices of Israeli institutions, whose activities have not been authorized by the Committee, reproduced the certificates in their promotional literature.
“These certificates are issued by the Israel Ministry of Welfare to any bona fide social service organization with the special proviso that they not be used for fund-raising efforts abroad, ” the Committee’s spokesman stated. “They do not indicate official endorsement of any kind and can serve only to confuse and mislead American contributors who are not aware of the nature of the documents.”
The Jewish Agency recently released its list of authorized fund-raising campaigns for Israel.