Judge Denies Motion Against JNF over Funds Distributed in Territories

A New York Supreme Court judge denied a motion for a restraining order against the Jewish National Fund of America Monday, according to Stuart Paskow, JNF director of communications and information.

Judge Shirley Fingerhood rejected a request by four plaintiffs in the case, who charged that they and other American Jews who have contributed money to the JNF were misled to believe that the JNF allocates funds also to the territories captured by Israel in 1967.

The four plaintiffs — Jay Marcus, William Goldman, Morris Stillman and Martin Gallin — brought a class action suit seeking to restrain JNF from expending the money they contributed to the agency.

They claim that the money totals thousands of dollars, but JNF argues that its records show they only contributed $400.

The plaintiffs are supporters of the rightwing Tehiya party in Israel, which considers the territories part of the biblical land of Israel.

Paskow said that lawyers for the JNF will now move to dismiss the entire suit.

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