WASHINGTON — A little-known Jewish organization will receive $8 million from Uncle Sam next year to build schools in France thanks to a project promoted by Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) over the State Department's objections.
A $1,000 contributor to Inouye's most recent senatorial campaign, New York real estate developer Zev Wolfson, said he sits on the board of Ozar Hatorah, the New York-based group that will get the money. But he said no one in the group stands to benefit personally.
The money, contained in a massive $600-billion appropriations bill that President Reagan signed into law before Christmas, will go for construction of schools for North African Jews settled in Paris.
The bill classifies this group as refugees even though many have lived in France for a decade or more and have prospered. The U.S. government, the French government and the U.N. High Commission for Refugees do not consider the group as refugees.