Lobbyist forced to quit

June 29, 1993|By New York Times News Service

WASHINGTON -- Thomas Dine, executive director of the largest pro-Israel lobbying organization in America, was forced to resign his post today, a week after acknowledging that he had described Orthodox Jews as "smelly" and "low class."

Many consider Mr. Dine, 53, head of the America-Israel Public Affairs Committee, or Aipac, one of the most powerful lobbyists in Washington. His downfall came as a result of an interview he gave four years ago to an Israeli journalist, David Landau. The interview came to light when Mr. Landau's book, "Piety and Power: The World of Jewish Fundamentalism," was published a few weeks ago by Hill & Wang.

As word of the interview spread, Aipac's board was besieged by calls for his resignation, and the board decided his effectiveness had been compromised.

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