By COLlive reporter
Continued doubts raised about the authenticity of Chabad-linked items sold by the Kedem Auction House in Jerusalem in recent months have led to buyer’s remorse for at least two people.
Sources close to both individuals reported that they have asked to return artifacts they purchased from the lot of Rabbi Shaul Shimon Deutsch (“Shimmy”), a resident of Boro Park who has been embroiled in controversy and legal woes.
An investigation by COLlive.com cast serious questions about the trustworthiness of Deutsch and the authenticity of the items he was trying to sell through Kedem. Past statements and claims he has made were proven to be half-truths and even false.
These two buyers – and perhaps others as well – have spent tens of thousands of dollars in previous auctions. They both said they have reached out to Kedem demanding they take back these items and refund them.
“I’ve reached out to the proprietors countless times for a refund, and I have been rebuffed,” one of them told COLlive.com. “I’ve been consulting with attorneys in Israel to explore my options.”
The man said, “as far as I’m concerned, these items were sold with false representations, or at best, under highly dubious circumstances, of which I was not aware at the time of the sale.”
“If I were the seller, I would certainly refund my customer, and I am disappointed with Kedem’s lack of business ethics and basic mentchlichkeit in this situation.”
Kedem CEO Meron Eren said in response:
“The article contains general denigration and actually adds no evidence or any new arguments.
“As we have declared in the past, Kedem does not deem it necessary to respond to anonymous claims. If claims are presented in a serious manner by an identifiable entity, we will be pleased to respond.”
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