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  • American Friends of Magen David Adom among nine groups to cancel galas at Trump resort

    (JTA) — Nine charities have canceled planned galas at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, including the American Friends of Magen David Adom. AFMDA, the U.S. fundraising arm of the Israeli Red Cross organization, announced the cancellation of its benefit gala in a statement provided to Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold on…

  • Sheldon Adelson email backs ZOA efforts to depose H.R. McMaster

    (JTA) – Sheldon Adelson in an email to Zionist Organization of America President Morton Klein expressed support for efforts by the ZOA to get National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster removed from his position. But Adelson added that he is not “looking to get deeply involved in this debate.” “I don’t know enough about the McMaster case nor…

  • Steve Mnuchin defends Trump to Yale classmates who called on him to resign

    (JTA) — Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin defended President Donald Trump in a statement in response to a letter from hundreds of his former Yale classmates who called on him to resign over Trump’s response to the Charlottesville rally. More than 350 members of the Yale class of 1985 in a letter dated Aug. 18 said…

  • Jewish senator calls on Jewish Trump Cabinet members to resign

    (JTA) — Sen. Brian Schatz, a Hawaii Jewish Democrat, has called on all of the Jewish members of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet to resign over his response to the Charlottesville demonstration. Schatz in an interview Friday evening with MSNBC said in response to a question about whether he thought Jewish Cabinet members should resign in…

  • Ivanka Trump praises Boston counterdemonstrators in tweet

    (JTA) — Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, praised the thousands of counterdemonstrators who marched in Boston in response to a conservative free speech rally. On Saturday, an estimated 15,000 counterdemonstrators surrounded a small group of conservatives who marched for free speech a week after a white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned…

  • MGM Resorts will match employees’ donations to civil rights groups, including ADL

    (JTA) — MGM Resorts International denounced “hate speech and hate-based actions” in a letter to employees that offered to match their donations to civil rights groups, including the Anti-Defamation League. “The events in Charlottesville and Barcelona can easily cause us to feel overcome by hatred and gutted by violence, leaving open questions about our future…

  • Netanyahu-Putin meeting to tackle Syria cease-fire deal

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin, meeting for the sixth time in two years, are expected to discuss the cease-fire agreement in southern Syria and Israeli fears over the deal. Netanyahu and Putin are scheduled to meet Wednesday in the Russian city of Sochi, located on the Black Sea,…

  • Zionist feminists shunned at SlutWalk Chicago

    (JTA) — About a dozen Zionist feminist activists participated in SlutWalk Chicago despite opposition to their presence. The new Zioness group had announced that it would join in the annual demonstration Saturday against sexual violence to promote the idea that Zionism and progressive values are compatible. SlutWalk Chicago organizers said prior to the march that they…

  • Conan O’Brien to film TV special in Israel ‘to help Jared Kushner’

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Talk show host Conan O’Brien will film an episode of his “Conan Without Borders” series on TBS in Israel. O’Brien made the announcement in a tweet Friday night in which he linked to a news story about President Donald Trump sending his senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner to Israel to help…

  • American tourist in Germany beaten for performing Nazi salute

    (JTA) — An American tourist in Germany was beaten after making a Nazi salute in Dresden. The man, 41, was was lightly injured in the incident on Saturday, according to reports. He was heavily intoxicated at the time of the attack, with a blood alcohol level of .276 percent, the German news service Deutsch Welle…