Tag: Congress

Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort to host gala for Israel’s 70th anniversary

(JTA) — An event marking Israel’s 70th year will be held at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida.

The event scheduled for late March is organized by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, which is selling tickets for $1,000 per table, Haaretz first reported.

Speakers at the event will include the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley; Israel’s ambassador to the U.N., Danny Danon; and former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

In August, nine groups canceled planned galas at the Florida resort owned by Trump.

Among the cancellations were American Friends of Magen…

Ruth Bader Ginsburg to skip State of the Union address for speaking engagement

(JTA) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will miss the State of the Union speech by President Donald Trump due to a speaking engagement.

On Tuesday night, at the time of the address, Ginsburg will be speaking at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. She has been on an extensive speaking tour during the high court’s current monthlong recess, The Associated Press reported.

Ginsburg also did not attend Trump’s address to Congress in January 2017; fellow justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas also skipped the speech. She attended all eight of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union…

Israeli ‘dreamer’ threatened with deportation after accidentally entering Mexico

(JTA) — An Israeli citizen living in California under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA status was jailed for nearly a week and threatened with deportation after making a wrong turn at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Orr Yakobi, 22, is a senior at the University of California, San Diego. He was brought to the U.S. by his parents at the age of 7 and is a so-called “dreamer,” named after the DREAM Act that instituted the DACA program. Under DACA, Yakobi is prohibited from travelling outside of the country.

Yakobi and a friend left an outlet mall in San…

Trump waives Iran sanctions, he says for the last time under the current deal

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump waived nuclear sanctions against Iran for what the White House said was the final time under the current deal.

By the time the next waiver signing rolls around in 120 days, Trump wants a new deal in place that removes “sunset clauses” allowing Iran to resume enhanced enrichment of fissile material within a decade, three senior administration officials said Friday. Trump wants the bans to be permanent. “He wants to deny Iran access to nuclear weapons forever and not just for 10 years,” one of the officials said.

The officials spoke…

District of Columbia renames street near Russian embassy for slain Jewish critic of Putin

(JTA) — In a move that Russian officials called a provocation, city authorities in Washington D.C. advanced the naming of a street adjacent to the Russian embassy for a murdered Jewish Kremlin critic.

The Council of the District of Columbia on Tuesday unanimously approved plans to create Boris Nemtsov Plaza. It honors the former deputy prime minister, an opponent of President Vladimir Putin, who was assassinated near the Kremlin in 2015. Nemtsov was Jewish. Mayor Muriel Bowser still needs to approve the bill for it to go into effect.

“The portion of Wisconsin Avenue in front of the Russian…