Tag: Haaretz

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

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Talk show host Conan O’Brien announced that he would 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 advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner to Israel to help broker a peace deal with the Palestinians.

“Breaking: Conan O’Brien sends Conan O’Brien to Israel to help Jared Kushner. Stay tuned. #ConanIsrael#ConanWithoutBorders,” the tweet said.

Ivanka Trump condemns white supremacist rally in Charlottesville

(JTA) — Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, condemned a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis,” Ivanka Trump tweeted Sunday morning from her personal Twitter page.

“We must all come together as Americans — and be one country UNITED,” she also tweeted, echoing her father, who tweeted Saturday: “We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!”

Charlottesville Jewish community hires security

(JTA) — The Jewish community of Charlottesville, Virginia, hired security guards for the first time in its history ahead of a far-right event that ended with a deadly attack on protesters against racism.

Rabbi Tom Gutherz of Congregation Beth Israel told Haaretz on Sunday that the move was deemed necessary ahead of the “alt-right” rally planned for the city the day before. On Saturday, a 20-year-old white supremacist drove a car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a 32-year-old woman, Heather Heyer, and wounding 20 others.

“We had to hire the service of security guards because of the events,” Gutherz told…

The corruption scandals plaguing Benjamin Netanyahu and his family, explained

(JTA) — He has a firm grip on the government, but a mounting political scandal might bring him down. Officials from his own party have begun to distance themselves from him, but he remains defiant.

Oh, and his son is in trouble, too.

Just one more thing Benjamin Netanyahu has in common with President Donald Trump.

Except there’s a difference: While Trump faces one sprawling scandal, the Russia affair, Israel’s prime minister is embroiled in at least two. Police are conducting two additional corruption investigations that indirectly involve him. His wife, Sara, will probably be indicted soon in a…

Temple Mount attracts record Jewish crowd on Tisha b’Av

JERUSALEM (JTA) — More than 1,000 Jews visited the Temple Mount on Tuesday, a new one-day record for Jewish visitors.

At least 1,046 Jews visited the site on the observance of Tisha b’Av by early afternoon. More were expected to visit later in the day when the site reopens to visitors, Haaretz reported, citing Jewish Temple Mount activists.

The fast day marks the destruction of both the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem.

On Jerusalem Day, in May, some 900 Jews visited the Temple Mount.

The visitors passed through metal detectors at the Mughrabi Gate, the only one allotted…