Tag: Middle East

Sen. Al Franken accused of inappropriate behavior by a second woman

(JTA) — A second woman has come forward to accuse Sen. Al Franken of inappropriate behavior.

Lindsay Menz, 33, said that Franken, a Minnesota Democrat, grabbed her buttocks while they took a photo together at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010, CNN reported Monday.

Menz, now living in Texas, contacted the cable news network on Thursday, hours after the accusation by Leeann Tweeden, a Los Angeles-based news anchor and former model, went public. Menz called it an “uncomfortable” interaction that left her feeling “gross,” according to CNN.

She told CNN that as her husband snapped a photo of her and…

British Labour Party readmits member accused of Holocaust revisionism, bars another

(JTA) — The British Labour Party punished an activist for making an anti-Semitic remark about Adolf Hitler after reinstating a member accused of Holocaust revisionism.

Labour activist Nasreen Khan was passed over this week from representing Labour at a municipal election over her 2012 Facebook post about Jews in which she said teachers are “brainwashing us and our children into thinking the bad guy was Hitler,” according to the Jewish News. Khan said she regretted the text, which also read, “What have the Jews done good in this world?”

Separately, philosopher Moshe Machover was readmitted after writing that Nazism and…

Israel’s army chief gave an interview to a Saudi news outlet. That’s never happened before.

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli army’s chief of staff gave the first interview by someone in his post to a Saudi news outlet.

Gadi Eisenkot told the Elaph news website Thursday that Israel is ready to share intelligence with Saudi Arabia as part of a joint effort to curb Iranian influence in the region. The interview was his first with an Arabic media outlet.

Israel and Saudi Arabia do not have diplomatic ties. Elaph is Saudi owned but based in London.

In the interview, Eisenkot called Iran “the biggest threat to the region” and said Saudi Arabia was in…

Sen. Al Franken asks for ethics inquiry into allegation he groped woman while she was sleeping

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sen. Al Franken has called for the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate allegations by a news anchor that he forced a kiss on her and touched her breasts without consent when both took part in a 2006 tour to entertain U.S. troops.

Leeann Tweeden, a Los Angeles-based news anchor and former model, wrote Thursday in an article that Franken, a Democrat who has served as a senator for Minnesota since 2009, groped her during the tour in the Middle East. Franken was a comedian and a writer at the time; he was first elected to the…

7 Israelis who have made a deep impact on life in America

(JTA) — When Natalie Portman was named the 2018 winner of the $1 million Genesis Prize, known as the “Jewish Nobel,” it was in part an acknowledgement of her Israeli roots.

While the Oscar-winning actress mostly grew up in the United States, Portman — née Herschlag — is also Israeli. Her father, Avner Herschlag, grew up in Israel, and her mother married him there. The family moved to the U.S. when she was 3.

Portman’s facility with Hebrew was on display when she directed and starred in the Hebrew-language film “Tale of Love and Darkness,” based on the book by…