Tag: State of Israel

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…

B’nai B’rith honors Guatemalan president for embassy move to Jerusalem

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The president of Guatemala was honored with an award from an international Jewish organization for his decision to move his country’s embassy to Jerusalem and for his unwavering support of Israel.

Jimmy Morales received the Human Rights Award from global and regional B’nai B’rith officials during a ceremony Thursday in Guatemala City.

“We praised Morales for his courage and determination for the embassy announcement and for recognizing that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel,” said B’nai B’rith International Director of Latin American Affairs Eduardo Kohn. “Additionally, B’nai B’rith reiterated our commitment to human rights,…

Mike Pence says US Embassy will move to Jerusalem by end of next year

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Vice President Mike Pence said the U.S. Embassy would move to Jerusalem by no later than the end of next year during an address to Israel’s parliament.

In his address Monday, the first by a U.S. vice president to the Knesset, Pence also called the Iran nuclear deal a “disaster” and said “the United States of America will no longer certify this ill-conceived agreement.”

As he began to speak, Arab-Israeli lawmakers from the Joint Arab List party began waving signs protesting the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, leading to their expulsion from the Knesset…

New Orleans mayor elect walks back support of pro-BDS resolution she authored

(JTA) — New Orleans Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell has walked back her support for a resolution she authored and supported that lends support to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

The resolution to boycott investments with human rights violators, which passed the New Orleans City Council on Jan. 11 with all five members present voting in support, mentions neither Israel nor the Palestinian territories, but BDS and anti-Israel activists claimed the passage as a victory for their cause.

Cantrell was not present for the vote on the resolution, which she wrote and introduced as part of her Welcoming Cities initiative, reportedly in…

Anish Kapoor, Genesis Prize Foundation award grants to five groups assisting refugees

(JTA) — Anish Kapoor, the renowned artist and human rights activist who won the Genesis Prize in 2017, and the Genesis Prize Foundation have awarded grants to five organizations that assist refugees globally.

The grants, funded by the $1 million “Jewish Nobel” awarded to Kapoor in 2017, were announced Wednesday.

The recipients are the International Rescue Committee, the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, HIAS (founded as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society), Help Refugees and Hillel International.

Kapoor, the son of a Baghdadi Jewish mother and Indian father, upon receiving the prize in February said he would use his award to help alleviate…