The Times of Israel cited B'nai B'rith International in its coverage of the State of Israel's reaction to the five anti-Israel resolutions passed by the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Israel on Saturday slammed the UN Human Rights Council as a “sham” after it passed five new anti-Israel resolutions, saying the body was being used by “bloodthirsty dictatorships” to mask their own abuses.
The council “is a sham, a mockery of the noble purposes it pretends to represent,” tweeted Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nachshon.
“It is an exclusively anti #Israel platform, manipulated by bloodthirsty dictatorships hiding their own massive human rights violations by attacking Israel,” he wrote.
Nachshon’s comments come after the United States warned Friday that it was losing patience and again threatened to quit the council after the Geneva-based body adopted five resolutions condemning Israel, one of which called on Israel to relinquish the Golan Heights strategic ridge to war-torn Syria.
Israeli Prime Minister said in a tweet Saturday night that the motions were “More resolutions detached from reality by the circus of the absurd known as the Human Rights Council.” He called to change its name to “The Council for Resolutions Against the Only Democracy in the Middle East.”
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said in a tweet that Israel “has no business being in the UN’s Human Rights Council.” He said its “presence there gives legitimacy to…anti-Semitic resolutions, and the farce must end.”
The United States and Australia voted against all five resolutions.
US Ambassador Nikki Haley said in a statement that the council was “grossly biased against Israel,” noting that it had adopted only three resolutions separately targeting North Korea, Iran, and Syria.
“When the Human Rights Council treats Israel worse than North Korea, Iran, and Syria, it is the council itself that is foolish and unworthy of its name,” said Haley.
“Our patience is not unlimited. Today’s actions make clear that the organization lacks the credibility needed to be a true advocate for human rights,” she said.
Haley has over the past year repeatedly warned that the United States was ready to walk away from the 47-member body established in 2006 to promote and protect human rights worldwide.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks at the Security Council on March 14, 2018, at UN headquarters in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP)The Palestinian Authority, meanwhile, welcomed the new resolutions. Ramallah spokesperson Yusuf al-Mahmoud commended nations who voted in favor of the measures “for their ability to stand in the face of injustice, arrogance and occupation and to reject the language of threats and coercion.”
He said the resolutions “reflect an international position in favor of a just and fitting solution to the conflict.”
The five resolutions were presented by the countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation under the council’s “Item 7” which requires a report on Israeli actions in the West Bank each time the panel convenes.
In condemning the Council, B’nai B’rith International noted that one of the resolutions, “which seeks to call into question the legitimacy of sales of military equipment to Israel, provides new evidence that the Council is entirely indifferent to the rights and well-being of those on one side of the conflict — the citizens of the State of Israel defending their right to life, the most basic human right of all. This resolution passed with 27 votes in favor, four against and 15 countries abstaining,” it noted. “We condemn Belgium and Slovenia as the only European Union members of the Council choosing to vote in favor of this outrageous resolution.”
Israel is the only country that has a dedicated agenda item at the council, a mechanism that the United States and some European countries have criticized.
In February, Haley criticized a report by the UN’s high commissioner for human rights on 206 companies with ties to Israeli settlements. Israeli officials have described the report as a “blacklist” and said it is part of an effort to boycott the Jewish state.
“This whole issue is outside the bounds of the High Commissioner for Human Rights office’s mandate and is a waste of time and resources,” Haley said in a statement at the time.
The report was in response to a resolution adopted in 2016 by the UN Human Rights Council that called for the creation of a database of all companies doing business with the Israeli settlements, which the United Nations considers illegal under international law.
The latest threat to quit the council came after US President Donald Trump appointed UN-skeptic John Bolton as his national security adviser.
Since Trump took over at the White House, the United States has quit the UN cultural agency UNESCO, cut UN funding, and announced plans to quit the UN-backed Paris climate agreement.
We were featured as a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle on March 26, 2018!
The New Haven Register covered the distribution of food packages for Passover for the needy Jewish community of New Haven, Connecticut by the project H.O.P.E. (Help Our People Everywhere), an organization started by B'nai B'rith International.
Observers of Passover are expected to avoid leavened bread for the duration of the eight-day Jewish holiday, which presents financial and logistical problems for some. For decades, members of the community have joined an initiative by B’nai B’rith International to rise to the challenge of providing food for Connecticut’s in-need Jewish community.
Project H.O.P.E., which stands for Help Our People Everywhere, has run in the area for more than 40 years, nearly 30 of those years under the leadership of Harold Miller.
On Sunday, community volunteers joined Project H.O.P.E. to create packages of food to be shipped to local Jewish communities — 90 packages to Bridgeport, 25 packages to New London, 120 to stay in New Haven and 40 to remain at Tower One, the packaging site.
“When they go to the markets, the prices are higher because it’s a specialty item,” Miller said.
By buying in bulk and through charitable contributions, Project H.O.P.E. has found a more affordable way to give needy and elderly Jews in the tri-state area the foods they need.
The diet for Passover, which celebrates Jewish freedom from Egypt, requires observers to avoid leavened bread, as it is said the Jews were made to cross through the Red Sea without having time to bake the bread. Volunteers package the Passover carbohydrate staple, matzo, with other holiday-appropriate canned and boxed foods such as juices, borscht, macaroons and jams.
Miller said he coordinates with local food agencies to determine the demand and he takes care of the arrangements.
“We get tremendous prices,” he said. “We think we’re playing a role for people who need the help and want to keep up the spirit of the holiday.”
Ben Atwater, a senior at the University of New Haven who is helping to launch two fledgling Hillel organizations at that university and Southern Connecticut State University, brought about 10 university students to help with the packaging of the food.
“We figured it would be good to have us do a community service project. This is our first one,” he said, as the organization is looking to gain momentum and legitimacy in its infancy at both campuses.
Simon Tishkof, a student at Beecher Road Elementary School in Woodbridge, was there with some in his Boy Scout troop. He said, regardless of the specific purpose, he was helping to package food because he wanted to help.
Bobbie Miller, Harold’s wife, said she has participated in the activity with her husband annually.
“What I like about it is it’s all of the groups — young, old and in between — and people come year after year,” she said.
Recording the snowfall in Washington, D.C. on Facebook's video feature, D.C. Council member Trayon White Sr. peddled the anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that Jews secretly control the weather. The Washington Post published our letter to the editor expressing our deep concern about White's engagement with anti-Semitic tropes. We sincerely hope that, as stated in his apology, White will proceed to learn about Jews and Jewish history and become an ally in the future.
Regarding the March 20 Metro article “Lawmaker apologizes for remark about Jews”:
D.C. Council member Trayon White Sr. (D-Ward 8) is treading in the dangerous land of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories with his Facebook video commentary that a snowfall in the District was caused by “the Rothschilds controlling the climate to create natural disasters they can pay for to own the cities.” Though Mr. White apologized, this episode shows that anti-Semitic tropes lurk so close to the surface. Conspiracy-mongers have glommed on to an 18th-century Jewish banker and his family as the root of so many of society’s ills.
We hope Mr. White will learn the history of the Jewish people and become an ally. Perhaps this will be a teachable moment for all, that we must all expand our base of knowledge and reach out to other communities, to learn from them and about them and to find common ground in fighting intolerance and prejudice.
A divisive society cannot be a successful or civil one.
Daniel S. Mariaschin, Washington
The New York Jewish Week interviewed B'nai B'rith International CEO regarding the debate among the American Jewish population amid the increase in anti-Semitic incidents occurring in the United States during 2017.
The politics of anti-Semitism intensified this week, with Jews blaming one another for not properly dealing with the spike in anti-Jewish incidents in the U.S. last year — and for even failing to recognize anti-Semitism when they see it.
A case in point is Cynthia Nixon, the former “Sex and the City” star who announced Monday that she will seek to wrest the Democratic nomination for New York governor from incumbent Andrew Cuomo. In 2010 she signed a letter in support of a boycott by Israeli artists, who were refusing to perform in the West Bank settlement of Ariel. Now, law professor Alan Dershowitz is saying that action has disqualified her as a candidate.
“She has collaborated with Israel haters Jewish Voice for Peace and Vanessa Redgrave in boycotting Israel,” he tweeted last Friday. “Do not support her bigotry.”
On the other hand, just a year after signing the letter, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, spiritual leader of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, told Nixon: “We’re proud of you as an artist, we’re proud of you as an activist, we’re proud of you as a partner and as a parent.”
This partisan divide was visible again earlier this month when Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan delivered a sermon in which he called Jews “satanic” and said they are “the mother and father of apartheid” and responsible for “degenerate behavior in Hollywood.” Sitting in the audience was Tamika Mallory, a co-president of the Women’s March organization that led the anti-Trump protests after his election. Farrakhan praised her and the group, and she later posted a picture of herself and Farrakhan on Instagram.
Two other leaders of the Women’s March, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour, have also praised Farrakhan. In fact, Sarsour spoke at a Nation of Islam event in 2015. And Perez, when asked about Farrakhan, reportedly refused to repudiate his anti-Semitism, saying simply: “There are no perfect leaders.”
Several days later, the Women’s March issued a statement denouncing Farrakhan’s “anti-Semitism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia and racism.”
These are just the latest examples of how fighting anti-Semitism is complicated by the political divide in America. Those on the political left point to the growth of the alt-right movement along with the presidential campaign and election of Donald Trump. They cite last August’s white nationalist torchlight march in Charlottesville, Va., that was punctuated with anti-Semitic chants, and attended by members of the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and other extremists, one of whom killed a woman by driving into a crowd of counterprotesters.
But they are also painfully aware of the damage the Women’s March organizers have caused. As Audrey Sasson, executive director of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, wrote, “A painful truth about working to build powerful movements for justice across many communities is that sometimes we disappoint and hurt one another, especially in times of great stress. … Since the incident became public in a flurry of media coverage, JFREJ has worked — often behind the scenes — to engage with the Women’s March and other stakeholders. …. While we may have very real reasons to feel hurt, we also know that there are people all too eager to cynically capitalize on this moment to destroy one of the most powerful groups to rise up in resistance following the 2016 election.”
Sasson added that her group still believes the Women’s March is a “powerful force and a valued partner” in the broader movement against the rise of the far-right.”
The group’s website also spells out the different ways the political left and the political right work to fight anti-Semitism. The political right, it said, tends to restrict itself to a defense of Israel and of Palestinian oppression. Those on the political left work with others in an effort to defeat anti-Semitism — and that “necessarily includes Palestinians.”
“Therefore, the left must commit to a strategy for fighting anti-Semitism that also entails Palestinian liberation,” it said.
All of this, suggested Haaretz correspondent Allison Kaplan Sommer, illustrates that in “today’s charged environment, the American-Jewish community is often simply too divided to define what anti-Semitism is — making it impossible to combat it in a unified fashion. Nearly all Jews can call out an anti-Semite sporting a Nazi uniform or a Klan robe. But without such clear visual cues, anti-Semitism is too often in the eye of the beholder.”
Natan Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency, offered this week his own definition of anti-Semitism: Jews who profess to love fellow Jews cannot also say they hate Israel, and Jews who hate Israel cannot be considered friends of the Jewish people. You can’t have it both ways, he insisted during a panel discussion at the sixth Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism in Jerusalem.
Sharansky was quoted by the Jerusalem Post as saying Jews should not work with those on the left who are tainted by anti-Semitism — such as Sarsour and Black Lives Matter — as well as the far-right, racist parties in Europe just because they claim to support Israel.
“There are forces that at the moment look very important to us, but they are hostile to the [local] Jewish communities and cannot be our friends,” Sharansky was quoted as saying.
His comments came as an essay last Sunday by New York Times editor, Jonathan Weisman, accused American Jewish leaders of being “remarkably quiet” about the surge in anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. They are more concerned, he argued, with Israel. The one Jewish group that focused on the increase in anti-Semitic incidents is the Anti-Defamation League, he wrote, noting that it recently released figures showing a 57 percent increase in such incidents last year — the largest one-year jump on record. And in return, he said, the ADL “was tarred as a partisan organization by an elected Jewish Republican,” Ohio state treasurer, Josh Mandel.
“The Jewish community has been extremely vocal about anti-Semitism in the last year-and-a-half and beyond that,” said Rabbi Jill Jacobs, executive director of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. “We have been speaking out about white supremacy, the dog whistling of Trump, Steve Bannon [Trump’s former chief strategist], and anti-Semitism when it shows up on the left,” she insisted.
Mandel did not respond to two phone messages requesting comment. But leaders of other Jewish organizations vehemently pushed back against Weisman’s claims that they have been silent.
“The Jewish community has been extremely vocal about anti-Semitism in the last year-and-a-half and beyond that,” said Rabbi Jill Jacobs, executive director of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights.
“We have been speaking out about white supremacy, the dog whistling of Trump, Steve Bannon [Trump’s former chief strategist], and anti-Semitism when it shows up on the left,” she insisted. “Close to 2,000 rabbis of all denominations have been on the streets with their community members protesting anti-Semitism, xenophobia, racism and Islamophobia.”
Daniel Elbaum, senior associate executive director of the American Jewish Committee, maintained that the AJC has spoken out against anti-Semitism, whether it comes from the right or the left. He was also critical of Weisman for not mentioning the “horrifically anti-Semitic speech” of Farrakhan.
Weisman told The Jewish Week that he anticipated such responses but he said that groups such as the AJC “do not want to offend their conservative donors who turn a blind eye to the white nationalist support Trump received because they are afraid their donors will dry up. … How strongly Jewish groups are speaking out is a matter of opinion.”
He said a check online of AJC statements decrying anti-Semitic incidents revealed that all but a handful concern incidents overseas.
Reached by phone from Jerusalem where he is attending the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism, Daniel Mariaschin, B’nai B’rith International CEO, criticized Weisman for “not looking deeply into what is being done to fight anti-Semitism.”
He insisted that much of the anti-Semitism today is sparked by “those who call themselves anti-Zionists and who engage in demonizing Israel.”
“We are always looking for friends and allies, and the assumption that we are not fighting anti-Semitism on all fronts is a mistaken one,” Mariaschin said.
Asked about this week’s Global Forum in Jerusalem, Weisman said: “I would like to see that conference in Washington.”
Among the other Jewish leaders who took issue with Weisman’s article were:* Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, who pointed out that much of the anti-Semitism in America and Europe today “is directly and indirectly related to Israel.” He said his organization is not silent when it comes to speaking out about anti-Semitism but that the media – he singled out the New York Times — does not cover it.
“Why is an Israeli settlement issue front page coverage?” he asked. “If it has to do with the United Nations bashing Israel, that is top coverage.”
* Daniel Mariaschin, B’nai B’rith International CEO, criticized Weisman for “not looking deeply into what is being done to fight anti-Semitism.”
In a phone call from Jerusalem where he is participating in the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism, he too insisted that much of the anti-Semitism today is sparked by “those who call themselves anti-Zionists and who engage in demonizing Israel.”
“We are always looking for friends and allies, and the assumption that we are not fighting anti-Semitism on all fronts is a mistaken one,” Mariaschin insisted, adding that it is very important that the Trump administration appoint a new special envoy to deal with anti-Semitism worldwide.
“I have seen how that position can really help us in this fight because the envoys have traveled the length and breadth of the world to bring the concern of the U.S. administration, members of Congress and their constituents to areas where anti-Semitism raises its head.”
* Rabbi Steven Wernick, chief executive officer of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, said the increase in anti-Semitic incidents and the “normalization of anti-Semitic acts” has heightened the “feeling of greater vulnerability, but we have the SCN [the Jewish community’s Secure Community Network] and the cooperation of Homeland Security, the FBI and local law enforcement. … We support the ADL and sign onto their statements.”
* Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, said “American Jewry can, must, and is, fighting back against anti-Semitism on the left and the right and all hate crimes, even as we also concern ourselves with Israel. Thousands of lawn signs are in front of homes and synagogues reading: `No Place for Hate.’”
* William Daroff, senior vice president for Public Policy at the Jewish Federations of North America, pointed out that after Charlottesville federations nationwide worked with law enforcement and local government leaders “to prevent similar incidents from happening in their communities. …Anti-Semitism takes many forms today, and we continue to speak up loudly against them and to adapt to fight these challenges by building strong and resilient Jewish communities.”
Jewish Broadcasting Service: B'nai B'rith Delegation Visits United Nations Human rights council in Geneva, Switzerland
The Jewish Broadcasting Service covered the annual visit by B'nai B'rith International's delegation to Geneva, Switzerland, where delegation representatives met with ambassadors and other leaders to discuss the anti-Israel bias of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
JNS.org cited B'nai B'rith International's response to the announcement that CIA Director Mike Pompeo would be nominated to replace Rex Tillerson as the United States Secretary of State.
Major American Jewish organizations are pleased by the nomination of CIA director Mike Pompeo to succeed Rex Tillerson as U.S. secretary of state, and some are expressing hope that Pompeo will reverse Tillerson’s recent decision to side with the PLO in a lawsuit by victims of terrorism.
Pompeo “has had close ties to the Jewish community and is a strong supporter of the U.S.-Israel relationship,” Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman and CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, told JNS. “We look forward to working with him on the many international issues and challenges he will be addressing. We hope he will review the State Department’s position on the terror victims’ lawsuits.”
Sarah Stern, president of the pro-Israel advocacy group EMET (Endowment for Middle East Truth), said she worked with Pompeo when he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. “He genuinely appreciates Israel’s unique role as America’s only reliable, democratic ally in one of the most volatile regions in the world,” Stern told JNS. She also pointed out that it was Pompeo, together with Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), who exposed the fact that the Obama administration signed a series of secret side agreements with Iran that gave Tehran additional benefits from the nuclear agreement.
Stern said she was “deeply disappointed” by the State Department’s decision to side with the PLO, which is currently being sued by terror victims under the terms of the Anti-Terrorism Act. The department recently submitted a brief in the Sokolow vs. PLO case, urging the Supreme Court to decline to hear the suit, primarily on technical grounds.
EMET will urge the new secretary of state to reverse that position, she said.
In a statement to JNS, B’nai B’rith International said it is “encouraged by Mike Pompeo’s record of support for the U.S.-Israel relationship,” and “shares his concern about the Iranian nuclear threat and his view of the need for continued pressure on Iran.”
Regarding the lawsuit against the PLO, B’nai B’rith said: “The Anti-Terrorism Act is intended to deter terrorist acts against the U.S. and to give recourse to victims who seek justice. B’nai B’rith supports victims of terror and their families.”
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told JNS that in his view, President Donald Trump “has two key foreign-policy challenges he wants to tackle: North Korea—with China an associated challenge—and Iran.” With Pompeo as secretary of state, “it seems the U.S. will actively try to deal with both. This is a big development.”
Debating the pros and cons
Conservative and Reform groups did not respond to requests for comment on the nomination. Several Orthodox groups, however, strongly praised the choice of Pompeo.
Farley Weiss, president of the National Council of Young Israel, to which more than 100 Orthodox synagogues belong, said he was “very pleased” by the choice of Pompeo, “who has a strong track record of support for Israel and clearly understands the threat from Iran.”
He contrasted Pompeo with outgoing secretary Rex Tillerson, who reportedly opposed U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“We also received reports of some concern about Tillerson’s position regarding a land dispute between Lebanon and Israel,” said Weiss, “and we hope that [incoming] Secretary of State Pompeo will take the right position on the issue and support the position of Israel.”
Rabbi Pesach Lerner, president of the Coalition for Jewish Values, which represents several hundred Orthodox rabbis, told JNS that his group “would like the State Department to reverse its decision not to fight for victims of the PLO terrorist organization, a decision which eviscerated the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1992.”
He also expressed hope that under Pompeo and in the wake of Trump’s Jerusalem decision, “the State Department will list ‘Jerusalem, Israel’ as the birthplace of my newest granddaughter.”
Left-of-center American Jewish groups, however, are not pleased by the nomination.
Paul Scham, president of Partners for Progressive Israel, told JNS that Pompeo is “a dangerous hawk” who “seems to believe war is a handy solution” to diplomatic conflicts.
Americans for Peace Now this week distributed an “Action Alert” calling on its member to urge senators to vote against confirming Pompeo. APN said it opposes Pompeo because he is “an ultra-hawk on Iran and fierce critic of the Iran nuclear deal,” and has “close relationships” with what it characterizes as “Islamophobic organizations.”
Kol HaBirah mentioned B’nai B’rith’s interview with singer Idan Raichel in an article on his recent performance at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland. In 2016, the B’nai B’rith World Center-Jerusalem conferred a citation on Idan Raichel for his contribution to fostering Israel-Diaspora relations through the arts.
No stranger to foreign dignitaries, the Greater Washington community welcomed an ambassador of a different sort on Feb. 22. In an intimately stripped-down performance, Idan Raichel, the famed international music icon from Israel, focused on the original essence of his songs during a solo piano concert at the 1,976-seat concert hall at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland.
For over 15 years, through his work with his band, The Idan Raichel Project, Raichel has shared the diversity of Israeli voices and culture through music with the rest of the world. Raichel became well-known internationally with his breakout song in 2003, “Boee,” which has been described as an “entrancing blend of Ethiopian voices and lush global pop.” His songs have been written and performed in collaboration with over 95 artists from across the globe, so watching Raichel perform alone on the stage was a departure from his typical show. Instead of sharing the stage with fellow artists, Raichel created his own percussions and accompaniment by recording his own beats, playing them on a loop, and then layering his live piano playing and Hebrew singing over that.
David Goldstein, owner of SMASH Productions of Silver Spring, said it “was amazing to see Idan Raichel after four or five years. As a solo artist, he is a very talented musician. The rhymes and beats he creates are one of a kind. The way he was able to take his old songs and put a solo, singer-songwriter feel on them was really amazing to see.”
Ahead of the concert, Raichel met with B’nai B’rith International to discuss his own Jewish identity.
“For me, to be Jewish is to feel connected to a whole big chain — a chain of history, of the past, and also to the future. To feel connected to one big family, a big mishpachah around the world,” Raichel said. “You can feel welcome in Hillel in the States or Beit Chabad in India or Colombia or some village in Africa. Always you can take a rest, once a week, to feel welcome in Shabbat dinner, always to find an open door for you and someone to make you feel at home.”
Many attendees arrived at the venue early for a discussion on “Arabic Music and Israeli Identity” by Haim Malka, deputy director and senior fellow of the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.
JTA mentioned B’nai B’rith in an article on Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales’ decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In January, we honored Morales with our Human Rights Award, for his decision to move the embassy.
Guatemala’s highest court for civil law rejected an attempt to call off moving the country’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
The Constitutional Court of Guatemala’s five magistrates turned down a request from local attorney Marco Vinicio Mejia, who argued in a petition filed in January that the embassy move was contrary to international law, spokesman Santiago Palomo told the French news agency AFP on Saturday.
President Jimmy Morales wants to move Guatemala’s embassy in Israel from its current location in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv, to Jerusalem, as the United States plans to do.
In his brief, the lawyer argued among other things that an order issued over social media such as Facebook carried no legal standing. The court said in its ruling that “the circumstances” did not make it “advisable” to grant an injunction, though it suggested that the matter was not definitively resolved.
U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Wednesday thanked Morales for his support on the Jerusalem question. Guatemalan Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel said she has received calls from the Palestinian Authority asking for Guatemala to reconsider its stance. But the country’s position, she said, was irreversible. Last month, President Donald Trump thanked Morales in Washington for his support of the U.S. decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Morales said that moving the embassy to Jerusalem is “the right action to take legally and historically.” He added that Guatemala is “the United States’ strongest ally” in combating and preventing terrorism in America.
In January, Morales received the Human Rights Award from B’nai B’rith for his decision to move his country’s embassy to Jerusalem and for his unwavering support of Israel.
Morales announced the embassy move on Dec. 24. In a Facebook post, he said that he had instructed his country’s chancellor “to initiate the respective coordination so that it may be.” The decision followed a conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Days before, the U.N. General Assembly passed a nonbinding resolution rejecting any recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in reaction to President Donald Trump’s pronouncement on Dec. 6 that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and begin taking steps to move its embassy there from Tel Aviv.
Guatemala is home to about 1,000 Jews out of a population of 15 million.
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) mentioned on its website that it was in the process of unpacking and photographing our art collection at the Skirball Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio. Our partnership with HUC-JIR began in May 2015, and the B’nai B’rith Klutznick Collection encompasses about 1500 works of art.
Since May of 2015, the staff of the Skirball Museum has been hard at work unpacking, condition reporting, cataloguing, and photographing nearly 1500 works of art from the B’nai B’rith Klutznick Collection, now a part of the Skirball’s holdings. Ten treasures from the collection remain on view, giving visitors a sneak peek at the breadth of this remarkable collection as the Museum prepares for a permanent display. This group of treasures includes antique and modern Judaica as well as 20th century paintings
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