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January 23, 2017 / 25 Tevet, 5777

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Jordan, Palestinian Authority Unite to Fight Relocation of US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

Jordanian King Abdullah II and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas met Sunday in Amman to coordinate their moves against the possible relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The two men “discussed the possible ramifications of moving the American Embassy” and agreed to “take a number of measures if the embassy is relocated,” according to the Palestinian Authority’s official WAFA news agency.

U.S. President Donald Trump told an Israeli reporter last week at a pre-inaugural event that he remembered his campaign promise to relocate the embassy.

“Of course I remember what I told you about Jerusalem,” he told the journalist from the Israel Hayom newspaper. “Of course I didn’t forget. And you know I’m not a person who breaks promises.”

Following his meeting with Abdullah in Amman, Abbas announced to reporters, “We have come to an agreement with Jordan on a series of steps that will be taken if the United States moves its embassy to Jerusalem.”

Abbas didn’t offer further details.

Hana Levi Julian

Palestinian Authority ‘Congratulates’ President Donald Trump With Mixed Messages [video]

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

The Palestinian Authority had a mixed reaction to the inauguration on Friday of U.S. President Donald Trump.

PA leader Mahmoud Abbas sent a short note of congratulations to the new American president, wishing him well and saying he hopes to work with him to create a world that is more peaceful, secure and stable, in the midst of turmoil that has reached tragic proportions. He expressed the hope that President Trump will help to bring about a peaceful future for all.

But while the Palestinian Authority leader expressed warm thoughts of peace in English, his citizens sent an entirely different message in Arabic and in their actions.

Protesters also held demonstrations on the streets of the Palestinian Authority, setting fire to a large photo of the new American president in one incident near a border crossing close to Bethlehem, just south of Jerusalem. Palestinian Authority security personnel did nothing to stop the protests.

Israeli forces quickly arrived and attempted to expel them from the area, while threatening to use force on the activists. The forces then tore apart the pictures and signs used during the demonstration.

Another protest was held near the city of Ma’ale Adumim, east of Jerusalem. Posters were also hung up protesting the proposed move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Hana Levi Julian

Deadly Shooting in Tel Aviv

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

Two people were reported dead in a shooting incident Saturday night that took place in Tel Aviv, south of the Azrieli Towers on Totzeret Haretz Street.

The incident took place in an underground parking lot. The circumstances are not yet clear but sources said the background was criminal, rather than nationalist.

Hana Levi Julian

Enterprising Builder Thrilled About US Embassy Move to Jerusalem

Friday, January 20th, 2017

On one of Jerusalem’s busy roads, Beit Lechem, there is a huge public response to the purported decision by incoming U.S. President Donald J. Trump to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The Jerusalem Embassy Act, passed by the U.S. Congress in 1995, states that Jerusalem should remain a united city, that it should be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel and that the U.S. Embassy should be moved there from Tel Aviv.

Every U.S. President has signed the waiver contained in the law which extends by an additional six months the time by which the embassy must be moved.

President Trump and several insiders close to him, including David M. Friedman, the man nominated to become the new U.S. Ambassador to Israel, have stated that under this president the embassy will be moved to Jerusalem.

It is unclear where, exactly, the Obama administration considered Israel’s capital to be – there were no public declarations that Tel Aviv was considered Israel’s capital. And, of course, President Obama and his State Department made it clear in the recent past that not only did they not consider Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel, they did not even consider Jerusalem to be part of Israel.

An enterprising Jerusalem builder has made his glee public about the stated policy of the incoming U.S. administration.

Developer festoons building on Rehov Beit Lechem, welcoming the US Embassy move to Jerusalem, Israel.

Developer festoons building on Derech Beit Lechem, welcoming the US Embassy move to Jerusalem, Israel.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

President-elect Trump Intends to ‘Really Show His Respect for Israel’ Says Press Secretary Spicer

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

America’s new president – by 12 noon Friday, U.S. President Donald J. Trump – intends to show “the importance of Israel in the Middle East,” according to incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

In his first news conference with the White House press pool, Spicer was asked about Mr. Trump’s campaign pledge to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and asked if he could “confirm that he’s decided to do it.”

Spicer’s reply was not nearly as definitive as that which his boss gave two nights ago when he told the Hebrew-language newspaper Israel Hayom at the Chairman’s Global Dinner in Washington DC, “You know I’m not a person who breaks promises.” Here’s what the new White House Press Secretary replied:

“What I can tell you is, stay tuned. There’ll be a further announcement on that.

“And I think the president’s made very clear that Israel is … has not gotten the attention it deserves, or the respect in the last eight years. He intends to really show his respect for Israel, the importance of it in the Middle East, and I think he’s continued to talk with his team – both Ambassador-designate David Friedman, Jared Kushner, others, Rex Tillerson, about how we’re going to work with Israel.

“I think first and foremost how to make sure that we continue to support our ally Israel. That is something that is going to be the priority of this administration.”

Hana Levi Julian

Hamas-Fatah Talks in Moscow Also Hope to Deter Trump From Moving US Embassy to Jerusalem

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Russian officials this week held unofficial reconciliation talks in Moscow between Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization and the Fatah faction that leads the Palestinian Authority government from Ramallah.

Moussa Abu Marzouk represented Hamas in Moscow at the talks.

Since Sunday the two sides discussed the possibility of forming – again – a national unity government prior to elections.

On Tuesday, Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad said in Arabic the two sides reached an agreement to, “within 48 hours” call on PA leader Mahmoud Abbas to launch “consultations on the creation of a [national unity] government.”

The two sides have made the same agreement several times before, and each time the “unity” falls apart when it comes to actually functioning as a unified government.

The two sides had no differences between them, however, when it came to asking Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to try to convince U.S. President-elect Donald Trump not to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“We sensed understanding on Mr. Lavrov’s part,” Ahmad said.

“It is crucial to find a new working mechanism for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” he added.

Hana Levi Julian

$10 Million Grant Awarded to Museum of Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv has been awarded a $10 million grant from the Koret Foundation, based in San Francisco. The grant is the largest awarded to Beit Hatfutsot from a U.S. philanthropic foundation in its 40-year history and one of the largest single grants made by the Koret Foundation to an Israeli institution.

According to the announcement released Tuesday, it will establish the new Koret International School for Jewish Peoplehood as the educational centerpiece of the Museum, and will offer an extensive range of personal and professional educational programs for visitors, online users, students, educators and community leaders.

Through the grant, the museum will develop new approaches to education and will design innovative programs tailored for groups and individuals attending the Museum, learning curricula for Jewish day schools and community centers, traveling exhibits, and professional training and certification schemes for educators from around the world. It will also build on the successful flagship programs already in place, most notably the My Family Story genealogy competition and the G2G volunteer scheme.

The Koret International School will oversee a global team of full-time associates and representatives in order to oversee these initiatives, museum officials said. 

“The Koret Foundation’s grant reflects an exciting and growing convergence of interests around the revised mission for the Museum of the Jewish People, bringing leading foundations into conversation and partnership with our ongoing and much-valued partner, the Government of Israel,” said Irina Nevzlin, Chair of the Board of Directors at Beit Hatfutsot.

“With the visionary support of the Koret Foundation, The Museum of the Jewish People will be the unquestioned global hub for a new conversation about what it means to be not just Jewish, but a member of the Jewish people. 

“We are gratified to partner with Beit Hatfutsot, one of the world’s leading institutions in telling the long and extraordinary Jewish story,” said Dr. Anita Friedman, President of the Koret Foundation.

“In the 21st Century, innovative Jewish institutions and meaningful new approaches are needed. The Koret International School will play a pivotal role in strengthening Jewish identity and Jewish involvement, and offers a powerful new opportunity to engage, inspire and educate.

Hana Levi Julian

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/10-million-grant-awarded-to-museum-of-jewish-people-at-beit-hatfutsot/2017/01/17/

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