Month: May 2019

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Trump Grants Full Pardon to Former Jerusalem Post Owner Conrad Black

(JTA) — President Donald Trump granted a full pardon to Conrad Black, the former owner and publisher of The Jerusalem Post who had spent three years in prison for stealing $60 million from his own company, Hollinger International.

Black was found guilty of fraud and obstruction of justice in 2007. Along with The Jerusalem Post, Hollinger’s included the Chicago Sun-Times and The Daily Telegraph in London, as well as hundreds of small community papers.

Black is a personal friend of the president and wrote a flattering book about him titled “Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other.”

“When my…

Palestinian Activists Don’t Understand Why They Can’t Enter the U.S.

Hanan Ashrawi speaks at a news conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Feb. 24, 2015. (Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) — In December 1992, about nine months before the first Palestinian-Israeli peace accords were signed on the White House lawn, Hanan Ashrawi met with President George H.W. Bush in the Oval Office.

Now, 26 years later, she can’t even enter the United States.

Ashrawi, a longtime Palestinian spokeswoman and a current member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, tweeted Monday that her application for a U.S. visa was rejected.

Madonna Confirms She’ll Sing at Eurovision Finale

Madonna performs at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles, March 29, 2015. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Rest easy, Madonna fans, it’s official: The pop icon will sing at the Eurovision Song Contest finals in Tel Aviv.

She signed her contract on Thursday morning, two days before her performance, Israel’s Kan public broadcaster reported. Madonna is scheduled to perform two songs on Saturday night.

Though she had yet to make it official, Madonna rehearsed on Wednesday and Thursday morning. Israel’s Channel 12…

Ilhan Omar and Her Jewish Colleague Jan Schakowsky Co-write Op-ed on Fighting White Supremacy

Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota speaks at a town hall meeting in Minneapolis, April 24, 2019. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. and Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., joined in an appeal to confront a rise in deadly expressions of white nationalism.

“As a Muslim American and a Jewish American elected to the United States Congress, we can no longer sit silently as terror strikes our communities,” the lawmakers wrote in an op-edappearing Tuesday on CNN’s website. “We cannot allow those who seek to divide and…