Anthony Scaramucci pledges $25K to Wiesenthal Center to make up for Twitter Holocaust gaffe

Screenshot from @ScaramucciPost. (Twitter)

Screenshot from @ScaramucciPost. (Twitter)

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Anthony Scaramucci, the financier who briefly helmed U.S. President Donald Trump’s communications department, pledged $25,000 US to the Simon Wiesenthal Center after an account in his name posted a survey asking people how many Jews were killed in the Holocaust.

“On behalf of the @ScaramucciPost we will be making a $25,000 donation to The Simon Wiesenthal Center. Hopefully I spelled that right,” Scaramucci said Tuesday afternoon on his personal Twitter account, ending with a grinning emoji. [Read more…]

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Scaramucci Twitter account asks how many Jews were killed in the Holocaust

Screenshot from @ScaramucciPost. (Twitter)
Screenshot from @ScaramucciPost. (Twitter)

Screenshot from @ScaramucciPost. (Twitter)

WASHINGTON (JTA) – A Twitter account associated with Anthony Scaramucci, the colourful figure who was briefly U.S. President Donald Trump’s communications director, withdrew and apologized for a tweet surveying how many Jews people believed were killed in the Holocaust.

“This poll was put up by @lancelaifer without consulting @Scaramucci who is traveling in London,” the Scaramucci Post account said Tuesday with a screen capture of the offending tweet. “The poll has been taken down.” [Read more…]

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Netanyahu praises Trump’s ‘brave decision’ on Iran nuclear deal

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to refuse to declare Iran in compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal “courageous.”

“It’s a very brave decision, and I think it’s the right decision for the world,” Netanyahu said during an interview with John Dickerson on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday morning. [Read more…]

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Trump allegedly made anti-Semitic, racist comments while working on ‘The Apprentice’

(JTA) – Anti-Jewish sentiment and other racism was a big part of the persona of Donald Trump when the future president starred on “The Apprentice,” one of the producers said.

Bill Pruitt told the National Public Radio podcast “Embedded” by Kelly McEvers on Thursday that after the first couple of shows of the reality series, Trump started saying inappropriate things during discussions about whom to fire.  [Read more…]

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Abbas aide says Palestinian leader condemns deadly attack near Jerusalem

(JTA) – An aide for Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, said that Abbas opposed the slaying of three Israelis by a terrorist near Jerusalem on Tuesday.

Nabil Abu Rudeinah, Abbas’ chief of staff, told the Voice of Palastine radio station on Thursday of Abbas’ disapproval of the killing, when he was asked about the subject during an interview. [Read more…]

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Trump provides hope for Middle East peace, Israel’s president tells U.S. Jewish leaders

JERUSALEM (JTA) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s approach to the Middle East offers a brighter outlook to the region, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin told American Jewish leaders in a wide-ranging conference call.

“With the election of President Trump, we have new hope for peace and reconciliation with our neighbours,” Rivlin said in the conversation Wednesday with leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in honour of the Jewish New Year, according to his office. [Read more…]

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