Rabbi Rick Jacobs, leader of the Union for Reform Judaism, sent an open letter Wednesday to Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu protesting a new travel ban barring supporters of boycotts, divestment and sanctions against the state and its West Bank settlements.
“I have been a fierce personal opponent of BDS and boycotts against Israel,” the Reform movement leader wrote, referring to the Palestinian campaign to isolate Israel on economic, political and cultural fronts.
But he described himself as “frustrated” with the ban, recently adopted by the Knesset, which he compared to having “posted a giant sign by the door of the Jewish state saying, ‘Don’t come unless you agree with everything we’re doing here.’”
He added that Jewish students participating in the movement’s Birthright trips to Israel “are worried that based on their opposition to settlement expansion, they will be stopped at the border when they land in Israel.”
Pushed by the Likud and its other right-wing partners, the travel ban has been denounced by numerous American Jewish groups, including JStreet, for its stifling of speech and protection of West Bank settlements. It is unclear whether it will hold in the Israeli courts.
(REUTERS) - Weight Watchers International Inc. said Mindy Grossman, current chief executive of HSN Inc., will join the diet company as CEO in July.
Grossman, who has led HSN (formerly known as the Home Shopping Network) since 2008, will also join Weight Watchers’ board, the company said in a statement.
Grossman was named Fortune’s Business Person of the Year in 2014 and has been named one of the world’s 100 most powerful women three times by Forbes magazine, Weight Watchers said.
She has more than 38 years of experience in the consumer industry, including in executive roles at Nike Inc., Polo Jeans Company and Polo Ralph Lauren Corp.
“Mindy is proven as a successful visionary and entrepreneurial force in business and I look forward to working with her,” said media mogul Oprah Winfrey, who owns a 10 percent stake in Weight Watchers.
The company said in September last year that the former talk show queen would help it pick a new CEO following James Chambers’ resignation after three years on the job.
(REUTERS) — Israeli-founded ride service Gett has bought U.S. rival Juno for $200 million in a deal that further consolidated the ride-hailing industry and that some said short-changed Juno drivers.
Gett, an on-demand ride service that is a partner of automaker Volkswagen, said on Wednesday it had bought New York-based startup Juno. The transaction grows Gett’s driver roster and geographical footprint, and better positions it to compete with bigger companies such as Lyft and Uber.
Gett will acquire all of Juno’s existing business, including drivers and employees. Juno operates only in New York, while Gett is in more than 100 cities, mainly in the United Kingdom, Russia and Israel. Gett drivers and Juno drivers will in the short term drive on separate platforms with separate brands but will eventually be combined into a single platform, a Gett spokeswoman said.
Juno had positioned itself as a more driver-friendly alternative to Uber, offering its operators stock options in the company when they signed on. But with the acquisition, those restricted stock units will become nearly worthless.
Ryan Price, executive director of the Independent Drivers Guild, which advocates for Juno operators, said in an email that the company was “leaving the drivers who helped build the company with next to nothing.”
(JTA) — French police have detained 10 people in the investigation of the deadly 2015 attack on a Jewish supermarket in Paris, sources close to the probe told Agence France Presse on Wednesday.
The suspects include a suspected arms trafficker, Claude Hermant.
Investigators are seeking to ascertain how the assailant, France-based jihadist Amedy Coulibaly, obtained the weapons used in the January 9, 2015, attack on the Hyper Cacher market. Coulibaly was killed by police after murdering four in a hostage siege that began on the same day that jihadists killed 12 at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Prosecutors say Hermant, who is awaiting trial in a separate arms trafficking case, has links with far-right groups in northern France.
Dan Rather’s second coming started with a simple directive from billionaire businessman Mark Cuban: “Go piss people off.”
That’s according to a new profile of Rather in Politico today, tracing the legendary CBS newsman’s post-retirement resurgence as an outspoken social media superstar.
After being pushed out at CBS, Rather was hired by Cuban to host a television program on Cuban’s cable channel, HDNet. Since then, he’s gotten a SiriusXM radio show – and a wildly popular Facebook page, with more than two million followers.
“He is the Energizer Bunny. He keeps going and going, and the country is better for it,” Cuban said to Politico.
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