The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, the small New York nonprofit that has grown in prominence over the past year due to its new executive director’s incendiary rhetoric toward President Trump, reportedly does not consider itself a “pro-Jewish” group — and has only tenuous ties to the Frank family.
The Atlantic reported Monday that, contrary to the organization’s claims, the Anne Frank Center was founded without any direct involvement from Anne’s father Otto.
Since executive director Steven Goldstein joined the organization in June 2016, the center, which is independent of the foundations that run the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and own the rights to her diary, has had 100% staff turnover, disbanded its committee of Holocaust scholars, shut down its New York museum and is refocusing on social-justice organizing.
“It isn’t our focus to be pro-Jewish or to be just a Holocaust-education [organization],” new board chairman Peter Rapaport told The Atlantic. “We want to use the knowledge of the Holocaust and go further.”
Correction, 3:38 p.m.: An earlier version of this article said that the Anne Frank Center “reportedly no longer considers itself a ‘pro-Jewish’ group.” In fact, they have never officially considered themselves to be a Jewish organization.
Breitbart News’ application for permanent congressional press passes was denied on Tuesday, the Atlantic reported.
The right-wing news outlet, once described by its former editor Stephen Bannon as the “platform” of the “alt-right,” has been seeking credentials for months.
The Standing Committee of Correspondents of the Senate Press Gallery voted to table Breitbart’s application — and also to not extend its temporary passes, valid only through May 31.
The committee has raised a number of concerns with Brietbart, including its connections with former editor Bannon, now an important figure in the Trump administration, and with the Mercer family of Republican donors.
The site said it would contest the move.
“Breitbart News is unequivocally entitled to permanent Senate Press Gallery credentials and is determined to secure them,” Breitbart spokesman Chad Wilkinson said in a Tuesday statement.
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Ivanka Trump disputed claims that she was the main cheerleader in the White House for a strike against Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime after the dictator used chemical weapons on his own people.
“That would be a flawed interpretation… It was informed at the highest levels of military and state. I of course shared my perspective and opinion,” she said on a visit to Germany, where she’s currently on her first trip abroad as a government official.
President Trump’s decision to fire missiles at a Syrian airbase following the chemical weapons attacks was upsetting to many in his base, given the isolationist positions he often took during the campaign. Members of the racist “alt-right” movement alleged that Ivanka and husband Jared Kushner were the motivators of the administration’s decision.
Brother Eric Trump seemed to confirm that speculation when he told Britain’s Daily Telegraph that he thought his sister was a main advocate for intervention. “Ivanka is a mother of three kids and she has influence. I’m sure she said: ‘Listen, this is horrible stuff,’” he said.
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli troops shot a Palestinian man who was trying to stab soldiers near an Israeli military base in the West Bank.
No soldiers were injured in the Tuesday afternoon attack at the Hawara Junction, the headquarters of the military’s Samaria Regional Brigade near Nablus, in the northern West Bank. The assailant was treated at the scene and taken to an Israeli hospital in Petach Tikvah, where he was reported to be in serious condition.
Palestinian security sources told the Palestinian Maan news agency that the alleged stabber was carrying a school bag and that he was shot several times in the stomach.
It was the third Palestinian stabbing attack this week.
Jewish high school students protested on Monday outside the home of the last known Nazi concentration camp guard in the U.S.
The Queens, N.Y. home of Jakiw Palij, 92, was the site of signs and chants by students from the Rambam Mesivta on Long Island.
“It is outrageous that a Nazi who is involved in killing thousands of innocent men, women and children should be able to walk the same streets that we do,” student Benjamin Kattan, who helped organize the protest, told the New York Daily News.
Palij worked at the Treblinka concentration camp during World War II. He moved to the U.S. in 1949 and became a citizen in 1957. He was ordered to be deported in 2004, but no European country would take him.
“People will ask me, why not leave him alone? He was 20 years old when these crimes took place,” school dean Rabbi Zev Friedman told the Daily News. “I view him as a 20-year-old murderer that got away with crimes for 72 years, not a 92-year-old nice old man.”
“If Osama Bin Laden moved into the neighborhood, we wouldn’t say, ‘Oh, he’s an old man, leave him alone.’ He’s a murderer!”
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