Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were blessed by top Israeli Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, who once compared black people to “monkeys.”
The couple received Yosef’s blessing ahead of the U.S. Embassy opening ceremony in Jerusalem on Monday. Yosef previously suggested that Israel should be free of non-Jews, Yahoo News reports.
In footage aired by the Ynet news website, he also used the term “kushi” to describe black people. Although the term was originally used in the bible, today it is generally considered to be a derogatory word when referring to Ethiopian Jews.
His use of the word was were deemed “racially charged” and “utterly unacceptable” by the Anti-Defamation League.
The rabbi’s office said he was quoting a passage from the Talmud – the primary source of Jewish religious law and theology.
Rabbi Yosef also caused controversy when he suggested non-Jews should not live in Israel if they do not follow the rulers of Judaism. Source: Yahoo News
Donald Trump fomented violence along the Israel/Gaza border that turned deadly with more than 40 Palestinians killed and over 1,700 injured including women, children and journalists. This is the deadliest clash between Israeli forces and Palestinians since 2014.
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Racially charged comment made by Israeli Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, comparing people of color to "monkeys", is utterly unacceptable. https://t.co/uQRPk7meyl
— ADL (@ADL_National) March 20, 2018
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