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Washington - Kushner Did Not Disclose His Heading Of A Foundation That Funded Settlement Projects

Published on: December 4, 2017 02:25 PM
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White House senior adviser Jared Kushner arrives prior to the National Christmas Tree Lighting and Pageant of Peace ceremony on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, U.S., November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos BarriaWhite House senior adviser Jared Kushner arrives prior to the National Christmas Tree Lighting and Pageant of Peace ceremony on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, U.S., November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Washington - Jared Kushner did not disclose on government filings his position as a director of a family foundation that funded projects in West Bank settlements.

Kushner’s position as co-director of the Charles and Seryl Kushner Foundation from 2006 to 2015, when the foundation donated at least $38,000 to the building of a Jewish seminary in the West Bank settlement of Beit El and an additional $20,000 to Jewish and educational institutions in other settlements, was not disclosed on his filings with the Office of Government Ethics, Newsweek reported Sunday.

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The settlements are considered illegal under international law.

The revelation comes two days after reports that Kushner, President Donald Trump’s Jewish son-in-law and a White House senior adviser, attempted to stop a vote on an anti-settlement resolution that passed during the Trump transition period.

Kushner has amended his financial records several times since his first filing with the government ethics office in March, and also has made three revisions to his security clearance application.

Newsweek reported that Kushner’s omission was first discovered by a team of researchers at American Bridge, a progressive research and communications organization. The group shared the discovery with Newsweek on Friday afternoon and its researchers suggested Kushner’s failure to disclose his position may have been an attempt to avoid “potential conflicts with his job negotiating Middle East peace.”

Had Kushner disclosed his position in the family foundation in his financial records, his involvement in the settlement donations and potential conflicts of interest with his government position may have been considered by the Office of Government Ethics, according to Newsweek.



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 Dec 04, 2017 at 02:36 PM Educated Archy Says:

Once again fake news making a tzimus over nothing . What's more they are stirring Muslim anger and obstructing any potential peace efforts being negotiated by Jared. Very sad

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 Dec 04, 2017 at 02:36 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

Kushner should resign he is the liberal presence making everything do downhill.

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 Dec 04, 2017 at 03:02 PM mayereke Says:

so what!!!! this is such nonsense

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 Dec 04, 2017 at 03:38 PM yamsar Says:

Reply to #1  
Educated Archy Says:

Once again fake news making a tzimus over nothing . What's more they are stirring Muslim anger and obstructing any potential peace efforts being negotiated by Jared. Very sad

Merely reporting the news wouldn’t constitute “fake news” the story is actually very real news. It’s sad that he didn’t take these disclosures seriously to begin with and he’d be able to go about doing his work. Instead he is now being hounded and harassed as a result of these ommisions.

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 Dec 04, 2017 at 03:42 PM yonasonw Says:

What this kind story does is revive the "Fifth Column" question that the Klal in the United States worked for 60 years to put to rest. Not good.

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 Dec 04, 2017 at 05:40 PM hashomer Says:

This shows how damn dumb Trumpie is. He parades Kushie around the arab world as an 'honest broker' for a peace deal and then this comes out. How stupid and unfit they are. If the alt-yidden think this is 'fake news' then ask how this plays in the arab world. Not good for the US, for Israel, or for the Jews. A triple play.by Trumpie and Kushiee! Feh.

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 Dec 04, 2017 at 06:18 PM Seriously? Says:

Reply to #1  
Educated Archy Says:

Once again fake news making a tzimus over nothing . What's more they are stirring Muslim anger and obstructing any potential peace efforts being negotiated by Jared. Very sad

This is not fake news. It is a huge problem. Why not disclose the information? What is very sad is that he has had an opportunity to make important contributions and it seems as if he has squandered them. How many times can he say that he forgot to include something on a submission to Congress or on a security clearance form? At a certain point it is just too much for people to take. The news media is not the problem regarding a peace deal right now. The parties themselves are the issue. Additionally, Jared Kushner was not in a position to make a peace deal before this happened. Enough with the "Fake News" response to everything. This whole administration has been a fiasco from the start.

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 Dec 04, 2017 at 07:47 PM LOL Says:

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Seriously? Says:

This is not fake news. It is a huge problem. Why not disclose the information? What is very sad is that he has had an opportunity to make important contributions and it seems as if he has squandered them. How many times can he say that he forgot to include something on a submission to Congress or on a security clearance form? At a certain point it is just too much for people to take. The news media is not the problem regarding a peace deal right now. The parties themselves are the issue. Additionally, Jared Kushner was not in a position to make a peace deal before this happened. Enough with the "Fake News" response to everything. This whole administration has been a fiasco from the start.

This is such a non story nothing more to see. Go back to the Trump Russian collusion that at least got better traction until it was deemed fake news.

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 Dec 04, 2017 at 09:04 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #7  
Seriously? Says:

This is not fake news. It is a huge problem. Why not disclose the information? What is very sad is that he has had an opportunity to make important contributions and it seems as if he has squandered them. How many times can he say that he forgot to include something on a submission to Congress or on a security clearance form? At a certain point it is just too much for people to take. The news media is not the problem regarding a peace deal right now. The parties themselves are the issue. Additionally, Jared Kushner was not in a position to make a peace deal before this happened. Enough with the "Fake News" response to everything. This whole administration has been a fiasco from the start.

Jared made 100s of disclosures . Leaving out a few small ones ain't the biggest crime .

Besides it's obvious that such a disclosure would obstruct his father in laws credibility with the Muslim nations . It was a security issue till the news yentas had to
Pry into what's common sense to keep your mouth shut .

By the way Fake news is not so much about whether the actual facts are true or not . Fake news reporting is about how you message . It's about how facts are spun .

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 Dec 04, 2017 at 09:32 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

Wonder why he was hiding this.

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 Dec 04, 2017 at 11:20 PM rachelw Says:

Umm, it says he was co-director from 2006-2015, of a foundation not in his name. Wasn't current, is what I'm saying. And what's so unusual about an orthodox Jew contributing to an Israeli cause. For that matter, why not simply pick on the mere fact of his Jewishness for his supposed inability to be impartial. Bunch of crock by Trump haters.

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 Dec 04, 2017 at 11:21 PM shmuelmoshe Says:

Its well known that Kushner donated to religious zionist instituitions (as well as many other) including yeshivos east of the green line. The same is true of Jason Greenblatt and David Friedman. Trump also donated to Beit El at the behest of David Friedman! That he didnt disclose it was again an oversight but not anything that wasnt widely known and previously reported.

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 Dec 05, 2017 at 08:42 AM shmuelmoshe Says:

Furthermore in all like
lihood the donations were made to American Friends of Beit El etc. which is an IRS recognized 5013C charity. I doubt that he even had a duty to disclose such contributions.

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 Dec 05, 2017 at 09:01 AM LOL and Archie are Idiots Says:

Period

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 Dec 05, 2017 at 04:50 PM georgeg Says:

How is donating some $60,000 years ago more of a conflict of interest than, as example, praying at least three times a day for Jewish sovereignty over entire Jerusalem? If these guys did not already know from the get-go that Kushner was a Zionist then they clearly need a whole new set of staff at these security institutions.

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