With over half of US states having passed anti-BDS legislation, an author of the ‘Israel Anti-Boycott Act’ in the Senate, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio (Rep), wants to hear from Airbnb.
BY MICHAEL WILNER
WASHINGTON – Airbnb’s move this week to delist properties located in Jewish settlements in the West Bank from its website prompted enough of an outcry in Israel to be heard in Washington, where key lawmakers are expressing concern and raising the prospect of legal action against the service giant.
The decision by Airbnb, an online marketplace for property rentals, sparked furor from Israeli officials this week. Continue Reading »
Turkish police have uncovered & contained an alleged plot by Al-Qaeda to bomb a synagogue in Ankara as well as the U.S. embassy & other public sites.
By Arutz Sheva staff
Turkish police have uncovered and foiled an alleged plot by Al-Qaeda to bomb the United States embassy in Ankara, as well as a synagogue and other targets in Istanbul, Turkish media reported on Friday.
US Embassy in Ankara – AFP file photo
As a result of a February raid in Istanbul and the northeastern city of Corlu, police had arrested 12 people, including eight Turks, two Azeris and two Chechens, and seized 22 kilograms of explosives, CNNTurk reported. Continue Reading »
US president signs law adding Israel to list of countries whose citizens are eligible; Israel is among top 20 investors in the US.
US President Barak Obama on Monday signed a law that adds Israel to the list of countries whose citizens are eligible to receive E2 investor visas.
Israeli passports – Photo: Thinkstock/Imagebank
Among those eligible for the investors’ visa are businesspeople and representatives of companies who have made significant investments in the United States or opened businesses there.
Commercial Attache in Washington Ohad Cohen praised the new law, saying “We live in a world where investments are an important part of the ability to conduct trade and there is no doubt that the new law is an important step toward necessary improvements regarding visas, which will contribute to the expansion of trade between the (two) countries.”
Between the years of 2000 and 2010, Israeli investments in the United States totaled $58.5 billion, placing Israel among the top 20 countries investing in the US, the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry said following the decision. Continue Reading »