Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner received a blessing in Jerusalem Sunday from Israeli's chief rabbi, who recently compared black people to monkeys.
WHAT: Trump and Kushner, who are married and both work as senior advisors to President Donald Trump, arrived in Israel earlier in the day to celebrate the move of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem Monday.
In addition to dining with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin and attending a ceremony at the Foreign Ministry, Jewish Insider reported reported
WHY: In a March sermon, Yosef compared black people born from white parents to “monkeys." He used the Hebrew word “kushi,” a biblical term that has come to be used in Israel as a slur against black people.
“You can’t make the blessing on every ‘kushi’ you see — in America you see one every five minutes, so you make it only on a person with a white father and mother,” Yosef said.
”How do would you know? Let’s say you know! So they had a monkey as a son, a son like this, so you say the blessing on him.”
The Anti-Defamation League tweeted at the time that the remarks were “utterly unacceptable.” Yosef’s office responded that he was merely citing the Talmud, which states that the same blessing is recited upon seeing an elephant, a monkey, or an ape.
Yosef's weekly sermons have gotten him in trouble before. In 2017, he suggested that secular women behave like animals because of their immodest dress. In 2016, he said that Jewish law bars no-Jewish from living in Israel.