Jerusalem hostel blacklists Jewish celebrities, journalists as 'haters'

Jerusalem Heritage House's list of "haters of Israel" includes Jon Stewart, Bette Midler, Natalie Portman, Bernie Sanders and more.

August 14, 2018 11:42
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THE OLD CITY of Jerusalem – quartered and whole

THE OLD CITY of Jerusalem – quartered and whole. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)


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The Jerusalem Heritage House hostel in the Old City may have blacklisted Jewish celebrities and journalists as haters of Israel.

Members on the list of “Sonei Yisrael,” meaning “haters of Israel,” are defined as “Jews who are banned from the Jerusalem Heritage House and all activities, because of crimes committed against the Jewish People,” and was first published on the Twitter account of journalist Jacob Kornbluh.

Among the so-called haters are celebrities, like former The Daily Show host Jon Stewart, actresses Bette Midler and Natalie Portman, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon, as well as politicians and diplomats, like Senators Bernie Sanders and Dianne Feinstein, and former US Ambassadors to Israel Daniel Shapiro and Daniel Kurtzer. Senior Reform movement officials like Rabbi Rick Jacobs are on the list, as are members of left-wing organizations like Peace Now and J Street, as well as Jewish Voice for Peace and IfNotNow.

In addition, a large number of journalists are included, such as the entire staff of CNN and The New York Times, as well as The Jerusalem Post Editor-In-Chief Yaakov Katz. The Atlantic’s Contributing Editor Peter Beinart, who was detained at Ben-Gurion Airport and questioned about his political activism on Monday in an incident the Prime Minister’s Office called “an administrative mistake,” is also on the list.

The Jerusalem Heritage House hung up the phone when asked for comment on Tuesday.

The hostel’s website says it “provides safe and comfortable lodging for young Jewish travelers and students in Jerusalem so that they can best experience and develop their connection with Israel, Judaism and the Jewish People.”

The similarly-named Heritage House Jerusalem Hostel denied any knowledge of or involvement with the list.

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