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Kushner didn’t disclose ties to foundation funding West Bank projects

(JTA) – 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. The revelation comes two days after reports that Kushner attempted to stop a vote on an anti-settlement resolution that passed during the Trump transition period. The U.S. State Department has traditionally labeled the settlements an impediment or “unhelpful” to a two-state solution, but charitable donations to institutions there are legal under U.S. law.

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.”

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