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Jewish advocacy group helps convince MLB to change name of ‘disabled list’

Major League Baseball’s disabled list will be renamed the “injured list,” after the intervention of advocacy groups for the disabled, including the Link20 Network of the Ruderman Family Foundation.

Link20, a Ruderman Family Foundation global social movement of young activists who promote the inclusion of people with disabilities, campaigned for the change and reached out to Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert Manfred to recognize that athletes who sustain injuries are simply injured and not disabled.

“Using the term ‘Disabled List’ for players who are injured reinforces the belief that people with disabilities are injured and therefore are not able to participate or compete in any sports. This perception is misleading and incorrect and has the unfortunate connotation that people with disabilities cannot take part in any professional sports. As we all know, there are many professional athletes with disabilities in all major sports in the U.S. and in the world,” the Link20 letter sent to Manfred read.

Deputy commissioner Dan Halem specifically cited Link20 as helping to effect the change.

WH officials to visit Mideast to promote Palestinian economic development

JERUSALEM – President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser Jared Kushner is expected to visit the Middle East later this month as part of an effort to promote the economic side of the White House’s yet-to-be unveiled Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative.

According to Haaretz, Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, the White House’s Middle East negotiator, will visit several countries, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, to discuss economic issues related to the Palestinians within a “regional context.”

Trump has said the Gulf Arab nations should play a bigger role in assisting Palestinians even as the United States has cut back much of its assistance.

The Trump administration reportedly is holding off on revealing its peace plan until after Israel’s national election in April. Its officials have vigorously denied allegedly leaked accounts of its dimensions, although they have said it will have a detailed economic component aimed at improving Palestinian living conditions.

The Palestinians have preemptively rejected the Trump proposal, which the President has dubbed the “deal of the century,” and have cut off Trump administration officials since December 2017, when Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump’s subsequent decision to cut virtually all funding to the Palestinians has entrenched the Palestinian refusal to engage.

Palestinian officials have in recent days suggested they may reconsider not engaging with the Trump administration, depending on what the plan offers.

Israelis are top users of social media

When it comes to social media, Israelis rule the world.

Some 77 percent of adults in Israel use social media, putting the country 1 percentage point ahead of South Korea, according to a new Pew Research survey. The United States was sixth at 70 percent.

At the same time, Israel ranks second in smartphone ownership, with 88 percent of its adults owning smartphones. South Korea was first with 95 percent of adults owning a smartphone and the U.S. sixth again at 81 percent.

Conducted last year from May 14 to Aug. 12, the survey had 30,133 respondents in 27 countries.

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