U.S. Charity Supporting Israeli EMTs Cancels Fundraiser at Trump Resort

American Friends of Magen David Adom says decision to move gala event from Mar-a-Lago in Florida was reached ‘after considerable deliberation’

U.S. President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort club in Palm Beach, Florida.
Alex Brandon/AP

An American charity that supports Israel’s national emergency service has canceled a gala event it was scheduled to hold next February at Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump’s resort club in Palm Beach, Florida.

The organization, American Friends of Magen David Adom, said in a press statement that the decision to move the event to another location was reached “after considerable deliberation,” without explaining what exactly prompted it.

The Palm Beach Post reported Thursday that the charity held one of the largest events in Trump’s Florida resort this year, drawing more than 600 guests to its February gala evening, priced at $650 a ticket. The 2018 event was expected to be similar in scope.

The paper also reported, based on unnamed sources in philanthropic circles, that the cancellation could be a result of Trump “crossing a red line” with his recent comments on last weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia.

An Israeli ambulance funded by the American Friends of Magen David Adom.
Tomer Neuberg

The report quoted one philanthropist as saying “the tide has turned against Trump,” and that “when you get into the area of anti-Semitism, global anti-Semitism, it transcends all the other issues, like health care and immigration.”

It was not specified, however, if the philanthropist was connected to the pro-Israeli charity, or to one of two other charity groups that also canceled events at Mar-a-Lago over the last 24 hours.

The other organizations are the American Cancer Society and the Cleveland Clinic. The former released a statement citing its “values and commitment to diversity” when explaining its decision to move an upcoming fundraising gala from Mar-a-Lago.