Jared Kushner laments Temple destruction

Arabs react to photo of US President's son-in-law observing Ninth of Av.

Mordechai Sones ,

Trump and Kushner at Western Wall
Trump and Kushner at Western Wall

A photograph of US President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, mourning the destruction of the Holy Temple at the Chabad synagogue in Washington D.C. has already drawn comment among incensed Arabs.

Mohammed Abu Sousa tweeted that "Trump will continue building the structure" which prompted some to tweet back, "Amen".

Kushner and wife Ivanka Trump are observant Jews, and have been known to forego convenience where statesmanship has clashed with observance. Kushner was present at the White House while the President made a Rose Garden announcement, declaring the US would be leaving the Paris Climate Accord. While Kushner had reportedly opposed the president’s decision, he was nevertheless actively involved in the planning behind the Rose Garden address.

Though the announcement coincided with the Shavuot holiday, Kushner was apparently present in the White House at the time of the address.

Kushner was unable to cancel the pre-arranged meeting, and so was forced to trek all the way to the White House from his local synagogue by foot.

Earlier that day, both Kushner and Ivanka Trump prayed at the Friends of Lubavitch synagogue in Washington DC.