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USC administration's response to antisemitism comes under the microscope

(JNS) — After the University of Southern California was included in the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Global Anti-Semitism 2021 Top Ten list, the school responded on Wednesday by condemning both anti-Semitism in all its forms and the threatening...

 

ZOA accuses Biden administration backtracking on pro-Israel policies, anti-Semitic appointments

(JNS) — Leaders of the Zionist Organization of America warned supporters to be vigilant against what they believe to be increasing anti-Israel positions from leaders, and the trend of encroaching tolerance for anti-Semitic rhetoric masked as...

 

IAC summit delivers Israeli spirit and unity

(JNS) - For a few days beginning Dec. 9, a high-rise beachfront resort became what many guests described as "little Tel Aviv" as thousands of Israeli Americans, Israelis and American Jews attended...

 

CAIR backs leader after 'virulently anti-Semitic' speech attacking mainstream Jewish entities

(JNS) — The Council on American Islamic Relations is backing an organizational leader following a speech that national Jewish organizations are calling virulently antisemitic. During a speech at the American Muslims for Palestine’s 14th annual...

 

Jewish leaders mourn passing of Bob Dole

(JNS) - Former longtime Kansas Republican senator, leader and 1996 GOP nominee for president Bob Dole died on Dec. 5 at the age of 98. Dole's death was announced by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation on...

 

Biden administration appoints Aaron Keyak as deputy anti-Semitism envoy

(JNS) — Democratic consultant Aaron Keyak, 36, has been appointed to serve as U.S. Deputy Envoy to Monitor and Combat anti-Semitism after recently directing U.S. President Joe Biden’s Jewish outreach during the 2020 election campaign. As first...

 

As part of infrastructure bill, Jewish nonprofits get boost to reduce energy consumption, increase building efficiency

(JNS) — U.S. President Joe Biden held an outdoor ceremony at the White House on Monday to sign the hard-won Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, otherwise known as the infrastructure bill, joined by legislators and politicians from all over the...

 

Denouncing antisemitism a priority at in-person IAC summit

(JNS) — After a year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Israeli-American Council is looking forward to holding an in-person summit this December. IAC CEO Shoham Nicolet said it was more important than ever for people to show their...

 

In first day of US trip, Lapid underscores bipartisanship, urges alternative plan on Iran

(JNS) - On the first of a three-day visit to Washington, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid made his rounds in Congress on Tuesday, highlighting the Israeli government's push for bipartisan support f...

 

Federations emphasize Jewish security, physically and identifiably, at virtual GA

(JNS) — For the second year in a row, the Jewish Federations of North America decided to go virtual, condensing its traditional multiple-day General Assembly into a 90-minute online video stream on Sunday due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic....

 

At UN, Bennett warns world Iran's nuclear program at a 'watershed moment'

(JNS)—Demarking a clear distinction between himself and his predecessor, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Monday morning that one of the most dangerous problems in the world today is political polarization. In his first address as...

 

Jewish groups blast new resolution put forth at Durban IV

(JNS) — A number of American Jewish organizations slammed a resolution adopted on Wednesday at a high-level meeting at the U.N. General Assembly that commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action stemming from...

 

Pro-Israel leaders, senior officials hold counter-conference to protest upcoming Durban IV

(JNS) — A group of pro-Israel academics, activists, government officials and members of the media held a virtual conference strongly criticizing the Durban conferences against racism, which from its first and most notable conference in Durban,...

 

RJC: It won't delete tweet critical of JDCA not confronting anti-Semitism, despite legal threats

(JNS) — The Republican Jewish Coalition publicly stated on Monday that it will not comply with a threat from the Jewish Democratic Council of America of legal action if a tweet it posted last month criticizing the JDCA is not deleted. The tweet...

 
 By Dmitriy Shapiro    News    August 6, 2021

At CUFI gathering, Christians and Jews alike vow to fight BDS 'economic antisemitism'

(JNS) - If day one of the Christians United for Israel 2021 summit was about honoring Israel, the next day's focus at the organization's annual conference held this year in Dallas was a call to...

 
 By Dmitriy Shapiro    News    July 30, 2021

Lapid to CUFI conference: Israel grateful for unequivocal support during Gaza conflict

(JNS) — In a video address to the 2021 summit of Christians United for Israel, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Monday expressed his appreciation to the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States for their ongoing support — most...

 
 By Dmitriy Shapiro    News    July 16, 2021

Bennett reiterates return of bipartisan support for Israel

(JNS) - A bipartisan group of members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Israeli officials celebrated Independence Day on Tuesday at a small event hosted by the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem....

 
 By Dmitriy Shapiro    News    June 4, 2021

Blinken's Mideast trip highlights limits of American efforts to isolate Hamas

(JNS) — While the Biden administration’s negotiations to reach a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip has generally being seen as successful, experts have low expectations that U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s...

 
 By Dmitriy Shapiro    News    May 21, 2021

Progressives slam Israeli actions

(JNS) — With Israel coming under the fire of more than 1,300 rockets launched from the Gaza Strip, many U.S. lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have vocalized their support for Israel. As to be expected, some in the progressive wing of the Demo...

 
 By Dmitriy Shapiro    News    May 14, 2021

Biden administration 'dead set' on re-entering Iran deal, despite high price

(JNS) — In recent days, conflicting reports have emerged over the ongoing negotiations in Vienna to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, leading to questions over to what extent the United States will undo Trump-era sanctions against Tehran. Richard...

 
 By Dmitriy Shapiro    News    April 30, 2021

Progressive Democrats seek conditions on US aid to Israel, others push back

(JNS) — Speaking at the virtual J Street national conference on Monday, former Democratic presidential candidates Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) indicated that they were willing to place conditions on the aid Congress...

 

Where does war authorization aimed at ISIS leave Iran?

WASHINGTON (Washington Jewish Week via JTA)—Don’t make the enemy of your enemy your friend. That’s the message some lawmakers hope to convey to the Obama administration as they consider its request for a war authorization to combat ISIS.... Full story

 

What the U.S. Secret Service can learn from Israel's Shin Bet

What’s the cure for the recent ills of the United States Secret Service? American officials might consider taking some advice from their Israeli counterparts at the Shin Bet security agency. White House security breaches have sent the Secret... Full story

 

What would a partisan shift in control of the Senate mean for Jewish issues?

As the Republican party pushes to retake the majority of the U.S. Senate in the upcoming November midterm elections, which would give it control of both houses of Congress, a partisan shift in power may significantly affect a broad range of foreign... Full story

 
 By Dmitriy Shapiro    News    August 8, 2014

What explains Pew poll's partisan gap in support for Israel?

Washington Jewish Week A new Pew Research Center poll showing Republicans as more sympathetic to Israel than Democrats has left Jewish Democratic leaders searching for an explanation of the partisan gap. Conducted from July 8-14, the week Israel... Full story

 

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