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 By Dmitriy Shapiro    News    July 1, 2022

Biden's mideast nominees under fire for anti-Israel bias

(JNS) — Two Biden administration nominees for top posts related to the Middle East came under fire for alleged anti-Israel bias by Senate Republicans in their confirmation hearing on Thursday. The hearing, held in the Senate Foreign Relations...

 
 By Dmitriy Shapiro    News    June 17, 2022

Jewish groups respond to UNHRC report: 'Distorts and minimizes threats facing Israel'

(JNS) — Jewish organizations are responding with outrage over what they consider a flawed and biased report on the 2021 conflict between Israel and the Hamas terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip after the report’s release by the U.N. Human...

 
 By Dmitriy Shapiro    News    May 20, 2022

Jewish and pro-Israel groups react to appointment of new press secretary

(JNS) - American Jewish organizations are divided in their reception of the new White House press secretary who has a history of taking anti-Israel positions. U.S. President Joe Biden nominated...

 
 By Dmitriy Shapiro    News    March 25, 2022

Natan Sharansky on Vladimir Putin: He will go as far as the world lets him

(JNS) - Famed Jewish dissident, human-rights activist and former Knesset member Natan Sharansky provided his opinion on the situation in Ukraine on Tuesday, analyzing what could be Russian President...

 
 By Dmitriy Shapiro    News    March 25, 2022

Rep. Andrew Garbarino says trip to Israel was 'eye-opening' in relation to security, defense

(JNS) - Rep. Andrew Garbarino (R-N.Y.), visiting Israel for the first time last month, said the experience was not only "eye-opening," but helped solidify his support for the Jewish state and...

 
 By Dmitriy Shapiro    News    March 4, 2022

Ohio bill would require colleges to allow student accommodation for religious observance

(JNS) - The Ohio House Higher Education Committee heard testimony on Feb. 15 on a bill that would require colleges and universities in the state to provide accommodation for students when there are...

 

How to handle domestic terrorism as a White House Jewish liaison

(JNS) — In a video conversation with Jewish leaders and community members last week, White House liaison to the Jewish community Chanan Weissman spoke about the tense moments and actions he took last month when an armed assailant held four congre...

 

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...

 

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