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Three of 'squad' endorse Sanders

(JNS)—Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) say they plan on endorsing Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. The three freshmen...

 

Anti-Semitic incidents take center stage at University of Illinois faculty meeting

(JNS)-A recent presentation during a mandatory meeting for the residential living team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that was replete with anti-Semitic references has come under...

 

Jewish and pro-Israel groups react to Trump's decision on Syria and the Kurds

(JNS)—Jewish and pro-Israel groups reacted unfavorably to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision on Sunday evening to withdraw U.S. forces from northeast Syria, ahead of an expected invasion by Turkey against Kurdish forces. The White House...

 

Call to cancel SJP conference

(JNS)-Amid increasing concerns over Israel-related anti-Semitism found on college campuses, the anti-Israel group National Students for Justice in Palestine announced its upcoming national conference...

 

Jewish and pro-Israel groups, leaders react to news of Greenblatt resignation

(JNS)—Jewish and pro-Israel community leaders and groups reacted to the White House announcement on Thursday that U.S. Middle East special envoy Jason Greenblatt plans to resign within the coming weeks. “Mr. Greenblatt has played a pivotal role...

 

Resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions on docket for annual poli-sci conference

(JNS)-During the upcoming American Political Science Association's annual conference in Washington, D.C., a group of political theorists is expected to discuss a resolution to boycott Israeli...

 

Pompeo: 'Jerusalem, Israel' on US passports is 'actively being looked at'

(JNS)-U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday that the Trump administration is considering allowing U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem to list "Jerusalem, Israel" on their U.S. passports....

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    August 9, 2019

Rep. Thomas Massie explains sole Republican vote against House anti-BDS resolution

(JNS)-Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie, a libertarian, was the only member of the Republican Party to vote against last week's resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives condemning the anti-Israel...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    August 2, 2019

Democratic presidential hopeful John Hickenlooper condemns 'anti-Jewish' sentiment in his party

(JNS)-Among the some two-dozen 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has sought to position himself as a consensus moderate backing long-held positions...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    August 2, 2019

Rep. John Lewis signals mixed messages on boycotting Israel

(JNS)-U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a veteran Democratic lawmaker and icon of the civil-rights movement, is currently co-sponsoring a resolution for and against the anti-Israel BDS movement, leading...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    July 26, 2019

Williams College reaches resolution with Department of Ed after nixing pro-Israel group

(JNS)—Williams College has reached a resolution agreement with the U.S. Department of Education in lieu of an investigation over the student government rejecting a new pro-Israel group, Williams...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    July 26, 2019

Delivery of Russian S-400 system may have 'major ramifications'

(JNS)-Turkey began to receive the S-400 air-defense missile-defense system on Friday despite U.S. warnings not to do so. The move by Turkey is likely to have "major ramifications" for the...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    July 26, 2019

Trump, Netanyahu discuss national security, impending threat of Iran

(JNS)—U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on the phone Wednesday about Iran, in addition to joint American-Israeli security interests, as Trump threatened that U.S. sanctions on Iran will be “increased...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    July 19, 2019

US mayors travel to Israel

(JNS)—Turn on any cable-news channel and the majority of the focus will be on national leaders like U.S. President Donald Trump or Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. And while politicians on the national level indeed command attention, state and...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    July 12, 2019

In debate with little foreign policy, Gillibrand pledges to 'engage Iran to stabilize' Mideast

(JNS)-The second Democratic presidential primary debate on Thursday night barely featured a discussion on Iran, let alone foreign policy. However, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said that, if...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    July 12, 2019

Unsurprisingly, Iran exceeds uranium enrichment limit under 2015 nuclear deal-now what?

(JNS)-Iran has exceeded the uranium enrichment limit under the 2015 nuclear deal, the International Atomic Energy Agency announced on Monday. Tzvi Kahn, senior Iran analyst at the Foundation for...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    July 12, 2019

Josh Block resigns as CEO of The Israel Project

(JNS)—Josh Block, a former Clinton aide, announced on Monday that he is stepping down after seven years as CEO and president of the nonpartisan educational group The Israel Project. Block announced his departure in a post on the blogging site...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    July 5, 2019

Arming synagogues? Jewish leaders grapple with balancing safety and accessibility

(JNS)-In the aftermath of two synagogue shootings exactly six months apart, in addition to arson incidents at Chabad Houses in Massachusetts and an attempted arson attempt at a Chicago synagogue last...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    June 28, 2019

Jewish groups slam Ocasio-Cortez

(JNS)—Outrage from pro-Israel and Jewish groups is growing at U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) for her remarks on Monday on her Instagram account that the United States is “running concentration camps on our southern border,” in...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    June 28, 2019

US to send additional 1,000 troops to Mideast in reaction to Iranian threats

(JNS)—The United States will send an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East as tensions escalate between Washington and Tehran, the Pentagon announced on Monday evening. “In response to a request from the U.S. Central Command for additional...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    June 28, 2019

Amid escalating tensions, 'all options' on table to deter Tehran's behavior

(JNS)—The ongoing tensions between America and Iran seemed to reach a tipping point late last week when the United States blamed Iran for being behind the attack on two ships in the Gulf of Oman. On Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    June 21, 2019

Iran increases production of low-enriched uranium

(JNS)—Iran has increased its uranium enrichment since U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in May 2018, warned the International Atomic Energy Agency on Monday. However, while IAEA chief Yukiya Amano informed...

 

Episode in new Netflix series mocks diarist Anne Frank

(JNS)—The new Netflix series “Historical Roasts,” which mocks the young Jewish diarist Anne Frank, finds itself in the midst of a backlash. One particular episode features actress Rachel Feinstein as Frank, Gilbert Gottfried as Adolf Hitler...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    June 14, 2019

Illinois high school district in the spotlight for 'Teaching Palestine' course

(JNS)—An Illinois school district is under fire for a course offered to teachers titled “Teaching Palestine.” The Niles Township High School District 219 serves Lincolnwood and parts of Morton Grove, Niles and Skokie in Cook County, home to Chi...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    May 24, 2019

Backlash follows Michigan Rep. Tlaib's remarks

(JNS)—Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) is standing by comments she made recently that include saying that Palestinians enabled a “safe haven” for Jews after the Holocaust, thereby reiterating her support for a one-state solution. “There’s...

 

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