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Abraham Accords-focused NGO plans to combat Jew-hatred with Holocaust education

(JNS) — On Oct. 27, the fourth anniversary of the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh, the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history, hatred of Jews was a palpably inescapable reality in America—from the Kanye West scandal, to a series of...


Why is Sen. Marco Rubio mirroring Russian rhetoric?

With the U.S. recently authorizing $1 billion in additional security assistance for Ukraine and persistently opposing the Russian invasion, it is difficult to imagine the prospect of American leaders aligning with the Kremlin on any particular...


IAC seeks to deepen understanding about Israel as challenges rise in public-school systems

(JNS) — Long well-documented on college campuses, pro-BDS and anti-Semitic sentiments are now gaining traction in kindergarten through 12th-grade public-school systems. The United Educators of San Francisco in May became the first teachers...


The peak of a three-year flooding trend for Houston's Jews

As a member of Houston’s Jewish community writing about a devastating flood for the third time since May 2015, I’m at a loss for words. Sitting in the comforts of my third-floor apartment, where I’m fortunate enough to view the unprecedented... Full story

 By Jacob Kamaras    News    May 20, 2016

'No statute of limitations on genocide,' Nuremberg anniversary confab reminds

Why should the casual observer care about the seemingly obvious need to prosecute and convict Nazi war criminals, whether it be during the Nuremberg trials of the 1940s or similar proceedings in more... Full story

 By Jacob Kamaras    Opinions    May 20, 2016

At March of the Living, learning how to live

Sophie Wortsman. 16. Toronto. Student. Benji Zoller. 18. Dallas. Student. Sam Peltz. 83. Florida and New York. Survivor. Jacob Kamaras. 30. Houston. Journalist. We all shared the same experience on May 5—the 28th annual March of the Living, a 1.86-... Full story

 By Jacob Kamaras    News    April 8, 2016

Israel's U.N. envoy offers 'positive agenda' as solution to bias at world body

"Every week there is an attack at the U.N. against Israel," Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon told me at the recent American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference. In... Full story

 By Jacob Kamaras    News    April 1, 2016

Donald Trump unveils three-pronged Iran strategy, humors AIPAC crowd

In a much-anticipated speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference on Monday, March 21, Republican presidential primary front-runner Donald Trump said that dismantling the “disastrous” Iran nuclear deal would be his t... Full story

 By Jacob Kamaras    News    April 1, 2016

Hillary Clinton tells AIPAC she is the 'steady' alternative to Donald Trump

As Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican contender Donald Trump emerge as the clear front-runners for their respective parties’ nominations, Clinton on March 21 told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)... Full story


Netanyahu to Jewish Federations: U.S., Israel 'should work together now' on Iran

Despite their disagreement over the Iran nuclear deal, the U.S. and Israel "can and should work together now" to ensure that Iran complies with the agreement and to curb Iranian aggression throughout... Full story

 By Jacob Kamaras    News    October 30, 2015

Jewish leader follows up with Power on pullout from Netanyahu's U.N. speech

After he personally consulted with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, whom President Barack Obama pulled away from attending Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent... Full story

 By Jacob Kamaras    News    July 24, 2015

CUFI on the Hill: Christian Zionist group ramps up DC office amid Iran deal

While the ink dries on the newly signed nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, America's largest pro-Israel organization is seeking to help defeat the agreement in Congress through the work of... Full story

 By Jacob Kamaras    News    July 10, 2015

Donald Trump says he is no apprentice when it comes to Israel

In the middle of a phone interview with on June 26, billionaire real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump leaves his desk to scan the wall of his office for awards... Full story

 By Jacob Kamaras    Opinions    June 5, 2015

The Houston flood, Jewish values, and human values

As Jewish media far and wide started picking up on the story of this week’s devastating flood in Houston, which hit Jewish-heavy neighborhoods particularly hard, has been (in my own estimation) conspicuously late to join the reporting.... Full story

 By Jacob Kamaras    News    June 5, 2015

With new coalition, Israel has prominent place on Hispanic Evangelical agenda

Latin gospel singer Ingrid Rosario, accompanied by a four-piece band, belts out impassioned ballads before a captive audience, hands clasped or in the air, eyes transfixed on the stage or closed in a... Full story

 By Jacob Kamaras    News    April 3, 2015

Five points of tension in the Obama-Netanyahu relationship

When the champion of the U.S.-Israel alliance sounds the alarm, something about the steadfast allies’ relationship is more contentious than usual. Last week, the staunchly bipartisan American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)—which does... Full story


Multi-faith aid to refugees may yield new narrative for Israeli-Syrian relations

When members of the pro-Israel community think of populations in need of relief, Syrian refugees are probably not one of the first groups coming to mind. After all, the proverbial elephant in the... Full story


Biden snub amplifies Obama administration's tension with Israel

The latest episode in a history of tension between the Obama administration and Israel has escalated to a new level, with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden opting out of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin... Full story


Already 2 million strong, CUFI seeks to double down on Christian support for Israel

"Usually after the first event, it's like a firestorm," said Pastor Scott Thomas, the Florida state director for Christians United for Israel (CUFI). "The excitement hits, the understanding settles... Full story


Words matter: How vocabulary defines the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Settlements or Jewish communities? West Bank or Judea and Samaria? East Jerusalem or eastern Jerusalem? Those are some of the language choices that journalists covering the Israeli-Palestinian... Full story


What will ADL's priorities be in a post-Foxman era?

What message is the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) sending to the Jewish community through its recent selection of White House aide and social entrepreneur Jonathan Greenblatt to succeed longtime National Director Abraham Foxman? While some are... Full story

 By Jacob Kamaras    News    March 21, 2014

Is JOFEE the new acronym for the Jewish future?

More than five months after the Pew Research Center's "A Portrait of Jewish Americans" survey drew widespread pessimism over rising intermarriage and assimilation, as well as declining connection... Full story

 By Jacob Kamaras    News    January 10, 2014

Pro-Israel groups denied presentation at Modern Language Association confab

The pro-Israel campus groups Hillel International and the Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC) have been denied the right to present a discussion on Israel at the Jan. 9-12 Modern Language Association... Full story


Mike Huckabee: Israel has 'license' to act independently on Iran

Now that the U.S. and other P5+1 powers made an interim nuclear deal with Iran without Israel's involvement, the Jewish state is free to act as it sees fit on the Iranian issue without consulting... Full story


Brandeis suspends partnership with Palestinian school

Brandeis University announced the suspension of its decade-old partnership with Al-Quds University following a recent Nazi-style rally at the Palestinian school in Jerusalem.  At the Nov. 5 rally, Al... Full story


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