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 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 17, 2024 

26 House Democrats tell White House, 'We cannot undermine our ally, Israel'

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Twenty-six Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have asked the White House for a briefing on why President Joe Biden suspended the delivery of large bombs to Israel, the latest sign of fractures in the party over I...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 17, 2024 

Bernie Sanders, 82, announces run for a fourth Senate term

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Bernie Sanders, the two-time presidential candidate and leading progressive senator, has announced he will run for a fourth term. Sanders, 82, an independent from Vermont, made history in 2016 as the first Jewish candidate to w...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 17, 2024 

Israeli police arrest author Ayelet Waldman and 6 others in Gaza border protest

(JTA) - Israeli police arrested Ayelet Waldman, a Jewish American author, while she was with a group trying to deliver relief to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Waldman, who is Israeli-born, was one...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 10, 2024

Biden says don't call federal troops

WASHINGTON (JTA) — In his first address about the pro-Palestinian protests rocking campuses nationwide, President Joe Biden said “order must prevail” but rejected proposals to bring in federal troops. “Dissent must never lead to disorder, or to deny...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 10, 2024

Israel announces Rafah invasion and Hamas claims ceasefire deal

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israel’s war cabinet unanimously voted to approve an invasion of Rafah in southern Gaza, shortly after Hamas said it had agreed to a ceasefire deal with Israel. The announcements were two landmarks in a whirlwind — and confu...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 3, 2024

Israel's military intelligence chief resigns, taking responsibility for Oct. 7 failures

(JTA) - Israel's military intelligence chief, Maj. Gen. Aharon Haliva, resigned, saying he assumed responsibility for the intelligence failures that failed to prevent the Oct. 7 Hamas invasion that la...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 5, 2024

Biden says Gershkovich's detention will 'cost' Russia

WASHINGTON (JTA) - President Joe Biden said the United States would continue to "impose costs" on Russia for its imprisonment of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, who was arrested one...

 

Joseph Lieberman, first Jew on a major presidential ticket, dies at 82

(JTA) – Joseph Lieberman, a longtime senator from Connecticut who as Al Gore's running mate in 2000 became the first Jewish member of a major presidential ticket, died Wednesday. He was 82. A s...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 5, 2024

AIPAC director to retire

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Howard Kohr, the CEO who has led the powerhouse American Israel Public Affairs Committee since 1996, is set to retire by the end of this year. Under Kohr's leadership, AIPAC has...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 5, 2024

Sen. Jeff Merkley invokes Easter to condemn 'Netanyahu's indiscriminate bombing of Gaza,' drawing condemnation

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A range of Jewish and pro-Israel figures, including Israel’s antisemitism envoy, accused Sen. Jeff Merkley of advancing a “blood libel” for linking Easter to what he called Israel’s “indiscriminate bombing” of Gaza. Merkley, an O...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 29, 2024

Tens of thousands participate in global Shema prayer on behalf of Israeli hostages

(JTA) - Tens of thousands of Jews around the world joined in a collective recitation of the Shema prayer on Thursday that was broadcast from Jerusalem's Western Wall to support the more than 130...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 29, 2024

Most Jewish Americans support Israel's war against Hamas, and how it's fought

WASHINGTON (JTA) — An overwhelming majority of U.S. Jews say Israel’s reasons for launching a war against Hamas are justified, and a substantial majority approve of how Israel is conducting the war. The Pew Research Center study published Thu...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 8, 2024

Kamala Harris calls for 6-week 'immediate ceasefire' in Gaza and places onus on Israel to deliver aid

(JTA) — Vice President Kamala Harris called for an “immediate ceasefire” in Gaza and placed most of the onus on Israel for a shortfall in humanitarian aid entering the enclave. The call for a cessation of fighting was not actually a change in the U...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 8, 2024

Joe Biden is pressing Congress to send $14B to Israel - what is the emergency aid for?

WASHINGTON, D.C. (JTA) — For months, President Joe Biden has asked for — and Congress has debated — sending wartime foreign aid to Israel as it battles Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The bill currently on the table, passed in a bipartisan vote by the S...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 1, 2024

'Uncommitted' campaign protesting Biden's Israel support nets 100,000+ votes in Michigan primary

(JTA) — A campaign to protest President Joe Biden’s support of Israel by voting “Uncommitted” in the Michigan Democratic presidential primary declared victory on Tuesday night, as returns showed the movement garnering more than 10 percent of the vot...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 9, 2024

'An incredibly volatile time': From Iran to Yemen

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A conflict that started on a tiny perimeter of land on Oct. 7 is, less than four months later, reverberating throughout the region, from Lebanon in the north to Morocco in the w...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 2, 2024

More countries cut funding to UNRWA over allegations of involvement with Oct. 7 attack

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A growing number of countries has suspended funding to the main United Nations agency aiding Palestinians in the wake of allegations that a number of its staffers were involved in Hamas’ Oct. 7 massacre in Israel. The U.N. Rel...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 2, 2024

15 Jewish House Democrats blast Netanyahu for rejecting two-state solution

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Fifteen Jewish Democrats, including some pro-Israel stalwarts, slammed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after he rejected the idea of creating an independent Palestinian state after the Israel-Hamas war. “We strongly disag...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 19, 2024

DeSantis: Israel may need to remove Palestinians from Gaza if it faces a 'second Holocaust'

(JTA) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said that if Israel were faced with a “second Holocaust,” he could understand why it would remove Palestinian civilians from the Gaza Strip. The statement came hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netan...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 19, 2024

Gabriel Attal says his Jewish ancestry has shaped him

(JTA) — France’s newest prime minister is getting attention for the two firsts he brings to the job: Gabriel Attal, at 34, is the country’s youngest ever prime minister, and its first to be openly gay. He says another facet of his identity also...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 19, 2024

Americans for Peace Now becomes first US Zionist group to call for an end to the Gaza war

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Americans for Peace Now, a left-wing pro-Israel organization, is calling for an end to the Israel-Hamas war, the first American Zionist group to do so after more than three months of fighting. “Continuing this devastating war pos...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 12, 2024

Biden administration, Reform Jewish leader slam Smotrich and Ben Gvir for calling for Palestinians' removal from Gaza

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Biden administration condemned calls by two Israeli government ministers for Palestinians to be removed from the Gaza Strip. Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the president of the Union for Reform Judaism, also condemned the call. The c...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 5, 2024

What you need to know about Dean Phillips, the Jewish congressman running for president

(JTA) — Dean Phillips is running for president. And he wants to talk. Talking runs in the Jewish Minnesota congressman’s family — his grandmother is Dear Abby. And he’s friends with Ilhan Omar, d...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 29, 2023

House calls on MIT, Harvard presidents to resign over campus antisemitism, with 125 Democrats voting against

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. House of Representatives called on the presidents of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to resign after they declined to say clearly in a congressional hearing that their schools would take a...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 29, 2023

A poll shows Palestinians overwhelmingly support Oct. 7. What does that mean?

(JTA) — When a recent survey showed that nearly three-quarters of Palestinians supported Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack, Israeli officials and commentators cited it to justify their country’s war in Gaza, which aims to depose the terror group. “Pale...

 

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