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 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 22, 2021 

For Jewish Democrats, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are a heroic new Black-Jewish duo

(JTA) — Two days after his election to the Senate helped tip the balance of power in Washington, Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff found another historical echo in his victory. In a Twitter thread, Ossoff described his trajectory from a teenage intern...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 1, 2021

Jewish nonprofits to get advice about securing slices of $284B pandemic relief bill

(JTA) — Nearly a third of the $900 billion Congress is set to approve in a pandemic relief will go to a new round of payroll protection, and the Jewish Federations of North America is set to reprise the role it played earlier this year and explain...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 20, 2020

Kushner kids pulled from school

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump pulled their children out of a Jewish day school in Washington, D.C., two weeks before Election Day and three weeks after an outbreak of COVID-19 cases in and around the White House. The...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 30, 2020

Sudan will normalize ties with Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Sudan will become the third Arab country in the past two months to normalize ties with Israel, continuing the trend of Arab states' willingness to advance ties with the Jewish...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 30, 2020

Hadassah, others block takeover

(JTA) — A coalition of Jewish groups including the likes of Hadassah and B’nai B’rith International has temporarily blocked a plan by Orthodox and right-wing parties to take over top positions throughout the World Zionist Congress, the Jewish...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 30, 2020

In an Arab first, Bahraini institution joins with State Dept. to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism

WASHINGTON (JTA) - A Bahraini institute has signed an agreement with the U.S. State Department to combat anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and delegitimization of Israel. The memorandum of understanding,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 30, 2020

4 Jews are running for Senate in 2020 - including 2 who could help turn it blue

(JTA) — Four Jewish candidates are among those vying for 35 open Senate seats this year — and two of them are seen as contenders to convert Republican-held seats to Democratic. All of the Jewish Senate candidates are Democrats or supported by...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 30, 2020

Poll: American Jews set to vote overwhelmingly for Joe Biden

(JTA) — Jewish voters are set to vote 75 percent to 22 percent for Joe Biden, according to a poll by the American Jewish Committee. The poll released Monday shows the Democratic nominee expanding his support among Jewish voters from a 67-30 split i...

 

State Department to label 3 human rights groups anti-Semitic

By Ron Kampeas, Ben Sales WASHINGTON (JTA) — In an unusual move, the State Department is planning to formally identify three large international human rights organizations as anti-Semitic, citing disputed aspects of the groups’ agendas. Elan...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 23, 2020

Federations and Orthodox groups call for quadrupling security funds for nonprofits

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Two Orthodox umbrella groups and the Jewish Federations of North America joined a faith groups’ letter to congressional appropriators asking them to quadruple funds for security grants for vulnerable nonprofits, to $360...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 23, 2020

US sanctions cut Iranian banks off from the world

(JTA) — New U.S. sanctions on Iran, which target 18 Iranian financial institutions and penalize non-Iranian institutions who deal with them, effectively cut the Middle Eastern country off from the world finance system. The sanctions deprive “the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 25, 2020

White House ceremony celebrates new era for Israel, UAE and Bahrain

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Benjamin Netanyahu has complained for years about Arab leaders telling their people one thing in Arabic and diplomats saying another to Western audiences in English. Not on Tuesday....

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 25, 2020

Biden leads Trump 67-30 among Jewish voters, survey finds

(JTA) — A survey of Jewish voters shows 67 percent plan to vote for Joe Biden in November and 30 percent plan to vote for Donald Trump. The numbers in the survey released Monday by the Jewish Electorate Institute broke the same way when voters were...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 25, 2020

Jewish umbrella body comes to a decision: Not to decide

(JTA) — The main foreign policy umbrella for the U.S. Jewish community came to a decision to not come to a decision on whether its members inappropriately disparage one another. Earlier this year, HIAS, the Jewish community’s lead immigration adv...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 25, 2020

Biden says Trump's foreign policy is bad for Israel

(JTA) — At a virtual fundraiser organized by J Street, the liberal Jewish Middle East policy group, Joe Biden said that President Donald Trump is bad for Israel because he runs a feckless foreign policy. “Trump’s put Israel in danger by...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 4, 2020

Kamala Harris tells Jewish supporters aid to Israel will not be conditional in a Biden administration

(JTA) — Kamala Harris, the California senator who is the Democratic vice presidential nominee, told Jewish supporters that Joe Biden, the presidential nominee, would not place any conditions on US aid to Israel. “Joe has made it clear he will not...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 4, 2020

Nikki Haley cites Trump's Israel policies in convention speech

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Nikki Haley, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, highlighted President Donald Trump’s Israel policies to make the case he has advanced a robust foreign policy. Haley depicted Joe Biden, the former vice president,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 4, 2020

Father of daughter killed at Parkland, praises Trump at RNC

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was among the victims of a gunman who attacked a high school in Parkland, Florida, delivered remarks at the opening night of the Republican convention. Pollack, who voted for Donald Trump in...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 4, 2020

Lee Zeldin, one of the 2 Jewish Republicans in Congress, is in a dead heat in his House race

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Lee Zeldin, the Jewish Long Island Republican congressman, made the case for President Donald Trump by talking up his own service to his constituents and telling a harrowing...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 4, 2020

Rabbis, family, arguments and anxiety: All the Jewish scenes from the Democratic convention

WASHINGTON (JTA) - There were rabbis, there were arguments, there was fretting over the future, there was mishpacha, but snacks you had to bring yourself. The first virtual convention, held by...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 28, 2020

Gun control activists at DNC

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Gabby Giffords, the Jewish former congresswoman who became a leader in the gun control movement after being shot by an assailant in the head in 2011, opened the third night of the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 31, 2020

John Lewis and the Jews: 6 moments that showcase an enduring alliance

WASHINGTON (JTA) — When John Lewis, the civil rights icon and congressman from Georgia, died at 80 over the weekend, Jews in America and abroad lost an ally of nearly six decades. Lewis never tired of telling folks to “get into good trouble,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 24, 2020

Despite pressure from progressives, no major changes in Democratic platform on Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Centrists on the platform-writing committee of the Democratic National Committee overrode progressives who wanted the platform to condemn Israel’s occupation of the West Bank. The 2020 platform only alludes to the occupation,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 24, 2020

Evangelical says nixing West Bank annexation could cost Trump the election

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israel’s potential annexation of parts of the West Bank may not be a top election issue for American Jews, or even a top issue right now for most Israelis. But some evangelical Christians in America are hoping to make it an...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 3, 2020

Chuck Schumer and 2 other key pro-Israel Democrats warn Israel against annexation

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Three of Israel's most stalwart boosters among Democrats in Congress are warning the country against annexing parts of the West Bank. Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority...

 

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