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 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 14, 2020

Elizabeth Warren says she will skip the AIPAC conference

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Sen. Elizabeth Warren indicated she would skip the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC's conference next month and did not push back against questionable assertions about the lobby from a...

 

The National Archives got Ford to sponsor an Auschwitz exhibit-Henry Ford's role in the Nazi machine was not mentioned

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The three-week exhibition at the National Archives showcased documents, video and a marquee sponsor, announced in large font on the banner at the National Archives: "This exhibit is...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 7, 2020

What the Democratic presidential candidates have said about Trump's Middle East peace plan

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The Democrats running for president have hewed to the party line in criticizing the Israeli-Palestinian peace plan rolled out by President Donald Trump: Unilateral annexation of settlements is the wrong way to go. The tone was...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 7, 2020

Obama's team has a new home with Warren

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Much of Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign narrative subtly casts her as the anti-Obama, the potential president who will not broker sweetheart deals for big business. That was the subtext—actually it was the overt...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 31, 2020

Bloomberg: I opposed the Iran deal, but the way Trump left it was wrong

WASHINGTON (JTA)—We ran a story last week on where the top seven Democrats running for president stood on Iran policy. Try as we could, we could not pin down a position for Mike Bloomberg, the former New York mayor who was not included in the last...

 

A decade ago, linking Israel's founding to the Holocaust started a firestorm-today it's accepted

WASHINGTON (JTA)—A decade ago, in a speech in Cairo addressing the Islamic world, President Barack Obama issued a call to understand Israel’s importance in the context of the Holocaust—and it started a political firestorm in the world of...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 24, 2020

The Tell: Where the top 7 Democratic candidates stand on Iran

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The post-debate analysis this week focused largely on the ongoing spat between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. While we hope they can sort that out soon, the debate featured something else more relevant to JTA readers:...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 17, 2020

Hillel International chooses new CEO

WASHINGTON (JTA)-After a six-month search, the Jewish campus group Hillel International is sticking to the path hewn by its previous CEO in choosing a close associate as his successor. Hillel's board...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 10, 2020

Bernie Sanders picks former Obama official as liaison to Jewish community

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The Bernie Sanders campaign has named an insider in both the Jewish and Democratic establishments-entities that the presidential candidate has previously kept at a distance-as its...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 10, 2020

Jewish groups and lawmakers laud legacy of John Lewis after he announces pancreatic cancer diagnosis

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The black-Jewish coalition that has fought for civil rights since the 1960s has the city of Atlanta as its nexus. Folks there cite three reasons for this: a substantial...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 27, 2019

With adoption of major spending bills, Congress signals support for two-state solution

WASHINGTON (JTA)—If where you spend your money is the clearest sign of your priorities, Congress seems to be saying that it remains invested in Israeli-Palestinian peace and in robustly supporting Israel’s defense systems. The House of...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 20, 2019

Georgia's 2 US Senate seats will be open in 2020-Jon Ossoff and Joe Lieberman's son are vying for them

ATLANTA (JTA)-Voters in Georgia will face elections next year for each of the state's two U.S. Senate seats. Jewish Democrats are vying to be in the mix in both races. Incumbent David Perdue, a...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 20, 2019

One of the Jersey City shooters was a Black Hebrew Israelite

Here’s what you need to know about the movement (JTA)—Police have identified one of the dead suspects in a shootout at a kosher market in Jersey City as David Anderson, who reportedly was once a member of the Black Hebrew Israelites. Here are som...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 13, 2019

Democrats pass two-state resolution in Congress

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Democrats in Congress passed a resolution on Friday saying that only a two-state outcome would bring peace to Israelis and Palestinians. The nonbinding resolution approved largely on party lines has been subject to considerable...

 

Allan Gerson dies at 74

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Allan Gerson, a lawyer who made it easier for the families of terror victims to sue foreign governments, has died. His daughter Daniela told family and friends that he passed away Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, at his Washington, D.C., home...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 13, 2019

Linda Sarsour backs Bernie Sanders, but not his support for Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Last month, Bernie Sanders wrote about his support for Israel, calling the nation an “enormous achievement” and “a democratic homeland for the Jewish people.” A few weeks later Linda Sarsour, a prominent Arab-American...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 13, 2019

Why Israel isn't a top consideration

WASHINGTON (JTA)—It’s the perennial anomaly of Jewish voter surveys: Vast majorities feel an attachment to Israel, but relatively few are thinking about the Jewish state when they cast their vote. On the day of last year’s midterm...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 6, 2019

In Atlanta, Jewish hopes for ousting Trump in 2020 are complicated by the race question

ATLANTA (JTA)-For Jewish voters, Bernie Sanders mentioning the Palestinians seemingly out of nowhere during last week's presidential debate here was a striking moment. But for some Jews in this state,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 15, 2019

Nita Lowey, retiring after 32 years in Congress, gets teary recalling her Jewish legacy

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Nita Lowey, who is retiring after 32 years in Congress, fields a question about her legacy as a Jewish lawmaker. No trouble there-she talks about Israel and her Jewish pride all the t...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 15, 2019

J Street presses candidates on conditioning aid to Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA)—J Street, the liberal Jewish Middle East policy group, is making conditioning U.S. aid to Israel on halting settlement expansion a plank ahead of the 2020 presidential elections. “Our aid is not intended to be a blank check,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 15, 2019

What presidential wannabes said at J Street

Taking a turn on J Street J Street convened its eighth annual conference this week, its 11th year of existence. The gathering attracted 4,000 activists and marked a major turning point in how Democrats treat Israel: Withholding aid to pressure the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 8, 2019

What exactly is Elizabeth Warren's Israel policy?

WASHINGTON (JTA)—When it comes to pressuring Israel, Elizabeth Warren doesn’t have a specific plan. The senator from Massachusetts, who has caught up in polling with front-runners for the Democratic presidential nomination, now faces intensified...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 8, 2019

Bernie Sanders: Some US aid money to Israel should go to Gaza

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders earned cheers at J Street’s annual conference when he said some of the money Israel receives from the United States for defense assistance should go to humanitarian relief in the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 1, 2019

Nearly 9 in 10 American Jews say anti-Semitism is a problem in US

WASHINGTON (JTA)-More than eight in 10 American Jews say that anti-Semitism has spiked in recent years and even more believe it is a problem in the United States, according to an American Jewish...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 25, 2019

The Democratic debate revealed the candidates' differences on Middle East policy

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (JTA)-The fourth Democratic presidential debate revealed fissures among the candidates on whether to keep U.S. troops in the Middle East. The 12 hopefuls on the stage Tuesday night...

 

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