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 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...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 3, 2020

As his feud with Trump erupts, John Bolton goes from pro-Israel hero to 'John who?'

WASHINGTON (JTA) — In 2015, the Zionist Organization of America gave John Bolton a standing ovation when he said he wanted to be U.S. president. In 2018, the ZOA gave him its Defender of Israel Award. This week, Bolton is about as far away from...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 26, 2020

House Dems push new letter aimed at unifying the party behind a message to Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA) - House Democrats have put together a letter that they hope will unite their entire caucus in warning Israel against annexation of part of the West Bank. The letter, now circulating...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 26, 2020

Full text of the letter from House Democrats warning Israel about annexation of the West Bank

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Four Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives — Jan Schakowsky, Ted Deutch, David E. Price, and Bradley S. Schneider — are circulating a letter among their colleagues that would warn Israel of the perils of annexation....

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 19, 2020

At a time of racial strife, liberal groups file complaints about ZOA

WASHINGTON (JTA) - As many Jewish organizations across the United States sent out statements decrying racism over the past week, the head of the Zionist Organization of America took a different...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 19, 2020

AIPAC tells lawmakers it won't push back if they criticize annexation

WASHINGTON (JTA) - The leading pro-Israel lobby in the United States is telling lawmakers that they are free to criticize Israel's looming annexation plans - just as long as the criticism stops...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 12, 2020

Breaking China: A rupture looms between Israel and the United States

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Israel's announcement last week that an Israeli consortium would build Sorek 2, the world's largest desalination plant, surprised many who had been watching the deal: The contract h...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 29, 2020

Abbas ends security cooperation

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared an end to all agreements with Israel, including security cooperation, effectively turning over to Israel’s government the running of the entire West Bank. “The Palestine...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 8, 2020

Biden plans for increased protections for Jews and others

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Former Vice President Joe Biden marked the one-year anniversary of the deadly shooting at a synagogue in Poway, California, with a proposal to add protections for Jews and other targets of hate attacks. “These are acts of...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 8, 2020

As the sexual assault claim against Joe Biden builds, some Jewish women wonder whether he deserves their support

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Monday was supposed to have been a good news day for Joe Biden: The venerable New York congresswoman Nita Lowey convened hundreds of women on a phone call to launch a new group,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 1, 2020

CPMAJO taps as next chief Dianne Lob of HIAS

(JTA)—The nominating committee of US Jewry’s foreign policy umbrella has tapped as its next chair the immediate past chairwoman of the lead Jewish immigration advocacy group—one that has clashed repeatedly with the Trump administration. Dianne...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 24, 2020

West Bank annexation would damage US-Israel alliance

WASHINGTON (JTA)—A pro-Israel group is warning Israeli leaders that reports of planned annexations of parts of the West Bank would cause “long-term damage” to the U.S.-Israel alliance. “Such a move would make a two-state solution harder—if...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    Features    April 24, 2020

Celebrity-studded Saturday Night Seder yields 1M viewers, $2.6M for charity and 4 big insights about the Jewish people

(JTA)—With its glittering assembly of stars, jokes that worked and attendees who could, well, sing, it was the Zoom Seder you wished you had. The Saturday Night Passover Seder that aired on YouTube over the weekend brought together dozens of...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 24, 2020

Chinese-American groups return a Jewish message of solidarity by providing protective gear to agencies

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The Jewish community’s expression of solidarity with Chinese Americans during the coronavirus pandemic has yielded an unexpected return: scads of personal protective equipment for Jewish organizations. David Bernstein, the presid...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 17, 2020

A census question poses a dilemma for American Jews-are you white, and if so, what are your 'origins'?

WASHINGTON (JTA)—It’s the ninth question on the census, and for many Jewish respondents, it’s a surprising—and sometimes unwelcome—invitation to consider who exactly they are. For the first time, the U.S. Census question on race is asking...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 3, 2020

What Jewish groups want to see in Congress' $2 trillion pandemic spending bill

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The White House has come to an agreement with Democrats and Republicans on a $2 trillion stimulus package, the biggest in U.S. history, in response to the major economic downturn triggered by the coronavirus. Congress passed the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 27, 2020

Trump and Netanyahu have handled the coronavirus outbreak in totally different ways

By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)—Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu have much in common when it comes to policy and style. They stand together in recommending tough action to contain Iran, and are comfortable dealing with autocracies (Saudi...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 13, 2020

Sanders and Trump skip AIPAC, but take center stage anyway

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Joe Biden made an appearance via video and Mike Bloomberg turned up in person. So did Mike Pence. Even the coronavirus got a shoutout. Despite threats of a boycott by Democrats and anxieties about communicable diseases, this...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 6, 2020

US Jewish group sends delegation to Saudi Arabia

NEW YORK (JTA)—A delegation of members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations visited Saudi Arabia last week, a first for the umbrella body for U.S. Jews, and a move believed to be the first official visit to the...

 
 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...

 

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