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 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 16, 2022 

Israel advances plan to build 700 units in new East Jerusalem settlement

(JTA) — Israel’s government advanced a plan to build as many as 700 new apartment units in a suburb of Jerusalem that opponents say encroaches on a Palestinian village that straddles the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 9, 2022

What's in the new Iran deal, and what's holding it up?

(JTA) - Last week, the chances that the United States would rejoin the Iran nuclear deal seemed higher than they had been in years.  CNN and Reuters reported that Iran had dropped multiple demands...

 

Mikhail Gorbachev dies at 91

(JTA) - Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet leader whose reforms, including allowing massive numbers of Jews to emigrate to Israel, changed his country and the world, died at 91. Russian media said...

 

A group of Jews massacred over 800 years ago reveal a secret about Jewish genetics

(JTA) - For nearly a millennium, 17 Jewish children and adults lost to history at the bottom of a well kept a secret about the genetic markers that distinguish Ashkenazi Jews. In 1190, in Norwich, a...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 9, 2022

Jewish Google employee who protested an Israeli contract resigns after alleging 'retaliation'

(JTA) — A Jewish Google employee who led activism against a major contract with Israel’s government resigned, citing what she said was retaliation. “Due to retaliation, a hostile environment, and illegal actions by the company, I cannot continu...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 26, 2022

Mahmoud Abbas accuses Israel of 'Holocausts'

(JTA) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of committing “Holocausts” at a press conference after meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin, and Scholz’s muted initial response is spurring criticism....

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 22, 2022

The US and Israel want to unite the Middle East against Iran

WASHINGTON (JTA) - It has become a kind of mantra in Washington and Jerusalem: Integrate much of the Middle East, including Israel, into a single security system to keep Iran in its place. The issue...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 8, 2022

'After Shabbat, we will act': American Jews gear up for wave of post-Roe activism

WASHINGTON (JTA) - An array of Jewish groups across the country are kickstarting into action to protest and potentially challenge the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 8, 2022

Supreme Court decision on coach's prayer throws doubt on a 30-year-old victory for a Jewish family

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Seattle-area football coach who lost his job after leading prayers on the field following his team’s victories, in a decision that could have ramifications for Jews in public schools and th...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 8, 2022

Leading Orthodox groups cheered the end of Roe v. Wade - Orthodox women not so much

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Pam Scheininger and J. David Bleich have this much in common: They are Orthodox Jews who are preoccupied with Jewish ethics and teach at New York City law schools. But when Scheininger looks at an American map, she sees 16...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 1, 2022

Doron Almog set to head Jewish Agency

(JTA) - The Jewish Agency's nominating committee recommended Doron Almog, a storied retired general and a longtime advocate for people with disabilities, to lead the body that bridges Israel and the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 1, 2022

Supreme Court ruling in Maine school case could lead to broad public funding of religious schools

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Maine parents seeking funding to send their children to religious schools, a development that a dissenting Jewish justice, Stephen Breyer, suggested could open the door to broad public...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 24, 2022

Biden to visit Israel, West Bank and Saudi Arabia in mid-July

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Joe Biden will visit Israel, the West Bank and Saudi Arabia next month in a visit that will emphasize reestablishing U.S. ties with the Palestinians. The Biden administration on Tuesday morning posted the dates for Bide...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 17, 2022

Lawmakers launch bipartisan push for defense arrangement

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A bipartisan slate of lawmakers launched a bill that would establish an “integrated air and missile defense capability” joining the United States, Israel and Arab countries in a bid to deter Iran. Senate and House members of...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 17, 2022

Democrats and Republicans call on PA to release bullet

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A bipartisan slate of 25 Congress members, including a number who are close to the pro-Israel community, called on the Biden administration to pressure the Palestinian Authority to release the bullet that killed a Palestinian...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 10, 2022

Dozens of arrests but no casualties reported

(JTA) — Jewish extremists shouted racist slogans and clashed with Palestinians during a heavily policed Jerusalem Day march, but there were no major injuries at an event that last year was among the spurs to a deadly conflict. Police said 50,000...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 10, 2022

Americans are not paying attention to the boycott Israel movement

(JTA) — A Pew Research Center survey released Thursday found that American adults are just not paying attention to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. A whopping 84 percent of adults surveyed said they have heard “not...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 10, 2022

Assistance for Sudan has been suspended

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Biden administration has suspended assistance to Sudan, including assistance related to its normalization deal with Israel, and wants Israel to call out the bloody coup that removed the country’s civilian government last...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 3, 2022

Russia bans entry to numerous US Jews, including Chabad rabbis

(JTA) — Among the many Jews on Russia’s latest list of Americans banned entry are three Chabad rabbis, in possible retaliation for Chabad’s decades-long effort to recover texts and artifacts that the Soviets took from the movement. The list of...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 3, 2022

Ambassador says call for US probe of killing isn't 'fair'

WASHINGTON (JTA) — In an unusual public broadside against dozens of Congress members, Israel’s ambassador to Washington said a letter calling for a U.S. investigation into the killing of a Palestinian American journalist was not a “fair...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 3, 2022

Minnesota GOP apologizes for Soros video

(JTA) — The Minnesota Republican Party apologized for screening a video that depicted liberal Jewish billionaire George Soros as a puppet master controlling two Jewish Democrats, saying that those responsible were not aware that the imagery had...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 20, 2022

Take antisemitism seriously

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Antisemitism is often not taken seriously until it becomes deadly, said Deborah Lipstadt, the Holocaust scholar whose nomination to be the State Department's antisemitism monitor...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 20, 2022

Found in the conservative scrutiny of Florida's math books: a joke about Jews

(JTA) - In a purge following accusations that textbook publishers were trying to "indoctrinate" students in allegedly liberal concepts, Florida rejected dozens of math books from being used in the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 13, 2022

AIPAC's new PAC is now the country's biggest pro-Israel PAC

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The political action committee affiliated with AIPAC, the pro-Israel powerhouse lobby, has in less than six months of existence become the biggest pro-Israel PAC, delivering $6 million to 326 candidates. It is also now endorsing...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 13, 2022

Karine Jean-Pierre to be next White House press secretary

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Joe Biden named as his next press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, a former official of the activist MoveOn group who endorsed its call on Democratic presidential candidates to boycott the annual AIPAC conference....

 

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