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 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 14, 2019 

13 Democratic candidates delivered videos to this Jewish conference-the different messages hint at what's to come

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Everyone started by praising the American Jewish Committee, naturally enough. But in their video greetings to the group’s annual policy forum here, 13 Democratic candidates...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 14, 2019 

AIPAC and J Street support bipartisan effort to restore funds for Israeli-Palestinian peace dialogue

WASHINGTON (JTA)-An array of pro-Israel groups are backing a bipartisan bill that would seed investment in the Palestinian areas and restore funding to peace dialogue programming that the Trump admini...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 17, 2019

New Israeli Lounge at Kennedy Center

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts named the winner of a redesign competition for its Israeli Lounge, a tribute to the U.S.-Israel relationship that Israel contributed...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 17, 2019

Anti-Zionist imam delivers opening prayers in the House

WASHINGTON (JTA)—An imam who has wished for the end of Zionism, called for a third Intifada and likened Israel to Nazi-era Germany, delivered the opening prayer for a session of the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday. Omar Suleiman, the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 10, 2019

Israeli ambassador calls New York Times 'cesspool of hostility' on Holocaust Remembrance Day

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The Israeli ambassador to the United States linked The New York Times to the “Jew-hatred of growing parts of the intellectual class.” Ron Dermer was speaking Monday in the U.S. Capitol at the annual Holocaust Days of...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    Features    May 10, 2019

Famed Nazi hunters Beate and Serge Klarsfeld: It feels like the 1930s

WASHINGTON (JTA)-It's not an unfamiliar frame for describing the rise of the new nationalism: There's a bad wind blowing through the West, and nothing less than democracy is at stake. What makes it...

 

Shooting at San Diego-area synagogue leaves 1 dead, 3 wounded

(JTA)-A shooting at a Chabad synagogue in Poway, near San Diego, California, has left one person dead and three injured, including a child. Police in Poway detained a white 19-year-old San Diego man...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 3, 2019

AIPAC calls out Bernie Sanders

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The American Israel Public Affairs Committee pushed back against Sen. Bernie Sanders for calling Benjamin Netanyahu’s government “racist.” The pro-Israel lobby, in a tweet that did not mention the Democratic presidential...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 19, 2019

Trump gets hero's welcome at Jewish Coalition conference

LAS VEGAS (JTA)—President Donald Trump questioned traditional Jewish support for Democrats in a stem-winding speech to Jewish Republicans. “How did you support President Obama, how did you support the Democrats?” Trump said Saturday addressing...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 12, 2019

The Trump team's Middle East peace plan: It's beginning to look a lot like one state

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Trump administration officials have been silent and notably leak-free about what exactly is in the Middle East peace plan that Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is shaping-until...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 5, 2019

Ilhan Omar lashes out at Pelosi, Netanyahu for their AIPAC jabs

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Rep. Ilhan Omar hit back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after they called out the first-year congresswoman at the AIPAC policy conference for her attacks on the lobby and support for...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 5, 2019

AIPAC stands up to critics-but what it stands for is more elusive

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The American Israel Public Affairs Committee wants you to know it will not be silenced. “When they try to silence us, we speak up, and when they tell us to sit down, we stand up, we stand up,” Howard Kohr, the Israel lobby’s...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 29, 2019

Prominent pro-Israel donor pulls out of AIPAC conference

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Adam Milstein, a major pro-Israel funder, has withdrawn from speaking at the annual AIPAC policy conference following a series of tweets in which he accused two Muslim lawmakers of...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 22, 2019

Trump touts new Republican group, 'Jexodus,' urging Jews to bolt Democratic Party

WASHINGTON (JTA)—President Donald Trump promoted on his Twitter feed a group founded by Republicans that hopes to draw young Jews away from the Democratic Party. “‘Jewish people are leaving the Democratic Party,’” Trump said Tuesday...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 22, 2019

State Department drops Israel 'occupied' language

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The Trump administration ended the policy of referring to the West Bank and the Golan Heights as “occupied” by Israel. The State Department’s annual report on global human rights issues, issued Wednesday, drops the “occupie...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 22, 2019

National Jewish group says community relations are in crisis

WASHINGTON (JTA)-An increase in anti-Semitism, an intensification of anti-Israel activity and decades of neglect have created a crisis in the Jewish community relations field, according to the umbrell...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 22, 2019

Trump calls on Omar to resign

WASHINGTON (JTA)—President Donald Trump called on Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., to resign from Congress for what he said was her anti-Semitism. “It’s terrible what she said and I think she should either resign from Congress, or she should...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 22, 2019

Why these Democratic presidential hopefuls voted no on an anti-BDS bill

WASHINGTON (JTA)—AIPAC sounded relieved by the substantive Democratic backing in the Senate this week for a controversial pro-Israel bill initiated by Republicans. The Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act (S.1), which the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 15, 2019

Senate passes anti-BDS measure

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The U.S. Senate approved in a 77-23 vote a bill that codifies $38 billion in defense assistance to Israel and which provides legal cover to states that target the boycott Israel movement. The bill, sponsored by Sens. Marco Rubio, R...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 15, 2019

5 Jewish takeaways from State of the Union address

WASHINGTON (JTA)—President Donald Trump linked his actions on Iran to the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, pivoting during his State of the Union address from his decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal to a declaration that anti-Semitism must...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 25, 2019

Five Jewish things to know about Kamala Harris

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Kamala Harris, the junior senator from California, is reportedly set to announce her bid for the Democratic presidential nod. Harris, 54, is a progressive on most issues who draws...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 18, 2019

Call on US to recognize Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Tom Cotton of Arkansas again called on the United States to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Israel is stepping up its campaign for international recognition of its claim to the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 18, 2019

Sanders lambasts introduction of anti-BDS bill as 'absurd'

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Sen. Bernie Sanders said it was "absurd" for Republicans to introduce as the Senate's first bill of this Congress a measure that would protect states that penalize Israel boycotters....

 

Ginsburg's personal trainer on how he keeps her healthy

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Bryant Johnson says pressure creates diamonds, and I think I just upped the carat level. Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s personal trainer did not know that his two other clients on the Supreme Court—Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan—are...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 11, 2019

Lawmakers reintroduce pro-Israel legislation

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., reintroduced pro-Israel legislation that did not get passed in the last Congress. Rubio, together with Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, on Thursday, the first day of the new Congress, combined a number of Middle...

 

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