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 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...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 18, 2019

Gunmen kill 2 on Yom Kippur

(JTA)—At least two gunmen opened fire on a synagogue during Yom Kippur services and a kebab shop in Halle, a town in eastern Germany. The shooters reportedly were from the far right. The masked gunmen reportedly were repelled by the synagogue’s...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 18, 2019

How Pittsburgh changed the way Jews think about security

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Here's the sad paradox of the shooting nearly one year ago at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue: The killing of 11 worshippers, the worst attack on Jews in U.S. history, hit a...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 4, 2019

The Trump-Ukraine controversy, and the Jews involved, explained

WASHINGTON (JTA)—A week ago, impeachment was not the flavor of the season. The interest in Robert Mueller’s special counsel report into Russian election interference had waned, and the testimony by Mueller before Congress in July failed to...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 4, 2019

Pres. Trump's New Year's message

WASHINGTON (JTA)—President Donald Trump, speaking to nearly a thousand Jewish leaders to wish them a Happy New Year on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, said he would be tough with Iran but did not want military conflict. “Our country is reminded of the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 13, 2019

Jason Greenblatt steps down

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump's top Middle East peace negotiator, is leaving the White House. Although the "ultimate" deal he helped craft has yet to be fully announced,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 6, 2019

Hadassah is back from the brink

WASHINGTON (JTA)-A decade after the Bernie Madoff debacle-one so serious that Hadassah officials refuse to even utter the Ponzi schemer's name-the women's Zionist organization is back. The finances...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 30, 2019

Palestinian and Israeli discovered a shared past when they met as Washington interns

WASHINGTON (JTA)-In its 10 years of placing young Palestinian and Israeli leaders with Congress members, no lawmaker asked New Story Leadership for one of each-until Jamie Raskin did. This summer,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 16, 2019

Not The Squad: Rep. Elissa Slotkin and her 'Gang of 9' offer Democrats a path of moderation

LANSING, Michigan (JTA)-Tom Dalton could be the poster boy for Elissa Slotkin's path to a second term and, she would argue, to Democrats keeping the U.S. House of Representatives. The 67-year-old...

 

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