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 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 27, 2023 

Long Island Republicans call on George Santos to resign, citing his Holocaust claims and other lies

WASHINGTON (JTA) –Republican Party officials in Rep. George Santos’ Long Island district called on the serial fabricator to quit, citing among other lies his claims to Jewish and Holocaust heritage. The call Wednesday by officials of the Nassau...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 20, 2023

AIPAC's gathering is focused on how to elect pro-Israel candidates in 2024

WASHINGTON (JTA) - With a new right-wing government in Israel raising alarm bells among many in the United States, the timing seemed ripe for a gathering by AIPAC, which regularly convenes bigwigs to...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 30, 2022

In Ohio, 'zoombombing' a religious service can now net jail time, thanks to advocacy by Jewish groups

(JTA) — In its closing session, Ohio’s legislature passed a law imposing penalties of up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine for “zoom-bombing” religious services, a practice that antisemites have used to intimidate Jews. The law,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 23, 2022

Liberal Jewish groups, including Reform movement, blast Kevin McCarthy for pledge to remove Ilhan Omar from committee

WASHINGTON (JTA) — An array of Jewish groups, including the activist arm of the Reform movement, blasted the likely incoming Republican House speaker, Kevin McCarthy, for pledging to remove Minnesota Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar from the Foreign...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 16, 2022

An epidemic of hate'

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Top Biden administration officials launched a roundtable on antisemitism on Wednesday by describing a “rising tide of antisemitism” and likening the atmosphere in the United States to that of Europe, where Jewish worship is...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 16, 2022

Lee Zeldin, a bright spot for Republicans despite NY loss, won't seek GOP chair

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Lee Zeldin, the Republican Jewish congressman who mounted a stronger-than-expected but failed bid to be New York’s governor, says he has decided not to run to be the chairman of the Republican National Committee. But in a sign...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 16, 2022

Blinken: US will judge Israeli government on its policies, not its politicians

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Biden administration will base its relationship to Israel’s incoming government on the actions it takes, not the people installed in positions of power, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said during a speech Sunday....

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 2, 2022

Republican Jewish Coalition conference kicked off the 2024 primary

LAS VEGAS (JTA) - For Republican Jews looking for an alternative to Donald Trump in 2024's presidential race, Ted Cruz presented a tantalizing choice on Saturday - at least for a few minutes. "When I...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 2, 2022

Addressing Jewish Republicans, Kevin McCarthy promises to yank Ilhan Omar from House Foreign Affairs Committee

LAS VEGAS (JTA) — Kevin McCarthy, the likely next speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, said he would remove Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota Democrat, from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, in part because of her criticism of Israel. He also...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 2, 2022

Welcome to the new Twitter

(JTA) — Elon Musk bantered with Kanye West and trolled the Anti-Defamation League this weekend, in the latest of mounting signs that he is choosing to let the platform become a free for all after acquiring it last month. West, the rapper and...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 25, 2022

Israel will not cooperate with FBI inquiry into the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israel will not cooperate with an FBI investigation into the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh, the Palestinian American journalist who died in May in an exchange of fire between Palestinian and Israeli troops, Israel’s defense...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 25, 2022

From bat mitzvah guest to backer of Israel in Congress: Nancy Pelosi's Jewish journey

(JTA) — Five days after Nancy Pelosi made history in 2007 as the first woman elected to be speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, she held an event at her alma mater, the private Roman Catholic university, Trinity Washington. She asked a...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 18, 2022

Biden congratulates Netanyahu on win

WASHINGTON (JTA) - President Joe Biden called Benjamin Netanyahu to congratulate him on being reelected Israeli prime minister. Netanyahu said the two would work to expand the Abraham Accords....

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 18, 2022

Polls show most Jewish voters backed Democrats

(JTA) — A poll of Jewish voters showed them overwhelmingly listing abortion rights and risks to democracy as their top issues when they voted in midterm elections. The poll commissioned by J Street and another exit poll conducted on behalf of Fox N...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 11, 2022

Lapid concedes to Netanyahu, prepares to hand over reins

(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid called his rival, former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to concede this week’s election as most of the votes were counted by the end of Thursday. “The State of Israel is above any political...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 4, 2022

Herzog and Biden stress US-Israel closeness

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Israeli president Isaac Herzog had a message and stuck to it: Israel and the United States are on the same page no matter who wins elections in both countries next month. "We have e...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 4, 2022

Meet 10 Jewish candidates who could be elected to Congress for the first time this fall

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The daughter of a Holocaust survivor, a gay man in a conservative-leaning area, and a Black woman from California — all are among the nearly two-dozen Jews who are hoping to enter Congress next year. Among the 46 Jewish...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 4, 2022

Israel and Lebanon sign US-brokered maritime boundaries deal

(JTA) — After years of negotiation and military posturing, Israel and Lebanon signed a U.S.-brokered agreement that establishes maritime boundaries between the countries, allowing each to explore for fossil fuels unthreatened by the prospect of an...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 28, 2022

Trump again decries lack of US Jewish appreciation for him, as Zionist group prepares to fete him

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump, the former U.S. president, has once again said he is baffled by the lack of appreciation he feels coming from American Jews. “No president has done more for Israel than I have,” he said on Truth Social, the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 21, 2022

Israel's government approves maritime accord with Lebanon

(JTA) — Israel’s government has approved an historic maritime accord with Lebanon, as both countries are under pressure to get the agreement signed before October ends and their leaders may change. The Israeli and U.S. governments pushed back...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 21, 2022

No more training on Yom Kippur

(JTA) — The U.S. Air Force Academy has pledged to “correct” its processes to ensure that it does not schedule key events on major faith holidays after a mandatory training exercise took place on Yom Kippur. “The U.S. Air Force Academy...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 21, 2022

Kanye West's vow to 'go death con 3' on Jews and his antisemitism controversy, explained

(JTA) — It started with a shirt and ended in a conflagration over antisemitism and Republican politics. Such is the extended news cycle over multiple antisemitic comments during the last week by Kanye West, the artist and provocateur who prefers to...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 21, 2022

Abbas urges Palestinian Americans to engage with AIPAC

(JTA) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has emphatically encouraged dialogue with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, despite his disagreements with the center-right pro-Israel lobby and calls among the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 14, 2022

Israel-Lebanon maritime deal heads to collapse

WASHINGTON (JTA) - The Biden administration is still hoping to close a deal between Israel and Lebanon on a maritime border. Still, Israel is citing the deal's apparent collapse to prepare for...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 30, 2022

A Capitol Hill hearing on antisemitism and big tech turned acrimonious

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The lawmakers thanked the representatives from the social networks giants for attending the Capitol Hill hearing on antisemitism — after all, it was not an official congressional hearing and no one was obliged to turn up. But...

 

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