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Trump administration opposes Turkey sanctions bill

(JNS)—The Trump administration is reportedly opposing a bill that would sanction Turkey for purchasing Russian missiles, claiming that it would push both countries towards further cooperation. The administration also opposes a part of the measure...

 

USAID's Bonnie Glick takes lessons from Judaism as deputy of US development agency

(JNS)-Deputy Administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development Bonnie Glick made headlines last week after Bloomberg reported that she placed a hold on U.S. economic assistance to Lebanon...

 

Congress members call on DeVos to deny taxpayer funds for BDS studies on campus

(JNS)—Eight Republican members of Congress on Thursday called on U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to ensure that taxpayer funds do not go toward Middle East Studies’ centers at colleges and universities that support boycotting Israel. In a...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    January 3, 2020

Columbia University accused of anti-Semitic discrimination

(JTA)—A federal complaint has been filed against Columbia University accusing the school of anti-Semitic discrimination. It is the first case filed since President Donald Trump’s executive order on combating anti-Semitism, which grants Jewish...

 
 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 Ben Sales    News    December 27, 2019

Inside the biggest American Shabbat service of the year

CHICAGO (JTA)-Josh Nelson sat onstage in front of 5,000 people, accompanied by eight other musicians and perched next to a ginormous video screen bearing the words to one of Judaism's central...

 

Jersey City official refers to Jewish 'brutes'

(JTA)—A Board of Education member in Jersey City has sparked controversy with social media comments following the shooting last week at a kosher market there. “Where was all this faith and hope when Black homeowners were being threatened, intimid...

 

President Trump signs executive order addressing anti-Semitism in US education

(JNS)—U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday, Dec. 11, addressing anti-Semitism amid the rise in hatred toward Jews in education in the United States, announced the White House in a call with reporters on Tuesday...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    December 20, 2019

Jersey City mayor says gunmen targeted kosher supermarket in shootout that left 6 dead

(JTA)-The gunmen who entered a Jersey City kosher supermarket and engaged in a deadly shootout with police deliberately chose the store, the city's mayor said. "Based on our initial investigation...

 

Speaking to Israeli-American group, Trump slams Jews who 'don't love Israel enough'

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (JTA)-President Donald Trump slammed American Jews who he said did not sufficiently "love Israel." "So many of you voted for the people in the last administration. Some day you will ha...

 
 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 Marcy Oster    News    December 20, 2019

Lauder is funding a $25 million campaign against anti-Semitism

(JTA)—Billionaire philanthropist Ronald Lauder is funding a $25 million campaign against political candidates in the United States who support or normalize anti-Semitism. Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress, announced the new...

 

The Jersey City kosher supermarket shooting rattled a tight-knit Orthodox Jewish community

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (JTA)—Hours after gunfire that started in a cemetery and ended in a shootout at a kosher supermarket here left six dead on Tuesday, there were more questions than answers. As of Tuesday night, the crime scene was cordoned off,...

 

6.4 million students denied free speech by top American colleges

PHILADELPHIA—Millions of students nationwide check their free speech rights at the door when they arrive on campus, according to a new report from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. Spotlight on Speech Codes 2020: The State of Free...

 
 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...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    December 13, 2019

Arizona State student government passes resolution to support Jewish students

(JTA)—The undergraduate student government of Arizona State University passed a resolution in support of the Tempe school’s Jewish students. The resolution, which passed Tuesday by acclimation, comes amid public discussion among campus student...

 

Activists in New York call for an 'intifada in every classroom'

(MEMRI)—At a pro-Gaza rally in Times Square in New York on Nov. 15, speakers called for “an intifada in every classroom” and denied Israel’s right to exist. Nerdeen Kiswani, of an organization called Within Our Lifetime, led a chant that...

 
 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 Ami Eden    News    December 6, 2019

Bloomberg or Bernie: Which Jewish candidate do American Jews want?

NEW YORK (JTA)-First Bernie Sanders. Now Michael Bloomberg. This cycle's Democratic primary is shaping up to be the all-time greatest troll of white nationalist Twitter-a battle royale featuring both...

 
 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,...

 

Bipartisan resolution against rockets fired on Israel

(JNS)—Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) and Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) have introduced a bipartisan resolution in the House of Representatives condemning the recent rocket attacks on Israel and supporting the country’s right to defend itself. “When...

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    December 6, 2019

Christian Zionist group dropped by Amazon, claims it is being targeted for pro-Israel views

(JNS)-Proclaiming Justice to The Nations, a Tennessee-based nonprofit evangelical Christian organization committed to standing with Israel and fighting anti-Semitism, has been removed from the...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    November 29, 2019

Ukraine asked Alexander Vindman to be its defense minister, and other takeaways from his impeachment testimony

This is a developing story.  (JTA)—Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the Jewish National Security Council staffer whose firsthand account of the July phone call between President Donald Trump and the president of Ukraine is at the center of the...

 

Jewish man stabbed repeatedly outside New York synagogue

This is a developing story.  NEW YORK (JTA)—An Orthodox man was stabbed multiple times on his walk to synagogue for morning prayers. The man was approaching the synagogue Toshnad Heichel Torah Utfila in Spring Valley, New York, when a man got out...

 

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