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  • Jewish pro-BDS group unconditionally endorses Black Lives Matter platform

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Jewish Voice for Peace, which supports the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel, released a statement unconditionally supporting the newly released platform of the Black Lives Matter movement, which in part accuses Israel of committing genocide. The platform, published Monday by a coalition of more than 50 groups called…

  • Not just anti-Semitism: ADL boss seeks to broaden group’s reach

    NEW YORK (JTA) — For more than a century, the Anti-Defamation League has been known as a group that combats anti-Semitism. But one year after taking the group’s helm, Jonathan Greenblatt wants it to focus on more than just the Jews. Greenblatt’s predecessor as ADL national director, Abraham Foxman, became known during his decades at…

  • Rabbis’ human rights group criticizes Black Lives Matter for Israel ‘genocide’ accusation

    NEW YORK (JTA) — A rabbinic human rights group has criticized the platform of the Black Lives Matter movement for accusing Israel of genocide against the Palestinians. The platform, published Monday by a coalition of more than 50 organizations called the Movement for Black Lives, includes a section criticizing United States aid to Israel, as…

  • Does an American Jewish historian’s rejection of Zionism signal broader trend?

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Hasia Diner is one of the most acclaimed American Jewish historians in the country. A product of the Habonim Dror Zionist youth movement, she is a former Fulbright Professor at the University of Haifa in Israel. Now, she’s calling Zionism a “naive delusion” and says she feels uncomfortable entering a synagogue…

  • Uneasy Republicans and confident Democrats diverge on ‘Jewish’ issues

    NEW YORK  (JTA) — It’s never been easy for Jewish Republicans. Jews have broken overwhelmingly for Democratic candidates since Woodrow Wilson. Despite rising American Jewish affluence, usually a harbinger of conservative voting patterns, a plurality self-defines as liberal. Republican Jews have poured millions into upping their share of the Jewish vote in recent elections, portraying…

  • Republican Jewish Coalition ad brands Democrats ‘anti-Israel’

    NEW YORK (JTA) — An ad from the Republican Jewish Coalition accuses the Democratic Party of being “stridently anti-Israel,” featuring a string of attendees at last week’s Democratic convention criticizing Israel. Released Friday and titled “This Isn’t the Old Democrat Party Anymore,” the ad claims that “anti-Israel Democrats are on full display at the Democratic Convention…

  • Hillary Clinton, accepting nomination, lays out progressive agenda, assertive foreign policy

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Hillary Clinton laid out a broadly progressive domestic agenda as she accepted the Democratic presidential nomination, adopting rhetoric and policies championed by her primary rival, Bernie Sanders. Clinton also celebrated her achievement as the first woman to receive a major party’s presidential nomination. And she talked tough on foreign policy, pledging to…

  • Amid cheers, a defiant Debbie Wasserman Schultz accuses Trump of treason

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Addressing her resignation as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee for the first time, Debbie Wasserman Schultz accused Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump of treason. On Thursday, referring to Trump’s request two days earlier that Russia uncover emails deleted by Hillary Clinton, Wasserman Schultz said the statement was “treasonous, it’s seditious, it’s unacceptable.” Wasserman…

  • Israeli envoy: Hillary Clinton led the way to Gaza cease-fire in 2012

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador the the United States, credited Hillary Clinton with the leading role in achieving a cease-fire in Israel’s 2012 conflict with Hamas. Clinton flew to the region and conducted shuttle diplomacy between Egypt and Israel to end hostilities between Israel and Hamas through indirect negotiations. Dermer said that because of…

  • 5 Jewish things to expect from Hillary Clinton tonight

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — After Tim Kaine, Biden, Bloomberg, Bernie, Bill and both Obamas, it’s finally Hillary’s turn. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, will close out a Democratic National Convention centered on highlighting America’s diversity, touting her qualifications and bashing her Republican opponent, Donald Trump. Clinton’s address will be historic: She is the first woman…