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  • Anti-Semitism envoy post to be filled, State Dept. says

    (JTA) — The Trump administration will appoint a special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism, according to State Department spokesman Mark Toner. The envoy post has been vacant since Trump took office in January. On Thursday, JTA reported that the envoy’s office staff could be eliminated soon due to new State Department employment rules. The envoy…

  • Lawmakers, Samantha Power call on Trump to fill anti-Semitism envoy post

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Two Democratic congressmen and Samantha Power, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, have called on President Donald Trump to fill a State Department position tasked with fighting anti-Semitism worldwide. On Thursday, JTA reported that the office of the U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism could be left…

  • Suspect arrested in swastika attack on Jewish center and church near DC

    (JTA) — Police in Fairfax, Virginia, have arrested and charged a suspect for spray-painting anti-Semitic graffiti on the city’s Jewish community center and a nearby church. Dylan Mahone, 20, was arrested Wednesday at his home based on surveillance video of the incidents, which occurred the previous day, according to a statement by the Fairfax County…

  • US anti-Semitism envoy’s office to remain empty, says former State Dept. official

    (JTA) — The Trump administration will leave empty the office of the U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, according to a former State Department official. President Donald Trump has yet to fill the envoy post, which is traditionally responsible for keeping tabs on global anti-Semitism and advising other countries in fighting it. The…

  • ADL: Jared Kushner a growing target of online anti-Semitism

    (JTA) — Anti-Semitic invective against Jared Kushner has shot up recently, according to a report by the Anti-Defamation League. The ADL report, published Monday, documents a series of anti-Semitic tweets from white supremacists directed at Kushner, an Orthodox Jew and President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law. The tweets, sent by leading anti-Semites like David Duke…

  • Politico says Chabad is Trump’s partner in — something. Not so fast.

    (JTA) — Has Chabad “taken on outsize importance” in the Trump-Russia scandal? That’s a claim of a recent Politico article detailing a web of connections between Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and a vast network of Chabad-Lubavitch benefactors and their associates. It’s long been known that a set of Russian oligarchs are also Chabad mega-donors, helping seal…

  • Stephen Bannon reportedly called Jared Kushner a ‘globalist.’ Here’s why the term makes some Jews uneasy.

    (JTA) — What, exactly, makes Jared Kushner a “globalist”? Stephen Bannon, the chief strategist for President Donald Trump, reportedly applied the term to Kushner, the president’s increasingly busy senior adviser, who is Jewish. The Daily Beast reported on the name-calling in an article on the latest White House palace intrigue, which has seen Bannon’s stock…

  • A state legislator called J Street anti-Semitic. Right to left, Jewish groups disagree.

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Is J Street anti-Semitic? A South Carolina state legislator insists it is. But few — if any — Jewish leaders seem to agree. Alan Clemmons, a Republican lawmaker from Myrtle Beach, is a darling of the pro-Israel community. He led the charge to pass a 2015 state law outlawing contracts with…

  • White supremacists don’t know what to make of Jared Kushner

    NEW YORK (JTA) — White supremacists have a problem, and his name is Jared Kushner. While many on the far right are hoping that President Donald Trump will help advance their separatist, racist agendas, figures like former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin are asking what to do about his Orthodox…

  • Worried about Trump talk ruining your seder? Here’s how to get through it.

    NEW YORK (JTA) — After Donald Trump won the presidential election, Sheila Katz wasn’t sure she wanted to come home for Thanksgiving. As the politically liberal member of a conservative family, she had been comfortable sparring with her relatives during the Obama administration. But as Thanksgiving approached, she found it hard to get over the fact…