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  • Pence, Cruz, Gingrich cite Israel on contentious GOP convention night

    Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence said “if the world knows nothing else, it will know this: America stands with Israel.”

  • Donald Trump Jr.’s call for school choice splits Jewish groups

    CLEVELAND (JTA) — An issue of historical concern to American Jews drew waves of applause when Donald Trump Jr. preached about it Tuesday night from the stage of the Republican National Convention. It wasn’t Israel, Iran or the fight against anti-Semitism. It was a call for the government to assist with private school costs, referred…

  • Ben Carson slams Clinton for studying Jewish activist who ‘acknowledged Lucifer’

    CLEVELAND (JTA) — Former Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson criticized Hillary Clinton for admiring Saul Alinsky, a far-left activist who praised Lucifer in his most famous book. Speaking Tuesday at the tail end of the Republican National Convention, Carson said Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, was unfit for the presidency because Alinsky was…

  • At its last Cleveland convention, the GOP nominated a friend of refugees — and Jews

    Monday night, a series of speakers at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland told voters to elect Donald Trump, who has repeatedly called for a ban on Muslim immigration to the United States. One of the speakers, Sabine Durden, said “crooked Hillary always talks about what she will do for illegal aliens and for refugees. Well,…

  • Fear, loathing and the shortest Donald Trump speech ever

    CLEVELAND (JTA) — It was the biggest surprise of the convention so far: The calmest and shortest speech came from Donald Trump. Just days after he took nearly a half hour of meandering tangents to introduce his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Trump kept his words to an uncharacteristic minimum Monday when introducing his…

  • Melania Trump says Donald will represent ‘all the people’

    CLEVELAND (JTA) — Speaking at the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, said her husband does not discriminate based on race or religion. Her speech, which came following a night of attacks on presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration’s domestic and military record, seemed to aim for a more positive note in an often…

  • At GOP convention, Jewish delegates cite Israel and style in backing Trump

    CLEVELAND (JTA) — On the day Donald Trump wrapped up the Republican primaries, Marc Zell was ready to resign his position as vice president of Republicans Overseas, the party’s expatriate group. Zell, who lives in Israel, was put off by Trump’s inconsistent statements regarding the country. In particular, he felt insulted when Trump, at a…

  • Cleveland police chaplain delivers invocation at Republican convention

    CLEVELAND (JTA) — The Orthodox rabbi who serves as chaplain to the Cleveland police delivered the invocation at the start of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Rabbi Ari Wolf, who also works as an administrator for the haredi Orthodox Telshe Yeshiva in the Ohio city, was a last-minute stand-in, according to Matzav.com, which first…

  • Jewish former Hawaii governor at convention raps Dems on Israel, barely mentions Trump

    CLEVELAND (JTA) — Linda Lingle, the former governor of Hawaii, criticized the Democratic Party’s stance on Israel and scarcely mentioned Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention. Speaking Monday, the convention’s opening day, Lingle, who is Jewish, said President Barack Obama’s term has “been a wake-up call to American Jews.” She said the Democratic Party —…

  • Ambivalent on Trump, GOP Jews gush over Pence

    The Republican Jewish Coalition’s relationship with presumptive nominee Donald Trump is … complicated. But they’re having no trouble getting behind Trump’s newly announced running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence. When he spoke to the RJC in 2015, Trump raised eyebrows by calling the crowd “negotiators” and by saying, “You’re not going to support me because…