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  • Trump adviser with alleged far-right Hungarian ties to speak at Jerusalem Post conference

    (JTA) — Sebastian Gorka, an adviser to President Donald Trump accused of belonging to a far-right Hungarian nationalist group, will speak at a conference organized by The Jerusalem Post. On Thursday, The Jerusalem Post announced that Gorka, a former right-wing nationalist politician in Hungary, would be speaking at its annual conference on May 7 in New…

  • 4 things to know about Bret Stephens, the latest Jewish New York Times columnist

    NEW YORK (JTA) — At first glance, The New York Times’ hiring of another white, Jewish male opinion-page columnist is anything but news. But the arrival of Bret Stephens, formerly the foreign affairs columnist for The Wall Street Journal, may be especially resonant for American Jews. Stephens, 43, is the former editor of The Jerusalem…

  • Ivanka Trump brand reportedly still pursuing global deals while she works in White House

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Ivanka Trump’s fashion company has filed trademarks for her brand around the world even as she serves as an employee in her father’s White House, according to a report. An article Wednesday in The New York Times reported that the brand, Ivanka Trump Marks, has filed four new trademarks in Canada…

  • 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…