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  • Jewish groups urge Congress to preserve anti-Semitism monitor

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Jewish defense groups urged Congress to preserve the State Department’s anti-Semitism monitor. Representatives of the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Secure Community Network testified Wednesday before the human rights subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., the subcommittee…

  • AIPAC 2017 preview: Seeking a bipartisan spirit in an extremely polarized capital

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Maintaining Iran sanctions, crushing BDS and ensuring aid to Israel are high on the agenda, of course. But the overarching message at this year’s conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is, if you want a break from polarization, come join us. “This is an unprecedented time of political polarization, and we…

  • A Jewish candidate gives Democrats hope in Atlanta’s suburbs

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – One candidate has the endorsement of a civil rights giant. Another boasts that he changes his oil in his pickup truck. A third coached soccer at the local community center. It’s politics as usual in Georgia, except that these three candidates – among the 18 running in the special election on April…

  • US boycotts UN Human Rights Council session on Israel

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump administration is boycotting a U.N. Human Rights Council session on Israel and “other occupied Arab territories,” citing the body’s bias against Israel. A State Department statement said the United States “unequivocally” opposes the council’s agenda item for Monday titled “Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories.” “As an…

  • Jewish officials fret Trump budget will gut security grants

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Citing the recent increase in threats to Jewish institutions, Jewish community officials urged Congress to preserve a security assistance program for nonprofits that could be threatened under President Donald Trump’s budget. “Congress should consider ways to strengthen the program rather than dismantle it,” William Daroff, the Washington director of the Jewish Federations of North…

  • Jewish groups, pols say Trump budget is bad for Israel and other US interests

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Citing the importance to Israel of a robust U.S. posture abroad, Jewish groups decried drastic proposed cuts in foreign assistance funding in President Donald Trump’s budget despite assurances that aid to Israel would be unaffected. Israel’s guaranteed $3.1 billion defense assistance next year is a “cutout” and not subject to proposed drastic…

  • In latest Jewish establishment salvo defending two states, AJC urges Congress to back letter to Trump

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The American Jewish Committee is rallying support for a congressional letter to President Donald Trump urging him to reaffirm support for a two-state solution, the latest signal that the American Jewish establishment is committed to preserving the policy. On Wednesday, the AJC sent a letter to members of the U.S. House of…

  • AIPAC paid $60,000 to group that peddles anti-Muslim conspiracy theories

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – An AIPAC affiliate paid $60,000 during its campaign to thwart the Iran nuclear deal to a group that engages in anti-Muslim extremism. Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran, which was launched in the summer of 2015 to rally opposition to the Iran deal, paid the money to the Center for Security Policy,…

  • What a date with an ‘attractive’ Israeli diplomat tells us about Washington’s spy paranoia

    (JTA) — How do you know the Russia spying thing is out of hand? When American men become so stupid they turn down dates with “attractive” Israeli women. Molly Ball, writing this week in The Atlantic, describes how congressional staffers are increasingly wary of encounters with foreigners because of the scandals that have besieged the…

  • Trump the change agent looks positively traditional on Mideast peace

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Trump administration rhetoric about Israeli-Palestinian peace is typical of a president who would make everything great: President Donald Trump is going to bring about a “historic” deal, the White House has said, one that would “reverberate positively throughout the region and the world.” What isn’t typical, at least for a president who has…