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  • Tom Perez wins DNC chair, names Keith Ellison deputy, after race that included focus on Jewish issues

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Tom Perez, the former Labor Department secretary, was elected Democratic National Committee chairman and immediately named his rival, Keith Ellison, as his deputy. Perez was elected Saturday on the second ballot, winning 235 votes out of 435 cast at a gathering in Atlanta of the electors. Perez had the backing of mainstream…

  • U.S. authorities almost deport French Jewish Holocaust era scholar

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – U.S. authorities came close to deporting an Egyptian-born French Jewish Holocaust-era scholar on his way to speak at a symposium at Texas A&M. Henry Rousso was detained for ten hours starting Wednesday evening in Houston. The university enlisted one of its law professors who specializes in immigrant rights to intervene, The Eagle,…

  • Pence pledges Trump will keep Iran from going nuclear, walks back Jerusalem promise

    LAS VEGAS (JTA) — Vice President Mike Pence pledged to Jewish Republicans that the Trump administration would “never allow” Iran to develop a nuclear weapon, but walked back President Donald Trump’s promise to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. “We told the ayatollahs of Iran they should check the calendar, there’s a new president in…

  • RJC names former senator, Norm Coleman, as chairman

    LAS VEGAS (JTA) — The Republican Jewish Coalition replaced its longtime chairman, David Flaum, with Norm Coleman, the former U.S. senator for Minnesota. The RJC board voted Coleman in on Friday during its annual leadership meeting in Las Vegas. Statements by both men in the RJC release noted Republican successes during the ten years Flaum,…

  • Israel backtracks on barring Human Rights Watch staffer

    (JTA) — Israel said an American employee of Human Rights Watch may enter the country on a tourist visa and should reapply for a work visa, days after barring his entry for alleged anti-Israel bias. “This is to clarify that the HRW representative may enter Israel with a tourist visa,” Itai Bar-Dov, the spokesman for…

  • ‘Rebuilding’ efforts overshadow Jewish issues in DNC election

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The race to lead the Democratic National Committee is nothing if not granular. Among the leading candidates Tom Perez, the former labor secretary, says “every ZIP code counts.” Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, touts his “50 plus” states strategy. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., talks about a “3,143 county strategy.”…

  • Jewish groups seek action from Trump to match his words on anti-Semitism

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – He hates it, he really hates it. Now what’s he going to do about it? President Donald Trump on Tuesday culminated three weeks of missed opportunities to condemn anti-Semitism and doubling down on missed opportunities to condemn anti-Semitism with a statement unequivocally condemning anti-Semitism. “The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community at…

  • 100 Jewish headstones vandalized in St. Louis area

    (JTA) — More than 100 headstones were damaged in vandalism at a St. Louis-area Jewish cemetery. Police in University City, Missouri, on Monday were reviewing footage from surveillance cameras in the area of Chesed Shel Emet cemetery, which has served the community since 1893, a local Fox station reported. The station, Fox2News, quoted police as…

  • In joint post-summit statement, Trump and Netanyahu agree on ‘no daylight’

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said there would be “no daylight” between the United States and Israel and planned to set up a number of working groups in areas of bilateral security and economic interests. Like their joint news conference prior to the leaders meeting on Wednesday, the joint…

  • Jewish groups, lawmakers berate Trump for blasting reporter who asked about anti-Semitism

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League decried President Donald Trump’s brusque treatment of a reporter who asked about a spike in anti-Semitic incidents and challenged him to offer an explicit condemnation of anti-Semitism. “It is honestly mind-boggling why President Trump prefers to shout down a reporter or brush this off…