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  • Is Donald Trump’s proposal to keep out anti-Semites practical — or ethical?

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — How extreme does vetting need to be to keep anti-Semites from entering the United States, and is Donald Trump’s plan worth the effort? The Republican nominee’s proposal to apply an ideological test to potential immigrants is based on precedent: The United States in the last century instituted a broad ban on communists and…

  • Obama administration acknowledges link between $400 million and prisoner release

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Obama administration acknowledged that the release of $400 million in cash to Iran in January was linked to Iran’s release of American prisoners, but rejected notions it was a ransom payment. “With concerns that Iran may renege on the prisoner release given unnecessary delays regarding persons in Iran who could not…

  • Trump adviser alleged to have boasted of removing Jews from government jobs

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump allegedly boasted about firing Jews from his government department and denied the Holocaust to a colleague. Joseph Schmitz has denied the allegations against him, which concern comments accusers say he made while he was the Defense Department’s inspector general, the McClatchy news agency reported Thursday….

  • Baltimore cuts ties with lawyer after neo-Nazi ties revealed

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The City of Baltimore cut ties with a lawyer after an advocacy group exposed his ties to neo-Nazi and Holocaust denial groups. The office of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake terminated its contract with Glen Keith Allen, effective immediately, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported Thursday afternoon. The SPLC posted on its website documents…

  • Clinton campaign attacks Breitbart News as ‘anti-Semitic’

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Hillary Clinton’s campaign described Breitbart News as anti-Semitic in attacking Donald Trump for hiring the conservative news site’s CEO to run his presidential campaign. “Maybe you heard about the time they attacked an opponent — a conservative Republican, no less — by calling him a ‘renegade Jew,’” said a fundraising letter sent…

  • In linking Black Lives Matter with Palestinian cause, Miami lawmaker riles pro-Israel activists

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Pro-Israel activists in the Miami area plan to protest a Florida state senator active in the Black Lives Matter movement who visited the West Bank as the guest of a group that backs the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Organizers of the protest against Dwight Bullard said they object to the groups and…

  • 3 roles that could define Hillary Clinton’s relations with the Jews

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Hillary Clinton is a chameleon, her critics say, ready to adopt the colors of her environment: dove, hawk, social conservative, social justice warrior, friend, backstabber. Hillary Clinton is a Rorschach test, her supporters say, a projection of her haters’ deepest fears and insecurities: the strong woman distorted into a witch, the progressive…

  • Wasserman Schultz and her challenger tussle over who is more pro-Israel

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her Democratic primary challenger in Florida exchanged sharp accusations about which candidate is more pro-Israel. Tim Canova, a lawyer, in a televised debate Sunday on the CBS affiliate in Miami attempted to use Wasserman Schultz’s vote last year for the nuclear deal with Iran against her. “Her…

  • Donald Trump says anti-Semitic immigrants will be barred under his plan

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump said he would test would-be immigrants for anti-Semitic beliefs and that Israel would be a key ally in defeating radical Islam. Speaking Monday in Youngstown, Ohio, the Republican presidential nominee outlined national security policies that included “extreme vetting” for would-be immigrants, including for those who would reject what he described as American…

  • Hacked George Soros documents detail plans to fight Israel’s ‘racist’ policies

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Hacked emails show that the Open Society Foundations led by Jewish billionaire George Soros have as an objective “challenging Israel’s racist and anti-democratic policies” in international forums, in part by questioning Israel’s reputation as a democracy. The documents are available on a website, reportedly backed by Russia, that uses anti-Semitic stereotypes to…