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  • Was Stephen Bannon good for the Jews? A review

    (JTA) — Stephen Bannon, whose advice to President Donald Trump was that “darkness is good,” was thrust out into the light of the sunshiny day enveloping Washington, D.C., on Friday: He is no longer Trump’s strategic adviser. It’s not clear yet what led to Bannon’s departure. He alone among Trump’s senior advisers favored the president’s…

  • 18 Jewish House Democrats call on Trump to ‘stand up to hate’

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Eighteen Jewish Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives called on President Donald Trump to “consistently and unequivocally fight against racists and anti-Semites” in the aftermath of the deadly far-right rally in Charlottesville. “We are deeply troubled by your statement blaming ‘both sides’ for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia,” said the letter…

  • Palestinian Authority wants two-state commitment from Trump administration by end of August

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Palestinian Authority expects the Trump administration to commit to a peace deal endgame before the close of this month and prefers it would be the two-state solution. “We need them to tell us where the hell they are going,” Husam Zomlot, the Palestine Liberation Organization envoy to Washington, said Thursday at…

  • AIPAC in rare non-Israel statement rejects moral equivalence following Trump’s remarks on Charlottesville

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — In a rare statement unrelated to Israel or the Middle East, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee implicitly rebuked President Donald Trump for drawing an equivalence between the sides in the Charlottesville clash. “AIPAC shares the outrage and deep concern of our fellow Americans about the inexcusable violence and sickening displays of…

  • VA secretary David Shulkin says Charlottesville rally dishonored veterans

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — David Shulkin, the secretary of veterans affairs, became the first Jewish member of the Trump administration after President Donald Trump’s daughter to speak out about the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia. Shulkin, speaking Wednesday at Trump’s golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, told reporters that he was “giving…

  • Charlottesville’s Jewish mayor is an expert on demagogues, and now on anti-Semitism

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (JTA) — Michael Signer, the Jewish mayor of Charlottesville, has one thing in common with the white supremacists who descended on his southern Virginia city over the weekend: He also opposed the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Of course, Signer’s reasons for preserving the statue would have appalled…

  • Trump names KKK, white supremacists, neo-Nazis in condemnation of Charlottesville rally

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Amid a furor over his delay in denouncing a white supremacists’ rally in specific terms, President Donald Trump condemned the “racist violence” at the Charlottesville event and declared that “racism is evil.” “Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis and…

  • Hate in Charlottesville: The day the Nazi called me Shlomo

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (JTA) — The white supremacists, for all their vaunted purpose, appeared to be disoriented. Some 500 had gathered at a park here Saturday to protest this southern Virginia city’s plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the park. Pressured by the American Civil Liberties Union, Charlottesville had allowed the march…

  • One dead as car plows through anti-white supremacist protesters in Charlottesville Va.

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (JTA) — A car traveling at a high speed plowed through a crowd during protests against a white supremacist gathering, killing one person and injuring at least five. At least one of the injured was in critical condition, sources close to law enforcement told JTA on Saturday. A JTA reporter counted at least…

  • Trump sending top envoys to Middle East to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Trump will soon send a team of his top aides, including his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, on a tour of the Middle East to advance “substantive” Middle East peace talks. The delegation “will be meeting with leaders from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Authority,”…