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  • Marla Maples, Trump’s second wife, is a Christian who keeps kosher and Shabbat

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump’s ex-wife Marla Maples is a Christian who keeps the Jewish Sabbath and eats kosher. A profile posted Thursday by The Daily Beast said that Maples, a Baptist, regularly attends church, “but keeps Shabbat, eats kosher, and studies Kabbalah.” Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, left his first wife, Ivana, for Maples,…

  • Top Homeland Security official: Rise of anti-Semitism creates ‘acute’ need for security grants for Jews

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Painting a grim picture of Jewish vulnerability in the United States, a top U.S. security official said that the vast majority of funds earmarked to secure nonprofits goes to Jewish institutions because their need is the most acute. Alejandro Mayorkas, the deputy Homeland Security secretary, speaking Wednesday to the Orthodox Union’s annual…

  • U.S. Holocaust museum urges world leaders to press Iran on Holocaust denial

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum urged world leaders to press Iran’s leadership on its Holocaust denial during the U.N. General Assembly. “We want to make sure that the upcoming discussion at the United Nations is informed by facts about official Iranian efforts to promote racism and extremism in the form of Holocaust…

  • Trump campaign condemns appearance by acclaimed Palestinian teacher at Clinton Foundation event

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — An appearance by an acclaimed Palestinian teacher, whose husband served time for terrorism, at a Clinton Global Initiative event “disqualifies” Hillary Clinton from the presidency, according to Donald Trump’s campaign. “Today’s report that the Clinton Foundation is feting the wife of a Palestinian man convicted of helping bomb innocent Israeli citizens is…

  • Obama at UN calls for end to Palestinian incitement, Israeli settlement

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — In his swan song to the United Nations, President Barack Obama again urged the Palestinians to end incitement and Israel to end settlement. “Surely Israelis and Palestinians will be better off if Palestinians reject incitement and recognize the legitimacy of Israel, but Israel recognizes that it cannot occupy and permanently settle Palestinian…

  • Adelson to give $5 million toward electing Trump, reportedly had pledged $100 million

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sheldon Adelson reportedly will contribute $5 million toward electing Donald Trump, a fraction of the pledged $100 million reported earlier this year. CNN on Monday quoted a source close to the billionaire casino magnate and backer of pro-Israel and Republican causes as saying that he and his wife had earmarked $45 million…

  • 88 senators urge Obama to veto ‘one-sided’ Security Council resolutions on Israel

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A bipartisan slate of 88 senators urged President Barack Obama to veto any “one-sided” U.N. Security Council resolutions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “We urge you to continue longstanding U.S. policy and make it clear that you will veto any one-sided UNSC resolution that may be offered in the coming months,” said the…

  • Even Israel doesn’t do ethnic profiling the way Donald Trump thinks it does

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Donald Trump wants to profile likely terrorists the way Israel does it. The problem is, Israel and the United States already profile in similar ways – and neither in the way Trump prefers. The Republican presidential nominee’s proposal to blanket-profile entire communities would be unwieldy and pose thorny ethical problems, according to…

  • Jewish World War II POW appears in Clinton ad, slamming Trump as ‘insulting’ US military

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A Jewish World War II prisoner of war appeared in an ad for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, saying her rival Donald Trump “insulted all of our military.” The ad released Friday on social media shows Joel Sollender, 91, of San Diego, Calif., watching Trump, the Republican nominee, disparaging Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., last year…

  • NY attorney general says Trump ‘opened door’ to anti-Semitic rhetoric

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — New York State’s attorney general said Donald Trump “opened the door” to anti-Semitic rhetoric. Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat who is investigating Trump University, tweeted Friday that Trump’s behavior was “deeply disappointing.” Deeply disappointing that @realDonaldTrump has opened the door to this type of anti-Semitic ​rhetoric. https://t.co/WYQmBPIeRq — Eric Schneiderman (@Schneiderman) September 16, 2016 Schneiderman has…