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  • Green Party VP pick disavows Holocaust denial after denier includes his essay in book

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The vice presidential candidate for the Green Party, Ajamu Baraka, disavowed Holocaust denial after contributing an article to a writer whom Baraka said he did not know was a Holocaust denier. “There has never been any question in mind about the genocidal madness of the Nazi Holocaust throughout Europe during the Second World War,” Ajamu Baraka…

  • ‘Termites’ congressman toured West Bank with pro-Palestinian group

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., who apologized last month after likening Israel’s settlement activity to “termites,” toured the West Bank this year with a pro-Palestinian group. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Wednesday that Johnson took part in a May tour of the West Bank and Jerusalem hosted by Miftah, which supports “an independent, democratic and sovereign…

  • Obama’s final religious freedom report slams blasphemy laws of Muslim countries

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Obama administration’s final report on religious freedoms focused on oppressive blasphemy laws and societal norms in Muslim countries. The report for 2015, posted Wednesday on the State Department’s website, begins with a harrowing account of the stoning death last year of Farkhunda Malikzada, a resident of Kabul who was wrongly accused…

  • Family of slain Jewish DNC staffer appeals for an end to conspiracy theories

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The family of a Jewish Democratic National Committee staffer killed last month asked for an end to “unproven and harmful theories” about their son’s death. The family of Seth Rich came out with a statement on Thursday, two days after WikiLeaks offered a $20,000 award for information leading to the conviction of his…

  • Joe Lieberman says he will vote for Hillary Clinton

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Joseph Lieberman said he would vote for Hillary Clinton days after leaving open the possibility he would vote for Donald Trump. “I’m an independent Democrat, I never changed parties, and I’m going to vote for Hillary Clinton,” the former senator from Connecticut said Wednesday on the Fox Business channel, as quoted by…

  • Trump’s 2nd Amendment remarks earn comparisons to atmosphere prior to Rabin killing

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said Donald Trump’s suggestion that gun rights advocates could “do” something about Hillary Clinton recalled the incitement to violence reported in the months prior to the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel. “I instantly thought about Rabin and Israel,” Malloy, a Democrat, said Tuesday on MSNBC. “There were rallies going…

  • Israeli, U.S. NGOs for survivors of slain troops join to brief White House

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israeli and U.S. nonprofits that offer counseling to survivors of troops killed during their military service joined for a briefing to the White House initiative for military families. Shlomi Nahumson, youth director for the Israel Defense Forces’ Widows and Orphans Organization, joined on Tuesday with representatives from the Tragedy Assistance Program for…

  • Portland, Ore., bar removes painting comparing Trump to Hitler

    (JTA) — A bar in Portland, Oregon, removed a painting of Adolf Hitler wearing a hat with Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.” The Portland artist, Matthew Abelman, who is Jewish, said the painting, “Hat Sales Are Up Again,” was satirical in intent. “I saw a great number of parallels ideologically between fascism…

  • Vandals scrawl ‘Jew’ next to image of rats in DC art display

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Vandals have repeatedly scrawled the word  “Jew” next to images of rats appearing on an outdoor Chinese Zodiac art display in the Chinatown section of Washington, D.C. Maintenance crews employed by DowntownDC, a private nonprofit that encourages business in the city center, cleaned the graffiti on Monday from the Zodiac artwork, the…

  • Bernie Sanders urges his backers: Give to Wasserman Schultz challenger

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Bernie Sanders urged his followers to donate to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s primary challenger, a sign that tensions between the insurgent and the Democratic Party establishment have yet to abate. Sanders, the Independent senator from Vermont who last month conceded to Hillary Clinton his bid for the party’s presidential nomination, said in…