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  • Jewish woman sues Daily Stormer founder for invasion of privacy and emotional distress

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A Montana Jewish woman, backed by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is suing a neo-Nazi white supremacist for launching a harassment campaign against her and her family. Tanya Gersh, announcing her lawsuit Tuesday against Andrew Anglin, the founder of the Daily Stormer website, said in a conference call that she has lost…

  • Why Israelis are happy about Trump’s missile strike — and why they should be wary

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Israel’s government and pundits are unabashedly pleased by the missile strike ordered by President Donald Trump early Friday on the Syrian airfield from where Tuesday’s deadly chemical attack is believed to have been launched. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put out a statement out at 6 a.m. local time – unusually early –…

  • On Trump’s order, US missiles target Syrian airbase

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – U.S. warships launched 50-60 missiles at an airbase in northern Syria in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack on civilians in President Donald Trump’s first major intervention in the Middle East. The Tomahawk missiles hit the Shayrat airfield on Thursday, north of Damascus, CNN reported, citing Pentagon sources. The Bashar Assad regime…

  • Jewish groups join letter urging Congress to resist Trump bid to allow church politicking

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — An array of Jewish organizations joined a letter from religious groups to Congress urging the preservation of a law banning tax-exempt status to faith groups that endorse candidates and parties – one that President Donald Trump says he hopes to rescind. “Houses of worship are spaces for members of religious communities to…

  • Egypt’s Sisi, meeting Jewish leaders, is optimistic on Israeli-Arab peace

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi expressed guarded optimism about peace between Arabs and Israel, but also warned of the threat posed by Islamists, in a meeting with U.S. foreign policy experts that included Jewish organizational officials. Sisi met Wednesday morning at the Four Seasons hotel in Washington, D.C., with an array of…

  • Stephen Bannon reportedly calls Jared Kushner a ‘cuck’ and a ‘globalist’

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A report on emerging tensions between Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, and Stephen Bannon, his top strategist, said Bannon called Kushner a “cuck” and “globalist,” terms familiar to “alt-right” conspiracy theorists. A Daily Beast report on Thursday detailed Bannon’s alleged use of the pejoratives. “Cuck,” a play on “cuckold,”…

  • Lawmakers press Trump administration anew on bias crimes, anti-Semitism

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Lawmakers in Congress continued to press the Trump administration to address perceived spikes in bias crimes in the United States and in anti-Semitism abroad, reflecting bipartisan concern that President Donald Trump remains insufficiently engaged on the issues. The Senate resolution, approved unanimously late Wednesday, urged the Trump administration “to continue Federal assistance…

  • Putin rebukes Netanyahu for blaming Assad regime for chemical attack

    (JTA) — Russian President Vladimir Putin scolded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for blaming Syria’s Assad regime for a devastating chemical weapons attack on civilians. Russian media Thursday quoted Putin as saying “it was unacceptable to make groundless accusations against anyone without conducting a detailed and unbiased investigation.” Reports cited a Kremlin statement that said Netanyahu…

  • Official of US Orthodox groups to advise Trump’s Israel envoy

    (JTA) — Aryeh Lightstone, a longtime official in U.S. Orthodox Jewish organizations, will advise David Friedman, the just installed U.S. ambassador to Israel. The Jerusalem Post reported Tuesday that the State Department confirmed that Lightstone, at one time the New York regional director of the National Council of Synagogue Youth, an Orthodox Union affiliate, would…

  • Jared Kushner met secretly with US Muslims prior to Trump’s inauguration

    (JTA) — Jared Kushner had a friendly but secret meeting with Muslim Americans prior to the inauguration of his father-in-law, Donald Trump, but contacts diminished after the president banned entry to refugees and to travelers from seven Muslim majority countries. “We thought discussing our nation’s founding values and freedom for Americans of all faiths was…