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  • Detroit Jews ask: Are targeted Israel boycotts the same as BDS?

    (JTA) — For the second year in a row, the Detroit area’s Walk for Israel has rebuffed the sponsorship of left-wing pro-Israel groups because of their support for boycotting settlements. At the heart of the dispute is a question of definitions: Is support of a boycott targeting Jewish enterprises beyond Israel’s 1967 borders the same as backing…

  • Several Jewish groups praise Obama administration’s transgender protections

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Amid controversy over new protections President Barack Obama has extended to transgender people, a number of Jewish groups have welcomed them. A statement Friday from the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center praised the guidance issued the same day by the Justice and Education departments requiring that schools receiving federal funds end discrimination…

  • Donald Trump reportedly to get big financial boost from Sheldon Adelson

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson plans to spend tens of millions of dollars to help elect Donald Trump president, The New York Times reported. On Friday, the Times quoted two Republicans as saying that Trump and Adelson met last week in New York when Adelson was in the city to attend an event…

  • Obama sending mixed messages on Iran, charges ex-sanctions officer

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A banker who once enforced U.S. sanctions on entities dealing with Iran said the Obama administration is sending mixed messages on whether it will penalize those who do business with the Islamic Republic. “Washington is pushing non-U.S. banks to do what it is still illegal for American banks to do,” Stuart Levey,…

  • Donald Trump gets long-awaited Sheldon Adelson endorsement

      WASHINGTON (JTA) — Citing his fears about Iran and praising Donald Trump’s experience as a CEO, Jewish casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson endorsed the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. “You may not like Trump’s style or what he says on Twitter, but this country needs strong executive leadership more today than at almost any point in…

  • White House’s new Jewish liaison comes with experience fighting anti-Semitism

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The White House named as its new Jewish liaison a former State Department staffer who worked to combat anti-Semitism worldwide. Chanan Weissman, formerly the spokesman for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, worked there with Ira Forman, the envoy combating anti-Semitism. Weissman, 32, replaces Matt Nosanchuk, who stepped down in…

  • Ex-British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks receiving $250K prize from Conservative foundation

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Jonathan Sacks, the former British chief rabbi, is receiving a $250,000 award from a foundation dedicated to advancing conservative principles. The Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation said this week that Sacks would receive one of four Bradley Prizes. Each carries a stipend of $250,000. In a statement, the foundation called Sacks an “international religious…

  • How the 2016 election is upending pro-Israel orthodoxies

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – When it comes to Israel, Democrats and Republicans simply do not see eye to eye, and for all their love of Zion, evangelicals will turn out for a candidate who is less than 100 percent on the issue. Welcome to the 2016 presidential election, when the conventional pro-Israel wisdom has been turned…

  • Donald Trump says he will visit Israel ‘soon’

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump said he would visit Israel soon and dodged a question about whether the United States should continue defense assistance to the Jewish state in an interview with an Israeli newspaper. “I’ll be there soon,” the presumptive Republican nominee told Israel Hayom in an interview posted Wednesday when asked about reports…

  • Jewish groups join efforts to defend Muslims from discrimination

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — From a bid to overcome resistance to building a mosque in New Jersey to defending a Muslim student at a military academy who wants to wear a hijab, Jewish groups this week joined efforts to stop anti-Muslim discrimination. Nearly a dozen Jewish groups are also backing legislation against banning entry to Muslims,…