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  • Supreme Court upholds law facilitating access to Iran assets by victims of terrorist attacks

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Supreme Court ruled in favor of victims of terrorism seeking access to frozen Iranian assets. The 6-2 decision on Wednesday upholds a law passed in 2012 that removed legal obstructions to victims of attacks believed to be carried out with Iran’s backing, and their families, to claiming almost $2 billion in…

  • Knesset member Merav Michaeli wants Israel to stop playing the ‘victim’ card

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — When a pro-Israel U.S. lawmaker greeted a member of Israel’s Knesset here last week, the former may not have anticipated the candor of the latter. “Give me good news,” Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., told Merav Michaeli on April 13, a typical request when the ranking Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives Middle East…

  • How New York, and its Jews, sets the stage for a Clinton-Trump showdown

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have reason to allow their New York state of mind to coast for another week or so. The next set of contests, on April 26, echoes the demographics and polling that spurred them to victory in New York state on Tuesday. And large Jewish communities in Pennsylvania,…

  • Hillary Clinton easily defeats Bernie Sanders in New York with help of Jewish vote

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Hillary Clinton grabbed a daunting lead over Bernie Sanders with an easy victory in the New York Democratic primary boosted by substantial wins in the New York City area, where much of the state’s Jewish population lives. On the Republican side, Donald Trump won resoundingly, but Jewish voters may have denied him…

  • Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders leading the candidate kippah race

    Donald Trump’s brand is taking America by storm. Bernie Sanders supporters are rising up in the streets. Such is the state of the presidential candidate kippah business, according to Marc Daniels. The Jewish-head-covering tycoon has been selling kippahs online and at campaign rallies for months, but the whims of the electorate remain a mystery to him. “It’s…

  • Paul Ryan, out of the running for president, asks to be seen as foreign policy maven

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Paul Ryan wants you to know he’s not running for president, he’s no fan of the Obama doctrine and he’s not a neoconservative. What the Wisconsin congressman wants to be, he suggested at an April 14 breakfast in his Capitol Hill offices with foreign policy reporters, is the leader of the Republican Party, especially when it…

  • Islamic radicalization fuels ‘dire’ threat to Jews in Europe, congressional panel hears

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A congressional human rights commission heard testimony from experts on how Islamic radicalization in Europe has ramped up risk for Jewish communities. “ISIS especially hates the Jewish people and has instructed its followers to prioritize killing them,” Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., the chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, said Tuesday, launching the…

  • Obama to host late Passover seder this year

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Barack Obama will host a Passover seder this year, but not on either of the nights it is required according to Jewish custom. A spokeswoman told JTA that Obama will host the seder next week following his return from travel overseas. Obama will be in Saudi Arabia on the first and…

  • Joe Biden says Netanyahu leading Israel in ‘wrong direction’ at J Street confab

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Vice President Joe Biden criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for leading Israel “in the wrong direction” in an unusually strongly worded speech to J Street. “I firmly believe that the actions that Israel’s government has taken over the past several years — the steady and systematic expansion of settlements, the legalization…

  • Pollard attorney Eliot Lauer, other prominent Jewish givers, hosting Cruz fundraiser

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — About half of the sponsors of a New York fundraiser for Ted Cruz’s presidential candidacy are prominent pro-Israel and Republican Jewish figures, including Eliot Lauer, the longtime attorney for Jonathan Pollard. The fundraiser for the Republican Texas senator at New York City’s Harvard Club on Monday night takes place on the eve…