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  • Middle East Quartet, in first Trump-era statement, expresses concerns about Gaza

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The first meeting of the coordinating body that oversees Middle East peace since President Donald Trump took office expressed its concerns over the “worsening humanitarian situation” in the Gaza Strip. The Middle East Quartet, which represents the United States, Russia, the United Nations and the European Union, met Thursday in Jerusalem to…

  • Alan Gross, after spending 5 years in a Cuban prison, is starting over in Israel

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Alan Gross contacted me a couple of months ago over Facebook Messenger. There was something he thought I should know. I was pleasantly surprised. I’d only exchanged pleasantries with Gross in the several times I’d seen him since his release from a Cuban prison in December 2014, ending five years of imprisonment…

  • Trump’s lack of State Department appointments can hurt Israel, experts say

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Carmel Shama HaCohen, Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO, is second to none in his admiration for the Trump administration’s United Nations envoy, Nikki Haley. In fact, he’d like to clone her. Shama HaCohen appreciated Haley’s efforts in trying to head off last week’s vote by UNESCO’s Heritage Committee naming Hebron’s Old City an…

  • Jay-Z Jewish lyric spurs concerns from ADL

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League expressed concern about a Jay-Z lyric that “Jewish people own all the property in America,” but emphasized that it did not believe that the rapper intended to promote anti-Semitism. “The lyric does seem to play into deep-seated anti-Semitic stereotypes about Jews and money,” said an ADL statement released Friday….

  • Jewish congresswoman Jacky Rosen announces run for Nevada Senate seat

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. Rep. Jacky Rosen, a freshman Democrat from Nevada, cited Jewish teachings in announcing that she will run for the Senate next year. The Nevada Independent reported Thursday that Rosen, a software developer, was talked into running by former Sen. Harry Reid, who believes she is the likeliest challenger to unseat Dean…

  • Here’s why Israel and India’s leaders couldn’t get enough of each other

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Barefoot walks on the beach, warm hugs, lots of mutual admiration, hesitant attempts to speak each other’s language. And giggles. The bromance between Prime Ministers Narendra Modi of India and Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel — culminating this week in Modi’s historic Israel visit — played out like a young adult summer novel. But “India…

  • Congressman removes his Auschwitz video and apologizes

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A Louisiana congressman removed and apologized for a video he filmed at Auschwitz likening the threats posed to Jews during the Holocaust to those facing the United States today. “I filmed the Auschwitz message with great humility,” Rep. Clay Higgins, a Republican, said Wednesday in a statement sent to JTA by his…

  • Netanyahu counsels ‘patience and perseverance’ in Western Wall controversy

    (JTA) — Speaking at a July 4 celebration, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was committed to making “every Jew feel at home” at the Western Wall. “I remain committed to making every Jew at home in Israel, including at the Kotel,” Netanyahu said Monday at July 4 celebrations at the U.S. Embassy in Tel…

  • Trump’s CNN wrestling video traced to online anti-Semite, ADL says

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The anonymous Reddit user who is claiming responsibility for the altered video depicting President Donald Trump body slamming someone with CNN superimposed over his head has a history of racism, anti-Semitism and incitement to violence, according to the Anti-Defamation League. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said in a one-sentence email to a JTA request for a…

  • J Street meets with US ambassador to Israel David Friedman

    (JTA) — The leadership of J Street, the liberal American Jewish Middle East policy group, met with David Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Israel who before his nomination had derided the group as worse than Nazi collaborators. “We appreciate the willingness of Ambassador Friedman to meet members of Congress under the auspices of J Street,”…