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  • Meet the Jews who vouch for Trump aides Bannon and Gorka

    (JTA) — Once it was the job of the shtadlan — a literal translation from Hebrew is “intercessor” — to make the case for the Jews to the czar, the sultan, the king. Now a couple of the president’s men are seeking shtadlans to make their case to the Jews. Stephen Bannon, President Donald Trump’s…

  • James Comey, fired by Trump and reviled by Democrats, had admirers among Jewish security officials

    Among the folks whose business it is to keep Jews safe admiration for Comey was fairly unequivocal.

  • FBI Director James Comey calls for better ways to track hate crimes

    FBI director Comey spoke to the ADL, which has long sought uniform standards for hate crimes data across the United States and in Europe.

  • This Jewish attorney general is leading the Trump resistance

    NEW YORK (JTA) – It was nearly Passover and Eric Schneiderman, the New York state attorney general, paused to wish his fellow Jews the best for the holiday. “We are commanded not only to remember our story, but to imagine that we ourselves were enslaved in Egypt, and then freed – so that we may…

  • AIPAC thanks Congress for including Israel assistance in spending bill

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The American Israel Public Affairs Committee thanked Congress for including defense assistance for Israel in its omnibus spending bill. The bill includes $3.1 billion in defense assistance, $600 million in missile defense cooperation programs and $42 million for joint U.S.-Israel ventures in tracking and destroying tunnels, a method of terrorizing Israel that…

  • Top government officials brief Jewish security professionals

    There were presentations on best practices for dealing with a bomb threat, and trends in domestic terrorism.

  • Trump will visit Israel on first overseas trip

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump said his first overseas trip as president would be to Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Vatican — a triad that signals his plan to join the three Abrahamic faiths in the fight against terrorism. Trump’s announcement and how his aides framed it to reporters sought to allay concerns stoked…

  • Bernie Sanders just defended Israel on Al Jazeera. Here’s why that’s a big deal.

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – In an appearance on Al Jazeera, Bernie Sanders defended Israel’s right to exist, rejected BDS as a tactic and assailed the United Nations for singling out the country for condemnation. The Vermont senator’s interview Wednesday on the Qatar-based network, known for its often hypercritical coverage of Israel, was consistent with a style…

  • Trump, Abbas link renewed peace talks to countering Islamic State

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks would help bring about the defeat of the Islamic State terrorist group. “I know President Abbas has spoken out against ISIS” and other terrorist groups, Trump said Wednesday at a White House ceremony welcoming Abbas, using one of…

  • James Comey, under fire for presidential election tangles, cites JCC bombing case as an FBI success

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Under fire for election-related controversies, FBI Director James Comey cited a successful outcome in the JCC bomb threats case as an example of why the agency’s work remains vital. “Children frightened, old people frightened, terrifying threats of bombs at Jewish institutions, especially the Jewish community centers — the entire FBI surged in…