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  • Hillary Clinton clinches Democratic nomination, Associated Press reports

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Associated Press reported that Hillary Clinton clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, while her rival Bernie Sanders said the call was premature. AP said late Monday that the former secretary of state’s pledged delegates together with “superdelegates” who back her topped the 2,383 needed to secure the nomination on the first round…

  • Kosovo in discussions with its Jewish community to build new center

    PRISTINA, Kosovo (JTA) — The Jewish community of Kosovo is in discussions with the country’s authorities to establish a synagogue or Jewish community center. Jewish community representatives have recently held discussions with the government and with municipal authorities in Pristina, the Balkan country’s capital and largest city, and in Prizren, the historical town where much…

  • Liberal Jews plan a summer of opposing Donald Trump

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Boycott Trump? Mock Trump? Trump, the musical? Jewish liberals are ready to sow a summer of Donald Trump discontent in ways that aim both to bludgeon and entertain. Bend the Arc, an advocacy group, is convening its first national conference here next week aimed in part at finding a strategy to keep the…

  • 75th anniversary of Baghdad pogrom to be commemorated in 4 cities

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The author of a work on the Nazi-era massacre in Baghdad believed to have precipitated the Jewish exodus from Iraq is commemorating its 75th anniversary with candle lightings in four cities. Edwin Black, who in 2010 published “The Farhud,” about the June 1-2, 1941 massacre of at least 180 Jews in Baghdad,…

  • Hezbollah in ‘worst financial shape in decades,’ says top US sanctions official

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Non-nuclear U.S. sanctions against Iran and its allies have led to Hezbollah being in “its worst financial shape in decades,” the top sanctions enforcement official told Congress. “After many years of sanctions targeting Hezbollah, today the group is in its worst financial shape in decades,” Adam Szubin, the acting Treasury undersecretary for terrorism…

  • Bernie Sanders expects ‘consensus’ on Palestinian rights at Democratic convention

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Bernie Sanders said he expected his views on Palestinians rights to be reflected at the Democratic National Convention, and his appointees to the party’s platform drafting committee pledged to push for acknowledgement of the Israeli occupation. “I have always and will always be 100 percent supportive of Israel’s right to exist and live in peace…

  • Democrats said to be debating ouster of Wasserman Schultz as party chair

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Feeling the heat over her clashes with Bernie Sanders, Debbie Wasserman Schultz is at the center of a debate among Democratic lawmakers over whether to push for her ouster as party chair. The Hill reported Tuesday that about 12 senators have been discussing what to do about Wasserman Schultz, a Florida congresswoman and one of the most prominent…

  • GOP-Trump joint finance team includes 5 Republican Jewish donors

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee announced a fund-raising team that includes five current or former Republican Jewish Coalition board members. Of 20 members of the Victory Leadership Team announced Tuesday, five are or have been on the RJC board: Mel Sembler, a Florida developer and former RJC chairman who was…

  • Warmonger or humanitarian? Getting to know Avigdor Liberman, Bibi’s enigmatic pick for defense minister

    Yes, there’s the Avigdor Liberman who wants to behead bad guys, mandate loyalty oaths and pay Arabs to leave the country — the one who makes fun of the disabled and who dodged a fraud charge. But Israel’s onetime foreign minister and maybe-next defense minister is not quite the cartoon he’s made out to be –…

  • Pro-Israel heavyweights press hard for 2 states

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — In a rare and sharp split with Israeli government policy, a group of Jewish community leaders wants to get a proposal for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the next president’s desk. Two complementary U.S. and Israeli working papers to be launched next week propose immediate actions Israel can take to…