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  • ADL is second establishment Jewish group to oppose Israel’s anti-BDS law

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League became the second establishment Jewish organization to speak out against Israel’s new anti-BDS law. “Israel’s democracy, pluralism, open society serve as best defense against #BDS,” the group said on Twitter on Wednesday, using the acronym for the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. “New law harms rather than helps.” Israel’s…

  • AJC joins US Jewish groups criticizing Israel’s anti-BDS entry law

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The American Jewish Committee said it was “troubled” by a new Israeli law banning entry to foreigners who publicly call for boycotting the Jewish state or its settlements. The AJC’s statement, released a day after the law’s passage, was the first signal from the American Jewish establishment that it was unhappy with…

  • Liberman tells Mattis: We want US ‘active’ in the region

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman told U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis that the United States needs to remain active in the Middle East to ensure security and stability. Liberman met Tuesday with Mattis at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. According to an Israeli Defense Ministry readout, the meeting was friendly and covered strategic…

  • Senate unanimously signs letter urging action on threats to Jewish institutions

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. Senate unanimously joined in urging the Trump administration to take action to stem the wave of threats against Jewish community centers and other institutions, saying their viability had been made vulnerable by the harassment. “We are concerned that the number of incidents is accelerating and failure to address and deter…

  • Zionist Organization of America welcomes Trump’s immigration order, JCPA opposes

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Zionist Organization of America welcomed President Donald Trump’s immigration order banning refugees and new visas for citizens from six Muslim-majority countries, while the umbrella body for Jewish policy groups joined an array of Jewish groups opposed to it. The order “fulfills the president’s basic duty of protecting the nation by suspending…

  • OU backs Senate letter calling to double security funds for Jewish, Muslim institutions

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Orthodox Union is backing a bipartisan letter circulating in the Senate that calls for doubling security funding for non-profits, citing threats to both Jewish and Muslim institutions. “At a time when children [are] being evacuated from daycare centers in response to repeated bomb threats and mosques are deliberately being set on…

  • Bernie Sanders asks envoy nominee David Friedman whether some funds for Israel should go to Gaza

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sen. Bernie Sanders asked David Friedman, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be ambassador to Israel, whether he would back using funds earmarked for assistance to Israel to help rebuild the Gaza Strip. Sanders in a letter he handed Friedman after they met Wednesday also asked whether he thinks the tax-exempt status of…

  • House anti-Semitism task force urges Trump to set up interagency mechanism

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A bipartisan House task force on anti-Semitism is urging President Donald Trump to set up an interagency mechanism to tackle the issue in the wake of waves of bomb threats against Jewish institutions and several cemetery vandalism attacks. “Similar to the interagency task force you proposed for dismantling criminal cartels, this instrument,…

  • 4 Jewish takeaways from Trump’s big speech to Congress

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – President Donald Trump’s speech to a joint meeting of Congress is getting rave reviews for the subdued, “presidential” style of his delivery, and positive feedback from the Jewish community for opening remarks denouncing anti-Semitic acts as examples of “hate and evil.” But there ensues the inevitable Trumpian conundrum: What did he actually mean? Here…

  • Trump notes anti-Semitic threats and vandalism in speech to Congress

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump noted recent bomb threats on Jewish institutions and vandalism of cemeteries in his first address to a joint meeting of Congress. “Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our nation’s path toward civil rights and the work that still…