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  • Fearing Trump, Republican Jews give Cruz another look

    LAS VEGAS (JTA) – Ted Cruz came here to woo Republican Jews over the weekend, and in the absence of his opponents for the GOP presidential nomination came away with qualified support based not on who he is but who he is not — Donald Trump. Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich skipped the spring meeting of the Republican…

  • AIPAC opposes further sanctions relief for Iran

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The American Israel Public Affairs Committee opposes further sanctions relief for Iran, citing its ballistic missile tests and its continued backing for sides fighting in the region. “If Iran wants additional sanctions relief, it must first change its behavior,” the prominent Israel lobby said in an April 7 statement, which was accompanied…

  • Lawyers who named Alan Dershowitz in sex case say it was a ‘mistake’

    (JTA) — Lawyers who named Alan Dershowitz in a filing naming men alleged to have had sex with underage girls now say it was a mistake. The joint statement Friday by Dershowitz, Bradley Edwards and Paul Cassell say the sides have dropped dueling lawsuits arising from the case. “Edwards and Cassell acknowledge that it was…

  • Senate bill eases path to claims on art stolen by Nazis

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Claimants seeking the return of Nazi-looted artworks would have more time under a bipartisan bill in the U.S. Senate. The measure introduced last week would reset the statute of limitations, making it six years from the date that the art in question is identified and located, and from when the claimant has…

  • Elder care bill in Congress includes directive to assist Holocaust survivors

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A new provision in the bill funding assistance for the elderly directs the federal government to issue guidance to states on serving Holocaust survivors. The Jewish Federations of North America lobbied for the inclusion of the provision in the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, which was first approved in 1965. In…

  • Ted Cruz acknowledges social issues gap with GOP Jews, stresses Israel support

    LAS VEGAS (JTA) — Ted Cruz appealed to Republican Jews to back him for his outspoken support of Israel while acknowledging differences with the constituency on social issues and immigration. “I recognize that is a question that many people here wrestle with,” Cruz said Saturday at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s leadership meeting, which gathers annually…

  • Bernie Sanders’ expression of Jewish pride wins cheers in Harlem

    (JTA) — Bernie Sanders at a Harlem rally said he was proud to be Jewish in response to an anti-Semitic claim. Sanders, the Independent senator from Vermont running for the Democratic presidential nomination, won applause with his answer Saturday at the historic Apollo Theater in the Manhattan neighborhood. The rally featured African-American celebrities and politicians…

  • Debra Messing, matzah baking, bashert making — what to expect ahead of the New York primary

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – For the first time in decades New York, politically, is about to live up to its “make it here, make it anywhere” promise. The vast state and its huge Jewish community –nearly 2 million, or just under 10 percent of the population — have not figured as crucially in an election since…

  • Bernie Sanders’ overestimate of civilian deaths in Gaza distorted, campaign says

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Bernie Sanders campaign pushed back against criticism by Israel supporters that the presidential candidate wildly overstated the number of Palestinian civilians killed in the 2014 Gaza war. “The idea that Sen. Sanders stated definitely that 10,000 Palestinians were killed is just not accurate and a distortion of that discussion,” campaign spokesman…

  • Sen. Ben Cardin: Leahy letter on extrajudicial killing allegations in Israel is ‘wrong’

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sen. Ben Cardin said a letter from 11 fellow congressional Democrats asking the Obama administration to look into allegations of Israeli extrajudicial killing was “just wrong.” Cardin, D-Md., in an interview published this week by the Forward was asked about the letter sent in February by a slate of lawmakers led by…