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  • 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,”…

  • State Dept.’s anti-Semitism monitoring office to be unstaffed as of July 1

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. State Department’s office to monitor and combat anti-Semitism will be unstaffed as of July 1. A source familiar with the office’s workings told JTA that its remaining two staffers, each working half-time or less, would be reassigned as of that date. The Trump administration, which has yet to name an…

  • Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt after Netanyahu meeting: Making peace will ‘take time’

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Arriving at an Israeli-Palestinian peace will “take time,” President Donald Trump’s top two negotiators said after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “The United States officials and Israeli leadership underscored that forging peace will take time and stressed the importance of doing everything possible to create an environment conducive to peacemaking,”…

  • Jon Ossoff loses in crucial Georgia congressional race

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Karen Handel, a Republican, won a congressional race in Atlanta’s suburbs, defeating Jon Ossoff in a contest that Democrats had hoped would wound Donald Trump’s presidency. Handel defeated Ossoff, 52.1 to 47.9 percent, with all of the vote reported. Ossoff, a 30-year-old documentary filmmaker who is Jewish, had come just over a…

  • Rep. Jacky Rosen, Nevada Democrat, reportedly eyeing Senate seat

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. Rep. Jacky Rosen, a freshman Democrat from Nevada, reportedly is eyeing a Senate run next year. Politico reported Monday that Rosen, a software developer whose only elective experience prior to her successful congressional run last year was as president of Ner Tamid, a Reform synagogue in suburban Las Vegas, was favored…

  • Billionaire Haim Saban, major Democratic donor, backs bill slashing funds to Palestinian Authority

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Haim Saban, a major donor to the Democratic Party, is backing a bill that would slash funding to the Palestinian Authority unless it stops payments to Palestinians jailed for attacks on Israelis. The participation of the Israeli-American entertainment mogul in the initiative of the lobbying affiliate of the Israeli-American Council is significant…

  • ADL urges hate crime probe in Virginia killing of Muslim girl

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League called on authorities to probe the slaying of a Muslim girl in suburban Virginia as a hate crime. “We urge the Fairfax County Police Department to investigate the murder as a possible bias crime,” Doron Ezickson, the ADL’s Washington, D.C., director, said in a statement Monday. “ADL has communicated that…

  • Jon Ossoff’s secret weapon in tight Georgia race: Jewish moms and daughters

    JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (JTA) — Clad in knee-length, loose fitting shorts, wicking T-shirts, baseball caps and sensible shoes, they cluster and clutch water bottles and exchange war stories awaiting the candidate’s arrival. Some bring their daughters — almost always their daughters. Sons exist, if a reporter probes, but it seems they are best left at…

  • Senate Democrats edge closer to endorsing major cuts to Palestinian Authority aid

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Top Senate Democrats said they were closer to signing on to a Republican-backed bill that would slash aid to the Palestinian Authority if it did not stop subsidizing Palestinians jailed for attacks on Israel. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., the minority leader in the Senate, told attendants at the Orthodox Union’s annual Washington…