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  • RV association fires Jewish couple who wrote book opposing Trump

    CLEVELAND (JTA) — A Jewish husband and wife who had become the faces of recreational vehicle hobbyists were fired from their job promoting RV travel after writing a book opposing Donald Trump. The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association dismissed Brad and Amy Herzog earlier this month after they opened a Kickstarter campaign on June 28 to raise money…

  • GOP convention shuts down YouTube comments in wake of anti-Semitic abuse

    CLEVELAND (JTA) — The Republican National Convention shut down comments on its YouTube livestream after anti-Semitic abuse appeared during a speech by Linda Lingle, the Jewish former governor of Hawaii. Comments including “Make America Jewish Again” punctuated by yellow stars of David and “Ban Jews” appeared on the feed, the liberal news website Raw Story reported….

  • Boast about ‘anti-sharia laws’ falls flat at panel on anti-Semitism

    CLEVELAND (JTA) — Judson Hill, a Georgia state senator, appearing on a panel on anti-Semitism coinciding with the Republican National Convention, was laying out his bona fides on combating the phenomenon. “My faith is what gives me the motivation to stand with the Jewish people and with Israel,” he said Monday morning, and it is…

  • At Republican convention, Donald Trump sharing the limelight with rock and roll

    CLEVELAND (JTA) – On the Lake Erie boardwalk, a few Republican delegates huddle next to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for a quick selfie before scooting away. Walker was the anti-Donald Trump for 15 minutes last year, until he quit and asked other lagging Republicans to rally around Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, until he, too, dropped out. Now…

  • Trump, negotiating TV deal, reportedly wondered if he needed a Jewish agent

    CLEVELAND (JTA) — Donald Trump, negotiating his reality TV show, reportedly wondered whether a Jewish agent could get him a better deal. “Don’t you think I should get a Jewish agent, so he can negotiate better for me?” Trump asked, according to an unnamed Jewish executive present at talks between NBC and Trump about his…

  • Bernie Sanders picked as a headlining speaker at Democratic convention

    CLEVELAND (JTA) — Bernie Sanders will be a headlining speaker at the Democratic convention. Sanders, the Independent senator from Vermont and the first Jewish candidate to win major party nominating contests, will speak the first night, July 25, as will Michelle Obama, the first lady. Last week, Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton, who won the Democrats’ presidential nomination….

  • Republican convention apologizing to Sheldon Adelson for errors in funding appeal

    CLEVELAND (JTA) — The Republican National Convention will apologize to Sheldon Adelson for a letter asking him to cover a $6 million shortfall, saying it contained inaccuracies and was not reviewed by all its signatories. Politico reported Friday that the convention host committee was set to apologize to Adelson for inaccuracies in the letter regarding…

  • Donald Trump pledges to reverse ban on churches endorsing candidates

    CLEVELAND (JTA) — Donald Trump pledged that if elected president he would repeal a law that keeps tax-exempt nonprofits, including houses of worship, from endorsing candidates. Trump, delivering a 28-minute speech in New York on Saturday that was ostensibly an introduction of his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, veered to an array of other…

  • Cornel West, Sanders’ delegate to Dem platform committee, endorses Green Party nominee

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Cornel West, whose appointment by Bernie Sanders to the Democratic Party platform drafting committee raised pro-Israel hackles, said he is endorsing the Green Party candidate for the presidency. “I am supporting Jill Stein,” the philosopher wrote Thursday in The Guardian. “I have a deep love for my brother Bernie Sanders, but I…

  • Days before launch, Republican convention asks Adelson to make up $6 million shortfall

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Republican Party convention is asking Sheldon Adelson to cover a $6 million shortfall triggered by sponsors walking out over the nominee, Donald Trump. Politico reported Thursday that the appeal to the casino magnate came July 12, just six days before the July 18 start of the convention in Cleveland. The convention…