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  • White House’s new Jewish liaison comes with experience fighting anti-Semitism

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The White House named as its new Jewish liaison a former State Department staffer who worked to combat anti-Semitism worldwide. Chanan Weissman, formerly the spokesman for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, worked there with Ira Forman, the envoy combating anti-Semitism. Weissman, 32, replaces Matt Nosanchuk, who stepped down in…

  • Ex-British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks receiving $250K prize from Conservative foundation

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Jonathan Sacks, the former British chief rabbi, is receiving a $250,000 award from a foundation dedicated to advancing conservative principles. The Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation said this week that Sacks would receive one of four Bradley Prizes. Each carries a stipend of $250,000. In a statement, the foundation called Sacks an “international religious…

  • How the 2016 election is upending pro-Israel orthodoxies

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – When it comes to Israel, Democrats and Republicans simply do not see eye to eye, and for all their love of Zion, evangelicals will turn out for a candidate who is less than 100 percent on the issue. Welcome to the 2016 presidential election, when the conventional pro-Israel wisdom has been turned…

  • Donald Trump says he will visit Israel ‘soon’

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump said he would visit Israel soon and dodged a question about whether the United States should continue defense assistance to the Jewish state in an interview with an Israeli newspaper. “I’ll be there soon,” the presumptive Republican nominee told Israel Hayom in an interview posted Wednesday when asked about reports…

  • Jewish groups join efforts to defend Muslims from discrimination

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — From a bid to overcome resistance to building a mosque in New Jersey to defending a Muslim student at a military academy who wants to wear a hijab, Jewish groups this week joined efforts to stop anti-Muslim discrimination. Nearly a dozen Jewish groups are also backing legislation against banning entry to Muslims,…

  • Trump campaign withdraws support for white supremacist delegate

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump’s campaign withdrew its support for a white supremacist as one of its California delegates. William Johnson, the leader of the American Freedom Party, signed a pledge May 9 to support the presidential candidate as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in July. In the story first reported by Mother Jones,…

  • Bernie Sanders wins in West Virginia

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton in the West Virginia primary for the Democratic presidential nomination. The win Tuesday for Sanders, the Independent senator from Vermont, is his 20th in the primaries, but he still trails Clinton, the former secretary of state, in the delegate count. Clinton has 2,239 delegates, just shy of…

  • Author of Melania Trump profile files police complaint after deluge of anti-Semitic abuse

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A Jewish reporter filed a complaint with Washington, D.C. police over threats she received after publishing a critical profile of Donald Trump’s wife, Melania. Julia Ioffe filed the complaint under a statute that describes a threat “to kidnap any person or to injure the person of another or physically damage the property of…

  • 9 Jewish groups support bill banning prevention of US entry based on religion

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Nine Jewish groups are among over 30 organizations backing a bill that would bar banning entry to the United States on the basis of religion — an initiative sparked by presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim entry. “Concerns about national security are mixing with unchecked anti-Muslim bigotry and fomenting unjust…

  • US earmarks $50 million in new humanitarian relief for the Gaza Strip

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The United States announced $50 million in new humanitarian assistance for the Gaza Strip. The aid announced Monday by the U.S. consul in Jerusalem, Donald Blome, will include the “distribution of food items (such as eggs and cheese) and non-food items (such as school uniforms, bedding, and cleaning supplies),” a consulate statement…