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  • Trump team condemns ‘racism’ without addressing pro-Trump event with Nazi salutes

    WASHINGTON (JTA) –Donald Trump’s transition team declined to directly condemn a conference where his victory was hailed as a triumph for white supremacists, instead reiterating a general denunciation of racism. Asked by NBC and other media to comment on the weekend conference in Washington D.C. , the president-elect’s transition team said Monday that Trump opposed “racism of…

  • Bannon rejects, and supplies ammunition to, those who label him anti-Semitic

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Stephen Bannon, in his first interviews since Donald Trump named him a top White House aide, denied being anti-Semitic or a white nationalist. At the same time, he continued to advance a theory of “globalist” conspiracy that echoes centuries-old anti-Semitic libels, but without any mention of Jews. “Breitbart is the most pro-Israel site…

  • Right-wing critics take aim at Keith Ellison’s Israel record, Jewish left-wingers rally to his defense

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Keith Ellison is facing mounting attacks from the pro-Israel right wing as the first Muslim congressman is positioned to lead the Democratic Party. And left-wing Jewish groups are rushing to his defense. The Zionist Organization of America, in a release this week, noted Ellison’s role in drafting a congressional letter following the…

  • Meet the 3 firebrands Donald Trump is naming to national security posts

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Controversial pasts marked by incendiary statements and a fierce loyalty to the president-elect. Judging from the announcements Donald Trump is expected to make Friday, his White House and Cabinet is likelier to look a lot more like Stephen Bannon than Reince Priebus. Those are, respectively, Trump’s top strategic adviser and his prospective…

  • Israel’s US envoy: We look forward to working with Trump team, including Bannon

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israel’s U.S. ambassador, heading into a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump, named Steve Bannon as someone his country was ready to work with. Ron Dermer made his remarks about the newly appointed chief strategist, Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Thursday in the Trump Tower lobby in New York. “Israel has…

  • Anti-BDS bill would impose fines and not criminal penalties, senator says

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Bipartisan bills targeting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel would impose fines on participating businesses but not criminal penalties, a co-sponsor of a Senate version said. Measures introduced in recent weeks in the U.S. Senate by Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Ben. Cardin, D-Md., and in the U.S. House of…

  • Mike Huckabee apologizes for blaming vandalism on ‘Jewish liberals’ seeking to smear Trump

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Mike Huckabee apologized for posting a false news report blaming “liberal, Jewish” students for an alleged hate crime that involved a mention of President-elect Donald Trump. The story, appearing on the Conservative Tribune website, blamed an attack in March at Northwestern University on “liberal, Jewish Northwestern students” seeking to smear Trump and…

  • Top Jewish donors prominent on Trump inauguration committee

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A number of top Jewish Republican donors are on President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration committee. Nine out of the 20 names listed on the transition team’s announcement released Monday are Jewish, and several of them are on the Republican Jewish Coalition board. The committee plans and fundraises for the inauguration. Incoming presidents typically…

  • Stephen Bannon in 2014: Racism will get ‘washed out’ of nationalist right

    (JTA) — Stephen Bannon said in 2014 that racism would eventually get “washed out” of right-wing nationalist movements and spoke repeatedly of Western society being built on “Judeo-Christian” ideas. Bannon, who was named this week by President-elect Donald Trump to be a top White House adviser, has been accused of being part of a broad…

  • House approves extension of Iran sanctions, facilitating a US pullout if Trump wants

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. House of Representatives approved an extension for 10 years of Iran sanctions, including many currently under waiver as part of the Iran nuclear deal, in a move that could pave the way for President-elect Donald Trump to pull out of the deal. The bill approved late Tuesday in a 419-1…