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  • Holocaust survivor cheered for berating Trump immigration official at public forum

    (JTA) — A Holocaust survivor known for speaking to schools about his experiences confronted federal and local officials about immigration arrests. Bernard Marks earned loud cheers on Tuesday after he confronted the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Thomas Homan, at a public forum in Sacramento, California. “When I was a little boy in…

  • In search of common ground: Snapshots from the AIPAC conference

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – This year’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference drew some 18,000 pro-Israel activists for three days of speeches, workshops and lobbying visits to Capitol Hill. Of the dozens of speeches and countless workshops, side meetings and schmooze opportunities, no message was broadcast louder than the need for bipartisan support for Israel. And…

  • Party leaders offer partisan shots at AIPAC conference

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Democratic and Republican congressional leaders tussled on the AIPAC stage on the final day of its policy conference over which party’s prescriptions were better for Israel. The display of partisanship on Tuesday morning, hours before pro-Israel activists headed to the Capitol to lobby for their issues, was an extraordinary moment for the…

  • Nikki Haley: Trump will not allow UN resolutions condemning Israel

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – The Trump administration will not allow a repeat of last year’s United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israel for its settlements, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told AIPAC. “Never again do what we saw with resolution 2334 and make anyone question our support” for Israel, Haley said Monday at the annual American Israel…

  • 3 times AIPAC speakers weren’t so bipartisan this year

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – “Many voices, one mission.” If AIPAC’s 2017 annual policy conference slogan, popping up on the conference app on activists’ smartphones, isn’t clear enough, the morning pick-me-up video it runs before conference business begins is pretty straightforward. In the video, activists are gravitating through sunny streets here toward the convention center, and titles float…

  • Netanyahu to Trump: Let’s vanquish ‘militant Islam’

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Echoing the language favored by President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told AIPAC that Israel would work with the United States to defeat the “forces of militant Islam.” “We must be sure that the forces of militant Islam are defeated,” Netanyahu said in a video address Monday morning to the…

  • Remember the Hanukkah party at Trump’s hotel? Azerbaijani envoy doesn’t get the kerfuffle

    (JTA) – Elin Suleymanov likes Jews, but can’t figure them out: What was all that noise about when his embassy hosted a Hanukkah party at the Trump International Hotel? “That exposed some strange divisions” in the Jewish community, the Azerbaijani ambassador said in an interview Sunday at this year’s AIPAC policy conference. Memories of the Dec….

  • Mike Pence touts Trump to AIPAC as defender of Israel and the Jews

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Vice President Mike Pence delivered a fierce defense of President Donald Trump as a defender of Israel and the Jewish people in an address to AIPAC . “He’s a man of action,” Pence said of Trump Sunday, closing out the first day of the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference in…

  • IfNotNow protesters dance, chant outside AIPAC conference

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Several hundred protesters coordinated by IfNotNow, a Jewish anti-establishment group, spent hours dancing and chanting outside AIPAC’s annual policy conference in Washington, D.C. The placards and chants targeted the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Sunday for what the protesters said was its backing for Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and…

  • AIPAC opens conference with appeal to bipartisanship amid polarization

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – AIPAC launched its annual conference with an appeal to bipartisanship, but Israel’s Ambassador Ron Dermer made clear his government’s preference for the Trump administration over its predecessor. AIPAC President Lillian Pinkus cast the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, in her opening remarks, as an island of bipartisanship in an increasingly polarized political…