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  • A year after Charlottesville, the ‘alt-right’ is not so united. But some of its ideas have gone mainstream.

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — On Sunday, Aug. 12, Unite the Right, the agglomeration of far-right groups that organized the deadly Charlottesville, Virginia rally last year, hopes to meet there again on its anniversary. Likely missing from the 2018 rally, if courts allow it to take place: armed individuals and groups, by court order, and, because of infighting…

  • Trump warns Iran’s Rouhani of ‘consequences few have suffered’ if Iran threatens US

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — In a late-night all-caps tweet, President Donald Trump warned Iranian president Hassan Rouhani of “consequences few have suffered” if he threatens the United States. “NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE,” Trump tweeted at 10:24 pm…

  • House passes bill named for Elie Wiesel on combating genocide

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill named for Elie Wiesel that would make combating genocide official U.S. policy. The bill approved Wednesday in a 406-5 vote requires the executive branch to report annually to Congress on identifying early warnings of genocide, training U.S. officials in identifying potential areas where…

  • House panel considers recognizing Israeli annexation of Golan Heights

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A key U.S. House of Representatives committee heard arguments for and against recognizing Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights. The hearing Tuesday of the national security subcommittee of the Oversight Committee, convened by Rep. Ron De Santis, R-Fla., the subcommittee chairman, was not attached to any piece of legislation. However, the push…

  • Understanding the Syria moment at the Trump-Putin news conference

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The media, Congress, the international community — just about everybody is reeling after the joint news conference on Monday in Helsinki bringing together President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Among other remarkable declarations, Trump seemed to agree with Putin by doubting the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that Moscow mounted an…

  • Sacha Baron Cohen plays an Israeli caricature to dupe Zionist conservatives

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sacha Baron Cohen is back, and he is taking aim at a strain of “pro-Israel” thought that has both delighted and unsettled many American Jews: the unconditional love engendered by the country among deeply conservative Americans. In “Who is America?,” a show that made its debut Sunday night on Showtime, the British…

  • Miami Beach man allegedly threatened to ‘kill all the Jews’ in condo fire

    (JTA) — A Miami Beach man arrested on charges that he planned to burn down his condo building after receiving an eviction notice reportedly told a neighbor that one of his aims was to “kill all the Jews.” Acting on a tip, police on Thursday arrested Walter Stolper, 72, as he was wheeling two plastic…

  • Charles Krauthammer, conservative columnist who fiercely defended Israel, is dead at 68

    (JTA) — Charles Krauthammer, a fierce defender of Israel and one of the most widely read conservative columnists of his generation, has died. The Pulitzer Prize winner wrote earlier this month that he had an aggressive form of cancer and had weeks to live. The letter appeared on the websites of both of his employers,…

  • Republican Jewish Coalition targets Philadelphia Democrat over his charity’s donations to anti-Israel groups

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Republican Jewish Coalition is set to spend more than $500,000 to target a Democratic congressional candidate in a Philadelphia-area district whose charity has given to anti-Israel groups. Scott Wallace hopes to unseat the Republican incumbent, Brian Fitzpatrick, as the Democrats try to retake the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives…

  • Detention facilities or ‘concentration camps’? A debate on names invokes the Nazis.

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Simmering beneath the heated debate over whether Holocaust references are appropriate in the debate over the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant families is a question of terminology: Are the shelters where the migrants are housed correctly described as “concentration camps”? The debate is raging among Wikipedia’s editors after one of them…