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  • Roy Moore’s Jewish lawyer is a Christian

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Jewish lawyer Roy Moore’s wife invoked to defend the candidate against charges of anti-Semitism is, in fact, a convert to Christianity. Kayla Moore told Al.com, an Alabama news site, on Thursday that when she said last month, as the Alabama Senate race headed into its final stretch, that “one of our…

  • Kosovo president: We’d have voted with US on Jerusalem at United Nations

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Kosovo President Hashim Thaci said his Muslim-majority nation would have voted with the United States against a U.N. resolution condemning the Trump administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Thaci said in a recent interview with the Albanian newspaper Express that were Kosovo to achieve full membership in the United Nations, it…

  • Trump administration slaps five Iranian companies with missile-related sanctions

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump administration sanctioned five Iranian entities for facilitating the country’s ballistic missile program. All five are “owned or controlled by Iran’s Shahid Bakeri Industrial Group,” said a statement Thursday by the Treasury Department, which, the statement said, is already sanctioned because it “is responsible for the development and production of Iran’s…

  • State Department: ‘Crucial’ anti-Semitism monitor post to be filled ‘soon’

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump administration considers the position of anti-Semitism monitor “crucial” and hopes to name one “soon,” a State Department official told JTA. On Thursday, the official did not provide a timeline on when the special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism would be appointed. But the tone was a pronounced change from…

  • Will Iran protests kill the nuclear deal?

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Iranians are taking to the streets in spontaneous demonstrations across the country to protest government corruption and a failing economy. The depth and breadth of popular Iranian anger have taken the West by surprise, nowhere more so than in Washington, where the focus on Iran since Donald Trump assumed the presidency has…

  • No, Chelsea Clinton did not just compare her Jewish husband to a Satanist

    (JTA) — Chelsea Clinton on Wednesday afternoon reproached a Twitter commenter who accused her of being a Satanist by proudly proclaiming that she is married to … a Jew. We’ll spare you the details, but the former First Daughter had been bantering with various celebs when someone brought up the Church of Satan, which does…

  • FEMA extends assistance to houses of worship

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency will now extend assistance to houses of worship, reversing years of policy that excluded such aid. “Private nonprofit houses of worship will not be singled out for disfavored treatment within the ‘community centers’ subcategory of … nonprofit applicants,” FEMA said in guidance for 2018 issued Tuesday. Orthodox…

  • Nikki Haley says US may also cut funding to UN’s Palestinian relief agency

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said President Donald Trump’s threat to cut funding to the Palestinians could extend to the UNRWA, the relief agency for Palestinians. “The president has basically said that he doesn’t want to give any additional funding or stop funding until the Palestinians are agreeing…

  • Trump questions whether Palestinians deserve US money

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump appeared to threaten to cut off assistance to the Palestinians, saying they were not interested in making peace with Israel. Trump’s apparent threat came Tuesday in a tweet, one in a succession in which he upbraided Pakistan for taking American aid and not doing enough to combat terrorism. “It’s…

  • The new tax law lets you use college savings for Jewish day school. Here’s how it works.

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — When the new tax bill was signed into U.S. law by President Donald Trump on Dec. 22, an unexpected constituency benefited: parents who send their kids to Jewish day schools. Until now, the college savings plans known by their tax codes, 529s, could only be used for college tuition. But effective as of…