WASHINGTON (JTA) – Five prominent Israel advocates, including Abraham Foxman and Alan Dershowitz, warned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of “incalculable damage” to Israel’s reputation should he press ahead with a plan to deport nearly 40,000 African migrants. [Read more…]
(JTA) – Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was among the 17 people slain by a gunman last week at a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, told U.S. President Donald Trump the school shooting should be the last.
“My daughter is in King David cemetery,” Pollack said at the White House session convened by Trump, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. “Never, ever will I see my kid, it’s an eternity.” [Read more…]
WASHINGTON (JTA) – U.S. President Donald Trump called on the U.S. Congress to pass a law that would extend foreign assistance only to “friendly” nations, a dig at the countries that voted in the United Nations to censure the United States for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“Last month, I also took an action endorsed unanimously by the Senate just months before: I recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said Tuesday in his State of the Union address to Congress to a standing ovation from Republicans, as well as his Jewish daughter, Ivanka, and her husband, Jared Kushner. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON (JTA) – A Saudi-based Muslim group rejected Holocaust denial in a letter to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
“History is indeed impartial no matter how hard forgers tried to tamper with or manipulate it,” said the letter sent Jan. 22 to the museum by Mohammad Al Issa, the secretary general of the Muslim World League, five days before International Holocaust Remembrance Day. “Hence, we consider any denial of the Holocaust or minimizing of its effect a crime to distort history and an insult to the dignity of those innocent souls who have perished. It is also an affront to us all since we share the same human soul and spiritual bonds.” [Read more…]
WASHINGTON (JTA) – When Mike Pence moved to Washington earlier this year, he and his wife took with them a framed phrase they had for years hung over their fireplace in their Indiana home, and then over the fireplace in the governor’s mansion in that state.
Now it hangs over the mantle at the vice-president’s residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington D.C. The words, from the Book of Jeremiah, read: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope, and a future.” [Read more…]
WASHINGTON (JTA) – It’s better here: That was the message of a panel of experts considering the rise of the extreme right and of anti-Semitism in the United States and Europe.
That was the good news at Monday’s forum, sponsored by Georgetown University’s Center for Jewish Civilization. The less good news was that no one could quite pin down why Americans were more resistant to anti-Semitism than Europeans. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON (JTA) – Two reports on terrorism, 10 pages each and released within a day of each other, reach markedly different conclusions.
Over a decade, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reports, domestic right-wing extremists carried out 71 per cent of extremist-related murders. Over 15 years, according to the Department of Homeland Security, foreign-born culprits committed 73 per cent of terrorism-related offenses.
What’s behind the startlingly different conclusions in the reports released this week? There’s an apples and oranges factor of course – starting with the differing time spans – but the Trump administration is also trying to shape the conversation on terrorism to comport with its national security and immigration objectives. [Read more…]
(JTA) – The Oslo Accords? “Killed,” the Palestinian Authority (PA) president says, blaming Israel.
The Israeli prime minister says the Palestinians are now “unmasked” – but naturally he blames the Palestinians.
Notably, the United States is silent. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON (JTA) – The annual U.S. State Department report on religious freedoms emphasizes Trump administration efforts to maintain the status quo on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and encourage religious pluralism in Israel.
In the report released Thursday, the Israel section reflects the importance that the Trump administration attached to tamping down tensions that exploded in July after terrorists killed two Israeli police officers on the Temple Mount and Israel installed new security measures there. It also casts the U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, whose nomination came under criticism from Jewish groups because of his previous lacerating attacks on liberal Jews, as a champion of pluralism. [Read more…]
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 U.S. presidency has been on whether he would preserve the 2015 nuclear deal. [Read more…]