Appeals court upholds HIAS suit against Trump travel ban

(JTA) – HIAS hailed a U.S. federal appellate court’s decision upholding its appeal against U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel bans.

“The groundswell of public protest against the bans has been inspiring and unrelenting,” the lead Jewish group advocating for immigrants rights said in a statement Thursday after the decision by the Richmond, VA.–Fourth Circuit Court. “The people have spoken, as has the judicial branch.” [Read more…]

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Syria’s alleged crematorium ‘invokes worst nightmares of Nazi atrocities,’ ADL chief says

NEW YORK (JTA) – The head of the Anti-Defamation League drew parallels between Syria’s alleged use of a crematorium to dispose of bodies to actions committed by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

Jonathan Greenblatt, the group’s national director, also called on the international community, including Russia, to take action to stop the violence perpetuated by the Syrian government under the leadership of President Bashar Assad. [Read more…]

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Few Americans hold anti-Semitic views, most concerned about violence against Jews, ADL polls find

(JTA) – Most Americans do not hold anti-Semitic views and are worried about violence against Jews, according to polls by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

Only 14 per cent of Americans expressed anti-Semitic attitudes, a slight increase from 10 per cent in 2015, according to the data, which was released Thursday. Older and less educated respondents were the most likely to hold anti-Jewish views. [Read more…]

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Jewish groups urge U.S. Congress to preserve anti-Semitism monitor

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Jewish groups urged the U.S. Congress to preserve the U.S. State Department’s anti-Semitism monitor.

Representatives of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the American Jewish Committee (AJC), the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Secure Community Network (SCN) testified Wednesday before the human rights subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee. [Read more…]

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Several Jewish groups laud courts for blocking Trump’s travel ban

(JTA) – Several Jewish groups praised decisions by two federal courts to block U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting immigration from six Muslim-majority countries and blocking refugees.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and HIAS welcomed the Wednesday evening moves by federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland, calling the administration order discriminatory and callous. [Read more…]

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AIPAC paid $60,000 to group that peddles anti-Muslim conspiracy theories

WASHINGTON (JTA) – An American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) affiliate paid $60,000 during its campaign to thwart the Iran nuclear deal to a group that engages in anti-Muslim extremism.

Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran, which was launched in the summer of 2015 to rally opposition to the Iran deal, paid the money to the Center for Security Policy, according to a report Wednesday by LobeLog, a Middle East policy news and analysis site. [Read more…]

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St. Louis man alleged to have made 8 bomb threats against JCCs, ADL is denied bail

(JTA) – The St. Louis man accused of making at least eight bomb threats against Jewish community centers and the Anti-Defamation League must remain in jail until his trial, a federal judge in that city ruled.

The allegations against Juan Thompson, 32, are “very serious,” U.S. District Court Judge David Noce said Monday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Noce said that allowing Thompson to post bail and leave jail would “not reasonably assure the court that he will not endanger the safety of any other person or the community.” [Read more…]

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