Trump adviser Jason Greenblatt did not request settlement freeze, Prime Minister’s Office says

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Prime Minister’s Office in Israel has denied Israeli media reports that Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump’s adviser on international relations, asked for a settlement freeze during meetings in Israel.

“The reports concerning Mr. Greenblatt’s visit to Israel and any purported U.S. demands of Israel in talks regarding the settlements are false,” read a statement issued Thursday from the office, The Times of Israel reported. [Read more…]


Netanyahu support for Trump’s wall triggers wave of online anti-Semitism in Mexico

(JTA) – The support expressed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in January for U.S. President Donald Trump wanting to build a wall separating the United States and Mexico has triggered an “alarming” wave of anti-Semitism online, according to an Argentine Jewish watchdog.

A report by the Argentine Observatorio Web released earlier this week analyzed comments in 22 online articles from the major Mexican newspapers El Universal, Excelsior and Milenio and concluded that nearly 40 per cent of the comments were anti-Semitic. The most recurrent themes were the vindication of Adolf Hitler, the representation of Jews as avaricious, greedy, usurers and guided purely by economic interest. [Read more…]


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…]


Congressman ‘disturbed’ by reports of Trump security adviser’s ties to Hungarian nationalists

(JTA) – A congressman wrote a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump voicing concern over reports on the alleged membership of a White House counterterrorism adviser in a Hungarian nationalist group.

The letter dated March 16 by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., followed the publication this week of an article in the Daily Forward that quoted two senior members of the Historical Vitézi Rend group as saying that Sebastian Gorka, a native of Britain who was born to Hungarian immigrants, was a member of the far-right organization. [Read more…]


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…]


In latest Jewish establishment salvo defending two states, AJC urges U.S. Congress to back letter to Trump

WASHINGTON (JTA) – The American Jewish Committee (AJC) is rallying support for a congressional letter to U.S. President Donald Trump urging him to reaffirm support for a two-state solution, the latest signal that the American Jewish establishment is committed to preserving the policy.

On Wednesday, the AJC sent a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives asking them to sign on and support the letter authored by Reps. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and David Price, D-N.C., and other measures that preserve peacemaking options even though “current conditions do not provide grounds for optimism.” [Read more…]