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California Rep. Nancy Pelosi speaks at the Jewish Democratic Council of America's launch reception in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 8, 2017. Credit: Screenshot.

Pelosi: ‘No taint’ of anti-Semitism in the Democratic Party, Omar isn’t anti-Semitic

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Tuesday that the Democratic Party has “no taint” of anti-Semitism amid such remarks coming from congressional members, especially Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), whom Pelosi said is not...
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara addresses their supporters as the the results in the Israeli general elections are announced, at the party headquarters in Tel Aviv, on April 09, 2019. Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Democrats’ war on Netanyahu isn’t compatible with a pro-Israel stance

When leaders of Tammany Hall—the legendary Democratic machine that ran New York City for more than a century—would be confronted with an occasional electoral setback, their usual response was to deride it by claiming...
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio). Credit: Tim Evanson via Wikimedia Commons.

Record at a glance: Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan supports Israeli self-defense, though favors Iran...

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, 45, announced his candidacy on Thursday for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020. Serving in the House of Representatives since 2003, the Ohio congressman has emphasized Israel’s right to defend...
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) with other Democratic leaders and supporters on Capitol Hill. Credit: Twitter via Nancy Pelosi.

Does the Democratic Party really ‘hate’ Jewish people?

The Democratic Party has long been viewed by most Jewish Americans as its political home. Influenced by the Jewish people’s long history of persecution, urban lifestyle and generally liberal political outlook, American Jews are...
Ilhan Omar speaking at a VoteRunLead training. Credit: Zoe Griffing Heller via Wikimedia Commons.

Is there any defense for Ilhan Omar?

Ever since she burst onto the national political scene by winning election to the House of Representatives in November, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) has presented a challenge to her party. Like her fellow freshman...
Ilhan Omar campaigning at the Twin Cities Pride Parade in Downtown Minneapolis, on June 24, 2018. Credit: Tony Webster/Wikimedia Commons.

Are Jews shutting down Ilhan Omar?

Perhaps you thought Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) had been so thoroughly rebuked by the media and fellow Democrats for her anti-Semitic tweets that her campaign against Israel and its supporters had been put on...
Days after U.S. President Donald Trump released a budget that would slash support for working families, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), joined by 28 of their colleagues in the Senate, introduced legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, April 26, 2017.Credit: Office of Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Record at a glance: Controversial stances by Sen. Bernie Sanders on US-Israel relationship

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced on Tuesday his second run for the White House. While Sanders, 79, became the most successful Jewish candidate to run for president—what the late conservative intellectual and pundit Charles Krauthammer called “a...
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Explain BDS to America

The Israeli election, which is heating up, must not distract us from a disturbing development that is gaining traction in the U.S. election: the battle by the radical left-wing of the Democratic Party to...

Newly elected progressive Democrat Angie Craig promises ‘strong’ support for Israel, denounces BDS

Editor’s Note: A number of incoming members of Congress, including those in the upcoming Democratic House majority, will bring new faces to the Jewish and pro-Israel community. JNS will introduce some of these elected...
Congresswoman-elect Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) in 2016. Omar has endorsed the BDS movement targeting Israel. Credit: Lorie Shaull via Flickr.

Will the anti-Israel proclivities of new House Democrats affect others in the party?

One of the biggest storylines coming out of the recent midterm elections was the changing face of the newly elected members of Congress. The incoming 116th Congress will have its largest share of women...