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Blossoming almond trees in Efrat in Gush Etzion on March 4, 2020. Photo by Gershon Elinson/Flash90.

Democrats in Congress urge Biden to reverse Trump policies on Israeli settlements

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A group of 73 Democratic lawmakers urged U.S. President Joe Biden to reverse Trump administration policies towards settlements in Judea and Samaria, designating them once again as illegal under international law. The letter was drafted by Reps....
National president of the Zionist Organization of America Mort Klein. Credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr.

Left-wing Jewish groups fail to oust ZOA from Boston JCRC

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After a months-long process that included recriminations of white supremacy and support for anti-Semites, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Boston (JCRC) voted against expelling the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) after several left-wing...
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sept. 3, 2020. Photo by Flash90.

In J Street address, Abbas urges repeal of laws that impede US-Palestinian ties

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Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas spoke on Sunday about strengthening ties with the United States during a pre-recorded video address at a virtual annual national conference of the lobbying group J Street. Abbas said that...
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What is it with J Street and anti-Semites?

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Why does J Street keep honoring and defending individuals who have made anti-Semitic remarks? The latest is former President Jimmy Carter, who will receive an award from J Street at its upcoming convention on April...
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) at SXSW 2019. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The left wants no part of liberal Israel

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In the world of politics, celebrity and name recognition is priceless, so in that sense, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is among the richest members of Congress. In two years, the freshman went from being...
Zionist Organization of America's national president Mort Klein. Source: ZOA via Facebook.

Several left-wing Jewish groups seek to oust ZOA from Boston JCRC over opposition to...

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Several left-wing Jewish groups have filed a petition to initiate the removal of the Zionist Organization of America from the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston in the latest battle being waged between...
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) addresses the 2017 AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. Source: Screenshot.

What does Kamala Harris’s nomination for vice president mean for Israel?

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Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s selection of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as his Democratic running mate has reinvigorated an abnormally quiet presidential campaign that has been overshadowed by the fallout from the global...
Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism Elan Carr at a panel discussion on anti-Semitism in New York City on Sept. 10, 2019. Photo by Rhonda Hodas Hack.

Carr calls out J Street’s use of photo to advance ‘anti-Semitic conspiracy theories’

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U.S. Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism Elan Carr called out the American Jewish lobby group J Street on Wednesday for using “crude anti-Semitic conspiracy theories to advance their agenda.” In his own tweet,...
AIPAC president Betsy Berns Korn addresses the 2020 conference. Credit: AIPAC.

A muffled consensus serves not Israel but her enemies

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Should Jewish communal organizations aim to achieve consensus above all or bear witness to the truth? Both in the Diaspora and in Israel, Jews are divided over politics, religion and worldview. These arguments, moreover, generally...
Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the 2013 J Street conference. Credit: J Street via Facebook.

Which direction will the Biden campaign go on Israel?

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Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive 2020 presidential nominee for the Democratic Party, embraced the endorsement this month from the American Jewish lobby group J Street. “I’m honored to have earned J Street’s first-ever presidential...