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The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) building in the southern Gaza Strip, on July 26, 2018. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.

Republican lawmakers introduce bill to block US foreign aid to UNRWA

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Republicans in Congress are responding to the resumption of U.S. foreign aid to the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) by the Biden administration earlier this year by introducing a...
A view of the 2019 AIPAC Policy Conference proceedings in Washington, D.C. Source: AIPAC via Twitter.

AIPAC reschedules congressional trips to Israel over rising COVID concerns

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The American Israel Education Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with AIPAC, is rescheduling two congressional trips to Israel next month over concerns tied to COVID-19. The House Republican freshman trip and a bipartisan delegation of...
Female survivors of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in April 1945. Credit: No. 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit, Oakes, H (Sgt.).

Congress doubles funding request for assistance to Holocaust survivors

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The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education recommended a $10 million funding increase on Tuesday for the Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program (HASP) for the fiscal year 2022. According to a...

I survived a suicide bombing 18 years ago, but so did terrorism and its...

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In Judaism, the number 18, Chai, symbolizes life. It is a positive and affirming symbol, which is why you often see it in Jewish artwork and jewelry. For me, however, this year, it signifies the...
Flags of Hezbollah fly during a funeral salute. Credit: Shutterstock.

US lawmakers introduce bill to press Lebanon to disarm Hezbollah

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A bipartisan bill aimed at pressuring the government of Lebanon to disarm paramilitary groups such as the Iran-backed Hezbollah terrorist organization within its borders was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday. The...
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) speaking on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on the conflict between Israel and Palestinians, May 13, 2021. Source: Screenshot/C-SPAN.

Omar forces a difficult choice for Jewish Democrats

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After a surge in violent anti-Semitism inspired in no small part by vicious attacks on Israel by members of their party’s left-wing, some Jewish Democrats have had enough. After Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) compared the United...
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) in 2019. Credit: Mike Jett/Shutterstock.

Jewish Democrats slam Omar for remarks equating Israel and US to Hamas and Taliban

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A dozen Jewish Democratic lawmakers have issued a statement strongly condemning recent remarks made by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who equated Israeli and U.S. actions to terrorist groups like Hamas and the Taliban. In a tweet on...
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) speaking at CPAC 2015 in Washington, D.C. Photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons.

Congress pursues bill to sanction entities aiding Palestinian terror groups

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A group of 16 Republican senators signed on to a reintroduced bill that would require the imposition of sanctions on any individual, entity or state that provides support for Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and...
U.S. Capitol. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Republican Jewish Coalition makes first endorsements for 2022 election cycle

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The Republican Jewish Coalition PAC announced its first endorsements of the 2022 election cycle on Thursday, throwing its support behind five freshmen members of Congress seeking re-election. According to an RJC news release, the candidates...
A system security specialist working at System Control Center. Credit: Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock.

Bipartisan bill to boost cybersecurity cooperation between US and Israel

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A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a bill this week intended to foster closer cooperation in cybersecurity between Israel and the United States. If passed, the U.S. Israel Cybersecurity Cooperation Enhancement Act—made up of Senate...