A US government body on religious freedom is accused of going easy on Israel


WASHINGTON (JTA) – The U.S. State Department’s most recent religious freedoms report includes more than 1,400 words on access to holy sites in Israel.

The most recent report of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has zero words on access – or on anything to do...
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Lawmakers introduce bipartisan bill to commission Elie Wiesel bust in Capitol

(JTA) — Two Congress members introduced a bipartisan bill to commission a bust of Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel, who died last year.

Reps. Steve Cohen, D-TN., and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL., introduced the bill in the House of Representatives on Friday.

Wiesel, an activist against racism...
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Ivanka Trump visits Berlin Holocaust memorial

(JTA) — Ivanka Trump visited a Holocaust memorial in Berlin hours after she was booed at the G20 women’s summit in the German capital for defending her father’s record on advocacy for women’s rights.

Trump visited the Memorial to the Murdered Jews in Europe late Tuesday afternoon, walking through the...
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Teen accused of threatening JCCs charged in Israel with extortion, causing panic

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli-American teenager accused of making threats against Jewish community centers in the United States was charged with extortion and several other offenses in a Tel Aviv court.

The teen from Ashkelon, in southern Israel, was charged Monday in district court with thousands of counts on offenses...
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Trump says Iran ‘not living up to the spirit’ of nuclear deal


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Iran is not living up to the “spirit” of the nuclear deal, President Donald Trump said, the latest in a flurry of mixed messages on the deal his administration has relayed in recent days.

“As far as Iran is concerned, I think they are...
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Sheldon Adelson gave record $5 million to Trump inauguration celebrations

(JTA) — Sheldon Adelson, a casino magnate and major donor to Republican and Jewish causes, gave a reported record of $5 million for President Donald Trump’s inauguration celebrations.

The gift was the largest single contribution ever given to an inauguration, The New York Times reported Wednesday, adding that Adelson’s donation...
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Trump administration certifies Iran compliant with nuclear deal

(JTA) — The Trump administration certified that Iran is in compliance with the deal it signed with world powers to rein in its nuclear program.

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent a letter to House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., certifying the compliance with the 2015 deal, which...
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Trump wants ‘conflict-ending’ deal between Israelis and Palestinians

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump is seeking “a conflict-ending settlement” for Israelis and Palestinians, his spokesman said ahead of Trump’s meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

The statement Wednesday by Sean Spicer, who was confirming the May 3 visit, is an indication that Trump is determined to extract...
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Jon Ossoff advances to runoff in highly watched Georgia election

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Jon Ossoff, a Jewish Democrat, led by a wide margin among 18 candidates in a special election in Atlanta’s suburbs seen as a referendum on Donald Trump’s young presidency, but failed to win it outright.

Ossoff won 48.1 percent of the vote Tuesday and now faces a...
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Why does America’s largest cell carrier call Israel ‘Palestine?’


( — When Mark Rosenblatt touched down at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv April 5 and powered on his cell phone, he got the surprise of his mobile technology life.

Rosenblatt received a text message from his cell phone carrier, Verizon, reading, “Welcome to Palestine.”

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