International

The Trump-Ukraine controversy, and the Jews involved, explained

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A week ago, impeachment was not the flavor of the season.

The interest in Robert Mueller’s special counsel report into Russian election interference had waned, and the testimony by Mueller before Congress in July failed to advance the narrative much.

President Donald Trump seemed...
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Iceland fined for displaying Palestinian flags at Eurovision

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Iceland’s pubic broadcaster was fined by the Eurovision Song Contest for displaying Palestinian flags during the finals in Israel.

After the final score for Iceland’s Hatari was announced at the end of the competition in May, the punk band, which has criticized Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians...
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With Putin cracking down on democracy, Russian Jews are increasingly moving to Israel

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — Less than a year after he immigrated to Israel from Russia, Dima Eygenson has already voted twice in his adopted country.

In April, Israeli voters cast ballots in an election that resulted in a virtual tie between the longtime incumbent prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and...
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A Guatemalan asylum seeker is being sheltered in a Washington state synagogue

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — In a few weeks, the congregants at Temple Beth Hatfiloh in Olympia, Washington, will gather for Yom Kippur services, where a line in the traditional liturgy declares, “My house will be a house of prayer for all nations.”

In this synagogue’s case, that will literally...
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The Tell: John Bolton is out. Trump’s next foreign policy moves are anyone’s guess.

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Every presidency has a foreign policy arc, forged by the circumstances of what propelled the person to the presidency, by the events that occurred during the term and by the president’s vision.

Bill Clinton, shaped by his opposition to the Vietnam War, restrained from intervening in Rwanda. The ensuing genocide drove him by the end of his term to lead the war...
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Netanyahu says Israel will have ‘no choice’ but to go to war with Gaza

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel likely will have to go to war with Gaza, Benjamin Netanyahu said.

“There probably won’t be a choice but to launch an operation, a war with the terror forces in Gaza,” Netanyahu said during an interview with the Kan public broadcaster on Thursday morning.

“We have a...
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British House of Commons’ Jewish speaker John Bercow to resign

(JTA) — John Bercow, the British House of Commons speaker who became widely known for his cries of “Order!” and other colorful rhetoric, announced Monday that he will resign his post by the end of October.

Bercow is Jewish and said last year: “I’ve always been very open about my...
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Canadian government will appeal court ruling against West Bank wines

By DAVID LAZARUS

MONTREAL (JTA) — The Canadian government said it would appeal a federal court ruling that wines made in the West Bank cannot be labeled a “Product of Israel.”

A July 29 ruling by the Federal Court of Canada said that Psagot- and Shiloh-brand wines made in Jewish-controlled...
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British Labour lawmaker John Mann, the country’s anti-Semitism czar, resigns from Parliament

(JTA) — A longtime British Labour Party lawmaker who serves as the country’s anti-Semitism czar announced his resignation from Parliament in protest of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s failure to act enough against rampant anti-Semitism in the party.

John Mann’s announcement on Saturday comes just weeks before likely snap Parliamentary elections....
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Jason Greenblatt steps down as broker of White House’s ‘ultimate deal’ on Mideast peace

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump’s top Middle East peace negotiator, is leaving the White House.

Although the “ultimate” deal he helped craft has yet to be fully announced, the Trump administration suggested in the announcement that Greenblatt was leaving now that it had been...
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