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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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In Orthodox Jewish Brooklyn, a spate of assaults feels all too familiar

By BEN SALES

NEW YORK (JTA) — As he talks about the recent string of attacks on Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn, Yosef Rapaport points to a small scar above his right eye.

It’s the remnant of an anti-Semitic attack he experienced 50 years ago as a teenager in Montreal. “For...
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Don’t conflate criticism of Netanyahu and Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said her criticisms of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should not be seen as shots at the Jewish state.

“The Netanyahu administration has been pursuing a lot of extraordinarily concerning policies,” Ocasio Cortez, D-NY., told Israel’s Channel 12 News in a recent media opportunity...
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The clever fake rabbis who made millions off of Prohibition

By ALICE KASSENS

SALEM, VA. (JTA) — The Roaring Twenties was a raging headache for Jewish leadership. 

The 18th Amendment, which prohibited the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors,” soared through state legislatures and into law in 1919 fueled by the efforts of groups like the Women’s Christian Temperance...
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Federal prosecutors to seek death penalty for Pittsburgh synagogue shooter

(JTA) — Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for the Pittsburgh synagogue gunman.

They said in a court filing late on Monday that “a sentence of death is justified” in 22 of the 63 federal charges against Robert Bowers, citing his premeditation, planning, anti-Semitic motivation and the number of...
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State Department removes ‘Palestinian Territories’ from website

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The State Department has removed the term “Palestinian Territories” from a web page listing countries and areas covered by one of its bureaus.

A spokeswoman said it does not reflect a change in U.S. policy.

“The website is being updated,” the spokeswoman told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency...
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For this prominent Jewish Republican, Trump’s ‘disloyalty’ jab is a bridge too far

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Of the many Jews unsettled by President Donald Trump’s claim that voting for Democrats would demonstrate “disloyalty” to Israel and to other Jews, Lee Zeldin might be in the toughest spot.

The New York congressman, one of only two Jewish Republicans in the U.S....
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Nadler criticizes Tlaib and Omar for sharing controversial cartoon

NEW YORK (JTA) — Rep. Jerry Nadler criticized fellow Democrats Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib for sharing a cartoon that shows President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu covering their mouths. Omar, D-MN., and Tlaib, D-MI., were criticized for sharing it last week because the cartoonist Carlos Latuff...
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Justice Dept. office includes link from white nationalist site in daily briefing

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review linked to an article on a white supremacist website in a daily news briefing sent to immigration court employees on Monday.

Buzzfeed News first reported on the move on Thursday, which prompted the Justice Department office to issue an...
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is doing well after treatment for tumor on her pancreas

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg completed a three-week treatment course for a tumor found on her pancreas, the Supreme Court said Friday.

“The focused radiation treatment began on August 5 and was administered on an outpatient basis to treat a tumor on her pancreas.” the court...
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