Officers wounded in Pittsburgh synagogue attack thank Jewish community for support

(JTA) — Police officers involved in the response to last year’s attack on Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, some still recovering from injuries they sustained, thanked the city’s Jewish community for its support.

Officers Michael Smidga, John Persin and Tyler Pashel are all back at work. Pittsburgh Police Officer Dan...
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Trump campaign invokes Jared Kushner’s Holocaust survivor grandparents in defending his Middle East peace record

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign defended senior advisor Jared Kushner’s record on Middle East peace by citing his work to engineer the U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem and the fact that Kushner’s grandparents survived the Holocaust.

“Jared, the grandson of Holocaust survivors, was instrumental in moving the...
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Connecticut synagogue evacuated after receiving 2 bomb threats

(JTA) — A synagogue in Connecticut has been evacuated after it received two bomb threats. Congregation B’nai Israel, a Reform congregation in Bridgeport, was evacuated on Friday while police investigated the threats, the city’s police said on Twitter.

The police department said all had been evacuated safely.

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Florida Sheriff Scott Israel loses job over Parkland shooting response

(JTA) — Florida’s State Senate voted to oust Scott Israel, who was suspended as the sheriff of Broward County in the aftermath of his office’s response to the Parkland school shooting. On Wednesday, the state lawmakers voted 25-15 to remove Israel from his post.

Gov. Ron DeSantis had said on...
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5 Democratic presidential candidates to address J Street conference

(JTA) — Five Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential nomination will address the J Street national conference.

The liberal Jewish Middle East policy group will hold its conference in Washington, D.C., beginning on Saturday.

The candidates are Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Michael Bennet of...
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How Bernie Sanders became a favorite among Muslim Americans


(JTA) — Bernie Sanders was one of only two Democratic presidential candidates to address the Islamic Society of North America Convention in August, the largest annual gathering of Muslim Americans in the country.

Organizers invited the 10 highest-polling contenders at the time to the Houston event, but...
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Hunter Biden and his Jewish wife have matching Hebrew tattoos

(JTA) — Hunter Biden and his wife shared their dramatic love story — and it includes matching Hebrew tattoos.

Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, told ABC that he married his now-wife Melissa Cohen Biden within six days of meeting her.

“I instantly fell in love with...
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Pennsylvania governor orders flags to half-staff to mark one-year anniversary of synagogue attack

(JTA) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed a proclamation calling for a day of remembrance and ordering state flags to half-staff to mark the one-year anniversary of the attack on the Tree of Life synagogue building that left 11 worshippers dead.

The proclamation extends the City of Pittsburgh’s resolution declaring...
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Congressmen call out Twitter for allowing Hamas and Hezbollah on the platform

(JTA) — Four members of the House of Representatives have called out Twitter for allowing Hamas and Hezbollah to maintain a presence on its social media platform.

Reps. Josh Gottheimer, D-NY.; Tom Reed, R-NY.; Max Rose, D-NY.; and Brian Fitzpatrick, R-PA., wrote in a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey...
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The Jewish arguments at the heart of Trump’s judicial nominee controversy


WASHINGTON (JTA) — In 2010, Steven Menashi, then a law professor at George Mason University, wrote an article defending Israel from the charge that it’s an ethnonationalist state.

“Ethnonationalism and Liberal Democracy,” published in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, said that many countries —...
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