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Dearborn, Michigan magazine editor fired for article about Henry Ford’s anti-Semitism

By MARCY OSTER

(JTA) — The editor of a quarterly journal published by the historical commission of Dearborn, Michigan will not work on any more of the  magazines after he published an article about Henry Ford’s history of anti-Semitism in the publication’s 100th anniversary issue.

Dearborn Mayor John B. O’Reilly prevented...
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Jussie Smollett appears on stage days after apparent hate crime attack

(JTA) — Jussie Smollett told an audience in southern California that he is “going to stand strong with y’all” in the wake of an assault that is being characterized as a hate crime.

Smollet, who is black, gay and Jewish, took the stage Saturday night at the Troubadour in West...
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5 Jewish things to know about Cory Booker

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Five Jewish things about U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, who just announced for the Democratic presidential nomination, you ask?

Here’s a start:

The New Jersey politician literally carried a rabbi on his back until he (figuratively) cast same rabbi into the waters, like a forgotten sin.

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Anti-Israel protest again sparks controversy at LGBTQ conference

(JTA) — Anti-Israel protesters took the state unannounced at Creating Change, an LGBTQ conference that was the site of a raucous anti-Israel protest in 2016.

At the opening of this year’s conference, organized by the National LGBTQ Task Force, a group of activists holding Palestinian flags took the stage and...
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Leading Dems launch pro-Israel faction to counter Israel disenchantment on left

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Prominent Democrats are launching a pro-Israel group to counter a drift away from Israel on the party’s left.

The Democratic Majority for Israel, according to a story appearing Monday evening on The New York Times website, will be led by Mark Mellman, a longtime...
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Kamala Harris, launching her presidential bid, lashes out at Trump on race

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — In her first appearance on national TV as a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, California Sen. Kamala Harris lashed out at President Donald Trump for “fueling division,” including on race.

“Racism is real in America, sexism, anti-Semitism, transphobia, homophobia — these things are...
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5 things to watch in another Bernie Sanders presidential campaign

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Bernie Sanders has dropped hints that he’s ready to run again for president, and the one thing we know for sure is that Bernie, the sequel, will not be a retread.

Much about Bernie 1.0 was attention-getting precisely because of the way his campaign...
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Ilhan Omar endorses the Israel boycott and is on the influential Foreign Affairs Committee. Here’s what she and her colleagues say.

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The top two Jewish members of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee revile BDS, the boycott Israel movement.

Its newest member, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-MI., has embraced the movement. It’s not a big deal, the Jewish Democrats say.

Reps. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y.,...
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At Women’s March, Sarsour defends BDS, hours after rejecting Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism

By MARCY OSTER

(JTA) — Linda Sarsour defended the legality of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel during her speech on stage in Washington D.C. at the third Women’s March. Her critique of anti-BDS laws came hours after rejecting the anti-Semitic statements of Louis Farrakhan.

Sarsour, a leader...
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Two attacks on Jews in Brooklyn in two days roils Crown Heights neighborhood

(JTA) — A Jewish woman walking in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn was punched by a black male who then ran off.

It is the second such attack on the same street in less than 48 hours.

The woman was walking on Friday afternoon on Kingston Avenue, a main...
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