Jewish groups see Trump’s disloyalty remarks as ‘dangerous’ and ‘textbook anti-Semitism’

(JTA) — Mainstream and left-wing Jewish groups called out President Donald Trump as “dangerous” and displaying “textbook anti-Semitism” for accusing Jews who vote for Democrats of being “disloyal.”

“I think Jewish people that vote for a Democrat – I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great...
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California high school students make Nazi salute and sing Nazi marching song at awards ceremony

(JTA) — Students at a Southern California high school made a Nazi salute and sang a Nazi marching song at the start of an awards ceremony.

The school district will not say publicly if or how it disciplined the students.

The incident, which took place last year, involved 10 members...
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Here’s what Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib were going to do on their trip to Israel and the West Bank


WASHINGTON (JTA) — By now it seems clear that Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are not going to be visiting Israel or the Palestinian areas of the West Bank.

Israel’s government announced Thursday that it would not allow the Democratic congresswomen to make their scheduled visit...
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Jeffrey Epstein died of suicide by hanging, NYC medical examiner rules

(JTA) — Millionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was facing sex trafficking charges for allegedly abusing dozens of minor girls, died as a result of suicide by hanging, the New York City medical examiner ruled.

Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson said Friday in a statement: “After careful review of all investigative...
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Rashida Tlaib’s grandmother curses Donald Trump over canceled West Bank visit

(JTA) — Rashida Tlaib’s grandmother cursed President Donald Trump after he tweeted that she should be happy that her granddaughter was not coming to visit her in the West Bank.

“Rep. Tlaib wrote a letter to Israeli officials desperately wanting to visit her grandmother. Permission was quickly granted, whereupon Tlaib...
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AIPAC and other Jewish groups join prominent lawmakers in criticizing Israel’s decision to ban Tlaib and Omar

(JTA) — Israel’s decision on Thursday to ban Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from entering the country has quickly prompted a wave of impassioned responses from across the Jewish community. Pro-Israel groups, including AIPAC, and prominent Democratic lawmakers are already objecting to the move. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FL., also...
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Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren criticize Israel’s decision to bar Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib

(JTA) — Democratic presidential front-runners Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have all joined the list of politicians and organizations that have criticized Israel’s decision on Thursday to bar Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering the country.

“I have always been a stalwart supporter of Israel — a...
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Israel’s ambassador denies Trump pressure was behind decision to ban Tlaib and Omar

(JTA) — Israel’s ambassador to the United States said the decision to ban Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from entering the country had nothing to do with President Donald Trump.

In a conference call with Jewish groups Thursday afternoon, Ron Dermer said reports implying that Israel had caved into...
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ICE officer who drove into Jewish demonstrators placed on leave as 5 protesters hospitalized

(JTA) — The Immigration and Customs Enforcement official who drove a pickup truck into a row of Jewish protesters in Rhode Island has been placed on leave, and police have announced that they will investigate the incident.

Five of the protesters were hospitalized, according to Tal Frieden, an organizer of...
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Israel confirms it is banning Tlaib and Omar from entering country

(JTA) — Israel’s deputy foreign minister confirmed that Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar will not be allowed to enter the country.

“We won’t allow those who deny our right to exist in this world to enter Israel. In principle this is a very justified decision,” Tzipi Hotovely told Israel’s public...
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