Pushing for Israel

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A prominent Republican senator considered by many to be a contender in the 2016 presidential race has embarked on a foreign-policy binge of late, with a strong focus on Israel and the Jewish community. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a Tea Party favorite, returned to Washington this week after a tour of Europe and the Middle… Read More

A Man of Contradiction

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TEL AVIV — The front-runner in Israel’s presidential election has equated Reform Judaism with “idol worship” and refused to refer to Reform rabbis by their title. Former Knesset speaker Reuven “Ruby” Rivlin, considered a Likud party elder statesman, is one of six candidates running to succeed Shimon Peres in the largely ceremonial post chosen by… Read More

Meng Dynasty

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She may not be flashy, a firebrand speechmaker or even very well-known outside of her Queens congressional district, but despite her brief legislative career, freshman Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) has become one of Congress’ most steadfast supporters of Israel and Jewish issues. Along the way she has endeared herself to colleagues and supporters on both… Read More

Overblown Rhetoric

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To many of his voters, President-elect Petro Poroshenko represented hope for fixing Ukraine’s ailing economy because of the billionaire candy company founder’s success in business. Others believed that Poroshenko, who won 54 percent of the vote in last week’s presidential race, was the best candidate for negotiating an end to hostilities with Russia and Russian-backed… Read More

A Close Watch

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The United States intends to work with the new Palestinian unity government and will continue to disburse aid to the Palestinian Authority, the State Department said. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said June 2 that the U.S. “will be judging this government by its actions. Based on what we know now, we intend to work… Read More

Under Scrutiny

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After two intense days of religious ceremonies in Bethlehem and Jerusalem, meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials, unscheduled photo opportunities, and debilitating traffic arrangements, Israelis and interfaith relations experts are trying to attach the appropriate symbolism to Pope Francis’ visit to the region. Nearly every stop made by the pontiff was subjected to simultaneous scrutiny… Read More

Standing Their Ground

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BRUSSELS — Hunched over a small island of memorial candles for the victims of the attack on the Jewish Museum of Belgium, Paul Ambach is lost in thought. “Once again, Jewish blood in Belgium, which is no longer Belgium,” said Ambach, a well-known Jewish musician from Antwerp, as he stared at the candles Sunday from… Read More

Jewish Agency Helps Ukranian Olim with Flights to Israel Amid Airport Battles

The Urina family of Donetsk pictured at their hotel in Dnepropetrovsk before their JAFI-facilitated flight to Israel.

The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) facilitated an alternate flight to Israel for six Ukrainians after fighting erupted near the civilian airport in Donetsk between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels following the country’s presidential election on Monday. The group of six, including a couple from Donetsk with twin baby girls and a couple from Mariupol,… Read More

Survey Says …

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While there seems to be no argument on the size of the Anti-Defamation League’s newly published study on anti-Semitism, concerns have arisen about the accuracy of the survey’s findings on certain countries. The “ADL Global 100,” released last week, measures anti-Semitic sentiments in 102 countries and is considered the largest poll ever conducted on the… Read More

‘Discovery and Recovery’

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A much-debated artifacts collection from the historical Jewish community in Baghdad that was slated to return to Iraq will remain in the United States for an additional two years, following last week’s announcement of an agreement between Iraqi officials and the U.S. State Department. The agreement extends the exhibit of a selection of the artifacts,… Read More