Sense of Siege in Kiryas Joel Amid FBI Raids, Scrutiny of Yeshivas

NEW YORK — Even before FBI investigators descended last month on the Satmar Chasidic village of Kiryas Joel, there was a growing sense in this insular community that it and its unique way of life were under attack. Two months earlier, the FBI had been in the village investigating alleged fraud of a government program,… Read More

Pro-Israel Heavyweights Press for Two States

WASHINGTON — In a rare and sharp split with Israeli government policy, a group of Jewish community leaders want to get a proposal for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the next president’s desk. Two complementary U.S. and Israeli working papers to be launched next week propose immediate actions Israel can take to… Read More

Beyer Bill Opposes Religious Litmus Tests for Immigrants

Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) introduced a bill last week that would ban the use of religious litmus tests as a means of denying admission to immigrants, refugees and international visitors coming to the United States. Beyer said he acted in response to “political rhetoric vilifying select religious groups and increasingly hostile rhetoric toward religious freedom… Read More

How the 2016 Election Is Upending Pro-Israel Orthodoxies

WASHINGTON — When it comes to Israel, Democrats and Republicans simply do not see eye to eye, and for all their love of Zion, evangelicals will turn out for a candidate who is less than 100 percent on the issue. Welcome to the 2016 presidential election, when the conventional pro-Israel wisdom has been turned upside… Read More

Sympathy for Palestinians Up Sharply

NEW YORK — Democrats are more than four times as likely as Republicans to say they sympathize more with the Palestinians than with Israel, according to a Pew Research Center survey published last week, and sympathy for the Palestinians among Americans overall is growing. Sympathy for the Palestinians is up most sharply among the youngest… Read More

Hillary Clinton Calls BDS Movement ‘Harmful’ On Eve of Vote in Her Methodist Church

WASHINGTON — On the eve of a bid to have her church divest from companies allegedly profiting from Israel’s control of the West Bank, Hillary Clinton reasserted that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement was counterproductive to peace. Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, responded on Sunday to an appeal from the Israel… Read More

They Voted Cruz, Now What?

Ted Cruz might be out of the presidential race, but Republican Jews who supported the tough talking Texas senator during the primary say they plan to vote according to their conscience in November by supporting the candidate who cares most about their core concerns: illegal immigration and national security. For them, that means supporting businessman… Read More

Mechoulam Talks Cannabis Research, Medical Uses

Raphael Mechoulam, a pioneering Israeli cannabis researcher, spoke at MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society, in Baltimore on April 14 about his research, medical uses for cannabis and what the future of research may hold. Dr. Dan Morhaim, a District 11 delegate and longtime proponent of medical cannabis, began by asking, “Why is this plant… Read More