What to Do With a Jewish Racist?

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Following the fallout from the recording of racist comments by the Jewish owner of the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Clippers, Jewish organizations, both local and national, moved quickly to take the focus off his ethnicity and remind the country of the Jewish involvement in the civil rights movement. Meanwhile, elements of the Jewish community… Read More

What is the Presidents’ Conference?

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Last week’s vote against admitting the dovish pro-Israel group J Street into the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations may not have surprised many. J Street, with its adamant call for a two-state solution and its criticism of the Israeli government’s settlement policy, puts it to the left of most of the 50… Read More

Not So Fast

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In what many observers will see as the de facto expression of mainstream U.S. Jewry’s outlook on J Street, members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations last week voted 22-17 (with three abstentions) to reject the membership application of the self-labeled “pro-Israel, pro-peace” lobby. J Street secured the votes of only… Read More

Open Borders

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The State Department is responding to pressure from Israel’s friends on Capitol Hill and is reviewing its policy on granting tourist visas to Israeli citizens. Julia Frifield, the department’s assist- ant secretary for legislative affairs, announced on April 17 the formation of a working group with the Department of Homeland Security and Israel’s Foreign Ministry…. Read More

Houston man pleads guilty to synagogue bomb threats

A Houston man pleaded guilty to calling in bomb threats to two city synagogues. Dante Phearse, 33, appeared in a federal court in Texas on Monday to respond to two civil rights violations charges for using the “threat of force with an explosive device which allegedly obstructed members of the synagogues from enjoying the free… Read More

U.S. soldiers lose bid to dress according to religious beliefs

The Army denied the requests of two soldiers to dress and groom themselves according to their religious beliefs. The soldiers had requested to be exempt from the uniform policy for religious purposes under a new policy approved in January, Reuters reported. Under the revised policy, U.S. troops may be accommodated in observing religious beliefs in… Read More

‘Glitches’ in Kansas City security plan

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The deadly shooting in the parking lots of two Jewish facilities in Overland Park, Kan., exposed “glitches” in the Kansas City Jewish community’s security plan, according to the head of the local Jewish federation. Todd Stettner, president and chief executive officer of the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City, said he was glad to see… Read More

Bombs Away

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Alarmed by what they believe to be diplomatic failures by the Obama administration in nuclear negotiations with Iran, leading scholars of a Washington-based think tank have proposed that the United States provide Israel with the largest bunker-buster bombs in the U.S. arsenal to help restore the administration’s leverage in its negotiations. In an op-ed published… Read More

Secretary’s Standing Goes ‘Poof’

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After spending more than two-and-a-half hours testifying in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State John Kerry is fending off criticism from all sides, as Democrats, Republicans and members of the media accuse him of blaming Israelis for derailing peace negotiations. During a hearing held as a review of the State Department’s… Read More

Kansas Gunman Targets JCC

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Kansas’ tight-knit Jewish community was rocked just one day before the beginning of Passover as a gunman took the lives of three people in attacks just minutes apart outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park and a local retirement home. According to various news reports, at about 1 p.m., shots… Read More