A Fla. Rabbi Protested Trump—And Lost Job

06/21/2016 - 17:38

A South Florida rabbi must leave his pulpit after his protest of Donald Trump’s speech at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference riled congregants.

Rabbi David Paskin, kneeling third from left, and other rabbis protesting Donald Trump’s speech at March’s AIPAC.

23 Jewish Activists From Simone Zimmerman’s Anti-Occupation Group Arrested At Passover Protests

04/25/2016 - 12:38

Police arrested 23 activists from an anti-Israeli occupation group at two protests, one at an Anti-Defamation League office and another at an American Israel Public Affairs Committee headquarters.

IfNotNow activists outside AIPAC’s office in Boston. JTA

Rav Kasich, Talmudic Scholar

That newly-minted Talmudic scholar, John Kasich, explained to a group of ultra-Orthodox Jews at a matzo factory last week that the paschal lamb of Passover portends Jesus.

"The great link between the blood that was put above the lampposts (sic), the blood of the lamb, because Jesus Christ is known as the lamb of God.  It's his blood, we believe," JTA quoted the Ohio governor.

Caught Between White House And Its Critics, Lawmaker Pledges To Renew Iran Sanctions

04/04/2016 - 10:52

Washington – The top Democrat handling foreign relations in the Senate says he will endeavor to get Congress to reauthorize Iran sanctions before year’s end, a key goal of pro-Israel activists.

Sen. Ben Cardin speaking at a news conference with other leading Democratic senators at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. JTA

On AIPAC: The Struggle To Be Non-Partisan In A Hyper-Partisan Time

03/24/2016 - 12:17

For an organization that prides itself on nurturing bi-partisan support for the State of Israel in the halls of Congress, AIPAC has somehow managed, for the second year in a row, to be at the epicenter of a firestorm that is all about partisanship. To be sure, that is not the story that it wanted to come out of its just-concluded annual Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Wrong Takeaway For Trump

03/23/2016 - 09:40

So much for sending Donald Trump a clear signal that most of the American Jewish community finds his campaign — anchored in bigotry, racism and mean-spirited incivility — untenable for a presidential candidate.

Off-Script Trump Forces Rare AIPAC Rebuke

GOP frontrunner’s Obama dig leads to divisiveness.

03/23/2016 - 09:10
Staff Writer

Despite a carefully crafted speech to the pro-Israel group AIPAC Monday in which Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump pledged that as president there would be “no daylight” between the U.S. and Israel, he again sowed divisiveness when he went offscript — prompting a rare rebuke from his host.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, and Republican frontrunner Donald Trump. Getty Images

Kasich Vows Not To Be ‘Neutral’ In Defending Israel

03/22/2016 - 10:38

Washington — Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, contrasted himself with Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump in a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich addressesing the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. JTA

At AIPAC, Trump Vows ‘No Daylight’ Between U.S. And Israel

AIPAC speech seems to pivot from earlier comment on neutrality on Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

03/21/2016 - 20:47
Staff Writer

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump pledged Monday that if elected he would “send a clear signal that there is no daylight between America and its most reliable ally, the State of Israel.”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the AIPAC conference in Washington, DC today. Getty Images

Israel Should Be Grateful To US, Patient On Iran, Isaac Herzog Tells AIPAC

03/21/2016 - 11:41

Washington — The Israeli opposition leader called for his government to be grateful for the U.S.-Israel relationship, earning applause from AIPAC activists at their annual conference.

Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog speaking to the foreign press in Jerusalem, Feb. 24, 2015. JTA
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