politics

Florida Delegation Courted As Key For Democrats

State’s Jews could be pivotal; debate over Israel gets heated airing at DNC.

07/27/2016 - 08:27
Staff Writer

Philadelphia — As Democrats prepared for the roll call vote that would make Hillary Clinton the first woman presidential nominee of a major American political party, Florida delegate Ellen Brodsky said she would never vote for her.

The scene on the convention floor in Philadelphia Monday night during the speech of New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker. Getty Images

Jews For Trump: (Shh! Don’t Tell!)

Some of his supporters ‘fear retribution from the left.’

07/20/2016 - 00:18
Associate Editor

Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, as respected as any rabbi in America, was invited by Ivanka Trump, whose conversion he supervised, to give the invocation this week at the Republican National Convention. He accepted. He had given invocations for President Obama, and in 2008, when principal of Ramaz, castigated Ramaz students when he heard one say that Obama would be dangerous for Israel.

Donald Trump.

Trump’s Appeal To Pro-Israel Voter Goes Beyond Emotions

07/05/2016 - 16:35
Special To The Jewish Week

With Hillary Clinton aiding him as the self-proclaimed “designated yeller” at Israel’s leaders, President Obama has spent the last seven and a half years placing enormous pressure on Israel to make unilateral concessions to a Palestinian leadership that foments terrorism and glorifies the murder of Jews. This administration coddles America’s adversaries while antagonizing our allies. ISIS is terrorizing the world and establishing bases on Israel’s doorstep, throughout Europe and elsewhere around the world. It is no wonder that pro-Israel Americans — Jews and non-Jews — are yearning for a strong, principled leader. Yet Jewish Week editor Gary Rosenblatt seems perplexed as to why many American supporters of Israel prefer Donald Trump (“Israel-Firsters Seen Edging Toward Trump,” July 1).

Jason Greenblatt

Weld: Fight Terror As ‘Criminal Conspiracy’

06/21/2016 - 11:51
Staff Writer

William Weld, the Libertarian Party candidate for vice president, is a former two-term Republican governor of Massachusetts who earlier served for seven years as a federal prosecutor. He is running on a ticket headed by Gary Johnson, the former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico. The Jewish Week caught up with him by phone last week a few days after the Orlando terror attack.

William Weld: Sees scenario for his Libertarian Party ticket winning the presidential election.

Feel The Israel Bern

05/24/2016 - 17:58

When Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders intoned — in his hometown of Brooklyn, of all places — that Israel used what he termed “disproportionate” force in trying to quell Hamas fighters in Gaza in the summer of 2014, he touched a political third rail for many Jews.

Bernie Sanders’ choices for the Democratic Party’s platform committee include Israel critics Cornel West, left, James Zogby.

Democrats’ Support For Israel Declining

05/18/2016 - 09:24
Editorial

While presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders continue their race to the Democratic convention, the former secretary of state remains the presumed candidate despite the Vermont senator’s string of primary victories. Another disconnect within the party — one with direct impact on the Jewish community — is that it is losing pro-Israel voters to the Republicans by a disturbingly wide margin.

AJC Muslim Push Comes Amid Rancor In U.S.

State Department veteran to head new effort to forge closer ties as strong headwinds blow.

05/18/2016 - 08:57
Staff Writer

A majority of Americans polled in March support Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call for a ban on all non-citizen Muslims entering the United States.

Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim comments have led to a “backlash on the streets,” says a Muslim leader here. Getty Images

When Campus Activism Becomes The Politics Of Exclusion

05/17/2016 - 14:53
Special To The Jewish Week

From coast to coast, movements for social justice on American campuses are increasingly taking an alarming turn. Some activists, preeminently Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), have begun enforcing a crude ideological purity in ways profoundly at odds with the principles of open debate and inclusive discussion that define the academy. SJP and allied groups not only seek to isolate Israel economically, academically, and culturally through Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), and they not only disrupt events related to Israel or featuring Israelis, SJP now also aims to prohibit Hillel, the central support for Jewish life on campus, along with its affiliates, from engaging in social justice work.

Marcia Kupfer and  David Ellenson

GOP Jews Want To Hear More From Trump

Cautious support but concern about whether presumptive nominee ‘represents their values.’

05/11/2016 - 09:01
Staff Writer

As the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, takes shape after his two remaining competitors have dropped out, outreach has begun to potential donors. They want to hear more, especially about Israel.

Donald Trump speaking last week in Eugene, Ore. Getty Images

Pressing Pluralism In The Knesset

MK Merav Michaeli wants Israel to be a place where every Jew can be a Jew ‘whichever way they should be Jewish.’

04/26/2016 - 16:37

Washington — When a pro-Israel U.S. lawmaker greeted a member of Israel’s Knesset here recently, the former may not have anticipated the candor of the latter.

“I’m an Israeli member of Parliament,” Michaeli says. “I have a responsibility for how Israel treats human beings.” Michal Fatta
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