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Daniel Schorr, crusading journalist, never forgot his Jewish roots

07/26/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- It took about seven years for Daniel Schorr to tire of being a journalist for Jewish media.

The distaste of digesting for JTA's readers the news of the emerging Holocaust, combined with what he saw as the blinkered parochialism of Jewish news, led him to quit JTA in 1941 and search for work elsewhere.

But Schorr never stopped being a Jewish journalist: events and his conscience would not let him.

Oliver Stone decries Jewish lobby’s power

07/26/2010
JTA

(JTA) -- Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone in an interview decried what he called the Jewish lobby's control over Washington's foreign policy and said that Hitler's actions should be put "into context."

Stone in an interview with the Sunday Times also said that "Jewish domination of the media" has prevented an honest discussion about the Holocaust.

Jewish organizational and Israeli officials condemned the remarks, which were published Sunday.

Pa. Senate race turning into Israel proxy fight

07/22/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A close battle for Pennsylvania's open U.S. Senate seat is quickly turning into a proxy war between self-described pro-Israel forces on the left and right.

The immediate fight is over the pro-Israel credentials of U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), who knocked off the incumbent Arlen Specter in the Democratic primary and is now facing Republican former congressman Pat Toomey.

Senate committee advances Kagan nomination

07/22/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approved Elena Kagan for the U.S. Supreme Court in a vote mostly on party lines.

Kagan, who would be the third Jewish justice on the current court, received 13 votes; six committee members voted against her nomination.

Democrats favored and Republicans voted against, with the exception of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who cautioned his colleagues to base their votes on character and qualifications, and not on ideology.

Conversion Crises Could Threaten Pro-Israel Effort

Diaspora leaders, lawmakers fear that recurring ‘Who is a Jew’ controversies undermine and change the pro-Israel base.

07/21/2010
Washington Correspondent

Recurring “who is a Jew” crises pitting many American Jews against fervently Orthodox leaders in Israel and their Knesset friends may be contributing to a seismic shift in the base of the pro-Israel movement in America.

The bill authored by Knesset member David Rotem, above, has unleashed a firestorm of criticism from liberal American Jews.

Journalist David Twersky Dies

07/20/2010

(JTA) — David Twersky, a veteran journalist and former kibbutznik, died last Friday night at his home in West Orange, N.J., following a long battle with cancer. He was 60.

Twersky opened the Washington, D.C., bureau of the Forward in 1990, at the end of the first President George Bush’s administration.

Following his stint in Washington, Twersky was named editor of the New Jersey Jewish News, which he led from 1993 to 2002. He later joined the New York Sun as foreign editor and columnist.

David Twersky: A “remarkable journalist,” he previously served as an adviser to Abba Eban.

Jewish Funds for Justice Runs Ad Criticizing Glenn Beck

07/19/2010

 WASHINGTON (JTA) -- More than 250 rabbis, Christian clergy, Jewish leaders and other supporters signed on to a Jewish Funds for Justice ad criticizing Glenn Beck’s comments about the organization.

The ad, which appeared in the most recent edition of the Forward, was part of an ongoing feud between the conservative Fox TV host and Jewish Funds for Justice.

American Jewish Congress Suspends Activities

07/18/2010

(JTA) -- The American Jewish Congress has suspended its activities after running out of funds.

The suspension of the venerable Jewish-American advocacy organization's activities, confirmed to JTA on Sunday by acting co-executive director Marc Stern, comes after months of rumors that the organization was on the verge of collapse after losing most of its endowment in the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme.

As of Sunday afternoon there was no mention of the suspension on the AJCongress website.

Homeland Security Releases New Funds to Jewish Non-Profits

07/16/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The Department of Homeland Security released $19 million to secure non-profits, the vast majority Jewish.

Of 271 institutions named in a list released this week by DHS, 254 are Jewish, including synagogues, schools, community centers and offices.

The funds were released as part of a congressionally mandated program in place since 2005 that targets institutions that are vulnerable to attack.

Obama Official Guarantees Levels of Israel Defense Funding

07/16/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- An Obama administration official committed to sustaining a 10-year defense assistance program to Israel, saying that advanced tehnology is endangering Israel.

Andrew Shapiro, the assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs, said in a rare speech on Friday that the Obama administration has since its outset been committed to maintaining Israel's qualitative military edge over its neighbors.

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