(JTA) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with American businessmen in Ramallah earlier this month in an attempt to set up a back channel for contacts with the incoming administration of Donald Trump. On Jan. 2, Abbas met in Ramallah with hedge fund manager Daniel Arbess, who is Jewish, and with the Palestinian billionaire…
(JTA) — A United Nations employee from Gaza who assisted Hamas was released after six months in an Israeli prison. Waheed al-Bursh, a Palestinian engineer working for the United Nations Development Program in Gaza, was sentenced last week in Israel for assisting the terrorist group last year by transporting to a Hamas-run facility 300 tons…
BUDAPEST (JTA) — The chairman of Hungary’s far-right Jobbik party, whose leaders often have inveighed against Jews, Israel and Zionism, said that his party will no longer single out the Jewish state. Gabor Vona, who last month for the first time sent Hanukkah holiday greetings by Jobbik to at least two Hungarian rabbis, made the unusual…30
NEW YORK (JTA) — The Reform movement said it “strongly opposes” the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, a day after the Senate concluded his confirmation hearings. “Senator Sessions’ testimony failed to signal a clear departure from his longstanding record of insufficient commitment to voting rights, criminal justice reform, LGBTQ equality, women’s rights,…
Even “alt-right” figurehead Richard Spencer didn’t want armed neo-Nazis marching down the middle of Whitefish, Montana.12
WASHINGTON (JTA) – Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of defense said at confirmation hearings that Tel Aviv is Israel’s capital — apparently at odds with the president-elect, who has said he intends to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. “The capital of Israel that I go to, sir, is Tel Aviv, sir, because that’s where…42
NEW YORK (JTA) — The city manager of Whitefish, Montana, says that although a neo-Nazi march scheduled for next week has been canceled, the marchers can likely receive a permit to march at a later date. In an email to residents of the 6,000-person town Wednesday, City Manager Chuck Stearns confirmed that the march, scheduled…6
NEW YORK (JTA) — Marine Le Pen, a presidential candidate for the far-right French National Front party, was spotted at Trump Tower in New York. Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer told NBC News that the National Front president was not meeting with President-elect Donald Trump or other members of his transition team following reports of her Thursday…9
Six decades after it was founded by former Nazis, Austria’s Freedom Party (FPO) is courting Jewish voters, hoping that its anti-Muslim message will resonate with the tiny community and help it overcome lingering accusations of anti-Semitism.
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