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Washington – Trump’s China Trade Stance Has Political Risks As He Seeks Re-election

May 12, 2019 at 10:30 PM
Washington - When he ran for president in 2016, Donald Trump delighted crowds with his harsh rhetoric on China. As he runs for re-election in 2020, he is likely to keep talking tough, but the reception - at least in some key states - may not be as euphoric. Trade talks between the United States and China ran into serious trouble last week as Beijing backtracked on some key agreements and Trump...

Washington – Rep. Rashida Tlaib Says Her Palestinian Ancestors Made A ‘safe Haven’ For Jews After Holocaust

May 12, 2019 at 09:00 PM
Washington - Freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., said in an interview that she “loves the fact” that her “Palestinian ancestors” were part an attempt “to create a safe haven for Jews” after the Holocaust. She made the comments in an interview on Saturday on the Skullduggery podcast titled “From Rashida With Love.” “There’s always kind of a calming feeling when I think...

Jerusalem – Golan Site Selected For New Jewish Community Named For Donald Trump

May 12, 2019 at 08:30 PM
Jerusalem - The Israeli government has selected a location for the establishment of a new Jewish community in the Golan Heights to be named after President Donald Trump. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday that he will submit the decision for official approval by the new government once it is formed. Netanyahu announced in late April...

Austin – Texas Governor Signs Amendment To Limit Scope Of State Israel Boycott Law

May 12, 2019 at 08:00 PM
Austin - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed legislation that limits the scope of a law already on the books that bans the state from doing business with Israel boycotters. The new legislation exempts individuals and businesses valued at less than $100,000 or employing fewer than ten full-time employees from the ban on doing business with companies who abide by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions...

New Haven, CT – Connecticut Man Accused Of Threatening To Kill Trump, Bomb Synagogue

May 12, 2019 at 07:34 PM
New Haven, CT - A Connecticut man has been indicted on charges that he threatened to kill President Donald Trump and sent letters he claimed contained anthrax. Gary Joseph Gravelle of New Haven faces charges including conveying false information about an explosive and threats against the president. Authorities say 51-year-old Gravelle last year sent letters addressed to Trump, the Islamic...

Jerusalem – Politics Takes Center Stage As Israel Hosts Eurovision

May 12, 2019 at 07:00 PM
Jerusalem - As host of this year's Eurovision, Israel has tried to use the hugely popular song contest to present itself as a tolerant and cosmopolitan country that is winning increased acceptance on the world stage. But despite Israel's best branding efforts, the kitschy festival is clouded in political conflict and controversy. Palestinian militants bombarded southern Israel with hundreds of...

Beijing – China Defiant Toward U.S. On Trade, Kudlow Urges Strong Enforcement Steps

May 12, 2019 at 06:34 PM
Beijing - The United States and China appeared at a deadlock over trade negotiations on Sunday as Washington demanded promises of concrete changes to Chinese law and Beijing said it would not swallow any "bitter fruit" that harmed its interests. The trade war between the world's top two economies escalated on Friday, with the United States hiking tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods...

Seattle, WA – Washington To Offer First ‘Public Option’ Insurance In US

May 12, 2019 at 06:02 PM
Seattle, WA - Washington is set to become the first state to enter the private health insurance market with a universally available public option. A set of tiered public plans will cover standard services and are expected to be up to 10% cheaper than comparable private insurance, thanks in part to savings from a cap on rates paid to providers. But unlike existing government-managed plans...

Derby Line, VT – US-Canada Border Transfers Raise Fear Of Delayed Crossings

May 12, 2019 at 05:00 PM
Derby Line, VT - Hundreds of border agents from across the U.S. are being temporarily transferred south ahead of the busy summer tourism season, worrying those along the northern border who rely on cross-border commerce — including U.S. innkeepers, shop owners and restaurateurs who fear their Canadian customers could be caught in backups at border crossings. U.S. Customs and Border...

Jerusalem – AP Interview: Oates Haunted By Family Denial Of Jewish Roots

May 12, 2019 at 04:00 PM
Jerusalem - American author Joyce Carol Oates says her family's denial of its Jewish roots haunted her for decades and has shaped her into the famously prolific writer she is today. Oates, who is making her first-ever trip to Israel to receive the prestigious Jerusalem Prize, said that her Jewish grandmother fled persecution in her native Germany to rural upstate New York in the late 19th...

Pidhaitsy, Ukraine – Two Ancient Former Synagogues Destroyed In Poland And Ukraine

May 12, 2019 at 03:00 PM
Pidhaitsy, Ukraine - Two ancient former synagogues were destroyed in Poland and in Ukraine. The 16th-century former synagogue of Pidhaitsy, a town in the Ukraine’s west, collapsed on Saturday night as a result of heavy rains and neglect that eroded one of its supporting pillars, the news website te.20mimut reported. In Poland, building contractors demolished the century-old former...

New York – Did This Ancient Jewish Scholar Introduce The World To Pizza?

May 12, 2019 at 02:00 PM
New York - In 1983, the Italian-Israeli professor Sandra Debenedetti Stow stunned the scholarly world with an explosive article that proposed that Jews introduced pizza to the European diet. She cited Yehuda Romano, a 14th-century Hebrew scholar from Italy, who translated Maimonides’ use of the word “hararah” (a type of flatbread) in the Mishneh Torah with four simple Hebrew letters...

Washington – Trump May Provoke U.S. Lawmakers To Impeach Him: Senior Democrat

May 12, 2019 at 01:15 PM
Washington - Democrats are reluctant to impeach U.S. President Donald Trump, but he may provoke such a move by continuing to obstruct Congress' efforts to oversee his administration, a senior Democratic lawmaker said on Sunday. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, told ABC's "This Week" that impeachment by the Democratic-run House would be politically...

Dubai – Israel, Judo Federation Hail Letter From Iran; Tehran Silent

May 12, 2019 at 01:00 PM
Dubai - A letter from Iran over judo rules is being heralded by Israel and the International Judo Federation as a sign the Islamic Republic will allow its athletes to compete against Israelis. However, Iranian media outlets on Sunday called the response "baseless" and "strange." Iran's local judo federation did not immediate answer calls for comment. Iranian judoka, like other athletes...

London – Thousands Led By Palestinian Icon Ahed Tamimi March In London For A ‘Free Palestine’

May 12, 2019 at 12:00 PM
London - Thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators marched through central London for the National Demonstration for Palestine. The marchers during the event on Sunday called to “free Palestine,” for a “right of return” for Palestinians, and for the end to “unprecedented attacks on Palestinians by Israel. The event, which marks the 71st anniversary of the Nakba, or catastrophe...

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