Most Democrats Consider Israel ‘a Burden’ on US

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Times of Israel

Most Democrats consider Israel to be a burden to the United States, according to the published findings of a poll released by the Brookings Institution on Friday.

The survey found a clear majority of Americans (76%) said Israel was “a strategic asset” to the US, its authors said. At the same time, they said, “a majority of Democrats, 55%, say that Israel is also a burden”; among Republicans, 24% consider Israel a burden. Fifty-two percent of Independents do not consider Israel a burden and 41% think it is.

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Saban Says Keith Ellison’s DNC Win Would Bring ‘Disaster’ to Relationship between Jews and Dems

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JTA

Haim Saban, a major Democratic Party funder, said Keith Ellison’s election as chairman of the Democratic National Committee would be a “disaster” for the relationship between Jews and the party, signaling a looming crisis between the party’s progressives and the centrist pro-Israel community.

The scathing broadside delivered Friday by the Israeli-American entertainment mogul, from the floor of the annual Saban Forum, an event he funds bringing together U.S. and Israeli leaders and influencers, underscores the degree to which Ellison’s campaign for DNC chief could erode relations between establishment Jewish groups and the party.

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Anti-Semitism Awareness Bill Passes Senate

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Inside Higher Ed

The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, which seeks to adopt the U.S. State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism so that the Education Department may consider it in investigating reports of religiously motivated campus crimes. The State Department defines anti-Semitism as “a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

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ADL: Ellison’s Remarks ‘Deeply Disturbing and Disqualifying’

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ADL

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today said new information that has come to light since Rep. Keith Ellison’s announced candidacy for chair of the Democratic National Committee raises “serious doubts” about his ability to faithfully represent the party’s traditional support for Israel.

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Two Iranians Charged in Planned Attack on Israeli Embassy in Kenya

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JTA

Two Iranians were charged in plotting an attack on the Israeli Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya.

The two men along with their Kenyan driver were charged Thursday after being caught photographing the Israeli diplomatic mission in the Kenyan capital, according to news reports.

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Senate Votes to Extend Iran Sanctions Authority

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New York Times

The Senate voted unanimously on Thursday to extend the president’s authority to impose sanctions on Iran for another decade, a largely symbolic move intended to keep pressure on Tehran to abide by the landmark nuclear accord struck last year.

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UN Adopts Six Anti-Israel Resolutions; Ignores Jewish Ties to Temple Mount

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The United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday voted to adopt six resolutions condemning Israel during a special annual session for the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, which began the day before.

In one of the most prominent decisions, the UN voted to support a resolution that used solely Muslim language to describe the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and ignored the site’s biblical role in Judaism and Christianity, with 147 member states voting in favor, seven against and eight abstaining.

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