WASHINGTON (JTA) — An otherwise congenial meeting between Jewish organizational officials and Democratic senators included a moment when Sen. Chuck Schumer, the minority leader, said Orthodox Jews should do more to call out President Donald Trump for failing to confront hate in the United States.
Schumer, D-N.Y., described what he depicted as a tepid reaction to Trump’s equivocation following the neo-Nazi and white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August.
Members of the Orthodox group present at the meeting on Wednesday, the Orthodox Union, responded by saying that it and other groups had expressed concerns about Trump’s…
WASHINGTON (JTA) — Twenty-four Jewish groups encompassing all major religious streams urged a Senate panel to advance a bill that would penalize Burma for its treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority.
“Passing this legislation through your committee and the full Senate would send a powerful message to the Burmese military and the global community that the United States will not be silent or inactive in the face of mass atrocities,” said the letter sent Friday to Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Ben Cardin, D-Md., respectively the top Republican and Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee.
WASHINGTON (JTA) — Citing his wife’s health, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has dropped his bid to challenge U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown in November.
“We recently learned that my wife has a health issue that will require my time, attention and presence,” Mandel, a Republican, said in a release. “In other words, I need to be there. Understanding and dealing with this health issue is more important to me than any political campaign.”
Mandel, a Jewish Marines Corps veteran, was making his second try at unseating Brown, a Democrat. He lost soundly to Brown in 2012.
NEW YORK (JTA) — A St. Louis man and disgraced former journalist was sentenced to five years in prison for making bomb threats against Jewish institutions as part of a revenge plot against a former girlfriend.
Juan Thompson, 32, was sentenced Wednesday in a Manhattan federal court.
Judge P. Kevin Castel said he was exceeding the recommended prison sentence due to “the level of intensity, the maliciousness” of Thompson’s crimes, Reuters reported. Castel said Thompson had committed domestic terrorism.
In court, Thompson’s ex-girlfriend, Francesca Rossi, said he had abused her during and after their relationship, and attempted to frame…
(JTA) — Three swastikas were drawn on a desk in the classroom of a Jewish teacher at a Boston-area high school — the third time in recent months that a swastika has been discovered there.
The swastikas were discovered Tuesday at Andover High, located about 20 miles north of Boston, hours before the start of Hanukkah.
The incident is being investigated as a hate crime, the Boston Globe reported, citing Andover town officials.
“The moment we write these acts of intolerance and hatred off as mere ignorance, we are admitting that we must live with hate in our community,”…