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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Rabbi Noah Farkas

The progressive case for AIPAC

By Rabbi Noah Farkas April 4, 2019

I am a rabbi and progressive faith leader in this city who has fought for racial and economic equality for almost two decades. I am also an unapologetic Zionist and a proud supporter of AIPAC.The public perception of AIPAC among my fellow progressives...

Larry Greenfield

AIPAC must get tough with the anti-Israel left

By Larry Greenfield April 4, 2019

AIPAC has long promoted bipartisanship as the key to maintaining broad support for the U.S.-Israel relationship. Members of Congress from both parties regularly attend its annual policy conference, which concluded Tuesday, and the organization’s biggest...

Executive board members of Washington University Israel Public Affairs Committee (WIPAC) pose with their awards after their chapter received the AIPAC 2018 “Campus Activist of the Year” Award. From left are WashU Hillel Assistant Director and WIPAC Advisor Miriam Ross-Hirsch, Geordan Neinstein, Micah Goldson, President Nate Turk, Jacob Scheinman, Kayla Steinberg, Immediate Past President Hannah Sinrich, former President and current AIPAC staffer Daniel Grey and WashU Hillel CEO, Jackie Levey.

At AIPAC, UH rabbi remembered for friendship with Truman; WashU group honored

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer March 7, 2018

Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg sat on a bus in Israel during a July trip sponsored by an Israel advocacy organization when someone started discussing former President Harry Truman’s friendship with Eddie Jacobson, a Jewish businessman from Kansas City. Rosenberg,...

From left to right: U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon and Israeli Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked applaud for Vice President Mike Pence as he addresses the AIPAC policy conference in Washington, D.C., March 5, 2018. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Most US Jews oppose Trump. He was cheered at AIPAC. Awkward?

Ben Sales March 6, 2018

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A poll last year by the American Jewish Committee showed that 77 percent of American Jews disapproved of President Donald Trump’s job performance. American Jews had voted 70 percent to 25 percent in favor of Hillary Clinton over...

In Israel, Netanyahu is embattled. At AIPAC, he was at home.

Ben Sales March 6, 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the AIPAC policy conference in Washington, D.C., March 6, 2018. (AIPAC)WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is mired in several corruption scandals back home, and his political...

AIPAC Executive Director Howard Kohr speaks to the Israel lobby’s policy conference in Washington, D.C., March 4, 2018. (AIPAC)

In outreach to progressives, AIPAC airs a hearty endorsement of the two-state solution

By Ron Kampeas, JTA March 6, 2018

WASHINGTON—The American Israel Public Affairs Committee opened its arms to progressives this week, launching its annual policy conference with direct appeals to pro-Israel liberals who have lately considered the lobby an unwelcoming extension of Israel's...

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman addressing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., March 6, 2018. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

US envoy to Israel, David Friedman, decries J Street’s motto as ‘blasphemous’

Ron Kampeas March 6, 2018

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, decried the phrase “pro-Israel, pro-peace” — a motto closely associated with J Street — as “blasphemous.”“Pro-Israel and pro-peace sounds like a completely reasonable position,”...

Vice President Mike Pence speaking at the Christians United for Israel conference in Washington D.C., July 2017. (CUFI)

U.S. will withdraw from Iran deal unless it is fixed soon, Pence tells AIPAC

Ben Sales March 5, 2018

(JTA) — Vice President Mike Pence said that unless the Iran deal is fixed in the “coming months,” the United States would withdraw from it.Pence made the promise, to cheers, during his address to the annual conference of the American Israel Public...

Rabbi David Paskin, kneeling third from left, and other rabbis protesting Donald Trump’s speech at AIPAC’s annual policy conference in Washington, D.C. on March 21. 

Florida rabbi loses job after Trump protest at AIPAC

By Ben Sales, JTA June 22, 2016

NEW YORK — A South Florida rabbi must leave his pulpit after his protest of Donald Trump’s speech at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference riled congregants.David Paskin, who serves as rabbi of the Conservative Temple Beth...

Yehuda Lancry, a former Israeli ambassador to French, spoke to French journalists in Marseille in June 2011 in a talk organized by the Israel Project.

Translating U.S. pro-Israel advocacy for Jewish communities abroad—and taking care about context

By Ron Kampeas, JTA March 25, 2012

WASHINGTON—It takes more than a translator to translate American-style pro-Israel activism for foreign audiences. Nearly a decade after an effort by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee to replicate its model overseas collapsed in acrimony,...

President Barack Obama addresses the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. on Mar. 4, 2012.

AIPAC 2012: Partisan fireworks, a hero’s welcome, Gingrich goes panel-less

By Ron Kampeas, JTA March 6, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The American Israel Public Affairs Committee likes to promote an image of bipartisan bonhomie at its annual policy conference. But that’s not always easy, especially in a presidential election year and with partisan passions running high...

Hacker group Anonymous threatens cyber war against AIPAC

JTA March 6, 2012

The international hacker group Anonymous threatened to launch a cyber war against AIPAC. In a video released Sunday on YouTube -- the same day that the American Israel Political Action Committee opened its well-attended annual policy conference -- Anonymous...

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