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St. Louis Jewish Light

Sen. Chuck Schumer speaks at the AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C., March 25, 2019. (AIPAC)

At AIPAC, Republicans and Democrats spar on what defines anti-Semitism

Ron Kampeas March 26, 2019

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sen. Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, had heard one too many of his Republican colleagues talk about anti-Semitism on the left — and it appeared he had had enough.“It will always be wrong to use anti-Semitism as a political...

Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the annual AIPAC conference in Washington, March 25, 2019. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

AIPAC stands up to critics — but what it stands for is more elusive

Ron Kampeas March 25, 2019

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The American Israel Public Affairs Committee wants you to know it will not be silenced.“When they try to silence us, we speak up, and when they tell us to sit down, we stand up, we stand up,” Howard Kohr, the Israel lobby’s...

Benny Gantz: Western Wall can accommodate prayer for all Jewish streams

Ron Kampeas March 25, 2019

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Benny Gantz, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s main rival in elections next month, signaled that he would expand organized prayer access to the Western Wall for non-Orthodox streams.Gantz told the annual AIPAC policy conference...

Israeli ambassador warns against US returning to the Iran deal

Ron Kampeas March 25, 2019

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israel’s ambassador to Israel warned against “leaders” who would return the United States to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.Ron Dermer apparently was referring to Democratic presidential candidates who have said they would re-enter...

AIPAC names ‘female football fan’ entrepreneur next president

Ron Kampeas March 24, 2019

WASHINGTON (JTA) — AIPAC’s next president will be a woman who started a sports media business after she served as an intern for the lobby.Betsy Berns Korn, 51, now a vice president, was announced on Sunday as the board’s selection.As is the tradition,...

Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) 

At AIPAC, Democratic majority leader aims fire at Ilhan Omar

Ron Kampeas March 24, 2019

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives told AIPAC that Rep. Ilhan Omar, the freshman from Minnesota, was not representative of the Democrats when it comes to Israel.Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., in an address to the AIPAC...

Howard Kohr, the CEO of AIPAC, opens the groups policy conference in Washington, D.C., March 4, 2018. (Courtesy of AIPAC) 

Defiant AIPAC opens conference emphasizing diversity

Ron Kampeas March 24, 2019

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, under fire from the left in a way it has not been for years, opened its conference with an emphasis on political and identity diversity, but also took a defiant tone.As it has in previous...

Howard Kohr, the CEO of AIPAC, speaks at the group’s policy conference in Washington, D.C., March 4, 2018. (Courtesy of AIPAC)

4 things to watch at this year’s AIPAC conference

Ron Kampeas March 19, 2019

WASHINGTON (JTA) — At the AIPAC policy conference, the theme this year is “Connected for Good” — just as everything appears ready to fall apart.The pro-Israel lobby’s annual confab begins on Sunday following weeks of vituperative exchanges between...

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