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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

House, Senate agree on enhanced Iran sanctions

JTA REPORTPublished July 31, 2012

WASHINGTON — Congressional negotiators have settled on a bill enhancing Iran sanctions.“This bipartisan, bicameral Iran sanctions legislation strengthens current U.S. law by leaps and bounds,” Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the chairwoman of...

Rabbi Arthur Schneier, left, meets with U.S. subcontractor Alan Gross in the Havana prison facility where Gross is being held, March 6, 2012.

Gross advocates press for consideration of some Cuban Five demands

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished May 21, 2012

WASHINGTON — Advocates for Alan Gross say talk of a trade with the “Cuban Five” is a non-starter, but acknowledge hopes that the Obama administration will consider lower-level concessions for the five Cuban spies in exchange for Cuban considerations...

House rejects Iran ‘containment’

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished May 15, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution that rejects containment of a nuclear Iran. The non-binding resolution that passed Tuesday evening "strongly supports United States policy to prevent the government of Iran from acquiring...

Lawmakers introduce legislation to further assist Iron Dome

JTA REPORTPublished March 21, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Key congressional leaders introduced legislation that would provide further assistance to the Israeli Iron Dome anti-missile defense system. The Iron Dome Support Act was introduced by U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member...

President Barack Obama

Lawmakers query Obama officials on P.A. funding, statehood push

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished March 20, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Top Obama administration officials faced tough questions from lawmakers on funding for the Palestinian Authority and its efforts to seek statehood recognition. During a hearing Tuesday of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Ileana...

Berman, Ros-Lehtinen seek loan guarantees extension for Israel

JTAPublished March 16, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee introduced legislation that would extend a program providing loan guarantees to the State of Israel.  Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Ranking Member Howard...

House committee backs visa bill for Israeli investors

JTAPublished February 28, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The House Judiciary Committee approved legislation that would add Israel to the list of countries eligible for non-immigrant investor visas in the United States. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) and approved Tuesday...

Obama administration to seek waiver on UNESCO funding ban

By Ron KampeasPublished February 15, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration formally announced its intention to ask Congress to waive a ban on funding UNESCO over its recognition of Palestinian statehood. "The Department of State intends to work with Congress to seek legislation that would...

Protesters in the aftermath of deadly riots march in Cairo on
Feb. 3 2012. The increasing chaos in Egypt, including the recent
arrest of U.S. democracy activists, has raised questions about how
it factors into U.S. and Israel security considerations in the

Threats to cut Egypt assistance could impact Israel, U.S. influence in Mideast

By Ron KampeasPublished February 12, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The future of a key pillar of Israeli security could rest with the fate of a few dozen pro-democracy activists in Egypt. After Egyptian authorities filed charges on Feb. 6 against 43 American and other foreign pro-democracy activists who...

Berman moves to grant investor visas to Israelis

JTAPublished February 9, 2012

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Howard Berman introduced legislation that would allow eligible Israeli nationals to receive non-immigrant investor visas in the United States. The legislation introduced Thursday would grant Israelis the ability to acquire the...

Calls grow in Congress to reconsider Egypt aid

JTAPublished February 8, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Calls are growing in Congress to reconsider U.S. aid to Egypt. Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), the chairwoman of the foreign operations subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee, said Tuesday that a recent...

President Barack Obama

Obama pledges to combat denial on Holocaust commemoration day

JTAPublished January 27, 2012

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama pledged to combat Holocaust denial in a message marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In his message, Obama said the United States would "pledge to speak truth to those who deny the Holocaust." "As we celebrate...

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