Clinton campaign taps veteran Jewish community campaigner as outreach director

The Hillary Clinton presidential campaign named a veteran campaigner for Democrats with strong ties to the organized Jewish community as its Jewish outreach director. Sarah Bard, 35, served on Clinton’s unsuccessful 2008 campaign and then switched to President Barack Obama’s campaign when he won the nomination. She led the Jewish Leadership Council during Obama’s 2012 reelection… Read More

In his final State of the Union, Obama pleads for multilateralism

President Barack Obama called on the United States to sustain a foreign policy that emphasized multilateralism after his presidency ends. Obama devoted a significant chunk of his final State of the Union speech Tuesday night to defending his insistence throughout his presidency on building alliances, although he said that he has been ready to go… Read More

Treasury Dept. sanctions Hezbollah financier

For the first time since the passage of the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015, a financier of the terrorist organization and his company have been sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department. All U.S.-based assets of Ali Youssef Charara and Spectrum Investment Group Holding SAL, a telecommunications company Charara chairs, have been frozen as… Read More

Congressional resolutions introduced affirming states’ right to sanction Iran

Three senators introduced a resolution on Tuesday reaffirming congressional support for continued sanctions against Iran by state and local governments. Sens. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and presidential candidate Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced S. Con. Res. 26 which affirms section 202 of the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act of 2010 that authorizes… Read More

Conservative commentator takes credit for posters placed on area college campuses

David Horowitz, chairman and founder of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, took credit for posters placed on two local college campuses that were deemed Islamophobic by one university Hillel. Last month, graphic posters decrying the activities of Students for Justice in Palestine and the Muslim Student Association were placed on the campuses of The George… Read More

Congress condemns Palestinian incitement, terror attacks

The Senate passed a resolution expressing support of the Jewish state and condemned Palestinian terror attacks. Senate Resolution 302 passed by unanimous consent on Nov. 10. The resolution, introduced by by Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), condemned in the “harshest terms possible,” attacks that had at the time left 11 Israelis dead… Read More

Maryland delegation, minus one, signs letter condemning Palestinian violence

Seven of the eight members of Maryland’s delegation to the House of Representatives affixed their signatures to a letter to Mahmoud Abbas, calling on the Palestinian Authority president to end incitement to violence. The letter spearheaded by Reps. Edward Royce (R-Calif.) and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) warned Abbas that the “escalating violence — including stabbings, shootings… Read More

Jewish institutional activities grind to halt in grieving Paris

PARIS — Institutional Jewish activities ground to halt in Paris for safety reasons and out of respect for the 129 people who died in several terrorist attacks that rocked the French capital on Friday. Among the events cancelled was a protest rally that CRIF, the umbrella group of French Jewish communities, had planned for Sunday… Read More

Netanyahu issues plea for communal unity

A hoarse Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told thousands of Jewish community representatives at the Washington Hilton Tuesday that disagreements over issues as divisive as the recent nuclear deal with Iran should not undermine either communal unity or the Israeli-American alliance. “Maintaining the unity of our people is of paramount importance,” Netanyahu said at the… Read More