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Jewish caucus in Congress shrinks

Jewish caucus in Congress shrinks

WASHINGTON — From 31 in 2009 to a likely 19 in January, the unofficial Jewish caucus in the US House of Representatives is shrinking fast.

Jewish lawmakers have traditionally been the first stop for Jewish lobbyists seeking inroads for their issues, including Israel, the social safety net, and keeping church and state separate.

Fewer Jewish lawmakers means the community could lose influence in areas where its voice has been preeminent.

“The Jewish community is going to have to work harder,” said one veteran official who has worked both as a professional in the Jewish community and a staffer for a Jewish lawmaker.

The 31 figure was the highest Jewish representation ever in the House, matched only in the early 1990s.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 September 2014 10:55 )

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International

Merkel: Fight anti-Semitism!

Merkel: Fight anti-Semitism!BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany called for civic action to fight anti-Semitism following a wave of incidents this summer in her country. Merkel, speaking Sept. 6 on her weekly podcast on the Internet, urged the public to attend a national rally Sept. 14 at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate under the banner of “Stand up! Say no to anti-Semitism.” “I will personally do everything I can, as will my entire government, to ensure that anti-Semitism doesn’t have a chance in our count...
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Israel

Israel takes 900 acres in West Bank

Israel takes 900 acres in West BankTEL AVIV — In the days after the war in Gaza concluded, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to bear left. He spoke of a “possible diplomatic horizon” for Israel on Aug. 27 and suggested a return to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Reports emerged that Netanyahu had met secretly in Amman with PA President Mahmoud Abbas. But on Sunday, Aug. 31, he took a sharp right turn, taking nearly 1,000 acres in the West Bank as state land near the Etzion settlement bloc. The move is a...
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International

Jews, Muslims issue joint statement for peace

LONDON — Jewish and Muslim leaders in the United Kingdom issued a joint statement, calling for peace in the Middle East and “constructive dialogue” between the two groups in Britain. “In spite of the situation in the Middle East, we must continue to work hard for good community relations in the UK. We must not import conflict. We must export peace instead,” read the statement issued last week by the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Muslim Council of Britain. Called “unprec...
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Henry Waxman’s retirement ends era in L.A. Jewish politics

Henry Waxman’s retirement ends era in L.A. Jewish politicsLOS ANGELES — When Rep. Henry Waxman, who will turn 75 in September, retires at the end of this year after 46 years in elected office, it will mark more than just the end of a storied career as one of the most prolific lawmakers in Congress. It will also draw the curtain on a generation of Jewish politicians in Los Angeles. In 2012, Waxman’s longtime friend and ally Rep. Howard Berman lost his reelection battle to fellow Rep. Brad Sherman after redistricting left them competing for the sam...
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