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Ron Kampeas, JTA
Ron Kampeas, JTA

Rabbi Abraham Cooper testifies at the Nov. 7 House Judiciary Committee hearing.

Congress debates definition of anti-Semitism

WASHINGTON — Jewish and pro-Israel leaders exchanged heated remarks at a congressional hearing on how to define anti-Semitism. The Nov. 7 hearing of the House...

Saudi Arabia's Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman, center, at a meeting with US Defense Secretary James Mattis on April 19, 2017 in Riyadh. (Jonathan Ernst/Getty)

What’s the hullabaloo in Saudi Arabia?

WASHINGTON — What is MBS? Why did Lebanon’s prime minister resign — and why in Saudi Arabia? What’s PA President Mahmoud Abbas doing in Saudi Arabia? Where is...

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signing his state's anti-BDS bill at a Jewish community center in Austin, May 2, 2017.

Anti-BDS laws — buzz saw

WASHINGTON — On May 2, Israel’s Independence Day, Texas state Rep. Phil King stood smiling as Gov. Greg Abbott signed King’s bill banning the state from doing...

Three 'Dreamers' originally from Ecuador gather for a protest in Grand Army Plaza in Manhattan, Sept. 5. (Drew Angerer/Getty)

Jewish organizations decry DACA move

WASHINGTON — An array of Jewish groups and lawmakers attacked President Donald Trump’s decision to end an Obama-era program granting protections to illegal im-...

Michael Signer speaks on Meet the Press, Aug. 14, 2017.

Charlottesville’s Jewish mayor

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Michael Signer, the Jewish mayor of Charlottesville, has one thing in common with the white supremacists who descended on his southern Virginia...

Gary Wasserman, left, with students on the Georgetown campus in Qatar, 2012.

Jewish professor at Catholic school in Qatar

WASHINGTON — Near the end of his first year teaching American studies at the Georgetown University campus in Qatar, Gary Wasserman introduced a dozen Israelis to a...

Benjamin Netanyahu and Indian PM Narendra Modi visit the water desalination plant at Olga beach, July 6. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

What’s the magic in the Israel-India relationship?

WASHINGTON — Barefoot walks on the beach, warm hugs, lots of mutual admiration, hesitant attempts to speak each other’s language. And giggles. The bromance between...

Donald Trump with Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty)

Arab nations cut ties with Qatar

WASHINGTON — Five Arab nations cut ties with Qatar on Monday, June 5, escalating a long-simmering competition for preeminence in the region into actions that could set...

Israeli soldiers approaching the Dome on the Rock in Jerusalem, June 7, 1967. (Newsmakers/Getty)

Six days . . . five things

JERUSALEM — The three paratroopers casting eyes upward at the Western Wall. The troops reveling in the waters of the Suez Canal. The sweeping views of a Galilee no...

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania meet with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, third from left, in Riyadh, May 21. (Bandar Algaloud/Saudi Royal Council/Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty)

Saudi arms deal: Why Congress, Israel are OK with it

WASHINGTON — The year was 1981 and the director of AIPAC was calling for a “showdown” with the Reagan administration, saying “This country is being held hostage...