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Jeremy Ben-Ami on MSNBC with Chris Hayes, MSNBC
J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami’s interview with Chris Hayes about Trump’s appalling, antisemitic statement about American Jews and Israel.
Why Pro-Israel Lobby Group AIPAC Is Backing Election Deniers and Extremist Republicans, The Guardian
“Logan Bayroff, a spokesman for J Street, a group campaigning for Washington to take a stronger stand to end the occupation of Palestinian territories, accused Aipac of attempting to impose a narrow definition of what it is to be pro-Israel amid shifting views in Democratic ranks. “Their actions have made clear that they view pro-Israel, pro-peace progressive Democrats as threats – and Trumpist Republicans as allies. That worldview could not be more out of touch with the vast majority of American Jews,” he said. “Aipac may hope to silence and intimidate political leaders who believe that settlement expansion, endless conflict and permanent occupation are harmful to Israel, the Palestinian people and US interests. Ultimately, however, these common-sense views are too popular, widespread and important to be suppressed, and will continue to gain strength within American politics and among the American Jewish community.””
J Street Stands With Vast Majority of Jewish Americans Against Trump’s Hateful Threats, J Street
“J Street is appalled, though unsurprised, at former president Donald Trump’s new hateful social media rant against Jewish Americans. Not for the first time, Trump is accusing Jewish Americans of ingratitude for failing to appreciate his supposed contributions to the State of Israel.”
J Street Outlines Commitment to Jewish, Democratic Values This Election Season, Cleveland Jewish News
“J Street is appalled, though unsurprised, at former president Donald Trump’s new hateful social media rant against Jewish Americans. Not for the first time, Trump is accusing Jewish Americans of ingratitude for failing to appreciate his supposed contributions to the State of Israel. Not for the first time, he has asserted that the political preferences of Jewish Americans are (or should be) tied primarily to our views on Israel – relying on the antisemitic trope that Jews in the diaspora are expected to stand more with another country than with our own.”
3 Palestinians Killed by Israeli Troops in Separate Clashes, AP
Israel’s military carried out an arrest raid in a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank and killed two Palestinians in gun battles Friday, according to Palestinian reports. Later Friday, troops killed a Palestinian who carried out a shooting attack near a settlement, wounding an Israeli civilian, the army said.
White House Calls Trump’s Attack on American Jews Antisemitic, The Washington Post
The White House on Monday called Donald Trump’s attack on American Jews antisemitic after the former president wrote online that American Jews need to “get their act together” and show more appreciation for the state of Israel “before it is too late.” Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, speaking to reporters in Washington on Monday, said, “Donald Trump has aligned with extremist and antisemitic figures” and that comments like the ones he made Sunday on his social media platform TruthSocial “should be called out.”
Palestinian PM Makes Extremely Rare Visit to Jenin Refugee Camp, Visits Militants’ Mourning Families, Haaretz
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh made a rare visit to the Jenin refugee camp on Sunday evening to meet with Fatih Hazem, father of Raed Hazem, the Palestinian assailant behind the April attack on Tel Aviv’s busy Dizengoff Boulevard which killed four Israelis.
Australia Reverses Trump-Era Recognition of West Jerusalem As Capital of Israel, CNN
The Australian government has reversed a decision by its predecessor to recognize West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, prompting a rebuke from the Israeli government.
Palestinian Dies From Israeli Gunshot During West Bank Clash, AP
A man died early Sunday from a gunshot wound he suffered during confrontations with Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. It was the latest death connected to clashes during Israeli raids in the Palestinian territory, which the military says target wanted Palestinians involved in planning or taking part in recent attacks on Israelis.
Netanyahu Defends Trump: ‘He’s Not Antisemitic, He Has Jewish Family’, Haaretz
Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday defended former U.S. President Donald Trump days after he threatened American Jews in comments roundly condemned as antisemitic.
Unrest Grows in West Bank in Deadliest Year Since 2015, The New York Times
Patrick Kingsley reports, “Set against the backdrop of an Israeli election campaign, the unrest capped several days of violence in Israel and the occupied territories in which two Israeli soldiers were killed in Palestinian attacks and a total of four Palestinians were killed during Israeli raids.”