Daily Kickoff: Blinken at AIPAC + Rep. Lawler’s Mideast approach
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by JI Staff
11h ago
Good Monday morning! In today’s Daily Kickoff, we talk to Rep. Mike Lawler (R-NY) about his approach to the Middle East, and report on a call from the head of the American Foreign Service Association for Foggy Bottom to oust a white supremacist blogger. Also in today’s Daily Kickoff: Sarah Wildman, Jason Greenblatt and Sam Altman. Secretary of State Tony Blinken will address AIPAC this morning in Washington, a day before heading to Saudi Arabia for a series of high-level meetings, including a ministerial meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council member ..read more
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Bipartisan group of lawmakers urge expanding Abraham Accords into Africa
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by Marc Rod
11h ago
The Abraham Accords could form a central part of the U.S. strategy toward Africa and “a new path to advance peace and stability in Africa,” a bipartisan group of 29 lawmakers suggested in a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken last week. The lawmakers urged the administration to work to facilitate further normalization between Israel and African nations, and “seize the opportunity to integrate and expand the successes of the Abraham Accords into our broader Africa strategy” as “a vital tool to advance our support for long-term regional, economic, and strategic interests in Africa.” Led ..read more
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U.S. diplomat with antisemitic, racist blog ‘cannot continue to serve’: Foreign Service union president
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by Gabby Deutch
11h ago
The president of the Foreign Service union called last week for the firing of Fritz Berggren, an American Foreign Service officer who publishes a racist and antisemitic blog that promotes white nationalism. “There has to be an understanding that someone like this cannot continue to serve the United States in an official capacity,” Ambassador Eric Rubin, a senior career diplomat who is the president of the American Foreign Service Association and previously served as U.S. ambassador to Bulgaria, told Jewish Insider in an interview.   Berggren, who has worked with Afghan immigrants an ..read more
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Lawler centers Abraham Accords in approach to Middle East, antisemitism
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by Marc Rod
11h ago
In his first six months on Capitol Hill, freshman Rep. Mike Lawler (R-NY) has established himself as a lawmaker to watch on Israel and antisemitism policy. In just the past week, Lawler has spearheaded pieces of legislation that aim to clamp down on antisemitism on college campuses — a response to a recent incident at the City University of New York — and expand oil sanctions on Iran. The first-term congressman’s district is among the most Jewish in the country, with a significant population of conservative-leaning Orthodox Jews who helped propel Lawler to an underdog win in November aga ..read more
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Daily Kickoff: The White House’s CUNY test + Israeli MKs in NYC
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by JI Staff
3d ago
Good Friday morning! In today’s Daily Kickoff, we look at how last month’s CUNY Law School commencement speech will test the Biden administration’s recently released strategy to combat antisemitism, and report on new bipartisan legislation that calls for additional penalties on those who assist Iran in evading existing U.S. sanctions. Also in today’s Daily Kickoff: Shai Gal, Mark Esper, Evelyn Farkas and Dr. Ruth. For less-distracted reading over the weekend, browse this week’s edition of The Weekly Print, a curated print-friendly PDF featuring a sele ..read more
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Israeli filmmaker takes a plunge into the ‘toxic family pool’
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by Ruth Eglash
4d ago
There are not too many people who talk openly about the flaws in their parents’ relationship, and there are even fewer who would actually go out and capture that dysfunction on film to share with the world.  Yet that is exactly what Israeli filmmaker Shai Gal, a well-known journalist and soon-to-be reality TV star himself, has done in his recently debuted documentary, “End of Love Season,” an intimate look at the breakdown of his parents’ marriage after four children and more than five decades together. “It’s funny because a lot of people are telling me that I’m brave,” Gal, who has spen ..read more
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Senate leadership floats potential supplemental defense funding amid GOP debt limit concerns
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by Marc Rod
4d ago
The debt ceiling deal between House Republicans and President Joe Biden passed the Senate late Thursday evening by a 63-36 vote, after Senate Republican defense hawks secured an agreement from Senate leaders to consider pursuing a supplemental appropriations bill to increase defense funding.  Half a dozen GOP hawks had taken to the Senate floor Thursday afternoon to lambast the debt ceiling deal, arguing that it did not provide a sufficient funding increase for the Pentagon. The deal sets 2024 defense spending at $886 billion, 3% more than the 2023 funding level and in line with the admi ..read more
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Biden’s antisemitism strategy faces early test amid CUNY controversy
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by Matthew Kassel
4d ago
Just a week after the Biden administration unveiled a sweeping national strategy for combating antisemitism, its proposed plan for handling alleged incidents of anti-Jewish prejudice on college campuses is facing a key early test. The City University of New York drew an outcry this week when its law school released video of an incendiary address in which a student-selected speaker, Fatima Mohammed, accused Israel of “indiscriminate” killings and called for a “fight against capitalism, racism, imperialism and Zionism around the world.” Mohammed also claimed that CUNY was “committed to its dono ..read more
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Lawler, Moskowitz introduce sanctions targeting Iranian oil exports
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by Marc Rod
4d ago
Amid concerns about Iran’s increasing sales of oil abroad, Reps. Mike Lawler (R-NY) and Jared Moskowitz (D-FL) introduced legislation yesterday to impose new sanctions targeting those who assist the Iranian regime in ducking U.S. sanctions, Jewish Insider has learned. Iranian oil sales have surged in recent months; earlier this year sales hit record highs since the reimposition of U.S. sanctions in 2018. The oil sales are a major income source for the regime, helping to fund activities including terrorism and nuclear and ballistic weapon development. The “Stop Harboring Iranian Petroleum Act ..read more
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Daily Kickoff: How Neera Tanden will implement the WH antisemitism strategy
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by JI Staff
4d ago
Good Thursday morning! In today’s Daily Kickoff, we look at Neera Tanden’s new role implementing the White House’s strategy to combat antisemitism, and host a roundtable with Jewish community officials on the ins and outs of the strategy’s language. Also in today’s Daily Kickoff: Barbara Leaf, Bobby Kotick and Sarah Silverman. The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations will hold a convening on antisemitism today in New York for some 100 Jewish communal leaders from national organizations. The daylong gathering will open with a ..read more
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