Israel must compensate family of Polish aid worker, PM says

Israel should apologize and pay compensation to the family of a Polish national who was among seven aid workers killed in an airstrike in Gaza, Poland’s prime minister and the president said on Thursday. Citizens from Australia, Britain, and Poland were among seven people working for celebrity chef Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen who were killed […]

Eight Dem. senators urge Biden to suspend military aid to Israel, citing US law

NEW YORK – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s interference in US humanitarian operations in Gaza violates the Humanitarian Aid Corridor Act, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and other Democratic lawmakers claim in a letter sent to President Joe Biden on Monday. A statement on Sanders’ website said the law bars military assistance to any country when […]

Biden sends firm message to Jerusalem on Gaza aid in State of the Union address

President Joe Biden formally announced the US military would establish a temporary pier off the Gaza coast during his State of the Union address on Thursday night, sending strong messages to both Israel and Democrats who have taken to the streets and ballot boxes demanding a ceasefire and crucial aid for Palestinians.  “This crisis […]

Theater charity Broadway Cares funds Gaza aid and now relief for Israelis too

The philanthropic organization Broadway Cares said it would allocate funds to Israeli civilians in need after a New York rabbi filed a complaint against the theater charity for contributing to Gaza relief efforts. In a statement to the New York Jewish Week, the nonprofit also acknowledged that it had “created confusion among our valued […]

White House National Security Adviser pleads with House Republicans to move on aid bill

Republican US House of Representatives Speaker Mike Johnson indicated again on Wednesday he has no immediate plans to allow the chamber to vote on a $95 billion package of international security assistance for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan. “We’re not going to be forced into action by the Senate,” Johnson said at House leaders’ weekly […]

Black church bishops call on US to halt aid to Israel amid ‘genocide’

The Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church has called on the United States “to immediately withdraw all funding and support from Israel,” calling Israel’s fight against Hamas in Gaza a “mass genocide.” The statement, released Thursday, came shortly after Israel entered the southern Gaza city of Rafah, where more than […]

Progressive members of US Senate concerned over Israel aid bill

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) voted for the Senate supplemental defense bill, despite not agreeing with all of its provisions relating to Israel.   In a statement, Van Hollen said he was disappointed the bill included a blanket ban on any funds going to UNRWA. Van Hollen introduced an amendment which would allow UNRWA […]

Israel aid debate reveals differences among Jewish groups on immigration

As Congress debates various bills that would send emergency military aid to Israel, Jewish groups across the political spectrum have advocated for their passage.  But the push for aid ended up dividing those groups on another issue that often animates Jewish activism: immigration reform. Legacy Jewish groups parted ways over whether a compromise bill […]

US Senate advances $95 b. Ukraine, Israel aid bill

A $95.34 billion bill that includes aid for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, was set to advance in the US Senate on Thursday after Republicans blocked compromise legislation that also included a long-sought overhaul of immigration policy. As voting continued, senators backed a procedural motion by 62 to 28, exceeding the 60-vote threshold to advance […]