Secretary Kerry Condemns Terrorism, Mourns Ezra Schwartz

Secretary of State John Kerry, in press remarks ahead of a Tuesday meeting in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, condemned acts of terror and said Israel “has every right to defend itself.” He also said his prayers and thoughts were with those who had been murdered or wounded in terrorist attacks in Israel and with their families. Kerry mentioned in particular that he had spoken with the family of Erza Schwartz, an 18-year-old American murdered in the West Bank last week.

Jewish Dems to Trump: No Special IDs for Muslims in the US

In an interview with Yahoo! News, leading GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump wouldn’t rule out an interviewer’s suggestion that the level of surveillance Trump has suggested for Muslims in the United States “would require registering Muslims in a database or giving them a form of special identification that noted their religion.” In fact, Trump said, “We’re going to have to look at the mosques. We’re going to have to look very, very carefully.” Greg Rosenbaum, Chair of the National Jewish Democratic Council, issued the following statement in response to Trump’s remarks.

Rubio Must Stop Using Holocaust Rhetoric

Senator Marco Rubio, in an appearance on ABC’s This Week equated Secretary Hillary Clinton’s distinction that we are “at war with jihadists” and not all Muslims, to“saying we weren't at war with the Nazis, because we were afraid to offend some Germans who may have been members of the Nazi Party, but weren't violent themselves.”

GOP Must Condemn Bachmann’s Call to Convert as Many Jews to Christianity as Possible

Michelle Bachmann, the former congresswoman from Minnesota who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, was in Israel last week on a tour organized by the Christian conservative group Family Research Council. Late in the week, on a FRC radio program, Bachmann discussed the meaning of the recent intensification of violence in Israel and the West Bank. Her driving message: it’s more urgent than ever to convert as many Jews as possible to Christianity.

Jews Continue Liberal Trends

American Jews continue to identify as liberal and more strongly than other Americans support gays, abortion rights, environmental regulations, women in the workforce and immigrants, according to a new Pew Research Center survey on American religion released this week. A majority of Jews — 65 percent, compared with 50 percent of all Americans — also believes that government aid to the poor does more good than harm.