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Pandemic Strips Some Israeli Citizens Living Abroad of Their Right to Vote

Louis Fishman, a professor at Brooklyn College, usually splits his time between New York City, Tel Aviv and Istanbul. Since the beginning of the pandemic, he has been mainly staying in the U.S. but did travel to Istanbul and Israel, where his daughter is currently in school.  When visiting Israel in August 2020, Fishman had to quarantine upon arrival. “I had to go to a two-week hotel, big corona motel, basically,” he says, although the quarantine restrictions weren’t top notch. “Everyone was leaving their rooms, and we were all hanging out and together,” said Fishman. When one of his fellow travelers tested positive for coronavirus, anyone that had been in contact with them got sentenced to another two weeks in the hotel. Just a couple of months later, Israel closed the Ben Gurion Airport on January 25....

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Jews in the Middle: Who Are the Jewish Independent Voters?

Politics & Power will now be published every other week. Sign up for our newsletter to stay in the know! 1. The Jewish vote is in. Again.  So much has happened since Americans went to the polls four months ago, and quite frankly, no one misses the days leading up to the election. But let’s try to take just one more look at the eternal question bewildering the Jewish world ever since: How did the Jews vote? The issue was discussed, argued and debated back in November, with the same decades-old storyline. Yes, Jewish Americans once again voted overwhelmingly for the Democrats, but was there a shift in voting trends? Professional Jewish Democrats and Republicans will continue debating this question until the cows come home (or at least until their donors agree that results trend in a way that...

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Florida: A Jewish Battleground State?

For Donald Trump, the road to reelection—his only viable path, experts say—runs through Florida, with its crucial 29 electoral votes. That’s why, between Labor Day and Election Day, the Republican campaign plans to spend $32 million of the $95 million TV campaign budget in Florida. As the GOP ad buy acknowledges, without the Sunshine State, Trump is a one-term president. 

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