Gabrielle Giffords

Hall of Infamy: Pat Buchanan

January 13, 2011

"Frankly I thought it was an excellent statement.

"That of course refers to the libel that was used in the Middle Ages, charges against Jews that were utterly unsupportable slanders and I think she's using it in that context."


President Obama pays tribute to Arizona victims

By Jennifer Lipman, January 13, 2011
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President Barack Obama addresses the United States in the wake of the shooting spree in Arizona that left six people dead.

Referring to Gabrielle Giffords, the Jewish Congresswoman who is in intensive care following the attack, he said: "Gabby opened her eyes and I can tell you she knows we are here.

"She knows we love her and she knows we are rooting for her."


Arizona shooting: Sarah Palin accuses media of 'blood libel'

By Jennifer Lipman, January 12, 2011

Sarah Palin has accused her critics of “a blood libel” in their coverage of her controversial statements last year, about a Jewish congresswoman who was shot and severely injured in Tucson on Saturday.

Speaking in an online video broadcast, Mrs Palin said: "Especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence that they purport to condemn.

“That is reprehensible.”


ADL: Antisemitism not motive in Arizona attack

By Jennifer Lipman, January 12, 2011

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has dismissed speculation that the alleged Arizona gunman Jared Loughner was motivated by antisemitic or extremist views.

In the wake of the shooting a memo from the US Department of Homeland Security suggested a possible connection between the extremist organisation American Renaissance and the fact that one of the people targeted was Arizona’s first Jewish Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords.


Loughner lawyer represented extremist anti-Jewish gunman

By Jennifer Lipman, January 11, 2011

The lawyer for the man in court over the shooting of a Jewish Congresswoman and killing of six others in Arizona previously defended a white supremacist who attacked a California Jewish centre in 1999.

Jared Loughner, 22, appeared in court yesterday for the attack on Gabrielle Giffords as she spoke at a political event in Tucson.

He was represented by Judy Clarke, a lawyer known for defending notorious clients including the "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski, and for securing life sentences rather than the death penalty for several high-profile clients.


Arizona shooter Jared Loughner could face death penalty

By Jennifer Lipman, January 11, 2011

The 22-year-old man accused of attempting to assassinate a Jewish US congresswoman from Arizona and of killing six others has appeared in court.

Jared Loughner was in a Phoenix court yesterday, two days after he allegedly rampaged through a supermarket as Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords met constituents at a routine political event.

He was told by the judge that he could face either life behind bars, or the death penalty, for the shooting spree, which also left 14 people injured.


Hall of Fame: Gabrielle Giffords

January 10, 2011

"If you want something done, your best bet is to ask a Jewish woman to do it.

"Jewish women - by our tradition and by the way we were raised - have an ability to cut through all the reasons why something should, shouldn’t or can’t be done, and pull people together to be successful."


Arizona shooter Jared Loughner thought to have antisemitic links

By Jennifer Lipman, January 10, 2011

The US authorities are understood to be exploring whether the shooting of a Jewish congresswoman in Arizona was motivated by the gunman’s links to an extremist group.

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has noted both that the Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords, is Jewish and that her shooter may have been involved with an allegedly antisemitic group.

Ms Giffords, Arizona’s first Jewish representative and a former member of the regional board of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), is still in hospital in intensive care following the rampage on Saturday at a political event.


Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords critical as suspect Loughner appears in court

By Jennifer Lipman, January 10, 2011

Doctors for the Jewish congresswoman critically wounded during a shooting rampage at an Arizona supermarket have said there are signs she could recover.

Six people were killed, including her political aide Gabe Zimmerman, and 13 others injured in the attack on Saturday in Tuscon.

The man suspected of being behind the shooting spree, Jared Loughner, will appear in court today on several charges including attempting to assassinate Gabrielle Giffords.