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Michigan student claims staple attack was antisemitic

By Anna Sheinman, August 29, 2012

A student at Michigan State University woke up to find a staple attached to his gums after what he claimed was an antisemitic attack.

Second-year journalism student Zachary Tennen was assaulted at a party in the early hours of Sunday morning, allegedly after replying in the affirmative when asked if he was Jewish.


Adelson backs campaign of Kosher Jesus rabbi

By Jennifer Lipman, August 21, 2012

The man hoping to become the first Orthodox rabbi to hold a Congressional seat is being backed by one of the Republican Party's most powerful financial supporters.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the former chaplain of Oxford University, is hoping to win a typically Democrat-held seat in New Jersey at November's elections.


Assault claim at Jewish youth camp

By Sandy Rashty, August 15, 2012

Police in New York are investigating an allegation of sexual abuse at an Orthodox Jewish youth camp.

Camp Shalva in South Fallsburg, for 12-14 year old boys, is reportedly being investigated after a man allegedly entered the dormitories and molested several campers.

Reports say that CCTV cameras at the camp caught an intruder entering the boys' sleeping quarters.


Romney running mate Paul Ryan committed to Israel's security

By Jennifer Lipman, August 13, 2012

The man picked to run for the White House alongside Republican hopeful Mitt Romney has stated that the US has "no better friend in the Middle East than the nation of Israel".

Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin congressman named as Mr Romney's running mate, is a committed Catholic and considered to have solidly conservative views.


Arizona shooter Loughner facing life behind bars

By Jennifer Lipman, August 8, 2012

The killer of six people in a gun attack in Tuscon, Arizona, last year, has pleaded guilty.

Jared Loughner's rampage in January 2011 also left 13 people with injuries and effectively ended the career of Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. She was shot in the head but has since made a recovery deemed extraordinary in medical terms.


Support for Sikhs after temple 'hate crime'

By Jennifer Lipman, August 7, 2012

Jewish groups have offered messages of condolence and called for interfaith understanding in the wake of the fatal attack on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

Six people were left dead after a man, identified by investigators as a known white supremacist, went on a shooting spree on Sunday afternoon.


Mindy Meyer - the diva who aims to be a New York state senator

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2012

She’s 22, Orthodox, sports a sun tan, speaks with a nasal New York accent, and has a sparkly, shocking-pink campaign website — and she is hoping to become an elected representative in Brooklyn.


Aurora Dark Night shooter worked at Jewish summer camp

By Jamie Michaels, July 23, 2012

The gunman alleged to have killed 12 people in a cinema in Aurora, Colorado, worked as a counselor at a Jewish-run camp in California, just four years ago.


Hillary Clinton's last tour of the Middle East

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 19, 2012

American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s farewell visit to the Middle East this week highlighted the reduced influence the super-power now holds over the region, as well as the concerns of Israel and Egypt.

Despite her efforts, Mrs Clinton failed to set up any form of direct contact between the Israeli government and Egypt’s new Muslim Brotherhood-dominated regime.


Democrats withdraw complaints against Sheldon Adelson

By Ted Merwin, July 19, 2012

In the wake of complaints by law professor Alan Dershowitz and others, the National Jewish Democratic Council has abruptly withdrawn a petition calling on Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to refuse “tainted money” from the world’s 16th richest man, Sheldon Adelson.