United States

Good luck, Newt Gingrich. You'll need it

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, December 15, 2011

President Newt Gingrich will not be inclined to favour the demands of an invented people, as he defined the Palestinians in recent remarks.

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US politicians urge Dutch to block 'unfair' kosher meat ban

By Jennifer Lipman, December 13, 2011

A group of leading US congressmen and women from both the Republican and Democratic parties have launched an appeal to the Dutch Senate to block legislation that would ban kosher slaughter of animals.

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Ad enough: campaign to bring Jews home cancelled by Israel

By Nathalie Rothschild, December 8, 2011

Israeli prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered the cancellation of an advertising campaign aimed at encouraging Israeli expatriates in the United States to return home.

Sponsored by Israel's Immigration and Absorption Ministry, the campaign warned Israelis that they may become assimilated and lose touch with their Jewish roots.

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US ambassador accused of 'downplaying' antisemitism

By Nathalie Rothschild, December 8, 2011

Leading Republicans and Jewish groups are calling for the dismissal of the US ambassador to Belgium following his remarks on antisemitism.

In a speech to a conference organised by the European Jewish Union (EJU) in Brussels last week, Howard Gutman said that Muslim antisemitism in Europe "would clearly abate" if a lasting peace were achieved in the Middle East.

Mr Gutman made a distinction b

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Obama's man comes up with the default BBC line

By Robin Shepherd, December 8, 2011

The Obama administration has long been viewed with suspicion by Israel's supporters, but outbursts from two of the president's senior associates earlier this month have caused one of the biggest storms on matters Jewish since he took office.

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Billionaire Adelson backs Yad Vashem

By Jennifer Lipman, December 7, 2011

Israel's Holocaust museum has received a massive boost this week thanks to a donation from one of America's richest men.

Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson pledged to give Yad Vashem almost £16 million to support its International School for Holocaust Studies, matching the amount he gave to it in 2006.

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Republicans in Washington to woo Jewish voters

By Jennifer Lipman, December 7, 2011

Republican candidates will be vying for the attention of Jewish voters at a panel session today.

Although the Democratic Party has traditionally enjoyed the backing of much of the Jewish community, the Republicans are hoping that disillusion with President Obama will help secure new voters next November.

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Banker convicted for stalking former lover

By Jennifer Lipman, December 6, 2011

An employee of JP Morgan pretended to be a Mossad agent as part of a ploy to win back his former girlfriend and colleague.

The year-long affair between US bankers Daniela Rausnitz and David Gray, who was married at the time, came to a head yesterday at West London Magistrates' court. Mr Gray, 28, was convicted of harassing her after the couple broke up.

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Envoy blames Muslim antisemitism on Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, December 5, 2011

The US ambassador to Belgium has had his remarks condemned by the Obama administration after he suggested that Muslim antisemitism occurred because of Israel's actions.

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Holocaust survivors could sue insurers for £12bn

By Jessica Elgot, November 16, 2011

US Holocaust survivors could sue European insurance companies for around £12bn in illegally confiscated life insurance in Nazi Europe.

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