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Rick Santorum's Jewish student days

By Jennifer Lipman, January 6, 2012

A devout Catholic running for the Republican nomination might be an unlikely candidate for membership of a Jewish club.

But Rick Santorum, the latest presidential hopeful to surge in the polls, was apparently once part of a Jewish fraternity.

According to its website, as noticed by Tablet magazine, he was part of the Penn State university chapter of the Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity.

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Republican leader on why Jews back Democrats

By Jennifer Lipman, January 3, 2012

As Republican voters in Iowa take the first steps towards choosing the party's next presidential candidate, the only Jewish Republican in Congress has expressed dismay at the Jewish community's voting habits.

Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor, the most senior Jewish politician in US history, told CBS that the Jewish tendency to support the Democratic Party was the bane of his existence.

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Ron Paul's anti-Israel views revealed by ex-aide

By Jennifer Lipman, December 28, 2011

Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul has been facing criticism after a former staffer revealed the depth of his anti-Israel attitudes.

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Republican leader: Obama must do more on Arab antisemitism

By Jennifer Lipman, December 16, 2011

The most senior Jewish politician in US history has called on President Barack Obama to do more to challenge antisemitic attitudes amongst leaders in the Middle East.

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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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