United States

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.


Obama faces criticism for Netanyahu gaffe

By Jennifer Lipman, November 9, 2011

A Republican presidential hopeful has called on President Barack Obama to apologise for his recent comments about Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu.

It emerged yesterday that the President and France's Nicolas Sarkozy had expressed their dislike of Mr Netanyahu during what they believed to be a private conversation.


Tweeting congressman Weiner on US Jews top 50 list

By Jennifer Lipman, November 4, 2011

A Jewish-American newspaper has named a congressman who lost his seat following an online sex scandal as one of the 50 people who have made the most impact in US Jewish news this year.


Jews defend Occupy Wall Street from antisemitism claims

By Jennifer Lipman, November 2, 2011

The founder of the doveish Israel advocacy group J Street and the disgraced former governor of New York are among the signatories to a statement defending Occupy Wall Street from accusations that it is antisemitic.


Biden's daughter engaged to Jewish doctor

By Jennifer Lipman, November 2, 2011

Vice President Joe Biden's daughter is to follow in the footsteps of Chelsea Clinton and marry a Jewish man.

Ashley Biden, a social worker, is engaged to a doctor from Philadelphia, Howard Krein, who specialises in facial and reconstructive surgery and ear, nose and throat complaints.

The Biden family, who are Roman Catholic, said they were "thrilled" by the news.


Oprah Winfrey goes to the mikvah

October 28, 2011

Oprah Winfrey made quite a splash during her trip to New York this week when she dived head first into Jewish life by visiting a mikvah.

But the talk show host managed to stay dry during her tour of the Brooklyn Heights mikvah which she was visiting during the filming of her new show, "Oprah's Next Chapter."


Condoleezza Rice reveals Olmert peace offer

By Jennifer Lipman, October 24, 2011

The former US Secretary of State has recalled the day when Ehud Olmert made a bold offer to secure peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

According to Condoleezza Rice, in 2008 the then Israeli Prime Minister promised to give the Palestinians up to 94 per cent of the land they wanted.


Fantasy writer accused of Jewish dating fraud

By Jennifer Lipman, October 10, 2011

An American fantasy fiction author has been accused of defrauding millions of pounds from women he met on Jewish dating websites.

Mitchell Gross, the author of a book called "Circle of Lies", is alleged to have posed as a romantic interest in order to encourage at least two women to give him money.


Panetta gets peace pledge in Cairo

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 6, 2011

The Egyptian leadership this week promised the US Secretary of Defence, Leon Panetta, that there were no plans to change the peace treaty with Israel.

Mr Panetta's visit to Egypt on Tuesday came amid uncertainty regarding the future of Egypt's ties with Israel, following the violent attack on the Israeli embassy in Cairo last month.


Antisemitism still 'disturbing part' of US Jewish experience

By Jennifer Lipman, October 4, 2011

Antisemitic incidents in the United States were on the increase last year for the first time since 2004.

According to hate monitor the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), there was a slight rise in the number of reported assaults, vandalisms and cases of harassment against Jews last year, from 1,211 incidents in 2009 up to 1,239 incidents.