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Jewish mother matchmaking site launches

By Jennifer Lipman, January 19, 2011

The stereotype of the Jewish mother meddling in her children’s love-lives has moved one step closer to the truth.

A site allowing Jewish mothers to pick potential sons and daughters-in-law has launched in Kentucky in the United States.

TheJMom.com was set up by Danielle Weisberg and her brother Brad at the end of last year, after their mother Barbara got involved in his online dating search.

After Mrs Weisberg found ten potential partners for her son in two hours, the siblings decided the idea would be worth expanding.

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Joe Lieberman to quit ahead of difficult senate race

By Jennifer Lipman, January 19, 2011

One of the most senior Jewish politicians in the United States, and the only Jewish vice-presidential candidate in the history of the major parties, is expected to announce his departure from the Senate today.

Senator Joe Lieberman, who was first elected to represent Connecticut for the Democratic party in 1988 but left to run as an independent in 2006, will not contest a fifth election next year.

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Sarah Palin: critics spun my 'blood libel' remark

By Jennifer Lipman, January 18, 2011

Sarah Palin has defended the use of the term “blood libel” in a video address last week about the media reaction to the attempted assassination of a Jewish congresswoman in Tucson, Arizona.

She told a Fox News interviewer that those “on the left” criticising her for employing the phrase, which refers to an age-old slur accusing Jews of using Christian blood for ritual purposes, had deliberately spun her statement.

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Demand for Rupert Murdoch to remove Glenn Beck from Fox News

By Jennifer Lipman, January 17, 2011

More than 10,000 people have signed an American Jewish organisation’s petition calling on Rupert Murdoch to fire controversial pundit Glenn Beck because of his “grotesque falsehoods” about Jews.

Jewish Funds for Justice (JFSJ) launched the petition following the showing of Mr Beck’s recent three-part series “Puppet Master” on Fox News. The channel is part of Mr Murdoch’s media empire.

On the programme Mr Beck attacked Jewish businessman George Soros’ Holocaust record and accused him of helping “to send the Jews to the death camps”.

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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.”

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Germany top for prosecuting Nazi war criminals

By Jennifer Lipman, January 12, 2011

Germany has been praised for its efforts to bring suspected Nazi war criminals to justice.

The country has been awarded an “A” grade by the Los Angeles - based Simon Wiesenthal Centre in a new report on the international commitment to tracking down former Nazis.

It is the first time anywhere other than the United States has been given the top mark. The findings are based on the period between April 2009 and March 2010.

However, countries including Hungary and Canada have come under criticism in the new report for failing to prosecute suspected Nazi war criminals.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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