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Big Apple tempts West London rabbi

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

A West London Synagogue minister will be taking a reverse career journey to the late community leader Rabbi Hugo Gryn by serving a New York congregation.


Barack may be barracked at AIPAC

May 19, 2011

Move Over AIPAC, an organisation founded to oppose the pro-Israel lobby group, will hold a demonstration directly outside the doors of this Sunday's AIPAC conference at which US President Barack Obama is due to speak.


Ad campaign aims to show true face of Hamas

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011


Struass-Kahn quits IMF to focus on assault case

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has resigned from the International Monetary Fund.

It comes after the former IMF chief was accused of sexual assault by a hotel maid in Manhattan. He was arrested and taken to Riker's Island jail. He is set to appear in court on Friday.

The French politician, 62, said in a statement that he was leaving to "protect the institution."


Rahm Emanuel sworn in as Chicago mayor

By Jennifer Lipman, May 16, 2011

Rahm Emanuel has been sworn in as the first Jewish mayor of Chicago.

The former chief of staff to President Barack Obama officially replaced long-time incumbent Richard Daley on Monday afternoon following his victory in February's bitterly fought election.

Mr Emanuel, whose father fought for Israel during the war of independence, also previously worked for President Bill Clinton.


Middle East envoy George Mitchell to resign

By Jennifer Lipman, May 13, 2011

The United States special envoy to the Middle East is expected to announce his resignation today.

George Mitchell, 77, was appointed by President Obama in 2009 with the intention of restarting the peace process.

Mr Mitchell was at the forefront of peace discussions between Israel and the Palestinians in Washington last September. The negotiations made little progress.


Hall of Fame: Kinky Friedman

May 4, 2011

"Here in Texas we pronounce the word 'Jewish' always with one syllable – 'He’s Jewsh'.

"But the word 'Jew' is always about eleven syllables. Like, 'She married a Jeeeeeeeeeeeeew!'."


Oprah honours Freedom Rider rabbi

By Jennifer Lipman, May 4, 2011

A rabbi who was arrested during civil rights demonstrations in America’s Deep South in the 1960s is to be honoured by Oprah Winfrey later today.

The talk show host has dedicated an episode of her popular show to the efforts of the Freedom Riders, who began their crusade for racial equality 50 years ago today.


Israel praises US for Bin Laden death

May 2, 2011

Israeli leaders have been speaking about the significance of President Barack Obama’s announcement that Osama bin Laden has been killed by US forces.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it was a "resounding triumph for justice, freedom and the values shared by all democratic nations fighting shoulder to shoulder in determination against terrorism".


Concern over Fatah's deal with terrorists Hamas

By Jennifer Lipman, April 28, 2011

Israel and the United Sates have reacted with caution to the announcement of a reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas.

The longtime rivals revealed last night that they had reached a deal to form an interim government for the Palestinian Authority and to set a date for an election.