United States

Long-serving senator Joe Lieberman says goodbye

By Jennifer Lipman, January 2, 2013

The man who was once in the running to be the first Jewish vice-president in history is to retire from public life this week.

Joe Lieberman, who remains the only Jew to have run for the United States' second-highest office in the history of the major parties, announced a year ago that he would not be standing for re-election and will officially step down on Thursday.


Aipac and Reform poles apart on US Israel policy

By Anna Sheinman, January 2, 2013

Two major American Jewish organisations are at odds over how the US should react to the Palestinian UN upgrade.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) which defines itself as “America’s Pro-Israel Lobby”, has called for the closing of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation’s offices in Washington following the UN vote to upgrade the Palestinian Authority.


Act now, don’t wait for tragedies like Sandy Hook

By Jonathan Cannon, December 28, 2012

The tranquillity of Chanucah was shattered as news began to filter in of the tragic events unfolding at Sandy Hook Elementary School. We learned that 20 children aged six and seven, and six of their teachers and administrators had been murdered. As an Israeli friend put it: "We are a country that is used to being shocked, but this is truly shocking."


Bomb threat to LA synagogue

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2012

A Los Angeles Reform synagogue has been closed while police investigate a series of bomb threats.

A suspicious package, discovered adjacent to Wilshire Boulevard Temple on Monday, was blown up by the LA Police Department (LAPD). The package was not found to contain any explosives.


The youngest victim of Sandy Hook: Jewish Noah Pozner, 6

By Anna Sheinman, December 17, 2012

The youngest of the 20 children killed in the worst school shooting in US history in Connecticut on Friday was Noah Pozner.

Noah, a pupil at Sandy Hook Elementary School, was shot 11 times. His twin sister also attends the school but survived the attack in which 26 died.


US Jews are loud and proud, so why are Brits so reticent?

By Josh Glancy, December 16, 2012

It's official, then. We're all kosher now. This was the bold announcement of the Sunday Times Style magazine, that arbiter of British cultural mores, earlier this year.


A US-led coalition against Syria could include Israel

By Anna Sheinman, December 5, 2012

A military coalition led by the US, ready to intervene in case the Syrian regime uses chemical weapons against rebel forces, could include Israel, Maariv has reported.

The US is ready to take military action “within days” if chemical weapons are used, according to reports.


'No Jews' says spoof invitation to Harvard club

By Jennifer Lipman, December 4, 2012

Harvard students have been criticised by university officials after invitations to a new exclusive society with the caveat "Seriously, no f***ing Jews. Coloureds OK" were given out.

The flyers were distributed on behalf of a group called "The Pigeon", which described itself as Harvard's newest final club.


US urges Israel to reconsider settlement plan

By Anna Sheinman, December 4, 2012

The US State Department has called Israeli plans to build further settlements in East Jerusalem “especially damaging”, and the White House has urged Israel to “reconsider”.


American who spied for Israel collapses in US prison

By Sandy Rashty, December 3, 2012

An American who spied for Israel is currently under medical supervision after he collapsed in prison on Friday night.

Jonathan Pollard, who is serving a life sentence for spying on the US Navy, fell ill at the Federal Correction Institution in North Carolina.