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Support for Sikhs after temple 'hate crime'

By Jennifer Lipman, August 7, 2012

Jewish groups have offered messages of condolence and called for interfaith understanding in the wake of the fatal attack on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

Six people were left dead after a man, identified by investigators as a known white supremacist, went on a shooting spree on Sunday afternoon.

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Mindy Meyer - the diva who aims to be a New York state senator

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2012

She’s 22, Orthodox, sports a sun tan, speaks with a nasal New York accent, and has a sparkly, shocking-pink campaign website — and she is hoping to become an elected representative in Brooklyn.

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Aurora Dark Night shooter worked at Jewish summer camp

By Jamie Michaels, July 23, 2012

The gunman alleged to have killed 12 people in a cinema in Aurora, Colorado, worked as a counselor at a Jewish-run camp in California, just four years ago.

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Hillary Clinton's last tour of the Middle East

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 19, 2012

American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s farewell visit to the Middle East this week highlighted the reduced influence the super-power now holds over the region, as well as the concerns of Israel and Egypt.

Despite her efforts, Mrs Clinton failed to set up any form of direct contact between the Israeli government and Egypt’s new Muslim Brotherhood-dominated regime.

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Democrats withdraw complaints against Sheldon Adelson

By Ted Merwin, July 19, 2012

In the wake of complaints by law professor Alan Dershowitz and others, the National Jewish Democratic Council has abruptly withdrawn a petition calling on Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to refuse “tainted money” from the world’s 16th richest man, Sheldon Adelson.

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Jewish woman hoping to challenge Obama and Romney

By Jennifer Lipman, July 16, 2012

A Jewish woman is hoping to win support from voters across the United States in her bid to be the country's next president.

Jill Stein, the nominee for the Green Party, faces an uphill battle, given that political support in the US tends to be split between the two main parties.

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Jewish Republicans and Democrats fight over Adelson donations

By Jennifer Lipman, July 10, 2012

A row has broken out between Jewish supporters of America's rival political parties after the president of an umbrella organisation for Jewish Democrats called for Mitt Romney to stop accepting funds from a wealthy Jewish Republican donor.

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Presbyterian Church Israel boycott motion defeated

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2012

A US church has voted against a motion to divest from businesses that work in Israel, after a heated internal debate.

The Presbyterian General Assembly, the largest such group in the US, defeated the divestment plan by a margin of just two votes. Had the motion passed, it would have meant that the General Assembly divested from Caterpillar Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Motorola.

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Romney heading to Israel as race against Obama heats up

By Benjamin Lazarus, July 3, 2012

The Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will visit Israel in the coming weeks to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The two first met in 1976 when they both worked for The Boston Consulting Group, and have remained friendly since.

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Hip-hop mogul attacked by ADL for 'ugly' comments in Jerusalem

By Josh Jackman, June 22, 2012

The national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has reacted angrily to the hip-hop record chief Russell Simmons’s accusation that his behaviour towards African-Americans was similar to that of Louis Farrakhan’s towards Jews.

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