US Presidential race

New Trump campaign chief denies antisemitic remarks

August 28, 2016

The new chief executive of Donald Trump's presidential campaign has been accused of making antisemitic remarks by an ex-wife.

It is claimed that conservative filmmaker and media boss Stephen Bannon said he did not want his daughters "going to school with Jews".


The father of rocking, socking politics

By Robert Philpot, August 25, 2016

The short, pudgy, sallow-faced man with the receding hair pointed to the blackboard. Rule One contained three words: "Destroy Your Opponent."

He told the audience: "If you do not deflate the opposition candidate before your own campaign gets started, the odds are that you are going to be doomed to defeat."


Rabbis lash out at Trump

August 25, 2016

A group of Orthodox rabbis in America have signed a letter attacking the "hateful rhetoric" of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The 40 ministers, who include Irving "Yitz" Greenberg, the founding president of Clal - The National Jewish Centre for Learning and Leadership in New York - wrote that their "core religious values and essential theological beliefs… require us to condem


Jeremy Corbyn 'misinformed' over Bernie Sanders 'support'

By Josh Jackman, August 24, 2016

Senator Bernie Sanders has denied that he sent a message of support to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Mr Corbyn told supporters at a phone bank event on Monday that the Jewish senator, who lost out to Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic Party nomination, had favourably compared the two politicians.

A spokesman for Mr Corbyn later admitted that this was a mistake.


Jill Stein: the Putin-friendly, anti-Israel Green who could help Trump win

By Robert Philpot, August 18, 2016

When Jill Stein turned up at the Democratic party convention last month, she was greeted by a small crowd of Bernie Sanders delegates chanting "Jill or Bernie".


'Cool' about the consequences

By David Aaronovitch, July 28, 2016

This week, I caught a YouTube of the (now leathery and septuagenarian) American TV presenter Geraldo Rivera, with protesters outside the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia. He had fallen among Palestine activists and was being given a hard time.

One woman shouted: "Free, free Palestine" in his ear, moving as he moved so as to maintain constant aural contact.


Writer helped Michelle Obama find her voice

By Rosa Doherty and Josh Jackman, July 28, 2016

The Jewish speechwriter behind Michelle Obama's address to the Democratic National Convention has revealed how she penned the emotional address.

Sarah Hurwitz has worked with Mrs Obama for nearly seven years.

The speech the First Lady delivered on Monday night was hailed as a high point of this week's convention and sent her popularity soaring.


Trump's warning signs for Israel

By Azriel Bermant, July 28, 2016

In an interview with the New York Times last Thursday, Donald Trump remarked that he would not automatically give support to vulnerable members of Nato in the event of a Russian attack.

The implication is that the United States cannot risk its involvement in a dangerous war with Russia to protect distant allies if there is little at stake for the American people.


Trump right hand man is fan of Israel

By Josh Jackman, July 21, 2016

The Republican candidate for vice-president has a long history of supporting Israel.

Donald Trump chose Indiana governor Mike Pence to be his running mate ahead of the Republican National Convention on Monday.

Under Mr Pence's leadership, Indiana passed a law that required the state to actively avoid doing any business with companies which boycott, divest from or sanction Israel.

The gove


Bernie Sanders backs Hillary Clinton

By JC Reporter, July 12, 2016

Bernie Sanders has endorsed his former rival, Hillary Clinton, in her campaign to become US president.

The Jewish Democrat and former presidential candidate announced his support for Mrs Clinton as they appeared together at a campaign event in New Hampshire.