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PA shares Israel's nuclear Iran fears

By Stephen Pollard, January 12, 2012

The Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, Salam Fayyad, has attacked the behaviour of Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and said that he shares Western - and Israeli - concerns with the Iranians' nuclear project.

Speaking in his Ramallah headquarters, Prime Minister Fayyad said that the Palestinians were "greatly harmed" by the Iranian leader's conduct.

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Iran's nuclear plans brings Israel and US closer to strike

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 12, 2012

Iran is planning to begin uranium enrichment soon at a new subterranean facility, bringing forward the moment when Israel and the United States will have to decide whether to launch a military strike.

Meanwhile, the clandestine campaign against the nuclear programme continues. This week another Iranian nuclear scientist was killed in Tehran.

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Ron Paul takes tips from extremist Neturei Karta rabbi

By Jennifer Lipman, January 10, 2012

Ron Paul, one of the candidates vying for the Republican Party's presidential nomination, has met a representative from the extremist anti-Zionist group Neturei Karta.

Mr Paul, who has drawn criticism for a catalogue of controversial remarks about Israel and the Holocaust as well as race and homosexuality, shook hands with Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss at an event in New Hampshire.

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Jack Lew named as Obama's new chief of staff

By Jennifer Lipman, January 10, 2012

A Shabbat-observant Jew will take over as chief of staff to President Barack Obama.

Jack Lew, who previously worked for President Clinton, has been named as the successor to William Daley.

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Ex-Pakistan president wants Israel ties

By Jennifer Lipman, January 9, 2012

The former president of Pakistan has suggested the Muslim-majority should develop warmer relations with Israel.

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Mazel Tov on your Bark-mitzvah

By Jennifer Lipman, January 9, 2012

The barmitzvah ceremony is a time-honoured Jewish tradition celebrating when a boy becomes a man – or, for some, when man's best friend does.

The latest trend in US Jewish life is for the "bark-mitzvah", marking the occasion of a dog's second birthday, which translates in human years to a boy's 13th.

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Clooney plans Nazi art theft film

By Jennifer Lipman, January 9, 2012

George Clooney is to battle the Nazis in his next film role.

The actor, whose latest film, The Descendants, has been heavily tipped for Academy Awards success, is to play an art historian attempting to restore artworks stolen by the Nazis to their rightful owners.

Mr Clooney will not only star in The Monuments Men, he will also write and direct the film.

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Katy Perry's dad in anti-Jewish rant at church

By Jennifer Lipman, January 9, 2012

The preacher father of pop star Katy Perry attacked Jews in a recent church sermon.

Keith Hudson told church congregants in Ohio that the way "to make the Jew jealous" was to "have some money, honey".

The 63-year-old, whose daughter is famous for hits including "I kissed a girl" and "Teenage Dream", said that in Los Angeles the Jews owned "all the Rolex and diamonds".

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Portman planning Safran Foer animals documentary

January 6, 2012

Natalie Portman will no longer be eating cheesecake on Shavuot - because reading Jonathan Safran Foer's novel Eating Animals persuaded her to become a vegan.

The Oscar-winning actress is now planning a documentary, based on the book.

Jonathan Safran Foer told a French website: "Natalie Portman is going to make a movie of it. She wants to make a very personal documentary.

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Rick Santorum's Jewish student days

By Jennifer Lipman, January 6, 2012

A devout Catholic running for the Republican nomination might be an unlikely candidate for membership of a Jewish club.

But Rick Santorum, the latest presidential hopeful to surge in the polls, was apparently once part of a Jewish fraternity.

According to its website, as noticed by Tablet magazine, he was part of the Penn State university chapter of the Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity.

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