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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".


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.


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.


Gym uses Auschwitz image as good place to burn calories

By Jessica Elgot, January 6, 2012

A British gym owner who posted an advert for his Dubai fitness centre suggesting Auschwitz was a good place to burn calories has apologised.

Phil Parkinson, founder of The Circuit Factory said he “posted it without giving it my full attention.”


Chile forest fire arrest revives old anti-Jewish theories

By Jennifer Lipman, January 6, 2012

Antisemitic conspiracy theories have appeared on Chilean websites following the arrest of an Israeli tourist in connection with a devastating forest fire.

Rotem Singer, 23, has been questioned by police for allegedly starting the blaze at the Torres del Paine national park by failing to extinguish burning toilet paper.


Marilyn Monroe photographer Eve Arnold dies at 99

By Jennifer Lipman, January 5, 2012

Photojournalist Eve Arnold has died at the age of 99.

The photographer, who counted among her subjects Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, was the daughter of a rabbi who immigrated to the US from Odessa.


Fox apologises for 'did Jews kill Jesus' survey

By Jennifer Lipman, January 5, 2012

A television network has issued an apology after it asked viewers whether they thought the Jews were to blame for the death of Jesus.

Fox Latin America ran a poll on its Facebook page asking people to choose between Pontius Pilate, the High Priests and the Jewish People.


Lithuanian tabloid runs hate splash

By Karen Glaser, January 5, 2012

The Lithuanian government declared 2011 the Year of Remembrance for the Victims of the Holocaust in Lithuania.


Jewish newspaper launched in Germany

By Toby Axelrod, January 5, 2012

A Jewish quarterly aiming to "connect Jews with gentiles, Germany with the world" was launched in Germany this week.

Its publisher just wants the world to know that Hitler did not succeed. "A lot of people think that… Germany is 'Judenfrei' - free of Jews - and it is not true," said German Jewish author Rafael Seligmann, 64. "It is not only a culture of victims. We have a vivid community.


Now Hamas leaders 'seek legitimacy'

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 5, 2012

Senior Israeli analysts are convinced that some Hamas leaders genuinely want the terror group to become a legitimate political force.

Hamas has been under pressure in recent weeks from Turkey and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt to renounce violence, and there are clear signs that a new direction is being considered.

One Israeli expert on Hamas said this week: "There is a true change of direc