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Republican Eric Cantor poised for majority leader role

By Jennifer Lipman, January 5, 2011

A Republican politician from Virginia will become the most senior Jewish politician in US history later today.

Eric Cantor will be officially sworn in as the House majority leader when the Republican Party takes control of the House of Representatives, following its success at the mid-term elections in November.

The Republicans have already vowed to challenge much of President Obama’s agenda, including a push for a repeal of his healthcare reform with a vote on January 12.

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Jewish Harvard grad aims for Miss America crown

By Jennifer Lipman, January 4, 2011

The granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor is in the running to become the next Miss America.

Harvard graduate Loren Galler Rabinowitz, whose parents are both doctors, won the Miss Massachusetts contest last year, making her the state’s representative for the national pageant.

Ms Rabinowitz, 24, is a former ice-skating champion. She entered her first pageant with the hope of using the prize to fund medical school.

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Jewish security team nab Craigslist car thief

By Jennifer Lipman, January 4, 2011

Members of an Orthodox Jewish security force in New York helped catch an alleged car thief by setting up a sting operation.

Valsyl Lazoryshyn is believed to have stolen a car after its owner advertised the vehicle for sale on the website Craigslist.

After being fooled by Mr Lazoryshyn, who drove the car away during a test drive, the owner decided to contact the Shomrim.

The Brooklyn branch of the Jewish security group helped by arranging a second car sale at which he could pose as a prospective buyer.

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Anti-Israel paranoia reaches new heights in Iran

By Meir Javedanfar, December 29, 2010

On December 14 2005, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became the first senior Iranian politician to deny the Holocaust.

His government achieved another first recently, by officially allowing the propagation of the fake "Iranian holocaust" story.

According to this invented tale, Esther and Mordechai, whose miraculous rescue of Persian Jews is recorded in the story of Purim, were not the victims. Rather, Mordechai was the victimiser, as he ordered the massacre of more than 70,000 Iranians.

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US Jews in decline? No, says survey

By Ellen Tumposky, December 29, 2010

The number of American Jews is growing, not declining, according to a new study from Brandeis University.

Leonard Saxe, a professor at Brandeis's Steinhardt Social Research Institute, found that the number of Americans who identify themselves as Jewish has risen from 5.5 million in 1990 to 6.5 million.

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'Martyr' cry as Marmara docks

By Sami Kohen, December 29, 2010

A large crowd waving Turkish and Palestinian flags and chanting anti-Israeli slogans welcomed the Mavi Marmara, the Gaza-bound ship on which nine Turkish nationals died after a clash with Israeli commandos last May, as she docked at Istanbul port on Saturday.

The crowd included close relatives and friends of those who were killed, and a ceremony at was held the port to venerate the nine "martyrs", as they are widely known in Turkey.

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EU halts move to downgrade Shoah

By Michel Zlotowski, December 29, 2010

The EU's rejection last week of the demand by foreign ministers from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania to "treat Communist crimes according to the same standards" as those of Nazi regimes has been welcomed by Simon Wiesenthal Israel Director Efraim Zuroff.

Mr Zuroff said that this attempt to push the "so-called double genocide law… reeks of antisemitism".

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Fears for repeat of Mumbai terror attacks

By Jennifer Lipman, December 24, 2010

Police in Mumbai are on high alert after receiving warning that members of the same terrorist group blamed for striking a Jewish centre and other locations in 2008 were planning to launch another attack.

The Mumbai police commissioner said they had been given warning that four militants from the Pakistan-based Lashkar-E-Taiba had entered the Indian city with the aim of repeating the carnage of November 2008, when more than 170 people were killed.

Over the two day killing spree, gunmen laid siege to the Taj Mahal hotel and a busy train station.

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Fears for repeat of Mumbai terror attacks

By Jennifer Lipman, December 24, 2010

Police in Mumbai are on high alert after receiving warning that members of the same terrorist group blamed for striking a Jewish centre and other locations in 2008 were planning to launch another attack.

The Mumbai police commissioner said they had been given warning that four militants from the Pakistan-based Lashkar-E-Taiba had entered the Indian city with the aim of repeating the carnage of November 2008, when more than 170 people were killed.

Over the two day killing spree, gunmen laid siege to the Taj Mahal hotel and a busy train station.

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Fears for repeat of Mumbai terror attacks

By Jennifer Lipman, December 24, 2010

Police in Mumbai are on high alert after receiving warning that members of the same terrorist group blamed for striking a Jewish centre and other locations in 2008 were planning to launch another attack.

The Mumbai police commissioner said they had been given warning that four militants from the Pakistan-based Lashkar-E-Taiba had entered the Indian city with the aim of repeating the carnage of November 2008, when more than 170 people were killed.

Over the two day killing spree, gunmen laid siege to the Taj Mahal hotel and a busy train station.

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