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Sarah Palin's Big Jewish Star on Jerusalem Day

Former US Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin made news on Jerusalem Day by wearing a big Jewish star.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 6/2/2011, 11:01 AM / Last Update: 6/2/2011, 3:02 PM

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Former U.S. Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin made headlines in America on Wednesday when she toured New York wearing a big Star of David.

Asked by reporters why she, a Christian woman, was wearing a Jewish star around her neck, Palin responded, “Today is the 44th anniversary of Jerusalem being reunited. We want to call attention to that.”

Every news photo snapped of the former vice presidential candidate – and possible presidential candidate this time around – prominently showed the Jewish star around her neck.

It's not the first time Palin has worn that piece of jewelry, however. She was seen wearing the star throughout her trip to Israel in March, for instance.

At the time, analysts opined that Palin was reaching out to America's evangelical Christians, rather than its Jews.

According to the Christians United for Israel (CUFI) organization, it has become “increasingly common” for evangelical Christian supporters of Israel to wear Stars of David as symbols of solidarity with the Jewish State, and to honor the Jewish roots of the founder of their own faith.