Benjamin M. Emanuel

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Benjamin M. Emanuel is a Chicago pediatrician and former member of the Irgun[1][2]. He is the father of U.S. Congressman and White House Chief of Staff-designate Rahm Emanuel, NIH bioethicist Ezekiel J. Emanuel, talent agent Ari Emanuel, and adopted daughter Shoshana.[1] Born in Jerusalem in 1927,[1] he later emigrated to America and married Martha Smulevitz.[1] Emanuel’s family adopted their surname in 1933, after Benjamin’s brother, Emanuel Auerbach, was killed in a skirmish with Arabs in Jerusalem.[1]


"Obviously he [ Rahm Emanuel ] will influence the president to be pro-Israel. Why wouldn't he be? What is he, an Arab? He's not going to clean the floors of the White House." [3]