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Is SodaStream Closure of West Bank Factory a BDS Victory? November 4, 2014 12:26 pm

Is SodaStream Closure of West Bank Factory a BDS Victory?

Even though SodaStream’s decision to close its controversial West Bank factory appears to...

Brookings Scholars Hawk Qatar’s Hamas Talking Points November 4, 2014 12:07 pm

Brookings Scholars Hawk Qatar’s Hamas Talking Points

Since the beginning of Brookings’ relationship with Qatar in 2002, its scholars have...

The ASA Says ‘No Israelis Need Apply’ November 3, 2014 12:07 pm

The ASA Says ‘No Israelis Need Apply’

Our nation has regressed to one of its darkest chapters in history, courtesy of our most educated...

Brookings Takes Both Sides of the Issue on Islamist Censorship November 3, 2014 12:00 pm

Brookings Takes Both Sides of the Issue on Islamist Censorship

Brookings’partnership with the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in conjunction...

Israel Signs Weapons Deals With United States and Canada November 2, 2014 1:56 pm

Israel Signs Weapons Deals With United States and Canada

Israel recently announced the purchase of a second squadron of F-35 multipurpose fighter...

The Newest ‘Gate’ is ‘IKEAgate’ November 2, 2014 11:35 am

The Newest ‘Gate’ is ‘IKEAgate’

JNS.org – The Swedish government’s decision to recognize a Palestinian state...

Should Jews Celebrate Halloween? November 2, 2014 11:31 am

Should Jews Celebrate Halloween?

JNS.org – While I grew up in an Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn, Halloween was...

Brookings Sells its Soul to Qatar’s Terror Agenda (Part Two) October 31, 2014 12:51 pm

Brookings Sells its Soul to Qatar’s Terror Agenda (Part Two)

To read Part 1 in this series, click here. The speaker rosters at the Brookings Institution’s...

Nobel Laureate Malala Donates $50K to Gaza Schools Despite UNRWA-Hamas Ties (VIDEO) October 31, 2014 10:15 am

Nobel Laureate Malala Donates $50K to Gaza Schools Despite UNRWA-Hamas Ties (VIDEO)

JNS.org – Pakistani teenager and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai is the latest high-profile...

Haaretz’s All-Time Low October 31, 2014 10:13 am

Haaretz’s All-Time Low

One tongue-in-cheek question that began circulating after Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic...

10 ‘Chickenshit’ Headlines October 31, 2014 12:41 am

10 ‘Chickenshit’ Headlines

JNS.org – A crisis in U.S.-Israel relations is no laughing matter. Yet as a headline...

Anonymous Obama Official: ‘Too Late’ for Israel to do Anything About Iranian Nukes October 30, 2014 10:37 am

Anonymous Obama Official: ‘Too Late’ for Israel to do Anything About Iranian Nukes

Lost in the brouhaha over an unnamed Obama official insulting Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu...

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  • Book Reviews Personalities Biography Sheds New Light on David Ben-Gurion’s Place in Jewish History

    Biography Sheds New Light on David Ben-Gurion’s Place in Jewish History

    JNS.org – There is one sentence in “Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel” that made me sit up in surprise. I thought that I knew the basic facts about how Israel came into being, but while describing what it was like in the days and hours before the state was declared, author Anita Shapira provides one important anecdote I was not aware of. On the 12th of May, the Zionist Executive met to decide what to do. Moshe Sharrett had just returned [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    An actress starring in the controversial Met Opera The Death of Klinghoffer defended the show on Tuesday by comparing it to the 1993 Holocaust film Schindler’s List, New York Post reported. “To me, this was like [the movie] Schindler’s List. We make art so people won’t forget,’’ said the actress, who plays a captured passenger in the show and asked not to be identified. The Met Opera focuses on the infamous murder of Lower East Side Jewish resident Leon Klinghoffer, 69. The wheelchair-bound father of [...]

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  • Analysis Arts and Culture Beyond ‘Klinghoffer’: Opera’s Composer, Librettist Have Broader Jewish Problem

    Beyond ‘Klinghoffer’: Opera’s Composer, Librettist Have Broader Jewish Problem

    JNS.org – One of the most controversial operas in recent memory, “The Death of Klinghoffer,” debuted Oct. 20 at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. The Met has scheduled seven more performances through November. The first staging did not occur without protest, as about 400 demonstrators—including Jewish communal and nationally recognized leaders—came to Lincoln Center to denounce the anti-Jewish and anti-Israel opera. “Klinghoffer,” the creation of composer John Adams and librettist Alice Goodman, premiered in 1991—with few additional stagings. The opera is based [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot is in negotiations to take on the female lead role in the remake of the 1959 classic Ben-Hur, according to The Hollywood Reporter. If the deal is finalized Gadot will play Esther, a slave and Ben-Hur’s love interest. Actor Jack Huston will star as the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by his childhood friend Messala, played by Toby Kebbell. Ben-Hur fights for his freedom and vengeance with the help of Morgan Freeman’s character, who trains Ben-Hur how to win at chariot-racing. [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    JNS.org – Baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie are the American dream. So why do two young men who have built their lives in Israel have a GoFundMe crowd-funding webpage with the urgent message that they need $3,000 to travel to the U.S. to watch the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles square off for Major League Baseball’s (MLB) American League championship? Brothers Naftali and Yoni Schwartz, 27 and 25, respectively, are Kansas City natives. Even though they made aliyah with their [...]

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  • Blogs Sports Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Some 3,000 years ago, King David probably never imagined cars racing at 240 kilometers per hour (150 miles per hour) through the ancient capital of the Jewish people. But on Monday and Tuesday, October 6-7, thousands of Israelis lined the streets to watch Porsche, Audi, and Ferrari race cars fly through the capital against the backdrop of the Tower of David, the Old City Walls, and other city landmarks. The second annual non-competitive Jerusalem Formula One Road Show had been [...]

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  • Israel Sports NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James expressed interest in visiting Israel someday, local news site Cleveland.com reported on Sunday. Speaking to Israeli reporters before the Cleveland Cavaliers’ preseason debut against Maccabi Tel Aviv, the NBA star said he had never visited the Jewish state but “I want to look forward to going there if I get an opportunity to.” When asked by an Israeli reporter if there was “any chance that LeBron James and Cleveland comes to Tel Aviv,” the athlete said [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    A Florida-based Chabad rabbi put former basketball star, U.S. Congressman Curt Clawson to shame on the court when the two faced off one-on-one recently. A YouTube video, posted online on Tuesday, shows Rabbi Fishel Zaklos of Chabad of Naples shooting hoops with the Florida politician, who played basketball in high school and at Purdue University in Indiana. The game took place in the parking lot of the Chabad Jewish center run by Zaklos. During the 1-minute clip, Zaklos scores two impressive [...]

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