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The Myth of Palestinian Centrality January 25, 2015 1:21 am

The Myth of Palestinian Centrality

A myth of Palestinian centrality has dominated Western policy, but contrasts with reality,...

CNN Guest: Radical Norwegians and Buddhists Similar Danger to Islamic Terror January 25, 2015 1:12 am

CNN Guest: Radical Norwegians and Buddhists Similar Danger to Islamic Terror

Last week, I appeared on Don Lemon’s CNN show for a debate. The question we discussed was...

The Arab-Israeli Conflict Through the Eyes of Two Little Girls January 23, 2015 2:42 pm

The Arab-Israeli Conflict Through the Eyes of Two Little Girls

One little girl lies in a hospital bed, more than half her body burned by a Palestinian firebomb....

The Killing Fields of Europe – Then and Now January 23, 2015 2:41 pm

The Killing Fields of Europe – Then and Now

JNS.org – Earlier this month, while four Jews were being murdered at a kosher supermarket...

The Case Against the International Criminal Court Investigating Israel January 23, 2015 2:00 pm

The Case Against the International Criminal Court Investigating Israel

In 2012 my friend and colleague Luis Moreno Ocampo, who was then the Chief Prosecutor of the...

The Decline and Fall of Modern Civilization: 8 Simple Steps to Squandering It All January 22, 2015 6:36 pm

The Decline and Fall of Modern Civilization: 8 Simple Steps to Squandering It All

Neither are great civilizations built in a day, nor do they collapse all of a sudden. Deterioration...

Europe’s Radical Muslims: What’s True And What’s Not January 22, 2015 11:30 am

Europe’s Radical Muslims: What’s True And What’s Not

Here they go again: the pundits, and the politicians, and the editors of newspapers repeating...

Israel Launches Campaign to Discredit International Criminal Court Inquiry January 22, 2015 11:08 am

Israel Launches Campaign to Discredit International Criminal Court Inquiry

JNS.org – The Israeli government has launched a public diplomacy campaign to discredit...

At American Consulate, a Palestinian Terrorist With a Badge Isn’t a ‘Security Guard’ January 22, 2015 2:37 am

At American Consulate, a Palestinian Terrorist With a Badge Isn’t a ‘Security Guard’

JNS.org – The next time you visit the American consulate in Jerusalem, the heavily...

French Aliyah: A Delicate Balance January 21, 2015 11:22 am

French Aliyah: A Delicate Balance

JNS.org - The moment the news broke about the horrific attack on the kosher supermarket...

Turkey, Terror, and Tirades: What the Paris Attacks Reveal About Erdogan’s Regime January 21, 2015 11:22 am

Turkey, Terror, and Tirades: What the Paris Attacks Reveal About Erdogan’s Regime

JNS.org – On Monday, the European Union (EU) announced it is partnering on counter-terrorism...

Stop Telling Jews to ‘Check Their Privilege’ January 21, 2015 11:21 am

Stop Telling Jews to ‘Check Their Privilege’

“On Martin Luther King Day, Jews must acknowledge their privilege,” wrote Maital...

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  • Arts and Culture Middle East Hamas Commander Reportedly Urges Hezbollah to Join Forces Against Israel

    Hamas Commander Reportedly Urges Hezbollah to Join Forces Against Israel

    JNS.org – Five months after Israeli forces tried to assassinate Hamas military commander Mohammed Deif in Gaza, Deif appears to have signed a letter that the terrorist group claims he wrote in hiding. The letter, addressed to Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, expressed Deif’s condolences for the death of Hezbollah terrorists during Sunday’s reported Israeli airstrike in Syria. Deif is said to have survived multiple assassination attempts, but he has not been seen in public for years. According to the Hezbollah-linked Al-Manar [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

    Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

    JNS.org – The cracks that had been simply painted over for so long began to show in Ferguson, Mo., in November 2014, but in truth they had begun to open wide much earlier—on Saturday, July 13, 2013. That is when a jury in Sanford, Fla., acquitted George Zimmerman of culpability for the death of a 17-year-old black man, Trayvon Martin. The cracks receded from view over time, as other news obscured them. Then came the evening of Aug. 9, 2014, [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada ‘Homeland’ Season Finale Stirs Controversy After Comparing Menachem Begin to Taliban Leader

    ‘Homeland’ Season Finale Stirs Controversy After Comparing Menachem Begin to Taliban Leader

    A controversial scene in the season finale of Homeland sparked outrage by comparing former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to a fictional Taliban leader, the UK’s Daily Mail reported. In the season 4 finale episode, which aired on Dec. 21, CIA black ops director Dar Adal, played by F. Murray Abraham, justifies a deal he made with a Taliban leader by referencing Begin. He makes the remarks in a conversation with former CIA director Saul Berenson, a Jewish character played by Mandy [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Placing Matisyahu Back Within a Life of Observance

    Placing Matisyahu Back Within a Life of Observance

    Shining Light on Fiction During the North Korea-Sony saga, we learned two important lessons. The first is that there are two sides to this story, and neither of them are correct because ultimately we should have neither inappropriate movies nor dictators. The second is that we cannot remain entirely fixed on the religious world, but we also must see beyond the external, secular view of reality. It’s important to ground our Torah-based thoughts into real-life activism. To view our act [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Nine Decades of Moses at the Movies

    Nine Decades of Moses at the Movies

    JNS.org – Hollywood has had its share of big-budget biblical flops, but until now, the Exodus narrative has not been among them. Studios have brought Moses to the big screen sparingly, but in ways that defined the image and character of Moses for each generation of audiences. The first biblical epic In 1923, director Cecil B. DeMille left it to the American public to decide the subject of his next movie for Paramount. DeMille received a letter from a mechanic [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Exodus on Screen (REVIEW)

    Exodus on Screen (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – The story of the Exodus from Egypt is a tale as old as time itself, to borrow a turn of phrase. It’s retold every Passover, both at the seder table and whenever “The Ten Commandments” is aired on television. But the latest adaptation—Ridley Scott’s epic film, “Exodus: Gods and Kings”—fails to meet expectations. Scott’s “Exodus” alters the source material to service the story and ground the tale, but the attempt to reinvent the biblical narrative becomes laughable. Moses [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Lifestyle ‘Jewish Food Movement’ Comes of Age

    ‘Jewish Food Movement’ Comes of Age

    JNS.org - In December 2007, leaders of the Hazon nonprofit drafted seven-year goals for what they coined as the “Jewish Food Movement,” which has since been characterized by the increased prioritization of healthy eating, sustainable agriculture, and food-related activism in the Jewish community. What do the next seven years hold in store? “One thing I would like to see happen in the next seven years is [regarding] the issue of sugar, soda, and obesity, [seeing] what would it be like to rally the [...]

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  • Blogs Education Seeds of ‘Start-Up Nation’ Cultivated by Israel Sci-Tech Schools

    Seeds of ‘Start-Up Nation’ Cultivated by Israel Sci-Tech Schools

    JNS.org – Forget the dioramas. How about working on an Israeli Air Force drone? That’s exactly the kind of beyond-their-years access enjoyed by students at the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) industrial vocational high school run by Israel Sci-Tech Schools, the largest education network in the Jewish state. More than 300 students (250 on the high school level and 68 at a two-year vocational academy) get hands-on training in the disciplines of aviation mechanics, electricity and energy control, and unmanned air [...]

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