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As Abbas Uses Synagogue Atrocity to Condemn ‘Israeli Incitement,’ Fatah Officials Celebrate November 18, 2014 3:40 pm

As Abbas Uses Synagogue Atrocity to Condemn ‘Israeli Incitement,’ Fatah Officials Celebrate

Read the bulk of the media coverage of today’s Palestinian atrocity at a synagogue in...

Iran’s Khamenei Takes Rhetoric to New Level With 9-Point List for Destroying Israel November 13, 2014 8:27 am

Iran’s Khamenei Takes Rhetoric to New Level With 9-Point List for Destroying Israel

JNS.org - Iranian Supreme Leader the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is known for his anti-Zionist...

Israel and China Strengthen Economic Ties in Tel Aviv Conference November 2, 2014 1:20 pm

Israel and China Strengthen Economic Ties in Tel Aviv Conference

One of Israel’s most influential business conferences, the 12th Go4Israel Conference, was...

Beyond ‘Klinghoffer’: Opera’s Composer, Librettist Have Broader Jewish Problem October 23, 2014 7:07 am

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,”...

Israeli Defense Minister Reflects on Gaza, Abbas, and U.S.-Israel Relations (INTERVIEW) October 22, 2014 7:24 am

Israeli Defense Minister Reflects on Gaza, Abbas, and U.S.-Israel Relations (INTERVIEW)

JNS.org - Less than two months after the conclusion of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge,...

Netanyahu Says Stance on Security Requirements Has Become ‘Firmer’ — ‘We Don’t Just Hand Over Territory, Close Our Eyes and Hope for the Best’ (INTERVIEW) October 6, 2014 2:09 pm

Netanyahu Says Stance on Security Requirements Has Become ‘Firmer’ — ‘We Don’t Just Hand Over Territory, Close Our Eyes and Hope for the Best’ (INTERVIEW)

Following the summer’s conflict between Israel and Hamas, Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin...

IDF Chief Sees High Potential for Instability on All of Israel’s Fronts (INTERVIEW) October 6, 2014 7:05 am

IDF Chief Sees High Potential for Instability on All of Israel’s Fronts (INTERVIEW)

JNS.org – It’s hard not to take notice of Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz’s good mood. After...

What Would a Partisan Shift in Control of the Senate Mean for Jewish Issues? September 30, 2014 6:37 am

What Would a Partisan Shift in Control of the Senate Mean for Jewish Issues?

JNS.org - As the Republican party pushes to retake the majority of the U.S. Senate in the...

How Independent is a Think Tank Funded by Hamas-Backing Qatar? September 19, 2014 7:14 am

How Independent is a Think Tank Funded by Hamas-Backing Qatar?

JNS.org - A recent in-depth report of think tank financing in the United States has raised...

Gaza Takes Back Seat to PA-Hamas Infighting and Islamic State Threat September 17, 2014 6:56 am

Gaza Takes Back Seat to PA-Hamas Infighting and Islamic State Threat

JNS.org – Since the declaration of a final cease-fire between Israel and Hamas last...

Pro-Christian Conference Descends Into Anti-Israel Bigotry September 11, 2014 4:36 pm

Pro-Christian Conference Descends Into Anti-Israel Bigotry

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) got a heavy dose of Middle Eastern hospitality during his keynote...

Swarthmore College Events Shed Light on J Street’s Co-Sponsorships With Pro-BDS Groups September 10, 2014 7:12 am

Swarthmore College Events Shed Light on J Street’s Co-Sponsorships With Pro-BDS Groups

JNS.org – The self-labeled “pro-Israel, pro-peace” lobby J Street states that...

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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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