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Gaza: A Port Is No Panacea for Poverty May 27, 2016 2:22 am

Gaza: A Port Is No Panacea for Poverty

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure...

Antisemitism Is Not the Israeli Government’s Fault May 26, 2016 7:18 am

Antisemitism Is Not the Israeli Government’s Fault

One of the highlights of the annual report released on Tuesday by Israeli State Comptroller...

More Positive Signs for the Israel-China Relationship May 26, 2016 6:46 am

More Positive Signs for the Israel-China Relationship

Welcome to the beauty of Chinese-Israeli cultural relations. Seen against the backdrop of...

Erdogan Critic Unfazed by Threats of Prosecution, Death May 26, 2016 6:42 am

Erdogan Critic Unfazed by Threats of Prosecution, Death

For 17 days this month, Dutch columnist Ebru Umar was held against her will in Turkey, and...

France vs. Egypt: A Matchup of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Summits May 26, 2016 6:31 am

France vs. Egypt: A Matchup of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Summits

JNS.org – As part of the latest European effort to spur a renewal of Israeli-Palestinian...

The ‘National Security’ Excuse Lets Terror Sponsors Go Unpunished May 26, 2016 6:22 am

The ‘National Security’ Excuse Lets Terror Sponsors Go Unpunished

JNS.org – Ever wonder why it is that Congress passes so many strongly pro-Israel...

‘Israel Fellows’ Work to Counter Threats By Demystifying the Jewish State on Campus May 26, 2016 6:18 am

‘Israel Fellows’ Work to Counter Threats By Demystifying the Jewish State on Campus

JNS.org – In today’s climate on college campuses, Jewish students often face a...

On Ya’alon and Lieberman, the New York Times Sides With the WASP Over the Immigrant May 25, 2016 2:11 pm

On Ya’alon and Lieberman, the New York Times Sides With the WASP Over the Immigrant

In at least four articles published over four days — a Thomas Friedman column, a staff editorial,...

‘Don’t the Jewish Students Have Rights?’ — Asks IDF Veteran at UC Irvine Event Disrupted by Anti-Israel Protesters (VIDEO) May 24, 2016 7:13 am

‘Don’t the Jewish Students Have Rights?’ — Asks IDF Veteran at UC Irvine Event Disrupted by Anti-Israel Protesters (VIDEO)

JNS.org – The night of May 18 was supposed to be an evening of learning and conversation...

Sykes-Picot at 100: Mideast Chaos Highlights the Perils of Drawing Borders May 24, 2016 7:00 am

Sykes-Picot at 100: Mideast Chaos Highlights the Perils of Drawing Borders

JNS.org – One-hundred years ago this month, British colonel Sir Tatton Benvenuto Mark...

Methodists Vote to Divest From Hate and Invest in Peace May 24, 2016 6:53 am

Methodists Vote to Divest From Hate and Invest in Peace

In 2016, the frontline of the war against the legitimacy of the Jewish state isn’t Gaza...

New York Times Raises Front-Page Alarm About Las Vegas Newspaper’s Zionist Owner May 23, 2016 12:28 pm

New York Times Raises Front-Page Alarm About Las Vegas Newspaper’s Zionist Owner

The internal machinations at a Las Vegas newspaper owned by the family of Sheldon Adelson...

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  • Features World Graves of Jewish Pirates in Jamaica Give Caribbean Tourists Taste of Little-Known History

    Graves of Jewish Pirates in Jamaica Give Caribbean Tourists Taste of Little-Known History

    Tour operators are calling attention to Jamaica’s little-known Jewish heritage by arranging visits to historic Jewish sites on the Caribbean island, including a cemetery where Jewish pirates are buried. A report in Travel and Leisure magazine describes the Hunts Bay Cemetery in Kingston, where there are seven tombstones engraved with Hebrew benedictions and skull and crossbones insignia. According to the report, centuries ago, Jewish pirates sailed the waters of Jamaica and settled in Port Royal. The town, once known as “the wickedest city in the […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Filmmaker Eyal Resh Embraces the Challenge of Telling Israel’s Story (VIDEO)

    Filmmaker Eyal Resh Embraces the Challenge of Telling Israel’s Story (VIDEO)

    JNS.org – Telling Israel’s story. It’s the specific title of a short film that Eyal Resh created last year. It’s also the theme behind the 27-year-old Israeli filmmaker’s broader body of work. The widely viewed “Telling Israel’s Story” film—directed by Resh for a gala event hosted by the Times of Israel online news outlet—seemingly begins as a promotional tourism video, but quickly evolves to offer a multilayered perspective. “I want to tell you a story about a special place for me,” a young woman whispers […]

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  • Blogs Features Israel Geeks Out: Science, Art and Tech Event Embodies Jewish State’s ‘DNA’

    Israel Geeks Out: Science, Art and Tech Event Embodies Jewish State’s ‘DNA’

    JNS.org – The entrance to Jerusalem’s Sacher Park was transformed from April 25-27 by a fire-breathing robotic dragon, which flailed its arms and attempted to take flight. The robot, a signature feature at Jerusalem’s first-ever “Geek Picnic,” was one of more than 150 scientific amusements available for the public to experience. This particular dragon was designed by students from Moscow’s Art Industrial Institute in conjunction with the Flacon design factory, said Anatasia Shaminer, a student who helped facilitate the display. Children […]

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  • Book Reviews Opinion The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love. CreateSpace, 2015. The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love, is a very interesting novel. Equally a political and romantic thriller, at times a real page-turner, it gets you intimately involved in the dire situation in today’s Syria, as well as in the romantic entanglements of its mostly New York-based characters — whose entanglements just might determine the fate of that dire situation in Syria. Along the way it introduces a really important idea that somehow […]

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  • Features Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    JNS.org – Aside from Israel itself, those with a vested interest in the Jewish state are accustomed to tracking developments related to Middle East players such as Iran, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. But much global attention has recently focused on the Caucasus region at the Europe-Asia border, specifically on the suddenly intensified violence between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh area of western Azerbaijan. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, while not taking place in Israel’s immediate neighborhood, does have what one scholar called […]

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  • Blogs Features Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    JNS.org – On Friday, April 22, 196 nations across the world mark Earth Day, the annual day dedicated to environmental protection that was enacted in 1970. Not to be forgotten on this day is Israel, which is known as the “start-up nation” for its disproportionate amount of technological innovation, including in the area of protecting the environment. For Earth Day 2016, JNS.org presents a sampling of the Jewish state’s internal achievements and global contributions in the environmental realm. Water conservation Israeli […]

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  • Arts and Culture World New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    Holocaust humor and the role that laughter played in the lives of Jews during World War II are the focus of a documentary that made its world premiere on Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. In The Last Laugh, first- and second-generation survivors, as well as famous Jewish and non-Jewish comedians, discuss their thoughts on when joking about the death camps is appropriate or taboo. “Nazi humor, that’s OK. Holocaust humor, no,” Jewish comedic giant, actor and filmmaker Mel Brooks says in the film. “Anything I […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    JNS.org – Sherri Mandell’s life was devastated on May 8, 2001, when her 13-year-old son Koby was murdered by terrorists on the outskirts of the Israeli Jewish community of Tekoa. Yet Mandell not only shares the story of her loss, but also celebrates the lessons she has learned from tragedy. Indeed, “celebrate” is this Israeli-American author’s word choice. Her second book, The Road to Resilience: From Chaos to Celebration (Toby Press), came out earlier this year. The lesson: in every celebration, there is […]

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