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On Iran Nukes, US Sells Israel Down the River April 12, 2015 2:45 pm

On Iran Nukes, US Sells Israel Down the River

Somewhere in the depths of hell, the devil is comforting Saddam Hussein as he laments that...

Trouble for J Street? Liberal Jews Turn on Obama Over Iran Deal April 12, 2015 2:37 pm

Trouble for J Street? Liberal Jews Turn on Obama Over Iran Deal

The top political and intellectual leaders of the Israeli left are coming out against...

Dangers to Democracy in the Prosecution of Senator Menendez April 11, 2015 10:18 pm

Dangers to Democracy in the Prosecution of Senator Menendez

Whenever a prominent political figure is indicted on charges of alleged corruption, serious...

Can Congress Get a Better Deal With Iran? April 9, 2015 10:56 am

Can Congress Get a Better Deal With Iran?

Is there any precedent for the US government dropping a controversial nuclear agreement so...

The Palestinian Statehood Idea Begins to Crumble April 9, 2015 10:51 am

The Palestinian Statehood Idea Begins to Crumble

A sea change began within hours of the Israeli election returns. Thomas L. Friedman, who has...

Lies, Damned Lies and a Fabricated Fatwa April 9, 2015 10:49 am

Lies, Damned Lies and a Fabricated Fatwa

On April 2, US President Barack Obama issued a statement on the “framework to prevent...

The Right to Freedom and Happiness, Not Enrichment, is What the Iranians Aspire For April 8, 2015 12:48 pm

The Right to Freedom and Happiness, Not Enrichment, is What the Iranians Aspire For

Thousands of jubilant dancing and singing Iranians took to the streets last week to celebrate...

Is the UCC Headed for Another Bout of Anti-Israelism? April 8, 2015 11:54 am

Is the UCC Headed for Another Bout of Anti-Israelism?

The United Church of Christ, a liberal Protestant denomination with approximately 900,000...

With the Palestinians, Obama Masters the Art of Pretending April 8, 2015 11:47 am

With the Palestinians, Obama Masters the Art of Pretending

JNS.org – President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough, used his appearance...

Obama & Israel: Obama Plays Victim, Again April 7, 2015 4:36 pm

Obama & Israel: Obama Plays Victim, Again

When all else fails, play the victim. Fresh off his “I’m insulted” campaign...

Why Trevor Noah’s Twitter Troubles Matter April 7, 2015 12:34 pm

Why Trevor Noah’s Twitter Troubles Matter

Making jokes about women, LGBT people and Jews is not new in comedy. And most often, when...

Oil is Still Fueling Iran’s Atomic Ambitions April 7, 2015 12:30 pm

Oil is Still Fueling Iran’s Atomic Ambitions

At the moment, the world remains profoundly unsure about the deal now emerging from recent...

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  • Blogs Sports Gold on the Galilee: Israeli Kayaker Comes of Age, Eyes Olympics (VIDEO)

    Gold on the Galilee: Israeli Kayaker Comes of Age, Eyes Olympics (VIDEO)

    JNS.org – Three years ago, kayaking coach Roei Lev found aspiring Olympian Ilya Podpolnyy crying on the steps of the Jordan Valley Sprint Kayak Club overlooking the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). Podpolnyy, then 17 years old, had just been disqualified from the Israeli kayaking championship. He couldn’t survive the heats. He didn’t make the start line. He was devastated—and he had no one with whom to share his hopes, his dreams, and his disappointment. His divorced parents still live in [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Lena Dunham Responds to Charges of Antisemitism: It was Just a Jew Joke

    Lena Dunham Responds to Charges of Antisemitism: It was Just a Jew Joke

    “Girls” creator Lena Dunham responded on Tuesday to charges of antisemitism over an article she had penned for the New Yorker, saying it was all in good humor. Speaking to Variety, Dunham reflected on her “tight-knit Jewish family, where Jew jokes were part of the essential fiber of our communication.” The article Dunham referred to was called “Dog or Jewish Boyfriend? A Quiz,” with options such as “He doesn’t Tip” and “He’s Crazy for Cream Cheese.” Among Dunham’s critics, Anti-Defamation [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Former NBA Star Tweets Article About Jewish Conspiracy to Control Global Media

    Former NBA Star Tweets Article About Jewish Conspiracy to Control Global Media

    Retired NBA player Keyon Dooling tweeted a link on Wednesday to a wildly antisemitic article that accuses Jews of seizing control of the world’s media and using it to promote their own interests. The article, published by an obscure blog in April 2013, highlights six companies it claims are owned by Jews — such as Time Warner, Inc. and the Walt Disney Company – that allegedly “control 96 percent of the world’s media.”  The post includes allegations of “Jewish control” and says [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Rosh Hashanah Won’t Keep the Giants’ Geoff Schwartz From Season Opener

    Rosh Hashanah Won’t Keep the Giants’ Geoff Schwartz From Season Opener

    New York Giants offensive guard Geoff Schwartz responded to an outcry from Jewish fans on Tuesday, saying he will go ahead and play in the season opener despite the fact that it falls on the first night of Rosh Hashanah. “Keep getting tweets about that being the first night of Rosh Hashanah… Don’t know what I’m supposed to tell you. It’s a tough break,” the Jewish athlete wrote, referring to the Giants’ on-the-road game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Sept. [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish Coach David Blatt Has NBA’s Cavaliers Surging at Playoff Time

    Jewish Coach David Blatt Has NBA’s Cavaliers Surging at Playoff Time

    JNS.org – When David Blatt was hired as head coach of the National Basketball Association’s Cleveland Cavaliers last June, he was not often recognized when he walked the streets of downtown Cleveland. What a difference a year makes. Now, Blatt can go few places without being recognized. For good reason. The Jewish coach has the Cavaliers in the mix to win the city of Cleveland’s first championship in a major sport since the Browns won the National Football League title in [...]

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  • Europe Sports Croatian Soccer Star’s Hebrew Tattoo Causes a Stir Online

    Croatian Soccer Star’s Hebrew Tattoo Causes a Stir Online

    A Hebrew tattoo sported by Croatian soccer star Mario Mandzukic became an internet sensation in Israel after it was exposed on Tuesday during a Champions League match between Ateltico Madrid and Real Madrid A first glance, the tattoo, on the athlete’s back, might leave one with the impression that it was an unfortunate artistic mistake, since the Hebrew letters do not make sense as they are written. However, a closer look at the tattoo shows that it was actually written [...]

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  • Blogs Theater Why an Algemeiner Editor Wrote a Play About a Mass Shooter

    Why an Algemeiner Editor Wrote a Play About a Mass Shooter

    For the past two years, I have served as Opinion Editor at The Algemeiner. I’m perhaps most proud of the paper’s commitment to publishing diverse and opposing viewpoints on the controversial issues of the day. We pride ourselves on voicing different opinions because we know that most issues are not black and white, and because our community is better served by a public debate. In my life outside of the paper, I am a professional actor and playwright. And similarly, [...]

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  • Book Reviews Commentary In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    JNS.org – “Risk: The Game of Strategic Conquest,” the classic Parker Brothers board game, requires imperial ambitions. Players imagine empires and are pitted against each other, vying for world domination. Amid this fictional world war, beginners learn fast that no matter the superiority of their army, every advance is a gamble determined by a roll of the dice. After a defeat, a player must retreat. Weighted reinforcement cards provide the only opportunity to reverse a player’s fortunes and resume the [...]

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