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‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW) April 17, 2014 11:14 am

‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

Kosher Lust, by Shmuley Boteach (Gefen Publishing House, 2014). You really do want to find...

Honor Dishonored: Brandeis and Ayaan Hirsi Ali April 17, 2014 10:58 am

Honor Dishonored: Brandeis and Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Long ago, in Jerusalem, in Ecclesiastes, King Solomon famously wrote: “There is nothing...

Why the Left Doesn’t Understand the Arab War Against Israel April 14, 2014 5:56 am

Why the Left Doesn’t Understand the Arab War Against Israel

Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz likes to say that if you are for civil rights, women’s...

Rwanda Demands a Muscular Morality April 14, 2014 4:31 am

Rwanda Demands a Muscular Morality

Kigale, Rwanda – Last week saw the twentieth anniversary of the start of the Rwandan...

American Jews Must Wake Up to Anti-Semitism of Hungary’s Jobbik Party April 14, 2014 2:39 am

American Jews Must Wake Up to Anti-Semitism of Hungary’s Jobbik Party

JNS.org - When one in five people in a key European state votes for a neo-Nazi party,...

A Rising Anti-Semitic Storm in Greece April 13, 2014 2:35 pm

A Rising Anti-Semitic Storm in Greece

The so-called Affair Baltakos in Greece is one of those eye-opening moments that throws into...

Why Does the BBC Trust’s Editorial Standards Committee Pretend That the 1947 Partition Plan is a Thing? April 13, 2014 2:31 pm

Why Does the BBC Trust’s Editorial Standards Committee Pretend That the 1947 Partition Plan is a Thing?

Readers no doubt remember that in the summer of 2012 the BBC’s Sports department produced...

What’s Really Stopping a Peace Deal Between Israel and the Palestinian Authority April 13, 2014 2:18 pm

What’s Really Stopping a Peace Deal Between Israel and the Palestinian Authority

Secretary of State John Kerry’s non-stop efforts at cementing an Israeli-Palestinian peace...

Why Have American Taxpayers Supported Hamas Trainers? April 11, 2014 4:04 pm

Why Have American Taxpayers Supported Hamas Trainers?

Should American taxpayers be funding an organization that has provided activist training to...

British Grassroots Counter BDS, With a Touch of Humor April 11, 2014 1:34 pm

British Grassroots Counter BDS, With a Touch of Humor

JNS.org – In August 2012, a Christian and a Jew bumped into each other in Brighton,...

New York Times and Reuters Fall for ‘Gaza Runner’ Propaganda April 11, 2014 11:40 am

New York Times and Reuters Fall for ‘Gaza Runner’ Propaganda

From Reuters: Kicking up dust on the back roads of northern Gaza within sight of the Israeli...

No Longer Banned in the British Library! April 10, 2014 9:55 am

No Longer Banned in the British Library!

The British Library, I documented recently, had blocked my website and those of the Middle...

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  • Book Reviews Opinion Robert Gates’ Memoir is a Jaw-Dropping Read (REVIEW)

    Robert Gates’ Memoir is a Jaw-Dropping Read (REVIEW)

    Former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates’s memoir follows the classic form, telling the story of his years at the Pentagon during the Bush and Obama administrations. He focuses on what he did and experienced personally as secretary, neither writing a broad policy treatise nor recounting the entire history of the administrations in which he served. In so doing, Gates provides penetrating insights about the inner workings of US national security decision-making. Had I been George W. Bush, I would [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews The Media, Israel, and Anti-Semitism (REVIEW)

    The Media, Israel, and Anti-Semitism (REVIEW)

    Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed from A-Z by Lee Bender and Jerome Verlin (Pavilion Press, Philadelphia, Pa. 2013) Sophocles said, “What people believe prevails over truth,” Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed from A-Z is ideal for the arm chair reader who would like a basic grasp of the terms used in the mainstream media’s presentation of the Arab-Israeli situation as is reported today. This is a book whose time has come. This is a book where the reader gains a [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs William Shatner’s One Man Show Keeps Him in the Limelight (INTERVIEW)

    William Shatner’s One Man Show Keeps Him in the Limelight (INTERVIEW)

    JNS.org – On Thursday, audiences around the country can feel what it is like to be William Shatner, the Jewish actor best known for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk on “Star Trek.” Shatner’s one-man show “Shatner’s World”—which was on Broadway and toured Canada, Australia, and the United States—will be presented in nearly 700 movie theaters nationwide for one night only on April 24. Sponsored by Fathom Events and Priceline.com (for whom Shatner has famously served as a pitchman), [...]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews The Origins of Palestinian Refugee Relief Efforts (REVIEW)

    The Origins of Palestinian Refugee Relief Efforts (REVIEW)

    Romirowsky and Joffe’s book Religion, Politics and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief is an important volume for those interested in truly understanding the origins of the Palestinian refugee issue. Utilizing a treasure trove of newly released documents, the authors link UNRWA’s (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine) origins to the Quakers/American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). For those readers who thought they knew most of the Middle East story, Romirowsky and Joffe’s version provides another twist. The authors meticulously [...]

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  • Sports Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    The Israel National soccer team could be facing a World Cup ban, and other soccer sanctions, unless it alleviates travel restrictions and increases field access for Palestinian players and coaches. The head of the Palestinian Football Association is pushing for international soccer’s governing body, the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), to issue a ban on Israel competing internationally, claiming Israel’s restrictive travel for Palestinians is equivalent to a form of oppression. “It’s not only the athletes,” Jibril Rajoub explains. [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    JNS.org – While the national debate on “Obamacare” rages on past the recent March 31 sign-up deadline, bestselling Jewish author Dr. Joel Fuhrman says the “current disease care model of what we call ‘health care’ cannot possibly be sustained.” “There is simply not enough money available to support a system in which the lion’s share of expenditures is devoted to acute care, with virtually nothing being spent on preventive medicine, i.e. health care,” Fuhrman says in an interview. “To make [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    JNS.org – “This is how I want to be—without fear. Independent. I want to be like a bird. I want to spread my wings.” So reads part of the description beneath one of the 30 paintings on display until the end of May at the ZOA House in Tel Aviv. The collection represents the first-ever art exhibit of its kind: an exhibit created entirely by Israelis in treatment for eating disorders. Dubbed “Tears of Color,” based on one of the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    JNS.org – Rachel Ament noticed that she and her friends often shared humorous anecdotes that were typically variations on a theme: overprotective, worrying Jewish moms who smothered them with love. That included Ament’s own mother. “My mom is probably every Jewish stereotype scrunched into one,” the Washington, DC, resident tells JNS.org. “At the root of all these stereotypical, worrying, overprotective moms, is love.” A social media writer for Capital One, as well as a freelance writer, Ament decided about three years [...]

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