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The Secret of ISIS Success September 19, 2014 9:35 am

The Secret of ISIS Success

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted in favor of President Barack Obama’s proposal to...

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...

The Hypocrisy of the 8200 Affair September 18, 2014 4:55 pm

The Hypocrisy of the 8200 Affair

“The dissenters are citizen heroes,” exclaimed former Knesset Speaker and former Jewish...

The Fallacy of Moral Equivalency September 18, 2014 7:18 am

The Fallacy of Moral Equivalency

Judging the morality or immorality of war according to the number of people killed is not...

How to Deal With Islamic State? Promote Inclusiveness and Tolerance September 18, 2014 7:07 am

How to Deal With Islamic State? Promote Inclusiveness and Tolerance

JNS.org - The Washington Post recently featured an article on the revival of Yazidi culture...

Ken Roth Uses ‘Anti-Semite’ Straw Man to Avoid Answering Critics. Time to Grow Up, Ken (VIDEO) September 17, 2014 7:20 am

Ken Roth Uses ‘Anti-Semite’ Straw Man to Avoid Answering Critics. Time to Grow Up, Ken (VIDEO)

This interview with Human Rights Watch’s Ken Roth on Dutch TV reveals how Roth avoids...

Jeremy Ben-Ami’s Dishonest Editorial on the Land in Gush Etzion September 17, 2014 7:07 am

Jeremy Ben-Ami’s Dishonest Editorial on the Land in Gush Etzion

J Street’s Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami is certainly entitled to his opinion that...

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...

The National Lawyers Guild Seeks to Indict Obama for Helping Israel Build Iron Dome September 16, 2014 5:10 pm

The National Lawyers Guild Seeks to Indict Obama for Helping Israel Build Iron Dome

The National Lawyers Guild—a hard left assortment of radical lawyers and “legal workers”—is...

Human Rights NGOs, Including the UN, Refuse to Adopt Anti-Bias Standards September 16, 2014 7:06 am

Human Rights NGOs, Including the UN, Refuse to Adopt Anti-Bias Standards

There has been a long history of international standards on fact-finding missions dating back...

A Cruz Critic at The New York Times Discovers Christians in the Middle East September 16, 2014 7:03 am

A Cruz Critic at The New York Times Discovers Christians in the Middle East

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat has discovered the plight of Christians in the Middle...

New Documentary Shows How America’s Oil Addiction Fuels Middle East Threats September 16, 2014 6:53 am

New Documentary Shows How America’s Oil Addiction Fuels Middle East Threats

ISIS has bolstered its forces within recent months, and it has financed this expansion with...

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  • Music US & Canada Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Pop superstar Lady Gaga on Thursday accepted an award from Jewish human rights group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation, which strives to combat bullying among young people. “Your philosophies are so in line with ours,” she said of the ADL upon accepting the Making a Difference Award in a videotaped message, which was shown at a ceremony in New York City. “We want to help young people know that their feelings and who they are on [...]

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  • Music Personalities At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    JNS.org – Eighty years young, Leonard Cohen fits many descriptions—singer, songwriter, poet, novelist, monk. From his Jewish upbringing in Canada to the present day, Cohen has always explored his spiritual side. This month, the singer-songwriter released the CD (May 12) and iTunes (on May 8 of this year) formats of his latest album, Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour, which features live recordings from his world tours in 2012 and 2013. Last year, Cohen’s Popular Problems was voted by Rolling Stone [...]

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  • Europe Sports FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    JNS.org – Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) head Sepp Blatter said during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that contrary to Palestinian complaints, Israel has not violated any FIFA statutes and should not be suspended from international soccer’s governing body. “We should not come to one federation saying we will exclude them,” said Blatter, the Jerusalem Post reported. “If the national association is fulfilling its obligations then there is no need to intervene,” he said. “I’m on a [...]

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  • Featured Middle East Sports Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) said on Tuesday it was “appalled” by a Palestinian Football Association initiative to suspend Israel from FIFA, calling it another “front waged in the context of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign.” “We are appalled at the temerity of the Palestinan Football Association (PFA) demand that FIFA suspend Israel at your forthcoming Congress in Zurich,” wrote the group’s international relations director, Dr. Shimon Samuels, in a letter to FIFA President Joseph [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    The lead actor in Son of Saul, an Auschwitz thriller featured at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, told the UK’s The Guardian that he believes God was “holding the hand” of each Jew who died in the Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust. “I do not for one nanosecond like to pretend that God is off the hook. He could and should have stopped it at a much earlier stage,” Géza Röhrig, 48, said. ”But I would not be able to get [...]

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  • Music Backstreet Boys Singer Howie D Gushes Over Masada During Israel Trip

    Backstreet Boys Singer Howie D Gushes Over Masada During Israel Trip

    Backstreet Boys singer Howie Dorough took to Instagram on Tuesday to marvel about climbing the famed Masada fortress with his band during their visit to Israel, where they will perform this week for the first time. The group’s second day of sightseeing in the Jewish state included the Masada hike, and taking a mud bath at the Dead Sea. A picture from the band’s official Twitter page shows the five singers covered in mud. While relaxing in the Dead Sea, [...]

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  • Book Reviews US & Canada ‘Arms and the Dudes:’ New Book, Film Detail How Ex-Orthodox Yeshiva Guys Became Top Suppliers for Afghan Army

    ‘Arms and the Dudes:’ New Book, Film Detail How Ex-Orthodox Yeshiva Guys Became Top Suppliers for Afghan Army

    A new book and its upcoming film adaptation tell the true story of how three former yeshiva students who habitually smoked marijuana scored a $300 million contract from the U.S. government to supply weapons for the Afghan Army, the New York Daily News reported on Sunday. Arms and the Dudes details how the Miami Beach potheads became “the most unlikely gunrunners in history,” according to the book’s author, investigative reporter Guy Lawson. The tale begins with Efraim Diveroli, nephew of [...]

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  • Blogs Theater Natalie Portman: Israel-Themed ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ Not Political

    Natalie Portman: Israel-Themed ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ Not Political

    JNS.org – Natalie Portman, who directs and stars in the new Hebrew-language film adaptation of author Amos Oz’s A Tale of Love and Darkness, says that despite Oz’s record as a vocal left-wing critic of Israel, her film is not political. Like the book on which it is based, Portman’s film is about a young boy at the time of the founding of the state of Israel. “I think the movie is very much about this very particular, specific family story. Of [...]

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