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The BBC’s Ongoing, Pervasive Distortion of Gaza Casualty Figures October 1, 2014 7:37 am

The BBC’s Ongoing, Pervasive Distortion of Gaza Casualty Figures

On September 1, the BBC News website published a feature titled “Gaza crisis: Toll of operations...

Mourning Israel’s Greatest Spy October 1, 2014 7:36 am

Mourning Israel’s Greatest Spy

Some say he was the man on whom the fictional character of James Bond was based. But he was...

Saeb Erekat Describes His Strategy of Lying October 1, 2014 7:12 am

Saeb Erekat Describes His Strategy of Lying

On Monday, PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat added another to his long list of lies that he spouts...

Fascist Party Wins in Swedish Election Signals Further Concern for Religious Freedoms September 30, 2014 7:18 am

Fascist Party Wins in Swedish Election Signals Further Concern for Religious Freedoms

After eight years of center-right rule that championed the free-market approach – and...

How Anti-Semitism Hides Among the Intellectual Elite – Ed Husain’s Offensive Tweet September 30, 2014 6:53 am

How Anti-Semitism Hides Among the Intellectual Elite – Ed Husain’s Offensive Tweet

Over the weekend, a number of newspapers breathlessly published a story about an El Al flight...

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...

Abbas Finds a Friend in The New York Times September 29, 2014 7:12 am

Abbas Finds a Friend in The New York Times

In his Rosh Hashanah tirade at the UN General Assembly Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud...

BBC Executive Lies, Blames Fewer Listeners on Inability to Report Freely From Gaza September 29, 2014 6:58 am

BBC Executive Lies, Blames Fewer Listeners on Inability to Report Freely From Gaza

A recent report in the Guardian reveals that the editor of BBC Radio 4’s flagship news...

Allies and Adversaries in the Middle East September 29, 2014 6:22 am

Allies and Adversaries in the Middle East

JNS.org - Who are we at war with in the Middle East? At first glance, this seems like...

The New York Times’ Obsessive, Unsubstantiated Criticism of Israel Reaches New Depths September 28, 2014 3:30 pm

The New York Times’ Obsessive, Unsubstantiated Criticism of Israel Reaches New Depths

“Struggles for freedom continued across the Middle East and North Africa in 2013, but several...

Opinion: Extremist Iranian Regime Has No Business Promoting ‘World Against Violence & Extremism’ Initiative at UN September 24, 2014 6:00 pm

Opinion: Extremist Iranian Regime Has No Business Promoting ‘World Against Violence & Extremism’ Initiative at UN

In his inaugural speech before the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) last year, Iranian...

The Right to Protest the Metropolitan Opera Decision to Put on ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ September 24, 2014 4:12 pm

The Right to Protest the Metropolitan Opera Decision to Put on ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’

On Monday night I stood in front of the Metropolitan Opera listening to hundreds of Jewish...

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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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  • Sports US & Canada David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    JNS.org – Less than five months after leading Maccabi Tel Aviv to its sixth European basketball title, David Blatt, now the head coach of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, routed his former team in an exhibition game on Sunday, with the Cavaliers dominating Maccabi 107-80 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The 20,562 fans in attendance witnessed Lebron James’s first appearance in a Cavaliers uniform since he left the club in free agency for the Miami Heat four years ago. [...]

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