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The US, Israel and Saudi Arabia Can All Unite on Iran January 25, 2016 6:31 am

The US, Israel and Saudi Arabia Can All Unite on Iran

There is tension between both Israel and Iran, and between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Hezbollah, an...

To Those Who Want to Push Israel Off Campus: You Will Fail January 24, 2016 7:21 am

To Those Who Want to Push Israel Off Campus: You Will Fail

JNS.org – Malicious campaigns to intimidate Jewish and other pro-Israel students...

Double Taxation and Antisemitism January 24, 2016 7:17 am

Double Taxation and Antisemitism

Like a growing number of American expats living in Israel, I have spent the last few years...

An Open Letter to Open Hillel January 24, 2016 7:13 am

An Open Letter to Open Hillel

[In the days just before the Messiah] a man’s enemies will be the members of his household...

Antisemitism in 2016: Global Challenge Lacks a Global Strategy January 22, 2016 9:55 am

Antisemitism in 2016: Global Challenge Lacks a Global Strategy

JNS.org – Another week, another litany of ugly incidents targeting Jews, along with...

Jewish Academics Turn Against Hillel January 22, 2016 5:02 am

Jewish Academics Turn Against Hillel

The enemies of Israel neither slumber nor sleep. They include not only the technically competent...

How Israeli Christians Are Coping With the Wave of Terror January 22, 2016 4:55 am

How Israeli Christians Are Coping With the Wave of Terror

JNS.org – For two of the three major monotheistic religions, the connection to Israel’s...

Fig Leaves Won’t Protect French Jews January 22, 2016 4:52 am

Fig Leaves Won’t Protect French Jews

When a teenager claiming to act for Islamic State attacked a Jewish teacher with a machete...

Bernard-Henri Lévy: The Metaphysics of the Yarmulke January 21, 2016 10:30 am

Bernard-Henri Lévy: The Metaphysics of the Yarmulke

What a strange debate has been going on in France. A cacaphony, really — about the yarmulke! There...

We Could Have Seen Europe’s Muslim Rape Crisis Coming January 21, 2016 7:47 am

We Could Have Seen Europe’s Muslim Rape Crisis Coming

In the aftermath of the New Year’s Eve’s mass rapes of European women by Muslim...

Barack Obama and the Denial of Islamic Terrorism January 21, 2016 7:41 am

Barack Obama and the Denial of Islamic Terrorism

If Barack Obama is right, there is no Islamic terror wave today, just a few “incidents.” Likewise,...

Pessin Affair Exposes Connecticut College Antisemitism January 21, 2016 7:33 am

Pessin Affair Exposes Connecticut College Antisemitism

A pro-Israel professor won’t be on campus at Connecticut College when classes start Monday,...

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  • Book Reviews Opinion Perspectives on the Middle East and Islam (BOOK REVIEW)

    Perspectives on the Middle East and Islam (BOOK REVIEW)

    Nothing Abides: Perspectives on the Middle East and Islam, by Daniel Pipes. Transaction Publishers, 2015. More doggedly than any other expert on Middle East affairs Daniel Pipes has riveted his attention upon the threat that radical Islam poses to civilized life in nearly every corner of the globe. The Boston Globe was not indulging in hyperbole when it stated, “If Pipes’ admonitions had been heeded, there might never have been a 9/11.” He is the polar opposite to the willfully […]

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  • Food Jewish Identity Home of Freud and…Pita? Israelis Make Culinary Mark in Vienna

    Home of Freud and…Pita? Israelis Make Culinary Mark in Vienna

    JNS.org – Several Viennese Jews have made a lasting impact on the world. Sigmund Freud’s investigations changed the face of modern psychology. Composer Arnold Schoenberg’s innovations in atonal music changed the face of music. These days, even more Jews — in particular, Israeli Jews — are changing the face of Vienna’s culinary scene with innovations in…the art of the pita. Freudians may find a psychoanalytic motive for the local appeal of the Israeli eateries popping up in the Austrian capital. Walk […]

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  • Features Opinion In Iraqi Kurdistan, a Genocide Before Our Very Eyes

    In Iraqi Kurdistan, a Genocide Before Our Very Eyes

    The two bullet casings are already beginning to rust. Sheikh Nasser Pasha plucks them from the ground. “Look, one is from an AK-47, one from an American M-4.” The casings are strewn on the ground atop a long mound of dirt with a few bits of white sticks on it. It would appear unremarkable if one were walking by it. A closer look, however, reveals the white objects are pieces of human bone: arms, legs, and a single human skull. […]

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  • Blogs Features Israel and the Apartheid Narrative: 2 South African Student Leaders Weigh In

    Israel and the Apartheid Narrative: 2 South African Student Leaders Weigh In

    JNS.org – About two-dozen people file into Dodd 175 at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus on a Thursday night, scouting out seats and picking at the kosher pizza in the back of the lecture hall. Miyelani Pinini knows the drill. A former student president of the University of Cape Town in South Africa, she’s attended and even organized her share of free-pizza events. But now she and a fellow South African student leader were the stars of this […]

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  • Food Spirituality/Tradition The Brewish State: Israel Taps Into Growing Craft Beer Bazaar

    The Brewish State: Israel Taps Into Growing Craft Beer Bazaar

    JNS.org – It’s widely known that Israel has penetrated the wine market, with some of its sophisticated Israeli blends surpassing historically excellent wines from areas such as the Napa Valley or Bordeaux. But what about beer? For decades, Israel has offered solely the Maccabi and Nesher brands. Not anymore. “There is a huge push of people making beer at home. The country is approaching over 30 craft breweries in the last year or two, making nearly 200 beers,” says Avi Moskowitz, […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Natalie Portman Says She Behaved Like ‘Average Everyday Jewish Mother’ on Set of Latest Movie

    Natalie Portman Says She Behaved Like ‘Average Everyday Jewish Mother’ on Set of Latest Movie

    Actress Natalie Portman acted like a typical “Jewish mother” on the set of her latest movie, Jane Got a Gun, the Israeli-born star told the New York Post‘s Page Six on Sunday. The 34-year-old, who also co-produced the western, said she made it her job to look out for everyone involved in the project, because the film has had to overcome “so many obstacles,” such as losing its director early on. She explained: “Actors changed. We suffered financial and legal challenges. We endured so many replacements. There were delays. […]

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  • Israel Music Scorpions Lead Singer Sends Message to Israel Ahead of World Tour, Tel Aviv Performance (VIDEO)

    Scorpions Lead Singer Sends Message to Israel Ahead of World Tour, Tel Aviv Performance (VIDEO)

    “We’re looking very much forward to coming back to Israel this summer,” said the lead singer of the German rock band Scorpions in a video on Monday. “Make sure you don’t miss it because we rock you like a hurricane!” said a jovial Klaus Meine, quoting the band’s seminal 1984 anthem, “Rock You Like a Hurricane.” The hard rock band lands in Israel for a show at the Menorah Mivtachim Arena on July 14 as part of its 50th anniversary tour. It will be the band’s third time […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews The Collected Works of Primo Levi, Edited by Ann Goldstein (REVIEW)

    The Collected Works of Primo Levi, Edited by Ann Goldstein (REVIEW)

    Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel were the two most immediate and authentic literary voices who gave witness to the Holocaust. Wiesel was an extrovert and a very public figure who wrote initially in French. Levi was a modest retiring chemist who wrote in Italian. Whereas Wiesel was rooted in the Eastern European Jewish Hassidic world, Levi was the product of an assimilated, secular Italian society that saw itself as Italian first and Jewish as an accident of birth. As Levi himself said, “At Auschwitz I […]

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