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Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA May 19, 2015 9:18 pm

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”...

Hundreds of UC Alums Join 23 Groups Urging Schools to Adopt State Department Antisemitism Definition May 19, 2015 2:28 pm

Hundreds of UC Alums Join 23 Groups Urging Schools to Adopt State Department Antisemitism Definition

Fueling a roiling debate over antisemitism on college campuses, more than 500 alumni from...

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates Says Better Iran Deal Still Possible (VIDEO) May 19, 2015 2:04 pm

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates Says Better Iran Deal Still Possible (VIDEO)

A “better deal” over Iran’s nuclear program that will not “scare [U.S.] allies half...

Israel Criticizes US for Allowing Iran to Violate Sanctions May 19, 2015 1:53 pm

Israel Criticizes US for Allowing Iran to Violate Sanctions

JNS.org – An Israeli official has criticized the U.S. for allowing Iran to purchase...

New York Times Report Reveals Libya New Leader ‘Sought Discreet Relationship With Israel’ May 19, 2015 1:40 pm

New York Times Report Reveals Libya New Leader ‘Sought Discreet Relationship With Israel’

The exposé of personal correspondences between Hillary Clinton and a longtime friend and...

Illinois Passes Bill That Bans BDS Participants From State Pension Funds May 19, 2015 9:59 am

Illinois Passes Bill That Bans BDS Participants From State Pension Funds

JNS.org - The Illinois State House of Representatives on Monday unanimously passed a bill...

ISIS Holds Victory Parade After Seizing Iraqi City, Could Attack Baghdad Next Month May 19, 2015 9:56 am

ISIS Holds Victory Parade After Seizing Iraqi City, Could Attack Baghdad Next Month

Daily Mail – ISIS militants have held a twisted victory parade after taking the key...

EU Chief Mogherini: Europe Wants Active Role in Israel-Palestinian Peace Process May 19, 2015 9:45 am

EU Chief Mogherini: Europe Wants Active Role in Israel-Palestinian Peace Process

i24News – The European Union wants a more active role in seeking peace between Israel...

Netanyahu Says New Government’s First Priority is Protecting Israel From Enemies May 19, 2015 9:45 am

Netanyahu Says New Government’s First Priority is Protecting Israel From Enemies

Jerusalem Post – Standing at the podium alongside President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister...

Archaeologists Confirm Lithuanian Power Grid Was Built With Jewish Tombstones May 19, 2015 9:44 am

Archaeologists Confirm Lithuanian Power Grid Was Built With Jewish Tombstones

Yahoo/AP – Archaeologists confirmed this week that the electrical substation was built...

US Must Ensure Israel Can Destroy Iran’s ‘Deeply Buried Nuclear Sites,’ Reps Say May 18, 2015 1:59 pm

US Must Ensure Israel Can Destroy Iran’s ‘Deeply Buried Nuclear Sites,’ Reps Say

The U.S. must provide Israel with 37,000 pound bunker-buster bombs to ensure the Jewish state...

Palestinian Authority Submits Request to File Lawsuits Against Israel at ICC May 18, 2015 1:42 pm

Palestinian Authority Submits Request to File Lawsuits Against Israel at ICC

JNS.org - The Palestinian Authority (PA) submitted an official request with the International...

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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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