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Portugal’s Parliament Becomes Latest European Legislature to Back Palestinian State December 13, 2014 8:45 pm

Portugal’s Parliament Becomes Latest European Legislature to Back Palestinian State

JNS.org – Portugal’s parliament on Friday became the latest European legislature...

Report Says British Aid Assisted Iran Execution of Nearly 3000, Including Women and Children December 13, 2014 8:36 pm

Report Says British Aid Assisted Iran Execution of Nearly 3000, Including Women and Children

British aid has assisted the brutal execution of nearly 3,000 people accused of drug smuggling...

Defense Minister Says Israel Will ‘Be Fine’ Without PA Security Cooperation December 13, 2014 8:19 pm

Defense Minister Says Israel Will ‘Be Fine’ Without PA Security Cooperation

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on Friday said that Israel would “be fine”...

IDF Underground Command Bunker Being Upgraded to Protect From Biological, Nuclear Threats December 13, 2014 8:09 pm

IDF Underground Command Bunker Being Upgraded to Protect From Biological, Nuclear Threats

Deep underground, the Air Force bunker at the Kirya base in Tel Aviv is being upgraded in...

Poll: Huge Majority of Americans Expect ISIS to Attempt Attack on U.S. December 13, 2014 9:00 am

Poll: Huge Majority of Americans Expect ISIS to Attempt Attack on U.S.

A majority of American voters want any ISIS terrorist captured by the United States sent to...

In Wake of UAW 2865 BDS Vote, California Assemblyman Demands Assurance That ‘Anti-Israel Propaganda’ is Prohibited from UC Classrooms December 12, 2014 3:48 pm

In Wake of UAW 2865 BDS Vote, California Assemblyman Demands Assurance That ‘Anti-Israel Propaganda’ is Prohibited from UC Classrooms

A leading California Assembly Member has urged University of California President Janet Napolitano...

IAEA Publicly Rebuffs Iranian Offer to Inspect Suspected Nuclear Site, Insisting on Access to Parchin Complex Instead December 12, 2014 3:22 pm

IAEA Publicly Rebuffs Iranian Offer to Inspect Suspected Nuclear Site, Insisting on Access to Parchin Complex Instead

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has for the first time publicly refused an Iranian...

Iranian General Mocks Obama Administration’s Lack of ‘Military Option,’ Boasts of Long-Range Missiles December 12, 2014 1:58 pm

Iranian General Mocks Obama Administration’s Lack of ‘Military Option,’ Boasts of Long-Range Missiles

A top Iranian general has openly mocked the Obama Administration for no longer having a military...

Fury as Mention of Israel is Banned from Forthcoming Holocaust Memorial Day in Ireland December 12, 2014 1:37 pm

Fury as Mention of Israel is Banned from Forthcoming Holocaust Memorial Day in Ireland

A furore has broken out in Ireland after organizers of the forthcoming Holocaust Memorial...

Iranian Democracy Activist Assails British MP George Galloway as ‘Voice for Dictators’ After London Man is Sentenced for Assault December 12, 2014 12:30 pm

Iranian Democracy Activist Assails British MP George Galloway as ‘Voice for Dictators’ After London Man is Sentenced for Assault

A leading Iranian democracy activist has responded angrily to remarks made by the British...

Palestinian Hitchhiker Injures Five Israelis in West Bank Acid Attack, Assailant Shot December 12, 2014 9:32 am

Palestinian Hitchhiker Injures Five Israelis in West Bank Acid Attack, Assailant Shot

JNS.org – An Israeli family of five, including several young children, were lightly...

Motorcycle Assailants Fire Dozens of Shots at Israeli Embassy in Athens December 12, 2014 9:27 am

Motorcycle Assailants Fire Dozens of Shots at Israeli Embassy in Athens

JNS.org – Four unidentified attackers riding on two motorcycles fired shots at the...

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Literature On 75th Anniversary, Looking at the Jewish Influence on Gone With the Wind

    On 75th Anniversary, Looking at the Jewish Influence on Gone With the Wind

    JNS.org – The 75th anniversary of the premiere of “Gone with the Wind” on Dec. 15 presents an opportunity to examine the Jewish influence on one of the most popular films of all time. That influence starts with the American Civil War epic’s famed producer, David O. Selznick. Adjusted for inflation, “Gone with the Wind” remains the highest-grossing movie ever made. It earned the 1939 Academy Award for Best Picture, the same honor another Selznick film, “Rebecca,” garnered in 1940. Selznick [...]

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  • Featured Music US & Canada EXCLUSIVE: Matisyahu Provides Most Extensive Analysis Yet of His Religious, Musical Evolution (INTERVIEW)

    EXCLUSIVE: Matisyahu Provides Most Extensive Analysis Yet of His Religious, Musical Evolution (INTERVIEW)

    Matisyahu got candid in an exclusive interview with The Algemeiner on Monday about his religious and musical journey – after shedding his Chassidic skin, yarmulke, long beard and all – from the start of his career in 2005 when he became a reggae superstar with hits King Without a Crown and Jerusalem. The singer-songwriter embarks on his Festival of Light tour this month, an annual Hanukkah event that stops in Montreal, New York, and other cities before ending in San Juan, [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Personalities ‘Sheriff of Mars’ Unveils Endearing Life of Jewish Music Star Hidden in the Fields of France

    ‘Sheriff of Mars’ Unveils Endearing Life of Jewish Music Star Hidden in the Fields of France

    JNS.org – It was an era of steel strings, guitar heroes, and storytellers—high on heroin, rebellious. Outlaw country music, the hallmark of Nashville’s powerful and angry music scene of the 1970s, was the brew of greats such as Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Townes Van Zandt. But there is another, little-known music hero of that era: Daniel Antopolsky. A Jewish lad from Augusta, Ga.—the son of immigrants who settled in the south and ran a hardware store on Main Street—the [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Iranian Actress Replaces Israel’s Gal Gadot for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

    Iranian Actress Replaces Israel’s Gal Gadot for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

    Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi replaced Israeli star Gal Gadot as the female lead in the new Ben-Hur remake, Hollywood.com reported on Tuesday. The Homeland actress will play Esther, a slave that Ben-Hur sets free and falls in love with. Gadot quit the movie when it became clear that filming conflicted with her schedule for the Man of Steel sequel. The Israeli actress plays Wonder Woman in the superhero film Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Actor Jack Huston takes on the [...]

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  • Book Reviews Personalities Biography Sheds New Light on David Ben-Gurion’s Place in Jewish History

    Biography Sheds New Light on David Ben-Gurion’s Place in Jewish History

    JNS.org – There is one sentence in “Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel” that made me sit up in surprise. I thought that I knew the basic facts about how Israel came into being, but while describing what it was like in the days and hours before the state was declared, author Anita Shapira provides one important anecdote I was not aware of. On the 12th of May, the Zionist Executive met to decide what to do. Moshe Sharrett had just returned [...]

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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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