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Israelis Barred From New York Times-Hosted Iran Tour; Rep Says Advisable to Hide Jewish or Gay Identity October 13, 2014 7:42 pm

Israelis Barred From New York Times-Hosted Iran Tour; Rep Says Advisable to Hide Jewish or Gay Identity

The New York Times is offering a pricey, 13-day excursion to the “once-forbidden land...

U.K. Parliament Votes in Favor of Recognizing Palestinian State October 13, 2014 7:39 pm

U.K. Parliament Votes in Favor of Recognizing Palestinian State

JNS.org – The British Parliament has decided overwhelmingly in a 274-12 non-binding...

Latest Issue of ISIS Magazine Justifies Slaying of Steven Sotloff as ‘Jew and a Citizen of the Jewish State’ October 13, 2014 6:56 pm

Latest Issue of ISIS Magazine Justifies Slaying of Steven Sotloff as ‘Jew and a Citizen of the Jewish State’

The latest edition of an online English-language magazine published by the Islamic State,...

Complaints Prompt Department Store Sears to Yank ‘Disgusting’ Nazi Swastika Rings From Website (UPDATE) October 13, 2014 6:15 pm

Complaints Prompt Department Store Sears to Yank ‘Disgusting’ Nazi Swastika Rings From Website (UPDATE)

U.S. department store Sears quickly responded to outraged shoppers who discovered a page featuring Nazi...

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron Abstaining From ‘Palestine’ Vote October 13, 2014 2:37 pm

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron Abstaining From ‘Palestine’ Vote

JNS.org – Although the British parliament is voting Monday night on whether or not...

Netanyahu Meets Ban Ki-Moon, Says UN Actions During Operation Protective Edge Helped Hamas October 13, 2014 2:06 pm

Netanyahu Meets Ban Ki-Moon, Says UN Actions During Operation Protective Edge Helped Hamas

JNS.org- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the United Nations for allowing...

Temple Mount Attack Foiled After Police Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque October 13, 2014 10:39 am

Temple Mount Attack Foiled After Police Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

JNS.org – Jerusalem Police units stormed the Al-Aqsa mosque compound early Monday and...

Authorities Believe Dozens More Israeli Arabs Plan to Join Islamic State October 13, 2014 10:38 am

Authorities Believe Dozens More Israeli Arabs Plan to Join Islamic State

JNS.org – The Israel Police and the Shin Bet security agency believe that dozens...

Jerusalem Light Rail Line Crippled by Arab Rock Throwing October 13, 2014 10:37 am

Jerusalem Light Rail Line Crippled by Arab Rock Throwing

JNS.org – The company that runs the Jerusalem light rail system, City Pass, said Sunday...

Israel Successfully Tests Naval Anti-Missile System October 13, 2014 10:37 am

Israel Successfully Tests Naval Anti-Missile System

JNS.org – The Israeli Navy secretly and successfully tested an upgraded anti-missile...

Egyptian Police Storm University Campuses Over Anti-Government Protests October 13, 2014 10:36 am

Egyptian Police Storm University Campuses Over Anti-Government Protests

ABC News/AP – Egyptian police backed by armored vehicles stormed the campuses of at...

Report: Syrian Jewish Family Smuggled Into Israel With Help of Israeli Businessmen October 13, 2014 10:35 am

Report: Syrian Jewish Family Smuggled Into Israel With Help of Israeli Businessmen

Times of Israel – A Jewish family from Syria was secretly smuggled into Israel several...

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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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  • Sports US & Canada Jewish New York Giants Guard Plans to Fast on Yom Kippur

    Jewish New York Giants Guard Plans to Fast on Yom Kippur

    New York Giants offensive guard Geoff Schwartz said on Wednesday that he will not eat anything between sundown Friday and sundown Saturday in observation of Yom Kippur, ESPN reported. “If I was playing, I wouldn’t fast, because I’ve got to be able to fuel myself to play,” said the Jewish athlete, who is on short-term leave due to a toe injury. “But it’s not that tough, really. I’ll eat dinner at 5:00 Friday, then I’ll go to services and I’ll just [...]

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