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U.S. Based Shabtai Family to Earn $496 Million From Viber Sale February 17, 2014 1:03 pm

U.S. Based Shabtai Family to Earn $496 Million From Viber Sale

The Israeli-American Shabtai family will earn some $496 million for their 55.2% stake in Israeli...

Twitter Trends Expands to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa February 16, 2014 2:08 pm

Twitter Trends Expands to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa

Social media company Twitter announced on Friday that it has expanded its Twitter Trends...

Israeli App Viber Acquired by Japanese Internet Giant for $900 Million February 14, 2014 10:58 am

Israeli App Viber Acquired by Japanese Internet Giant for $900 Million

JNS.org - The Israeli-founded voice and video communications app Viber has been purchased...

After Another Start-Up Success, Economy Minister Bennett Praises Israel as ‘Manufacturer of Innovation’ February 12, 2014 8:21 pm

After Another Start-Up Success, Economy Minister Bennett Praises Israel as ‘Manufacturer of Innovation’

Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett on Wednesday praised former Cyota colleague, Michal...

Hackers Takeover Websites of Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Casino Empire February 12, 2014 11:54 am

Hackers Takeover Websites of Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Casino Empire

Hackers on Tuesday took over the websites of the Las Vegas Sands Casino empire, uploading...

Chinese Conglomerate in Negotiations to Buy Israeli Dairy Co-Op Tnuva February 11, 2014 11:35 am

Chinese Conglomerate in Negotiations to Buy Israeli Dairy Co-Op Tnuva

JNS.org - Negotiations for control of Israeli dairy cooperative Tnuva are moving forward,...

Israeli App ‘One Hour Translation’ Proves Popular at Sochi Olympics (VIDEO) February 10, 2014 3:18 pm

Israeli App ‘One Hour Translation’ Proves Popular at Sochi Olympics (VIDEO)

The UK’s Telegraph newspaper recently featured several mobile phone apps that were...

Israel Aerospace Industries Unveils Advanced Battle Management System February 7, 2014 3:12 pm

Israel Aerospace Industries Unveils Advanced Battle Management System

Israel Aerospace Industries on Thursday unveiled its Combat Team Battle Management System...

Holocaust Survivor Sparks Maryland Legislation to Ban French Train Maker From Winning $6 Billion Contract February 6, 2014 6:00 pm

Holocaust Survivor Sparks Maryland Legislation to Ban French Train Maker From Winning $6 Billion Contract

Legislation in Maryland could ban French train manufacturer SNCF from bidding on a 35-year,...

Meet the Rabbi Who Opened Facebook’s Fourth Account a Decade Ago February 4, 2014 8:55 pm

Meet the Rabbi Who Opened Facebook’s Fourth Account a Decade Ago

As social media platform Facebook turns 10 years old this week, now with more than a billion...

Israeli Start-Up Testing ‘AirMule’ Unmanned Flying Ambulance  (VIDEO) January 31, 2014 11:33 am

Israeli Start-Up Testing ‘AirMule’ Unmanned Flying Ambulance (VIDEO)

Israeli start-up Urban Aeronautics is developing an unmanned flying ambulance, and an early...

Finland Army Orders Camouflage From Israel’s Fibrotex January 21, 2014 10:07 pm

Finland Army Orders Camouflage From Israel’s Fibrotex

Israel’s Fibrotex Technologies said it won an order for advanced multispectral camouflage...

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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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