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For First Time: Vatican Flies Palestinian Flag to Greet PA Chairman Abbas May 18, 2015 10:29 am

For First Time: Vatican Flies Palestinian Flag to Greet PA Chairman Abbas

The Palestinian flag was officially raised in the Vatican for the first time on Saturday,...

Greek Mayor Blasted for Desire to Nix Star of David From Holocaust Memorial May 18, 2015 9:35 am

Greek Mayor Blasted for Desire to Nix Star of David From Holocaust Memorial

JNS.org – A Greek town is mired in controversy after its mayor asked to remove the Star...

Paris: In Latest Violent Antisemitic Attack Two Assailants Pin Down Victim While Another Beats Him May 17, 2015 4:29 pm

Paris: In Latest Violent Antisemitic Attack Two Assailants Pin Down Victim While Another Beats Him

A Jewish youth was violently attacked in Paris on Friday afternoon just days following a similar...

EU Foreign Policy Chief Mogherini to Visit Israel for Peace Process Talks May 16, 2015 1:31 pm

EU Foreign Policy Chief Mogherini to Visit Israel for Peace Process Talks

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini will visit the Middle East next week for talks...

Jewish Groups Deplore Greek Demand to Remove Star of David From Holocaust Memorial May 15, 2015 7:10 pm

Jewish Groups Deplore Greek Demand to Remove Star of David From Holocaust Memorial

Jewish groups expressed “shock” on Friday over news that the unveiling of a Holocaust...

London Mayor Caught in Handshake Mixup With Israeli Ambassador (VIDEO) May 15, 2015 5:19 pm

London Mayor Caught in Handshake Mixup With Israeli Ambassador (VIDEO)

London Mayor and newly elected Member of Parliament Boris Johnson was caught on video on...

French Jewish Woman Assaulted in Paris Suburb by 3 Men Shouting ‘Hitler Didn’t Finish His Work’ May 15, 2015 4:12 pm

French Jewish Woman Assaulted in Paris Suburb by 3 Men Shouting ‘Hitler Didn’t Finish His Work’

A French Jewish woman was assaulted by three men in an apparent antisemitic attack in the...

Germany Donates Funds to Restore Tel Aviv’s Bauhaus-Style Buildings May 15, 2015 1:22 pm

Germany Donates Funds to Restore Tel Aviv’s Bauhaus-Style Buildings

JNS.org – Germany said it will donate 2.5 million Euros ($2.86 million) over 10 years...

Czech Republic Blocked Potential Iran Purchase of Nuclear Technology, Sources Say May 14, 2015 10:05 am

Czech Republic Blocked Potential Iran Purchase of Nuclear Technology, Sources Say

JNS.org- An Iranian purchase of a large shipment of technology that could be used for nuclear...

EU Commissioner: Europe Without the Jews is Not Europe May 13, 2015 3:47 pm

EU Commissioner: Europe Without the Jews is Not Europe

A “Europe without the Jews is no longer Europe,” the first vice president of the European...

Vatican Treaty Recognizes Palestinian Statehood May 13, 2015 1:32 pm

Vatican Treaty Recognizes Palestinian Statehood

JNS.org – The Vatican officially recognized Palestinian statehood on Wednesday in...

European Leaders Call for Pressuring Israel to Negotiate With Palestinian Authority May 13, 2015 9:39 am

European Leaders Call for Pressuring Israel to Negotiate With Palestinian Authority

Ynet – As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu works toward the swearing in of...

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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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