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Obama Says Strong, Unified Europe a ‘Necessity for the World’ April 26, 2016 10:01 am

Obama Says Strong, Unified Europe a ‘Necessity for the World’

US President Barack Obama made an impassioned plea for European unity in the face of rising...

Labour MP Suspended After Calling for Israel to ‘Relocate’ to US April 26, 2016 9:50 am

Labour MP Suspended After Calling for Israel to ‘Relocate’ to US

JNS.org – A British Member of Parliament (MP) who suggested that Israel should be relocated...

Far-Right Party Wins First Round of Presidential Elections in Austria April 24, 2016 9:50 pm

Far-Right Party Wins First Round of Presidential Elections in Austria

Austria’s far-right Freedom Party candidate has come top in the first round of presidential...

Europe Frustrated With US Regulations Holding It Back From Trade With Iran April 22, 2016 9:45 am

Europe Frustrated With US Regulations Holding It Back From Trade With Iran

With the completion of the nuclear deal with Iran and the opening of its market, European...

Growing Number of French Jews Move to London Following Attacks April 22, 2016 9:38 am

Growing Number of French Jews Move to London Following Attacks

For Kevin Nakache, the breaking point came last year. First, one of his friends was gunned...

‘Jew Issue Merely Icing on Very Crappy Cake,’ Says Swedish Activist in Wake of Minister’s Resignation Over Antisemitic Remarks (INTERVIEW) April 21, 2016 1:59 pm

‘Jew Issue Merely Icing on Very Crappy Cake,’ Says Swedish Activist in Wake of Minister’s Resignation Over Antisemitic Remarks (INTERVIEW)

Amid recent scandals involving the public expression of antisemitic and anti-Israel views...

In Contrasting Passover Messages, Britain’s Prime Minister Decries Antisemitism, Labour Leader Stresses ‘Universal Struggle for Liberation’ April 21, 2016 12:52 pm

In Contrasting Passover Messages, Britain’s Prime Minister Decries Antisemitism, Labour Leader Stresses ‘Universal Struggle for Liberation’

In his annual Passover message, published in Jewish News, Britain’s prime minister said...

European Union Reaffirms Rejection of Israeli Sovereignty in Golan Heights April 20, 2016 8:59 am

European Union Reaffirms Rejection of Israeli Sovereignty in Golan Heights

JNS.org – Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s (EU) foreign policy chief, on...

Online Supermarket Apologizes for Using Quote by Nazi Leader Joseph Goebbels in Ad April 19, 2016 10:12 pm

Online Supermarket Apologizes for Using Quote by Nazi Leader Joseph Goebbels in Ad

An online supermarket operating in London apologized for sponsoring an advertisement that...

Sweden’s Housing Minister to Resign After Comparing Israel to Nazi Germany April 19, 2016 2:56 pm

Sweden’s Housing Minister to Resign After Comparing Israel to Nazi Germany

JNS.org – Sweden’s housing minister, Mehmet Kaplan, will resign following remarks...

ISIS Plotting Attack Against Tourists in Europe This Summer, Intelligence Agencies Say April 19, 2016 10:39 am

ISIS Plotting Attack Against Tourists in Europe This Summer, Intelligence Agencies Say

Islamic State terrorists are plotting to attack tourists on holiday this summer at Spanish,...

Remains of Holocaust Victims Buried in Jewish Cemetery in Budapest April 17, 2016 9:57 am

Remains of Holocaust Victims Buried in Jewish Cemetery in Budapest

Human remains found in 2011, including many believed to be of Jews shot on the banks of the...

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  • Book Reviews Opinion The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love. CreateSpace, 2015. The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love, is a very interesting novel. Equally a political and romantic thriller, at times a real page-turner, it gets you intimately involved in the dire situation in today’s Syria, as well as in the romantic entanglements of its mostly New York-based characters — whose entanglements just might determine the fate of that dire situation in Syria. Along the way it introduces a really important idea that somehow […]

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  • Features Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    JNS.org – Aside from Israel itself, those with a vested interest in the Jewish state are accustomed to tracking developments related to Middle East players such as Iran, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. But much global attention has recently focused on the Caucasus region at the Europe-Asia border, specifically on the suddenly intensified violence between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh area of western Azerbaijan. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, while not taking place in Israel’s immediate neighborhood, does have what one scholar called […]

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  • Blogs Features Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    JNS.org – On Friday, April 22, 196 nations across the world mark Earth Day, the annual day dedicated to environmental protection that was enacted in 1970. Not to be forgotten on this day is Israel, which is known as the “start-up nation” for its disproportionate amount of technological innovation, including in the area of protecting the environment. For Earth Day 2016, JNS.org presents a sampling of the Jewish state’s internal achievements and global contributions in the environmental realm. Water conservation Israeli […]

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  • Arts and Culture World New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    Holocaust humor and the role that laughter played in the lives of Jews during World War II are the focus of a documentary that made its world premiere on Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. In The Last Laugh, first- and second-generation survivors, as well as famous Jewish and non-Jewish comedians, discuss their thoughts on when joking about the death camps is appropriate or taboo. “Nazi humor, that’s OK. Holocaust humor, no,” Jewish comedic giant, actor and filmmaker Mel Brooks says in the film. “Anything I […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    JNS.org – Sherri Mandell’s life was devastated on May 8, 2001, when her 13-year-old son Koby was murdered by terrorists on the outskirts of the Israeli Jewish community of Tekoa. Yet Mandell not only shares the story of her loss, but also celebrates the lessons she has learned from tragedy. Indeed, “celebrate” is this Israeli-American author’s word choice. Her second book, The Road to Resilience: From Chaos to Celebration (Toby Press), came out earlier this year. The lesson: in every celebration, there is […]

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  • Features Opinion For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    JNS.org – Alan Gross used to be nothing more to me than a tragic headline. When I started my position at this news service in July 2011, Gross had been imprisoned in Cuba since December 2009 for what that country called “crimes against the state.” Gross, a subcontractor for the United States Agency for International Development, went to Cuba to help the Jewish community there access the Internet. After his arrest, he received a trial he describes as a “B movie,” […]

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  • Arts and Culture Features New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    JNS.org – When I saw the recent Academy Award-winning film “The Big Short,” I was struck by the sheer genius of the financiers who devised the schemes and packaged the loans for resale, but it left me with unanswered questions about how the properties these loans represented were moved. “The Big Short” was largely about paper transactions, big money, and wealthy investors, and it mildly touched on the way the actual end-users — the home buyers and brokers — played into this […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Why do we think so negatively about psychiatrists that we still insult them by calling them shrinks? Some medics might be quacks, but we don’t generally refer to them as witches! Shrinks; The Untold Story of Psychiatry, by Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, is a sobering account of how psychiatry has swung from a marginal, unscientific mixture of weird theories into one of the most common and pervasive forms of treatment of what are commonly called “disorders of the mind.” Is it […]

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