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Veteran French Jewish Leader Roger Cukierman Warns That ‘France Will Fall Into the Hands of Either Shari’a Law or the Front National’ December 10, 2014 5:54 pm

Veteran French Jewish Leader Roger Cukierman Warns That ‘France Will Fall Into the Hands of Either Shari’a Law or the Front National’

Roger Cukierman, the veteran president of CRIF, the representative body of French Jews, has...

French Police Make 5 New Arrests in Brussels Jewish Museum Shooting December 10, 2014 3:46 pm

French Police Make 5 New Arrests in Brussels Jewish Museum Shooting

JNS.org – The French police made five new arrests related to the shooting at...

Polish Court Overturns Ban on Kosher Slaughter December 10, 2014 8:19 am

Polish Court Overturns Ban on Kosher Slaughter

A Polish court has ruled that a ban on the ritual slaughter of animals for the needs of the...

Ireland to Accept Motion to Recognize Palestinian State December 9, 2014 10:38 pm

Ireland to Accept Motion to Recognize Palestinian State

JNS.org - The Irish government will accept a motion proposed by the opposition Sinn Fein...

France: Minister Says Anti-Semitic Threats, Incidents Have More Than Doubled in 2014 December 8, 2014 9:11 am

France: Minister Says Anti-Semitic Threats, Incidents Have More Than Doubled in 2014

Anti-Semitic threats and incidents have more than doubled so far this year in France, said...

France: 8-Year-Old Jewish Girl Harassed, Taunted by Muslim Classmates; Interior Minister Says Fight Against Antisemitism Should be ‘National Cause’ December 7, 2014 12:49 pm

France: 8-Year-Old Jewish Girl Harassed, Taunted by Muslim Classmates; Interior Minister Says Fight Against Antisemitism Should be ‘National Cause’

A young Jewish girl in France was harassed and verbally abused by two Muslim schoolmates late...

Polish Town Without Jews Stages Jewish Music Festival December 7, 2014 10:33 am

Polish Town Without Jews Stages Jewish Music Festival

Of the 50,000 citizens in the Polish town of Kutno, not one is Jewish – yet it staged...

British Christian Zionist Hailed as ‘Godfather’ of IDF Reburied in Israel December 5, 2014 4:40 pm

British Christian Zionist Hailed as ‘Godfather’ of IDF Reburied in Israel

JNS.org – The ashes of John Henry Patterson, a British Christian Zionist hailed as...

New Fund Will Compensate Holocaust Survivors Deported by French Rail Company December 5, 2014 4:31 pm

New Fund Will Compensate Holocaust Survivors Deported by French Rail Company

JNS.org – A new $60 million French and U.S. government fund has been established...

Pro-Israel Activists Launch Novel Campaign: Buy Israeli and Help the Homeless December 5, 2014 10:18 am

Pro-Israel Activists Launch Novel Campaign: Buy Israeli and Help the Homeless

Grassroots pro-Israel activists in the UK have launched a novel campaign with a dual purpose:...

British Architects Reverse Israel Boycott Motion, in Severe Blow to BDS Movement December 5, 2014 9:39 am

British Architects Reverse Israel Boycott Motion, in Severe Blow to BDS Movement

In a major defeat for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, the leading association...

Croatia to Give Zagreb Property to Jewish Community as WWII Restitution December 5, 2014 8:56 am

Croatia to Give Zagreb Property to Jewish Community as WWII Restitution

Haaretz – Croatia will give land and an office building in Zagreb collectively valued...

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  • Arts and Culture Theater US & Canada New Play Explores the ‘Arrogance’ of American Jews Critical of Israel, Playwright Says

    New Play Explores the ‘Arrogance’ of American Jews Critical of Israel, Playwright Says

    In his new play Mr. Goldberg Goes to Tel Aviv, playwright Oren Safdie tackles an issue that he has a major concern with: the relationship between Israelis and left-leaning Diaspora Jews with their “I know better” critical views. At the heart of the one-act play is Tony, a Jewish and gay Palestinian sympathizer who expresses strong anti-Israel sentiments when the play begins and at one point even sides with a Palestinian terrorist who holds his captive. Tony, who is also an [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Hassidic Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO)

    Hassidic Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO)

    A Jewish comedy troupe released a parody video on Wednesday of Taylor Swift’s hit song Shake It Off in which they joke about taking extensive time off from work for Jewish holidays. “And the goyim gonna stay, stay, stay, stay, stay. And the Jews are gonna pray, pray pray, pray, pray. I’m just gonna take, take, take, take, take. I’m taking off,” goes the chorus for I’m Taking Off. Menachem Weinstein, the video’s lead singer, is the creative director at [...]

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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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