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London’s Newly Elected Muslim Mayor Suggests Visit to Tel Aviv May 10, 2016 10:25 am

London’s Newly Elected Muslim Mayor Suggests Visit to Tel Aviv

JNS.org – London’s newly elected Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan, suggested that he would...

Belgium Tries Terror Suspects Linked to Paris, Bussels Attacks May 9, 2016 9:44 am

Belgium Tries Terror Suspects Linked to Paris, Bussels Attacks

Seven people have gone on trial in Belgium, accused of being part of a group linked to Islamist...

London’s First Muslim Mayor to Attend Ceremony Marking Holocaust Remembrance Day May 8, 2016 10:15 am

London’s First Muslim Mayor to Attend Ceremony Marking Holocaust Remembrance Day

A day after being sworn into office, London’s new mayor, Sadiq Khan will attend the...

Queen’s Hatmaker, Holocaust Survivor Who Helped Jewish Women Escape Nazi-Occupied Austria, Dies in London Road Crash May 6, 2016 5:55 pm

Queen’s Hatmaker, Holocaust Survivor Who Helped Jewish Women Escape Nazi-Occupied Austria, Dies in London Road Crash

The victim of a road accident in London last week designed hats for the Queen of England and...

Israeli Flag Burned at Babi Yar Holocaust Memorial in Kiev May 6, 2016 5:05 pm

Israeli Flag Burned at Babi Yar Holocaust Memorial in Kiev

JNS.org – The mayor of Kiev, Ukraine is asking authorities to identify a group of people...

UK Election Results Show Labour Party Holding Strong Gains Despite Antisemitism Scandal May 6, 2016 9:37 am

UK Election Results Show Labour Party Holding Strong Gains Despite Antisemitism Scandal

Early results Friday from British local and regional elections seen as a key test for opposition...

Head of Holocaust Research Group Reveals New Shocking Testimony From Warsaw Ghetto (INTERVIEW) May 5, 2016 5:21 pm

Head of Holocaust Research Group Reveals New Shocking Testimony From Warsaw Ghetto (INTERVIEW)

The oft-repeated notion that Jews went willingly to the slaughter during the Holocaust is...

UK Chief Rabbi Among Hundreds of Election-Day Voters Turned Away From Polling Stations in North London May 5, 2016 9:15 am

UK Chief Rabbi Among Hundreds of Election-Day Voters Turned Away From Polling Stations in North London

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and his wife Valerie were among hundreds of Barnet residents who...

British Jew Recounts Having to Flee His London Neighborhood After Enduring More Than 100 Antisemitic Assaults May 5, 2016 7:45 am

British Jew Recounts Having to Flee His London Neighborhood After Enduring More Than 100 Antisemitic Assaults

A Jewish man was forced to flee his East End neighborhood in London after being physically...

Jewish-Catholic School to Open in Scotland Considered First of Its Kind May 5, 2016 7:25 am

Jewish-Catholic School to Open in Scotland Considered First of Its Kind

A new school campus opening in western Scotland that will unite Jewish and Catholic students...

Legal Group Claims ‘Extraordinary Victory’ Against Israel Boycotter Kuwait Airways After Decision to Halt Inter-European Routes May 4, 2016 10:28 pm

Legal Group Claims ‘Extraordinary Victory’ Against Israel Boycotter Kuwait Airways After Decision to Halt Inter-European Routes

A nonprofit legal think tank is taking credit for an “extraordinary victory” against...

German TV Producer Under Investigation for Swastika-Shaped Schnitzel Meme on Show’s Facebook Page May 4, 2016 7:13 pm

German TV Producer Under Investigation for Swastika-Shaped Schnitzel Meme on Show’s Facebook Page

The producer of a primetime television program in Germany is being investigated for posting...

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  • Features World Graves of Jewish Pirates in Jamaica Give Caribbean Tourists Taste of Little-Known History

    Graves of Jewish Pirates in Jamaica Give Caribbean Tourists Taste of Little-Known History

    Tour operators are calling attention to Jamaica’s little-known Jewish heritage by arranging visits to historic Jewish sites on the Caribbean island, including a cemetery where Jewish pirates are buried. A report in Travel and Leisure magazine describes the Hunts Bay Cemetery in Kingston, where there are seven tombstones engraved with Hebrew benedictions and skull and crossbones insignia. According to the report, centuries ago, Jewish pirates sailed the waters of Jamaica and settled in Port Royal. The town, once known as “the wickedest city in the […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Filmmaker Eyal Resh Embraces the Challenge of Telling Israel’s Story (VIDEO)

    Filmmaker Eyal Resh Embraces the Challenge of Telling Israel’s Story (VIDEO)

    JNS.org – Telling Israel’s story. It’s the specific title of a short film that Eyal Resh created last year. It’s also the theme behind the 27-year-old Israeli filmmaker’s broader body of work. The widely viewed “Telling Israel’s Story” film—directed by Resh for a gala event hosted by the Times of Israel online news outlet—seemingly begins as a promotional tourism video, but quickly evolves to offer a multilayered perspective. “I want to tell you a story about a special place for me,” a young woman whispers […]

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  • Blogs Features Israel Geeks Out: Science, Art and Tech Event Embodies Jewish State’s ‘DNA’

    Israel Geeks Out: Science, Art and Tech Event Embodies Jewish State’s ‘DNA’

    JNS.org – The entrance to Jerusalem’s Sacher Park was transformed from April 25-27 by a fire-breathing robotic dragon, which flailed its arms and attempted to take flight. The robot, a signature feature at Jerusalem’s first-ever “Geek Picnic,” was one of more than 150 scientific amusements available for the public to experience. This particular dragon was designed by students from Moscow’s Art Industrial Institute in conjunction with the Flacon design factory, said Anatasia Shaminer, a student who helped facilitate the display. Children […]

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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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