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Ties With Italian Universities ‘Stronger Than Ever’ Says President of Israeli University Following Boycott Calls April 7, 2016 10:47 pm

Ties With Italian Universities ‘Stronger Than Ever’ Says President of Israeli University Following Boycott Calls

The president of Israel’s leading institution of science and technology responded today...

Viennese Leopold Museum to Return Nazi-Looted Paintings to Jewish Owner April 7, 2016 12:31 pm

Viennese Leopold Museum to Return Nazi-Looted Paintings to Jewish Owner

JNS.org – Vienna’s Leopold Museum settled a feud over Nazi-stolen art on Thursday...

Austria Sees 80 Percent Rise in Antisemitic Incidents April 7, 2016 9:00 am

Austria Sees 80 Percent Rise in Antisemitic Incidents

JNS.org – The number of antisemitic incidents that occurred last year in Austria increased...

Israel Advocacy Group in UK Petitions Against Prince Charles’ Potential Iran Trip, Citing Regime’s Antisemitism, Call for Destruction of Jewish State April 7, 2016 8:21 am

Israel Advocacy Group in UK Petitions Against Prince Charles’ Potential Iran Trip, Citing Regime’s Antisemitism, Call for Destruction of Jewish State

An Israel advocacy group in the United Kingdom started an online petition on Tuesday to protest...

Student at Center of Edinburgh U ‘Armgate’ Controversy Says She Was Targeted Over ‘Passionate’ Anti-BDS Speech April 6, 2016 1:25 pm

Student at Center of Edinburgh U ‘Armgate’ Controversy Says She Was Targeted Over ‘Passionate’ Anti-BDS Speech

A student who was nearly ejected from a debate over an Israel boycott motion at Edinburgh...

Report Claims Romania Investigating 4 Israelis for Spying April 6, 2016 12:40 pm

Report Claims Romania Investigating 4 Israelis for Spying

JNS.org – A Romanian investigative journalism team is reporting that four Israelis,...

Swedish-Jewish Activist ‘Not Surprised’ Israeli Teacher in Malmö Told to Seek Employment Far From School Children ‘Who Hate Jews’ April 5, 2016 5:04 pm

Swedish-Jewish Activist ‘Not Surprised’ Israeli Teacher in Malmö Told to Seek Employment Far From School Children ‘Who Hate Jews’

A Swedish-Jewish intellectual said she was “not the least bit surprised” to learn...

Edinburgh U Group Condemns Student Government’s BDS Vote April 5, 2016 1:54 pm

Edinburgh U Group Condemns Student Government’s BDS Vote

A student group that promotes cross-party discussion about Israel at Edinburgh University...

French Jewish Official: Jewish Parents Pulling Children Out of Public Schools to Protect Them From Muslims (VIDEO) April 5, 2016 11:47 am

French Jewish Official: Jewish Parents Pulling Children Out of Public Schools to Protect Them From Muslims (VIDEO)

The number of Jews enrolled in France’s public school system has decreased significantly...

Italian Students Launch Boycott Campaign Against Leading Israeli University on Grounds It ‘Collaborates With Military Apparatus’ April 5, 2016 11:37 am

Italian Students Launch Boycott Campaign Against Leading Israeli University on Grounds It ‘Collaborates With Military Apparatus’

Denouncing what they claim are their universities’ efforts to silence them, a group of Italian...

Watchdog Report: 40% Increase in ‘Extremist’ Speakers on London Campuses April 4, 2016 11:47 am

Watchdog Report: 40% Increase in ‘Extremist’ Speakers on London Campuses

According to a report released Friday by a British watchdog group, there has been more than...

Italian PM First Major Leader to Visit Iran Since Lifting of International Sanctions April 4, 2016 9:48 am

Italian PM First Major Leader to Visit Iran Since Lifting of International Sanctions

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will travel to Iran next week for a two-day trip that...

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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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  • Features Opinion At Forbes Summit in Israel, Entrepreneurship Is a ‘Common Language’

    At Forbes Summit in Israel, Entrepreneurship Is a ‘Common Language’

    JNS.org – Nine months ago, Seth Cohen, director of network initiatives for the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, and Randall Lane, editor of Forbes Magazine, were schmoozing about the “vibrancy of Tel Aviv and soul of Jerusalem,” as Lane put it. They dreamed about how they could bring young and innovative millennials to the so-called “start-up nation.” From April 3-7, Forbes turned that dream into a reality. Israel played host to the first-ever Forbes Under 30 EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) […]

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