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British Supermarket Giant Tesco to Drop Judea and Samaria Products July 29, 2014 1:50 pm

British Supermarket Giant Tesco to Drop Judea and Samaria Products

JNS.org – British supermarket giant Tesco announced that starting in September it would...

Belgium Recommends Separate Labeling of Products From Judea and Samaria July 29, 2014 1:10 pm

Belgium Recommends Separate Labeling of Products From Judea and Samaria

JNS.org – The Belgian government is moving to recommend that retailers separately label...

Rome’s Jewish Quarter Vandalized With Anti-Semitic Graffiti and Posters July 29, 2014 10:23 am

Rome’s Jewish Quarter Vandalized With Anti-Semitic Graffiti and Posters

International Business Times – Anti-Semitic graffiti and flyers have defaced shops and walls...

Jews in Britain Face Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism as Gaza Conflict Escalates July 29, 2014 12:03 am

Jews in Britain Face Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism as Gaza Conflict Escalates

Daily Mail – Jewish people in Britain are enduring a backlash of attacks, bomb threats and...

Wiesenthal Center Calls for Dutch PM to Intervene After Anti-Semitic ISIS Rally; Protesters Threaten to Kill ‘Dirty Jews from the Sewers’ (VIDEO) July 27, 2014 8:00 pm

Wiesenthal Center Calls for Dutch PM to Intervene After Anti-Semitic ISIS Rally; Protesters Threaten to Kill ‘Dirty Jews from the Sewers’ (VIDEO)

Jewish human rights group The Simon Wiesenthal Center on Friday called on Dutch Prime Minister...

Hungary Ambassador Who Called Jews ‘Agents of Satan’ Steps Down July 27, 2014 10:02 am

Hungary Ambassador Who Called Jews ‘Agents of Satan’ Steps Down

Gulf News – Hungary’s new ambassador to Rome — who once called Jews “agents of...

‘Quenelle’ Reverse Nazi-Salute Seen at France Anti-Israel Rally Attended by Thousands Despite Ban July 26, 2014 10:40 pm

‘Quenelle’ Reverse Nazi-Salute Seen at France Anti-Israel Rally Attended by Thousands Despite Ban

Haaretz – Several thousand gathered in Place de la République in Paris, France to protest...

Facebook Page Publishing Identities of French Jews to Encourage Attackers; 15 Men Assault a Jew in Paris Suburb After Confirming Photo (UPDATE) July 25, 2014 4:36 pm

Facebook Page Publishing Identities of French Jews to Encourage Attackers; 15 Men Assault a Jew in Paris Suburb After Confirming Photo (UPDATE)

A violent mob of  more than a dozen men in France assaulted a Jew at his home in a Paris...

Netanyahu: UN Condemnation of Israel as Grotesque as Hamas Use of Human Shields July 24, 2014 11:34 am

Netanyahu: UN Condemnation of Israel as Grotesque as Hamas Use of Human Shields

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday called the United Nations Human Rights...

Anti-Israel Rioters Attack Maccabi Haifa Soccer Players in Austria (VIDEO) July 24, 2014 10:16 am

Anti-Israel Rioters Attack Maccabi Haifa Soccer Players in Austria (VIDEO)

JNS.org — A pre-season friendly match between the Israeli Maccabi Haifa and French...

After FAA, Europe Lifts Warning Against Flights to Israel July 24, 2014 9:29 am

After FAA, Europe Lifts Warning Against Flights to Israel

The European Aviation Safety Agency on Thursday reneged on its recommendation to ban flights...

Cafe in Belgium: Dogs Allowed, Jews Are Not July 23, 2014 4:06 pm

Cafe in Belgium: Dogs Allowed, Jews Are Not

The Belgian League Against Antisemitism (LBCA)  filed a complaint on Wednesday with the mayor...

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  • Book Reviews Personalities How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    JNS.org – What would you do if you found out that you had only three more months to live? Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman, a leader of Jewish life, and a confidante and adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He knew that he had prostate cancer, but doctors advised him that it was very slow-growing and nothing to worry about. Then came the day when the doctors told him his cancer metastasized to his liver, and that he had [...]

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  • Blogs Theater 10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    Last month, my one-man show Hoaxocaust! Written and performed by Barry Levey with the generous assistance of the Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran ran in the New York International Fringe Festival, where it won an Overall Excellence Award. The play has now been selected to run in the Fringe Encores Series at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center, for four performances which started on Thursday, September 11. Getting the play to the stage was not easy, however. Here are [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Phenomenon: Tel Aviv-based musician and “sampler” extraordinaire, Kutiman (aka Ophir Kutiel) has hit another one out of the park with “Give It Up,” a fully-functioning song in its own right, assembled from hundreds of ameteur and instructional music videos. The Jerusalem-born musical prodigy is best know for his diverse online musical projects. In the latest video, uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 12th, Kutiel thanked most of the musicians and individuals he chose to include in the meticulously-edited clip, which opens with [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    A recently released behind-the-scenes reel of Ridley Scott’s upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings shows just how far the director has gone to portray one of the Bible’s most famous narratives. In the clip, which shows scenes involving up to 4,000 extras, the visionary director discusses what drew him to the biblical tale of Moses. “The Moses story was a massive challenge, which I really love. I wanted to explore the complexity of his character and I was stunned by [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    JNS.org – Since 2006, the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable and satellite TV network has hosted “The Projected Image,” a month-long showcase examining how different cultural and ethnic groups have been portrayed on the big screen. At last, after previously covering African Americans, Asians, the LGBT community, Latinos, Native Americans, Arabs, and people with disabilities, the annual series is delving into Jewish film this month. “The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film,” whose first segment aired Sept. 2, runs [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks – dangling over their ears is a sure sign that you have entered the enigmatic precincts of the Hasidim – the pious ones. Veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger’s new book, THE PIOUS ONES: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America, takes the reader on a journey into the enclaves where various sects of Jews live a seemingly outmoded way of life in [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    JNS.org – Today’s comedy superstars, especially those whose careers are driven by television, may very well owe their success to pioneering Jewish entertainer Milton Berle. Born Mendel Berlinger in Manhattan in 1908, Berle became America’s first small-screen star. Aptly nicknamed “Mr. Television,” he influenced and helped promote the work of hundreds of younger comics. “Milton Berle was deceptively successful and very Jewish,” says Lawrence Epstein, author of The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America, published the year [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    JNS.org – Idan Ravin’s friends chipped in to buy him a humble but life-changing bar mitzvah gift—a basketball hoop his father attached to the roof of his garage. Little did his friends know that years later, he would be the personal trainer of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Stephen Curry. Ravin’s new book, “The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Head of Basketball’s Best Players,” details his rise from a Jewish upbringing [...]

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