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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...

Air France Stewardesses Outraged at New Rules Requiring Headscarves on Flights to Tehran April 3, 2016 8:26 am

Air France Stewardesses Outraged at New Rules Requiring Headscarves on Flights to Tehran

Air France stewardesses have caused an uproar over new uniform rules that will require them...

3 Flights out of Brussels Resume 12 Days After Airport Bombings April 3, 2016 7:00 am

3 Flights out of Brussels Resume 12 Days After Airport Bombings

In what officials acknowledge is a symbolic gesture, three passenger flights will be taking...

French Health Minister Visits Israel to Learn How to Treat Terror Victims April 3, 2016 12:50 am

French Health Minister Visits Israel to Learn How to Treat Terror Victims

JNS.org – French Minister of Health Marisol Touraine visited Israel this week in an...

Report: Denmark Ignores Evidence of Palestinian Ruling Party’s Terror Glorification April 1, 2016 8:31 am

Report: Denmark Ignores Evidence of Palestinian Ruling Party’s Terror Glorification

JNS.org – The Danish government has ignored an open letter and a report submitted to...

Belgian Call Center Fires Employee for Denying Israel’s Existence During Conversation With Jewish Volunteer Following ISIS Bombings March 31, 2016 6:12 pm

Belgian Call Center Fires Employee for Denying Israel’s Existence During Conversation With Jewish Volunteer Following ISIS Bombings

A European call center issued a public apology on Thursday, after a report in the Belgian...

At Algemeiner Gala, Copenhagen Terror Survivor Mette Bentow Recalls Harrowing Night When Lives of Family Changed Forever (VIDEO) March 31, 2016 2:27 pm

At Algemeiner Gala, Copenhagen Terror Survivor Mette Bentow Recalls Harrowing Night When Lives of Family Changed Forever (VIDEO)

Mette Bentow, survivor of the February 2015 terror attack on a Copenhagen synagogue, says she...

First Hungarian Nobel Prize-Winner, Holocaust Survivor Imre Kertész, Dies at 86 March 31, 2016 9:48 am

First Hungarian Nobel Prize-Winner, Holocaust Survivor Imre Kertész, Dies at 86

Imre Kertész, the first Hungarian winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, died on March...

Rupert Murdoch at Algemeiner Gala: Michael Gove Changing Britain’s Political Landscape (VIDEO) March 30, 2016 12:13 pm

Rupert Murdoch at Algemeiner Gala: Michael Gove Changing Britain’s Political Landscape (VIDEO)

Britain’s political landscape changed last month, media mogul Rupert Murdoch said Monday...

Belgium Vice PM Acknowledges That Jihadi Street Celebrations Erupted Following Brussels Bombings March 30, 2016 10:17 am

Belgium Vice PM Acknowledges That Jihadi Street Celebrations Erupted Following Brussels Bombings

In the days following terrorist attacks in Brussels, street celebrations broke out in several...

Italian Translation of Babylonian Talmud Will Be First of Its Kind in 500 Years March 30, 2016 8:40 am

Italian Translation of Babylonian Talmud Will Be First of Its Kind in 500 Years

JNS.org – A completed volume in an Italian translation of the Babylonian Talmud will...

Bernard-Henri Lévy on Global Terrorism: Europe Has Not Taken Advantage of the ‘Laboratory’ That Israel Provides for Upholding Democratic Values While in State of Emergency March 29, 2016 11:39 pm

Bernard-Henri Lévy on Global Terrorism: Europe Has Not Taken Advantage of the ‘Laboratory’ That Israel Provides for Upholding Democratic Values While in State of Emergency

“Jews are, of course, a main target of the radical Islamists, but not the only ones,”...

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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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