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Israel Discovers Its Third Offshore Gas Field December 17, 2014 10:00 am

Israel Discovers Its Third Offshore Gas Field

JNS.org – The Israeli government announced the discovery of a new offshore gas field...

Kerry Recycles Discredited Claim That West Bank Mosque Fire Was ‘Indefensible Price Tag Attack’ December 16, 2014 3:25 pm

Kerry Recycles Discredited Claim That West Bank Mosque Fire Was ‘Indefensible Price Tag Attack’

US Secretary of State John Kerry has described a fire that broke out in a mosque in the West...

Israeli AG: ‘Free Speech’ Protects Haaretz Journalist Over IAF ‘Death Squadron’‏ Slur December 16, 2014 3:04 pm

Israeli AG: ‘Free Speech’ Protects Haaretz Journalist Over IAF ‘Death Squadron’‏ Slur

Israeli Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein on Tuesday threw out a complaint of incitement...

Hamas Chief Nixes Prisoner Swap for Remains of IDF Soldiers Killed During Operation Protective Edge December 16, 2014 12:34 pm

Hamas Chief Nixes Prisoner Swap for Remains of IDF Soldiers Killed During Operation Protective Edge

Despite the August 26 ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the terrorist group is in no...

Palestinian Man Throws Bomb at IDF Soldiers, Shot Dead December 16, 2014 10:31 am

Palestinian Man Throws Bomb at IDF Soldiers, Shot Dead

JNS.org – A Palestinian man threw an explosive device at Israel Defense Forces (IDF)...

Israeli Man Hurt by Rocks Thrown at Car December 16, 2014 10:29 am

Israeli Man Hurt by Rocks Thrown at Car

JNS.org – An Israeli man in his 40s was lightly wounded on Monday when rocks were...

Jerusalem, Tel Aviv Receive ‘Innovation Teams’ Grants From Bloomberg Foundation December 16, 2014 10:28 am

Jerusalem, Tel Aviv Receive ‘Innovation Teams’ Grants From Bloomberg Foundation

JNS.org – Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s foundation chose Jerusalem...

Want to Know Who Funded the Artist That Defecated on the Israeli Flag? Ask European Governments, Says Israeli Watchdog December 15, 2014 6:17 pm

Want to Know Who Funded the Artist That Defecated on the Israeli Flag? Ask European Governments, Says Israeli Watchdog

Back in April, Israelis were horrified by the sight of a young performance artist named Natalie...

New Poll Shows Netanyahu Opening Strong Lead Over Rivals as Election Battle Intensifies December 15, 2014 3:49 pm

New Poll Shows Netanyahu Opening Strong Lead Over Rivals as Election Battle Intensifies

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pulling ahead of his main rival, Labor Party...

Israeli Entertainer Left Sydney Cafe as Terrorists Arrived December 15, 2014 11:41 am

Israeli Entertainer Left Sydney Cafe as Terrorists Arrived

A popular Israeli father and son singing duo, Benny and Gad Elbaz, had left the Lindt Cafe...

Israeli Forces Nab Hamas, Fatah Members Inciting for Jihad on Facebook December 15, 2014 11:40 am

Israeli Forces Nab Hamas, Fatah Members Inciting for Jihad on Facebook

A joint operation between the Shin Bet intelligence service and the Israeli police overnight...

Israeli Government Approves $47 Million Investment in Druze and Circassian Communities December 15, 2014 11:38 am

Israeli Government Approves $47 Million Investment in Druze and Circassian Communities

JNS.org – The Israeli government on Sunday approved Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s...

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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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