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Obama Says Odds of Reaching Israel-PA Peace Agreement Are ‘Less Than Fifty-Fifty’ January 19, 2014 10:13 pm

Obama Says Odds of Reaching Israel-PA Peace Agreement Are ‘Less Than Fifty-Fifty’

JNS.org - U.S. President Barack Obama told The New Yorker magazine that the chances of...

Canadian Prime Minister Harper Welcomed as ‘Friend’ in Israel January 19, 2014 10:05 pm

Canadian Prime Minister Harper Welcomed as ‘Friend’ in Israel

Toronto Star – JERUSALEM – Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrived in Israel to...

‘Son of Hamas’ Father Released by Israel, Third Senior Official in Recent Days January 19, 2014 10:02 pm

‘Son of Hamas’ Father Released by Israel, Third Senior Official in Recent Days

Jerusalem Post – Israel Prison Service on Sunday released Hamas founder and the movement’s...

Wounded Syrian Couple Treated in Israel January 19, 2014 11:55 am

Wounded Syrian Couple Treated in Israel

JNS.org - Israel Defense Forces troops brought a wounded Syrian couple to Poriah Hospital...

Israel to Halt Gas Mask Distribution Saying Chemical Weapons Threat Diminished January 19, 2014 11:20 am

Israel to Halt Gas Mask Distribution Saying Chemical Weapons Threat Diminished

Israel’s Security Cabinet on Sunday decided to end the distribution of gas mask kits...

Netanyahu Warns Hamas of ‘Strong’ Israeli Reaction to Gaza Rocket Attacks January 19, 2014 10:29 am

Netanyahu Warns Hamas of ‘Strong’ Israeli Reaction to Gaza Rocket Attacks

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday pledged a policy of “preventive...

Israel Targets Terror Operative Responsible for Recent Rocket Attacks on Ashkelon January 19, 2014 10:01 am

Israel Targets Terror Operative Responsible for Recent Rocket Attacks on Ashkelon

The Israel Defense Forces on Sunday targeted a terrorist operative involved in recent attacks...

Israel Plans New ‘Iron Beam’ Laser Missile Shield to Intercept Short Range Rockets January 19, 2014 7:05 am

Israel Plans New ‘Iron Beam’ Laser Missile Shield to Intercept Short Range Rockets

Ynet  - Israel plans to deploy a new missile shield known as “Iron Beam” next...

Diplomats: Kerry Peace Plan Will Turn Israel’s Jordan Valley Into Al-Qaeda Haven January 18, 2014 10:47 pm

Diplomats: Kerry Peace Plan Will Turn Israel’s Jordan Valley Into Al-Qaeda Haven

Some Western diplomats believe that the U.S.-backed Middle East peace plan which includes...

Demonstrations Held Throughout Israel in Opposition to Kerry Peace Plan January 18, 2014 8:18 pm

Demonstrations Held Throughout Israel in Opposition to Kerry Peace Plan

Demonstrations were held across Israel on Friday against the peace plan currently being pushed...

Gaza Rocket Strikes Southern Israel January 18, 2014 7:33 pm

Gaza Rocket Strikes Southern Israel

Ynet – A rocket hit an open area between two communities in Sha’ar Hanegev Regional...

Top Iran Official: Nuclear Deal Reversible in One Day January 17, 2014 8:00 pm

Top Iran Official: Nuclear Deal Reversible in One Day

The Daily Beast – Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Abbas Araghchi, said this week that...

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  • Blogs Book Reviews The Origins of Palestinian Refugee Relief Efforts (REVIEW)

    The Origins of Palestinian Refugee Relief Efforts (REVIEW)

    Romirowsky and Joffe’s book Religion, Politics and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief is an important volume for those interested in truly understanding the origins of the Palestinian refugee issue. Utilizing a treasure trove of newly released documents, the authors link UNRWA’s (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine) origins to the Quakers/American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). For those readers who thought they knew most of the Middle East story, Romirowsky and Joffe’s version provides another twist. The authors meticulously [...]

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  • Sports Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    The Israel National soccer team could be facing a World Cup ban, and other soccer sanctions, unless it alleviates travel restrictions and increases field access for Palestinian players and coaches. The head of the Palestinian Football Association is pushing for international soccer’s governing body, the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), to issue a ban on Israel competing internationally, claiming Israel’s restrictive travel for Palestinians is equivalent to a form of oppression. “It’s not only the athletes,” Jibril Rajoub explains. [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    JNS.org – While the national debate on “Obamacare” rages on past the recent March 31 sign-up deadline, bestselling Jewish author Dr. Joel Fuhrman says the “current disease care model of what we call ‘health care’ cannot possibly be sustained.” “There is simply not enough money available to support a system in which the lion’s share of expenditures is devoted to acute care, with virtually nothing being spent on preventive medicine, i.e. health care,” Fuhrman says in an interview. “To make [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    JNS.org – “This is how I want to be—without fear. Independent. I want to be like a bird. I want to spread my wings.” So reads part of the description beneath one of the 30 paintings on display until the end of May at the ZOA House in Tel Aviv. The collection represents the first-ever art exhibit of its kind: an exhibit created entirely by Israelis in treatment for eating disorders. Dubbed “Tears of Color,” based on one of the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    JNS.org – Rachel Ament noticed that she and her friends often shared humorous anecdotes that were typically variations on a theme: overprotective, worrying Jewish moms who smothered them with love. That included Ament’s own mother. “My mom is probably every Jewish stereotype scrunched into one,” the Washington, DC, resident tells JNS.org. “At the root of all these stereotypical, worrying, overprotective moms, is love.” A social media writer for Capital One, as well as a freelance writer, Ament decided about three years [...]

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  • Book Reviews Commentary ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    Kosher Lust, by Shmuley Boteach (Gefen Publishing House, 2014). You really do want to find something positive to say about Shmuley Boteach. He is a phenomenon; very bright, an articulate bundle of energy and self-promotion. Anyone who has the chutzpah to describe himself as “America’s Rabbi” deserves ten out of ten for effort. I believe that along with most Chabad alumni, official and unofficial, he does a lot of good and is a sort of national treasure. In this world [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    JNS.org – In a throwback to the golden age of cinema, Hollywood has declared 2014 the “Year of the Bible.” From Ridley Scott’s Exodus starring Christian Bale as Moses, to Russell Crowe playing Noah, Hollywood is gambling on new innovations in technology and star power to revisit some of the most popular stories ever told. “It’s definitely a throwback to the 1950s and early ’60s,” Dr. Stephen J. Whitfield, an American Studies professor at Brandeis University, told JNS.org. Starting with The [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    Eddie Carmel, dubbed “The Jewish Giant” by American photographer Diane Arbus, is the centerpiece of a new exhibit opening April 11 at The Jewish Museum in New York. Arbus met Carmel, who was billed “The World’s Tallest Man,” at Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus in 1959 but waited until 1970 to photograph him at his parents’ home in the Bronx, according to the museum. The son of immigrants from Tel Aviv, Carmel posed for Arbus with his head bowed to [...]

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