Middle East

Former Islamic State Fighter: Recruits Assigned to Suicide Squads ‘Because They Were Useless’ October 1, 2014 11:59 am

Former Islamic State Fighter: Recruits Assigned to Suicide Squads ‘Because They Were Useless’

Islamic State foreign recruits were placed in suicide units because they served no other use...

Abbas Threatens PA Will Join ICC if UN Fails to Secure Israeli Withdraw From West Bank October 1, 2014 10:57 am

Abbas Threatens PA Will Join ICC if UN Fails to Secure Israeli Withdraw From West Bank

Ynet – The Palestinian Authority will join the International Criminal Court and possibly...

Iraq’s Assyrian Christians Form Militia to Fight Islamic State September 30, 2014 9:14 pm

Iraq’s Assyrian Christians Form Militia to Fight Islamic State

JNS.org – Iraqi Assyrian Christians have formed the country’s first Christian militia...

Iranian Nuclear Physicist Killed by His Own Country, Not Israel, Sister Says September 30, 2014 10:26 am

Iranian Nuclear Physicist Killed by His Own Country, Not Israel, Sister Says

Jerusalem Post – The sister of a leading Iranian nuclear physicist widely believed to...

Iran Postpones Execution of Woman Who Killed Her Attempted Rapist September 30, 2014 10:23 am

Iran Postpones Execution of Woman Who Killed Her Attempted Rapist

Fox News – The mother of an Iranian woman sentenced to death for killing a man who tried...

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Threatens That Final Nuclear Deal May Not Be Reached September 29, 2014 4:22 pm

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Threatens That Final Nuclear Deal May Not Be Reached

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister has warned that Tehran is unlikely to agree to an extension...

Hamas Seeks to Replicate Gilad Shalit Abduction and Exchange September 29, 2014 11:02 am

Hamas Seeks to Replicate Gilad Shalit Abduction and Exchange

JNS.org - Senior Hamas officials on Sunday urged the abduction of Israeli soldiers to facilitate...

Israeli-Arab Teacher Arrested for Suspected Affiliation With ISIS, Admits Bringing Material From Jordan September 29, 2014 11:02 am

Israeli-Arab Teacher Arrested for Suspected Affiliation With ISIS, Admits Bringing Material From Jordan

JNS.org – An Israeli Arab high school teacher was arrested Monday on suspicion of...

Iraqi Civilians Caught Between Islamic State Militants, U.S. Airstrikes September 29, 2014 10:58 am

Iraqi Civilians Caught Between Islamic State Militants, U.S. Airstrikes

Telegraph – Dodging coalition bombs from the skies and fleeing wrathful jihadists on...

Turkey Surpasses Iran in Anti-Semitism, Opposition Lawmaker Charges September 28, 2014 7:27 pm

Turkey Surpasses Iran in Anti-Semitism, Opposition Lawmaker Charges

A senior opposition lawmaker in Turkey has charged that his country’s record of hostility...

U.S. Reportedly Strikes Islamic State-Controlled Oil Refinery in Syria September 28, 2014 11:29 am

U.S. Reportedly Strikes Islamic State-Controlled Oil Refinery in Syria

CBS – Residents of a Turkish border town say that U.S.-led coalition warplanes have...

Al Qaeda-Linked Group in Yemen Claims Fired Rocket at U.S. Embassy September 27, 2014 8:51 pm

Al Qaeda-Linked Group in Yemen Claims Fired Rocket at U.S. Embassy

Reuters – An al Qaeda splinter group said it launched a rocket toward the U.S. embassy...

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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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