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Moroccan Official Denies Trade With Israel After BDS Pressure on ‘Zionist’ Dates June 30, 2016 9:35 am

Moroccan Official Denies Trade With Israel After BDS Pressure on ‘Zionist’ Dates

JNS.org – In response to a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement campaign...

Turkey Mediating Hamas-Israel Prisoner Swap, Senior Hamas Official Claims June 30, 2016 9:15 am

Turkey Mediating Hamas-Israel Prisoner Swap, Senior Hamas Official Claims

JNS.org – On the heels of the newly approved reconciliation deal between Israel and...

US Official in Testimony to Senate Committee: Facing Territorial Losses, Weakened Morale, ISIS Setting Sights on Israel June 29, 2016 12:31 pm

US Official in Testimony to Senate Committee: Facing Territorial Losses, Weakened Morale, ISIS Setting Sights on Israel

With the Islamic State (ISIS) incurring territorial losses in Syria and Iraq — and...

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Reportedly to Run Again for Iranian Presidency in 2017 June 29, 2016 10:54 am

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Reportedly to Run Again for Iranian Presidency in 2017

JNS.org – Former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has reportedly announced that...

UNRWA School Hides Map of ‘Historic Palestine’ During Secretary-General’s Visit to Gaza June 29, 2016 10:31 am

UNRWA School Hides Map of ‘Historic Palestine’ During Secretary-General’s Visit to Gaza

JNS.org – A United Nations-run school in the Gaza Strip covered up a map of “historic...

Jews Portrayed Sympathetically in Egyptian TV Series; Public Backlash Causes Actors, Directors to Deny Support for Normalization With Israel June 28, 2016 6:09 pm

Jews Portrayed Sympathetically in Egyptian TV Series; Public Backlash Causes Actors, Directors to Deny Support for Normalization With Israel

For the second year in a row, Egyptian television is portraying Jews in a positive light during...

Israel-Turkey Deal Paves Way for Boost in Commerce, Tourism June 28, 2016 12:34 pm

Israel-Turkey Deal Paves Way for Boost in Commerce, Tourism

JNS.org – The reconciliation deal between Israel and Turkey will likely boost commercial...

Iranian Military Chief: ‘Third Palestinian Intifada Will Inflame Zionist Regime’s Security, Life’ June 28, 2016 12:26 pm

Iranian Military Chief: ‘Third Palestinian Intifada Will Inflame Zionist Regime’s Security, Life’

“The third Intifada will inflame the Zionist regime’s security and life,”...

Netanyahu Says Israel-Turkey Reconciliation Will Help Bring ‘Stability’ to Middle East June 27, 2016 9:51 am

Netanyahu Says Israel-Turkey Reconciliation Will Help Bring ‘Stability’ to Middle East

JNS.org – Israel and Turkey have agreed to normalize ties after a six-year rift in...

UN Chief Calls on Israeli, Palestinian Leaders to Show ‘Responsibility’ June 27, 2016 9:46 am

UN Chief Calls on Israeli, Palestinian Leaders to Show ‘Responsibility’

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called on Israeli and Palestinian leaders...

Turkey, Israel Reach Reconciliation Agreement After Six Years of Suspended Relations June 26, 2016 6:04 pm

Turkey, Israel Reach Reconciliation Agreement After Six Years of Suspended Relations

Turkey and Israel indicated Sunday that they’re ready to restore diplomatic relations suspended...

Iran’s Rise in Oil Production, Exports Die Out Five Months After Sanctions Relief June 26, 2016 9:48 am

Iran’s Rise in Oil Production, Exports Die Out Five Months After Sanctions Relief

Five months after sanctions on Iran were eased, the rapid rise in the country’s oil...

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  • Arts and Culture Music Coldplay Begins Concert With Broadcast of Charlie Chaplin’s Iconic Speech in ‘The Great Dictator’

    Coldplay Begins Concert With Broadcast of Charlie Chaplin’s Iconic Speech in ‘The Great Dictator’

    British rock band Coldplay started its set at the Glastonburg Festival on Sunday by broadcasting excerpts of the iconic speech Charlie Chaplin delivered in The Great Dictator, the 1940 political satire in which the famous filmmaker/movie star played a Jewish barber. “I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone,” Chaplin begins his address. “I should like to help everyone, if possible, Jew, Gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one […]

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  • Blogs Sports Two Decades Before Cleveland’s First NBA Title, LeBron James Walked Onto a JCC Court

    Two Decades Before Cleveland’s First NBA Title, LeBron James Walked Onto a JCC Court

    JNS.org – The seed for the city of Cleveland’s first professional championship in a major sport in 52 years may have been planted at the Shaw Jewish Community Center on White Pond Drive in Akron, Ohio, nearly 20 years ago. That’s when a tall, lanky kid from Akron named LeBron James walked onto the hardwood court and changed the game of basketball forever. Coach Keith Dambrot, now the head basketball coach at the University of Akron, conducted those sessions that attracted […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs North American Studios Look to Israel for Next Animation Hit

    North American Studios Look to Israel for Next Animation Hit

    JNS.org – In 2008, Yoram Honig was a producer and director living in Jerusalem, fresh off his first international hit, when the Jerusalem Development Authority (JDA) came to him with a challenge: build a film industry from scratch in Israel’s capital. “When we started here, was nothing in Jerusalem,” he said during an interview in his office in the Talbiya neighborhood. Now, the Jerusalem Film and Television Fund, which Honig heads as an arm of the JDA, pumps 9 million shekels […]

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  • Blogs Sports Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in National Competition

    Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in National Competition

    Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas will wear a leotard bearing Hebrew lettering when she competes at the P&G Gymnastics Championships over the weekend. Douglas’ Swarovski-outlined outfit will feature the Hebrew word “Elohim,” meaning God, on its left sleeve. The Hebrew detailing honors the athlete’s “rich heritage of faith,” according to apparel manufacturer GK Elite, which produced the leotard and released a preview of it on Wednesday. The company said Douglas’ sister, Joyelle “Joy” Douglas, created the Hebrew design. The outcome of the P&G Championships will help […]

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  • Europe Sports British World Heavyweight Champion Should Be Banned From Boxing for Sounding Like Hitler, Says Ukrainian Competitor

    British World Heavyweight Champion Should Be Banned From Boxing for Sounding Like Hitler, Says Ukrainian Competitor

    Britain’s world heavyweight champion, Taylor Fury, should be banned from boxing for making Nazi-like comments, a former world champion from the Ukraine said on Thursday, ahead of their upcoming match. “I was in shock at his statements about women, the gay community, and when he got to the Jewish people, he sounded like Hitler,” Wladimir Klitschko told British media, according to Reuters. “We cannot have a champion like that. Either he needs to be shut up or shut down in the ring, or […]

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  • Arts and Culture Rabbi Shows Cooking Skills and Humor on Chopped

    Rabbi Shows Cooking Skills and Humor on Chopped

    Rabbi Hanoch Hecht just made television history; but, unfortunately, he couldn’t have his rugelach and eat it too. Hecht became the first rabbi to compete on the hit show “Chopped,” where contestants are forced to use four random ingredients in their recipes, and have 20-30 minutes to create an appetizer, a main course and a dessert. A contestant is eliminated after each round. Hecht, 32, said that while the dishes and utensils were new, the kitchen was not kosher, so he couldn’t taste […]

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  • Blogs Music Orthodox Entertainer Stars in Pepsi Max Commercial as New Face of Company’s Israel Campaign (VIDEO)

    Orthodox Entertainer Stars in Pepsi Max Commercial as New Face of Company’s Israel Campaign (VIDEO)

    Orthodox singer and entertainer Lipa Schmeltzer is starring in a new Pepsi Max commercial for the company’s campaign in Israel. The commercial begins with a bunch of Jewish men eating at a restaurant, when Schmeltzer walks in and tries to decide what to order. An employee at the obviously Israeli eatery offers him a variety of foods, but the entertainer in the end decides on a bottle of Pepsi. Everyone in the restaurant then joins him, drinking Pepsi Max and dancing to […]

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  • Arts and Culture Book Reviews Jewish Author’s ‘Messy’ Draft Transforms Into Rock Star Novel on Amazon

    Jewish Author’s ‘Messy’ Draft Transforms Into Rock Star Novel on Amazon

    JNS.org – “Writing is a messy process,” says author Elizabeth Poliner. “People who don’t write fiction would be surprised to see what early drafts could look like.” But readers wouldn’t know “what a mess it was for the longest time,” as the Jewish author puts it, when reading Poliner’s critically acclaimed latest book, As Close to Us as Breathing. The volume garnered Amazon’s “Best Book” designation in March 2016 as well as rave reviews from the New York Times,W Magazine, NPR, […]

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