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Jihadi Rebrand? Syrian Terror Group Launches New Name, Drops Al-Qaeda Ties July 29, 2016 1:15 pm

Jihadi Rebrand? Syrian Terror Group Launches New Name, Drops Al-Qaeda Ties

JNS.org – The Syrian terrorist group Nusra Front has announced that it is dropping...

Netanyahu Marks Egypt’s National Day, Praises El-Sisi Peace Push July 29, 2016 10:59 am

Netanyahu Marks Egypt’s National Day, Praises El-Sisi Peace Push

JNS.org – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended a reception on Thursday...

Report: PA President Abbas Announces Wish for New Round of Reconciliation Talks With Hamas Ahead of Municipal Elections July 28, 2016 3:19 pm

Report: PA President Abbas Announces Wish for New Round of Reconciliation Talks With Hamas Ahead of Municipal Elections

The head of the Palestinian Authority said that a new round of reconciliation talks will take...

Saudis: Israel Visit Doesn’t Reflect Government Stance July 28, 2016 10:16 am

Saudis: Israel Visit Doesn’t Reflect Government Stance

JNS.org – The Saudi government distanced itself on Wednesday from a recent visit to...

Abbas Says Fatah, Hamas to Hold Reconciliation Talks in Coming Weeks July 28, 2016 9:33 am

Abbas Says Fatah, Hamas to Hold Reconciliation Talks in Coming Weeks

Fatah and Hamas, the two leading Palestinian factions, are to hold another round of reconciliation...

Chief Palestinian Peace Negotiator Condemns ‘Criminal’ Killing of Hamas Terrorist Who Murdered Israeli Father-of-Ten in Cold Blood July 27, 2016 2:15 pm

Chief Palestinian Peace Negotiator Condemns ‘Criminal’ Killing of Hamas Terrorist Who Murdered Israeli Father-of-Ten in Cold Blood

The Palestinian Authority’s chief peace negotiator condemned Israel for the death of the...

Mideast Analyst: Iran in Throes of Domestic Battle as Ethnic Groups Carry Out Attacks Against Regime Targets July 27, 2016 6:36 am

Mideast Analyst: Iran in Throes of Domestic Battle as Ethnic Groups Carry Out Attacks Against Regime Targets

Iran is in the throes of a domestic battle, with ethnic opposition groups carry out increasing...

Hamas Chief Scoffs at ISIS Comparison During Interview With New Delhi TV July 26, 2016 1:26 pm

Hamas Chief Scoffs at ISIS Comparison During Interview With New Delhi TV

The leader of Hamas said last week that, unlike ISIS, whose “extremists kill on the basis...

Mahmoud Abbas Seeks to Sue UK Over Balfour Declaration, Calls on Arab League for Help July 26, 2016 9:50 am

Mahmoud Abbas Seeks to Sue UK Over Balfour Declaration, Calls on Arab League for Help

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called for Britain to be prosecuted for the 1917...

Egyptian President Denies Rumors of Assassination Plot Behind His Decision Not to Attend Arab League Summit July 25, 2016 4:42 pm

Egyptian President Denies Rumors of Assassination Plot Behind His Decision Not to Attend Arab League Summit

Cairo denied rumors on Monday that the reason Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi canceled...

Hamas Ramps Up Recruitment of Female Terrorists, Trains Girls as Young as 15 July 25, 2016 1:14 pm

Hamas Ramps Up Recruitment of Female Terrorists, Trains Girls as Young as 15

JNS.org – Hamas is reportedly trying to recruit more women into its ranks and is now...

Iran Announces Discovery of Secret Terror Tunnel Intended to Carry Out Attacks in Islamic Republic July 25, 2016 11:30 am

Iran Announces Discovery of Secret Terror Tunnel Intended to Carry Out Attacks in Islamic Republic

Iran announced the discovery of a secret terror tunnel that was to be used to carry out sabotage...

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  • Arts and Culture First English-Language Trailer Debuts for Natalie Portman’s Hebrew Film ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness,’ Based on Amos Oz’s Memoir (VIDEO)

    First English-Language Trailer Debuts for Natalie Portman’s Hebrew Film ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness,’ Based on Amos Oz’s Memoir (VIDEO)

    The first English-language trailer for Natalie Portman’s directorial debut — A Tale of Love and Darkness — based on Israeli author Amos Oz’s memoir, was released on Thursday. The movie, originally filmed in Hebrew, tells the story of Oz’s childhood in Jerusalem at the end of the British Mandate and the early years of Israel’s independence. Portman, who was born in Israel and speaks fluent Hebrew, plays the lead role of Fania, the author’s mother. She struggles to raise her son as she deals with inner demons, a […]

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  • Features As Berlin Prices Rise, Israelis Turn East for German Real-Estate Bargains

    As Berlin Prices Rise, Israelis Turn East for German Real-Estate Bargains

    JNS.org – Sonnenallee, a street in Berlin’s Neukölln district, looks like it comes straight out of an Arab city — so much so that it goes by the nickname “Gaza Strip.” Kebab and bakery shops are advertised in Arabic; men sit in men-only coffee shops; and bridal shop windows showcase glittery, not-so-stylish gowns. But take a random turn, and you’ll find a swath of bars, burger joints, and Indian restaurants where hip Berliners announce that they have arrived to urban coolness. […]

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  • Arts and Culture Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Slays in ‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer (VIDEO)

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Slays in ‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer (VIDEO)

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot engages in fierce action sequences in the new Wonder Woman trailer, which Warner Bros. premiered during the San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. The nearly 3-minute trailer, the first to debut for the superhero film, shows scenes of Diana, princess of the Amazons, fighting alongside men in the battle against the world’s toughest enemies. The first shot of the video shows Wonder Woman discovering a man, Steve Trevor (played by actor Chris Pine), washed ashore. The clip then takes viewers to the all-female island where Wonder Woman was born. […]

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  • Arts and Culture A Theatrical Look at Diplomacy and the Oslo Accords (REVIEW)

    A Theatrical Look at Diplomacy and the Oslo Accords (REVIEW)

    Is diplomacy worthwhile, even if the end result isn’t what we hoped for? That is the question, among many others, posed by the new play Oslo, by J.T. Rogers. Making its New York debut at Lincoln Center, the play examines the secret diplomatic process that led to the historic 1993 peace accords. The character of Shimon Peres makes an appearance onstage — and he, along with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, tower over the proceedings. But they mainly do so in absentia. Instead, […]

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  • Spirituality/Tradition Sports Israeli Trailblazer Dean Kremer Brings Jewish Values to Nascent Pro Baseball Career

    Israeli Trailblazer Dean Kremer Brings Jewish Values to Nascent Pro Baseball Career

    JNS.org – Other than being part of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, Sandy Koufax and Dean Kremer have something else in common: a respect for Jewish tradition. Koufax — who was recently ranked by ESPN as the best left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) history — decided not to pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because the game fell on Yom Kippur. “I would do the same,” Kremer said in an interview. Last month, the 20-year-old Kremer became […]

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  • Arts and Culture Lead Guitarist of British Rock Band Queen Asks Adam Lambert to Sing in Hebrew During Upcoming Israel Concert

    Lead Guitarist of British Rock Band Queen Asks Adam Lambert to Sing in Hebrew During Upcoming Israel Concert

    The famed lead guitarist of British rock band Queen, Brian May, encouraged Jewish singer-songwriter Adam Lambert to perform in Hebrew during their upcoming joint concert in Israel, an entertainment industry advocacy organization reported on Tuesday. During a recent interview with Israeli television personality Assi Azar, May was played a 2005 video of Lambert singing the popular song Shir L’Shalom, (Song for Peace). May was so impressed by Lambert’s singing of the Hebrew track that he told the American singer, “We have to do that. Let’s […]

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  • Sports Kenyan Marathoner to Compete for Israel in Rio Olympics

    Kenyan Marathoner to Compete for Israel in Rio Olympics

    JNS.org – Kenyan-born marathoner Lonah Chemtai is expected to compete for Israel at the Olympics Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil next month after gaining a last minute approval. “I am very proud [to represent Israel] and I hope to achieve a new personal best time,” Chemtai told Reuters. Chemtai, who grew up a rural village in western Kenya, first came to Israel in 2009 to care of the children of her country’s ambassador to Israel. The 27-year-old runner recently gained […]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Will Laughs Lead to Love on Show About Orthodox Dating?

    Will Laughs Lead to Love on Show About Orthodox Dating?

    To date or not to date? That is not the question for most Modern Orthodox singles in New York. The question is when will they find their future spouses, and when will their families stop nagging them about having babies? Inspired by the success of the Israeli show “Srugim,” Leah Gottfried, 25, decided she would create and star in her own show, “Soon By You.” “Dating is so serious already,” Gottfried said. “We wanted to take a lighter approach and laugh at the […]

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