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Turkey Helps Return Israeli Who Planned to Join Islamic State September 1, 2015 12:36 pm

Turkey Helps Return Israeli Who Planned to Join Islamic State

JNS.org – Turkey has helped return a young Israeli man who planned to join the Islamic...

Satellite Images Confirm ISIS Destroyed Temple in Palmyra, UN Says September 1, 2015 9:55 am

Satellite Images Confirm ISIS Destroyed Temple in Palmyra, UN Says

A satellite image confirms the main temple in the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria has been...

Lebanese Protesters Storm Environment Ministry in Beirut, Call on Minister to Resign September 1, 2015 9:43 am

Lebanese Protesters Storm Environment Ministry in Beirut, Call on Minister to Resign

Around 30 protesters from Lebanon’s “You Stink!” movement have stormed the...

Iran’s Armed Forces Say Country’s Defense Doctrine Focused on Countering Aerial Threats September 1, 2015 8:05 am

Iran’s Armed Forces Say Country’s Defense Doctrine Focused on Countering Aerial Threats

The General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces said the country’s defense doctrine and...

Israeli Terror Expert: Training Camps for Girls in Gaza Another Form of Palestinian Child Abuse August 31, 2015 1:18 pm

Israeli Terror Expert: Training Camps for Girls in Gaza Another Form of Palestinian Child Abuse

Pictures of the August 10 graduation ceremony of an all-girl, nine-day summer training camp...

‘Supergiant’ Gas Field Found Near Coast of Egypt August 31, 2015 12:21 pm

‘Supergiant’ Gas Field Found Near Coast of Egypt

JNS.org – An Italian energy company has announced the discovery of a “supergiant” natural...

Iran Vice-Speaker Vows to Keep Up Support for Regional Proxies in Fight Against Israel August 31, 2015 12:20 pm

Iran Vice-Speaker Vows to Keep Up Support for Regional Proxies in Fight Against Israel

Iran will continue to support regional proxies such as Hezbollah in the fight against Israel,...

Report: Abbas Looking for Candidates to Replace Him, Set to Announce His Resignation Soon August 31, 2015 9:04 am

Report: Abbas Looking for Candidates to Replace Him, Set to Announce His Resignation Soon

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has asked members of his Fatah party to select...

UN Chief to Knesset Speaker: ‘Iran Deal Is Not Perfect’ August 30, 2015 6:49 pm

UN Chief to Knesset Speaker: ‘Iran Deal Is Not Perfect’

JNS.org – United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon met in New York on Friday with...

Report: Israelis Fear Iran Nuclear Deal Already Leading to Rise in Terrorism August 30, 2015 9:39 am

Report: Israelis Fear Iran Nuclear Deal Already Leading to Rise in Terrorism

An unsettling surge in terrorism by Iranian proxies has many Israelis convinced the release...

Over 90 People Executed by ISIS in Syria in Past Month, Activist Group Says August 30, 2015 8:54 am

Over 90 People Executed by ISIS in Syria in Past Month, Activist Group Says

ISIS has executed more than 90 people, a third of them civilians, over the past month in areas...

Family of Former US Marine Held by Iran Marks 4-Year Anniversary of Captivity August 29, 2015 10:13 pm

Family of Former US Marine Held by Iran Marks 4-Year Anniversary of Captivity

Saturday marked the fourth anniversary of the imprisonment of a former U.S. Marine in Iran...

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  • Arts and Culture Middle East Larry King Asks Saudi Arabian Fan If Taking Pictures With Jews Is Permitted

    Larry King Asks Saudi Arabian Fan If Taking Pictures With Jews Is Permitted

    Jewish former CNN host Larry King asked a Saudi Arabian fan if taking pictures with Jews is allowed in his country, before agreeing to pose for a photo with the man, The New York Times reported on Wednesday. The world-famous interviewer was leaving the Ritz Carlton hotel in Washington, D.C. with a New York Times reporter when a “dark-skinned man” approached and asked to take a picture with him, according to the publication. Whereupon, King asked the fan where he was from. When the man said Saudi […]

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  • Europe Sports Britain’s Lord Sugar Says Synagogues Will Be Empty With Yom Kippur Matchup of Jewish-Supported Soccer Teams

    Britain’s Lord Sugar Says Synagogues Will Be Empty With Yom Kippur Matchup of Jewish-Supported Soccer Teams

    British-Jewish business tycoon Lord Alan Sugar joked on Wednesday that London synagogues will likely be empty during Yom Kippur with congregants fleeing to watch the match-up of two leading English soccer teams known for having hordes of Jewish fans. “Spurs V Arsenal cup game drawn on most important Jewish festival,” Lord Sugar pointed out on Twitter. “Both teams have loads of Jewish fans. Conclusion Synagogues will be empty.” North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC will go head-to-head in the Capital One Cup third-round […]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Jewish Men Pass Jimmy Kimmel Social Experiment, Rescuing ‘Spongebob’ in Distress (VIDEO)

    Jewish Men Pass Jimmy Kimmel Social Experiment, Rescuing ‘Spongebob’ in Distress (VIDEO)

    Two Jewish men were the only unwitting participants in a social experiment conducted by Jimmy Kimmel, for his popular TV show. As part of a candid-camera-like sketch featured Monday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the host devised different street scenes to observe human behavior — in particular, to see how long it would take people walking down California’s bustling Hollywood Boulevard to notice and interact with others in distress. One scene involved a man in a Spongebob Squarepants costume who had “fallen down” on the sidewalk and needed help […]

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  • Education US & Canada International Jewish Organization Blasts Israeli-Born Star Natalie Portman for Comments on Holocaust Education

    International Jewish Organization Blasts Israeli-Born Star Natalie Portman for Comments on Holocaust Education

    A major Jewish organization rebuked actress Natalie Portman on Monday for saying in a recent interview that Jews put too much emphasis on teaching about the Holocaust relative to other genocides. The Israeli-born movie star told the U.K.’s Independent that the Jewish community needs to examine how much focus it puts on Holocaust education over other issues. She said she was shocked when she learned that a genocide was taking place in Rwanda while she was in school learning only about the horrors of the […]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Book Draws Parallels Between Holocaust and Palestinian Nakba, Sparks Outrage

    Book Draws Parallels Between Holocaust and Palestinian Nakba, Sparks Outrage

    JNS.org – A new book that draws parallels between the Holocaust and the Palestinian Nakba (the Arabic term for the displacement of Palestinian refugees during Israel’s War of Independence) has sparked outrage ahead of an official book launch, to be hosted by the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute on Sept. 7. The Zionist organization Im Tirtzu wrote a letter to the institute demanding that it cancel an event it planned in honor of the book’s authors, under the title The Holocaust and […]

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  • Education US & Canada Natalie Portman Says Holocaust Education Shouldn’t be Used for ‘Fearmongering’

    Natalie Portman Says Holocaust Education Shouldn’t be Used for ‘Fearmongering’

    Famed actress Natalie Portman warned on Friday against the use of Holocaust education to evoke fear and paranoia. In an interview with the U.K. Independent she added that the trauma should make Jews more empathetic to others who have also experienced hatred. “Sometimes it can be subverted to fearmongering and like ‘Another Holocaust is going to happen,’” the Israeli-American star said. “We need to, of course, be aware that hatred exists, antisemitism exists against all sorts of people, not in the same way. I […]

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  • Book Reviews Commentary A Righteous Gentile Navigates the Sharkpool of Washington’s Middle East Correspondents (REVIEW)

    A Righteous Gentile Navigates the Sharkpool of Washington’s Middle East Correspondents (REVIEW)

    The Tribalist, by Louis Marano, is ostensibly a work of fiction but at its core a kind of love song by a gentile journalist for the State of Israel, and especially its secular Zionist core. (Because of the relentless attacks by left-wing polemicists on Israel’s allegedly “messianic” fringe, it’s often forgotten that most of Israel’s founders and all its leaders have been secular Zionists.) The author, the product of an Italian-American family in Buffalo, served two tours of duty in […]

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  • Food Jewish Identity Rugelach Roundtable: Does Beloved Pastry Need Dairy to Taste Good?

    Rugelach Roundtable: Does Beloved Pastry Need Dairy to Taste Good?

    JNS.org – Rugelach (singular: rugala) are a beloved traditional Jewish pastry, with a quirky history to boot, but they often present a kosher conundrum. Though parve rugelach are often a preferred dessert after a meat meal for those observing kosher laws (which stipulate a waiting period between eating meat and dairy), some of today’s most popular rugelach are known for their dairy fillings. Pastry chef Paula Shoyer—author of the books “The Kosher Baker: Over 160 Dairy-free Recipes from Traditional to Trendy” and […]

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