Middle East

Leaked South African Intelligence Docs Reveal Iranian Efforts to Bypass Sanctions Using Civilian Covers February 27, 2015 9:42 am

Leaked South African Intelligence Docs Reveal Iranian Efforts to Bypass Sanctions Using Civilian Covers

Recently published classified documents from South African intelligence have shed light...

Hamas Stops Palestinian Novelist From Going to Casablanca Book Fair February 26, 2015 3:55 pm

Hamas Stops Palestinian Novelist From Going to Casablanca Book Fair

Hamas security forces stopped Palestinian writer Atef Abu Saif from attending a book fair...

Al-Jazeera Retracts and Apologizes for False Story on Gaza Flooding February 26, 2015 11:29 am

Al-Jazeera Retracts and Apologizes for False Story on Gaza Flooding

JNS.org – The Al-Jazeera network retracted and issued an apology for a story that...

Iran Hung Obama Effigy at Rally Days Before Resuming Nuclear Talks With US February 26, 2015 11:26 am

Iran Hung Obama Effigy at Rally Days Before Resuming Nuclear Talks With US

Fox News – Just weeks before Secretary of State John Kerry held new nuclear talks with...

Report: Senior Islamic State Operatives Killed in US-led Airstrikes in Iraq February 26, 2015 11:25 am

Report: Senior Islamic State Operatives Killed in US-led Airstrikes in Iraq

Jerusalem Post – A number of prominent Islamic State operatives were killed Thursday...

Assyrian Church Leader After ISIS Abductions: ‘We Only Have the Almighty Left to Protect Us’ February 25, 2015 11:31 pm

Assyrian Church Leader After ISIS Abductions: ‘We Only Have the Almighty Left to Protect Us’

The Vice President of the Assyrian Church in Lebanon, Father Yatroun Colliana, lamented the...

Anti-Islamist Libyan General to Meet With Israeli Officials in Jordan February 25, 2015 3:10 pm

Anti-Islamist Libyan General to Meet With Israeli Officials in Jordan

JNS.org – Libyan General Khalifa Haftar, who is attempting to form a coalition to...

Sources: Iran Smuggled at Least $1 Billion in Cash to Avoid Sanctions February 25, 2015 11:39 am

Sources: Iran Smuggled at Least $1 Billion in Cash to Avoid Sanctions

Reuters – At least $1 billion in cash has been smuggled into Iran as it seeks to avoid...

Iranian Opposition Exposes ‘Secret’ Nuclear Site Near Tehran February 25, 2015 11:37 am

Iranian Opposition Exposes ‘Secret’ Nuclear Site Near Tehran

Yahoo/AFP – An exiled Iranian opposition group Tuesday accused Tehran of running a “secret”...

Israel Hands Out ‘Oscars’ at the United Nations, Best Actor Award Goes to Iran (VIDEO) February 24, 2015 11:06 am

Israel Hands Out ‘Oscars’ at the United Nations, Best Actor Award Goes to Iran (VIDEO)

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor sarcastically handed out “Oscar”...

Report: Iraqis Have Grown to Trust Iranian Military Chiefs Taking Charge February 24, 2015 10:49 am

Report: Iraqis Have Grown to Trust Iranian Military Chiefs Taking Charge

Reuters – The face stares out from multiple billboards in central Baghdad, a grey-haired...

Islamic State Militants Abduct at Least 90 From Christian Villages in Syria February 24, 2015 10:45 am

Islamic State Militants Abduct at Least 90 From Christian Villages in Syria

JNS.org- The Islamic State terror group has abducted at least 90 Assyrian Christians from...

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – Rabbi Gordon Tucker spent the first 20 years of his career teaching at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the next 20 years as the rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, N.Y. I confess that when I heard about the order of those events, I thought that Tucker’s move from academia to the pulpit was strange. Firstly, I could not imagine anyone filling the place of my friend, Arnold Turetsky, who was such a talented [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    JNS.org – I’m in love, and have been for a long time. It’s a relationship filled with laughter, tears, intrigue, and surprise. It was love at first sight, back when I was a little girl—with an extra-terrestrial that longed to go home. From then on, that love has never wavered, and isn’t reserved for one, but for oh so many—Ferris Bueller, Annie Hall, Tootsie, Harry and Sally, Marty McFly, Atticus Finch, Danny Zuko, Yentl, that little dog Toto, Mrs. Doubtfire, [...]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    At the turn of the 21st century through today, American involvement in Middle Eastern politics runs through the Central Intelligence Agency. In America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East, historian Hugh Wilford shows this has always been the case. Wilford methodically traces the lives and work of the agency’s three most prominent officers in the Middle East: Kermit “Kim” Roosevelt was the grandson of president Theodore Roosevelt, and the first head of [...]

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  • Relationships US & Canada Seniors at Los Angeles Jewish Home Give Witty Dating Advice Ahead of Valentine’s Day (VIDEO)

    Seniors at Los Angeles Jewish Home Give Witty Dating Advice Ahead of Valentine’s Day (VIDEO)

    Residents of the Los Angeles Jewish Home give dating advice to a young Jewish man in a comedic video posted Monday on YouTube just in time for Valentine’s Day. Jonathan, an associate at the Jewish home, quizzes the senior citizens on an array of topics including having sex on the first date, kissing a girl, who should pay for dinner and whether online dating is a good idea. When the 28-year-old asks a male resident named Lee about his experiences [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish History Kutsher’s Documentary an Amazing, and Tragic, Look at the Past (REVIEW)

    Kutsher’s Documentary an Amazing, and Tragic, Look at the Past (REVIEW)

    Anyone who spent time in the Jewish Catskills hotels – especially those like me, who returned for decades – must see the new documentary,”Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort.” Not only will the film transport you back to the glory days of your youth and thousands of memories, but it will also make you long for a world that is now lost forever. I returned to Kutsher’s one last time in the summer of 2009, but by then, the [...]

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  • Education Jewish Identity Lifestyle Riding the Wave of Change in Part-Time Jewish Education

    Riding the Wave of Change in Part-Time Jewish Education

    JNS.org – Amid the numerous studies and analyses regarding Jewish American life, a simple fact remains: part-time Jewish education is the most popular vehicle for Jewish education in North America. Whenever and wherever parents choose Jewish education for their children, we have a communal responsibility to devote the necessary time and resources to deliver dynamic, effective learning experiences. The only way we can do this is by creating space for conversations and knowledge-sharing around innovative new education models. That also [...]

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  • Commentary Featured Features Jewish 100 The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2014

    The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2014

    The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2014 ACADEMIA Alain Finkielkraut Moshe Halbertal Deborah Lipstadt Jacob Metzer Steven Pinker Tammi Rossman-Benjamin ARTS AND CULTURE Yaacov Agam David Blatt Leonard Cohen Gal Gadot Scarlett Johansson Ryan Kavanaugh Steven Spielberg Harry Styles INNOVATION AND ACTIVISM Meira Aboulafia Adina Bar-Shalom Nitsana Darshan-Leitner Daniel Gold Anett Haskia Ephrat Levy-Lahad Gabriel Nadaf Dumisani Washington GOVERNMENT Tony Abbott José María Aznar Ron Dermer Yuli Edelstein Abdul Fatah el-Sisi Stephen Harper Goodluck Jonathan Mitch McConnell Narendra Modi [...]

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  • Features Jewish 100 Jewish 100, 2014: Bassam Eid – Voices

    Jewish 100, 2014: Bassam Eid – Voices

    Bassam Eid Palestinian human rights activist While Palestinians who demonize Israel as the sole reason for their woes receive no shortage of media invitations, those among them who spotlight their own leaders’ iniquities are far less in demand. Even so, the profile of Bassam Eid, the Director of the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group, is thankfully continuing to grow. Eid’s latest campaign is for the overhaul of UNRWA, the UN refugee agency dedicated solely to the Palestinians, which he says [...]

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