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Israeli-Arab Dentist Gets 20 Months in Prison for Transferring Funds to Hamas February 12, 2016 1:21 pm

Israeli-Arab Dentist Gets 20 Months in Prison for Transferring Funds to Hamas

JNS.org – An Israeli-Arab dentist was sentenced Thursday to 20 months in prison for...

Hamas Delegates Arrive in Iran to Celebrate Anniversary of Islamic Revolution February 12, 2016 5:01 am

Hamas Delegates Arrive in Iran to Celebrate Anniversary of Islamic Revolution

A high-ranking Hamas delegation visited Tehran on Thursday to participate in ceremonies marking...

Ancient Aleppo Synagogue in Danger of Destruction Amid Fierce Battles Between Assad, Opposition Forces February 11, 2016 7:32 pm

Ancient Aleppo Synagogue in Danger of Destruction Amid Fierce Battles Between Assad, Opposition Forces

One of the oldest synagogues in the world is likely to become another fatality in the Syrian...

14-Year-Old Arab Girls Charged With Attempted Murder for Stabbing Attack on Guard at Ramla Bus Station February 11, 2016 10:45 am

14-Year-Old Arab Girls Charged With Attempted Murder for Stabbing Attack on Guard at Ramla Bus Station

JNS.org – The Central District Prosecutor’s Office in Israel indicted two 14-year-old...

Iran Reenacts Capture of US Sailors on Anniversary of Islamic Revolution February 11, 2016 10:00 am

Iran Reenacts Capture of US Sailors on Anniversary of Islamic Revolution

Iran celebrated on Thursday the 37th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, marking it with...

Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency Says Nuclear Program Not Set Back by Deal With World Powers February 11, 2016 8:13 am

Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency Says Nuclear Program Not Set Back by Deal With World Powers

Iran’s nuclear agency said that Tehran’s nuclear program has not been hampered by...

US Intelligence Threat Assessment: Iran Has Largest Ballistic-Missile Arsenal in the Middle East February 10, 2016 1:14 pm

US Intelligence Threat Assessment: Iran Has Largest Ballistic-Missile Arsenal in the Middle East

Iran already has the largest ballistic-missile arsenal in the Middle East, Director of National...

Iran to Unveil Upgrade of Ballistic Missiles, Defense Minister Says February 10, 2016 10:40 am

Iran to Unveil Upgrade of Ballistic Missiles, Defense Minister Says

Iran will unveil an upgrade of its Emad ballistic missiles this year, the defense minister...

Iran Reportedly Hacks Former IDF Chief’s Computer February 10, 2016 10:09 am

Iran Reportedly Hacks Former IDF Chief’s Computer

JNS.org – Iranian hackers have reportedly managed to hack into a private computer used...

Hamas Music Video Mocked Over Comical Gaffe: ‘Hassid’ With Braids for Sidelocks February 9, 2016 7:12 pm

Hamas Music Video Mocked Over Comical Gaffe: ‘Hassid’ With Braids for Sidelocks

The music video produced by Hamas and broadcast Saturday on its official network, Al-Aqsa...

Rouhani: Iranian Military Intervention in Syria, Iraq Helped Its Nuclear Negotiations February 9, 2016 3:41 pm

Rouhani: Iranian Military Intervention in Syria, Iraq Helped Its Nuclear Negotiations

President Hassan Rouhani said Iran’s military intervention in Syria and Iraq helped...

Hamas Operative Killed in 3rd Tunnel Collapse in 2 Weeks February 9, 2016 10:11 am

Hamas Operative Killed in 3rd Tunnel Collapse in 2 Weeks

JNS.org – A Hamas operative was reportedly killed in Gaza on Monday in the third deadly...

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  • Food Jewish Identity Home of Freud and…Pita? Israelis Make Culinary Mark in Vienna

    Home of Freud and…Pita? Israelis Make Culinary Mark in Vienna

    JNS.org – Several Viennese Jews have made a lasting impact on the world. Sigmund Freud’s investigations changed the face of modern psychology. Composer Arnold Schoenberg’s innovations in atonal music changed the face of music. These days, even more Jews — in particular, Israeli Jews — are changing the face of Vienna’s culinary scene with innovations in…the art of the pita. Freudians may find a psychoanalytic motive for the local appeal of the Israeli eateries popping up in the Austrian capital. Walk […]

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  • Features Opinion In Iraqi Kurdistan, a Genocide Before Our Very Eyes

    In Iraqi Kurdistan, a Genocide Before Our Very Eyes

    The two bullet casings are already beginning to rust. Sheikh Nasser Pasha plucks them from the ground. “Look, one is from an AK-47, one from an American M-4.” The casings are strewn on the ground atop a long mound of dirt with a few bits of white sticks on it. It would appear unremarkable if one were walking by it. A closer look, however, reveals the white objects are pieces of human bone: arms, legs, and a single human skull. […]

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  • Blogs Features Israel and the Apartheid Narrative: 2 South African Student Leaders Weigh In

    Israel and the Apartheid Narrative: 2 South African Student Leaders Weigh In

    JNS.org – About two-dozen people file into Dodd 175 at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus on a Thursday night, scouting out seats and picking at the kosher pizza in the back of the lecture hall. Miyelani Pinini knows the drill. A former student president of the University of Cape Town in South Africa, she’s attended and even organized her share of free-pizza events. But now she and a fellow South African student leader were the stars of this […]

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  • Food Spirituality/Tradition The Brewish State: Israel Taps Into Growing Craft Beer Bazaar

    The Brewish State: Israel Taps Into Growing Craft Beer Bazaar

    JNS.org – It’s widely known that Israel has penetrated the wine market, with some of its sophisticated Israeli blends surpassing historically excellent wines from areas such as the Napa Valley or Bordeaux. But what about beer? For decades, Israel has offered solely the Maccabi and Nesher brands. Not anymore. “There is a huge push of people making beer at home. The country is approaching over 30 craft breweries in the last year or two, making nearly 200 beers,” says Avi Moskowitz, […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Natalie Portman Says She Behaved Like ‘Average Everyday Jewish Mother’ on Set of Latest Movie

    Natalie Portman Says She Behaved Like ‘Average Everyday Jewish Mother’ on Set of Latest Movie

    Actress Natalie Portman acted like a typical “Jewish mother” on the set of her latest movie, Jane Got a Gun, the Israeli-born star told the New York Post‘s Page Six on Sunday. The 34-year-old, who also co-produced the western, said she made it her job to look out for everyone involved in the project, because the film has had to overcome “so many obstacles,” such as losing its director early on. She explained: “Actors changed. We suffered financial and legal challenges. We endured so many replacements. There were delays. […]

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  • Israel Music Scorpions Lead Singer Sends Message to Israel Ahead of World Tour, Tel Aviv Performance (VIDEO)

    Scorpions Lead Singer Sends Message to Israel Ahead of World Tour, Tel Aviv Performance (VIDEO)

    “We’re looking very much forward to coming back to Israel this summer,” said the lead singer of the German rock band Scorpions in a video on Monday. “Make sure you don’t miss it because we rock you like a hurricane!” said a jovial Klaus Meine, quoting the band’s seminal 1984 anthem, “Rock You Like a Hurricane.” The hard rock band lands in Israel for a show at the Menorah Mivtachim Arena on July 14 as part of its 50th anniversary tour. It will be the band’s third time […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews The Collected Works of Primo Levi, Edited by Ann Goldstein (REVIEW)

    The Collected Works of Primo Levi, Edited by Ann Goldstein (REVIEW)

    Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel were the two most immediate and authentic literary voices who gave witness to the Holocaust. Wiesel was an extrovert and a very public figure who wrote initially in French. Levi was a modest retiring chemist who wrote in Italian. Whereas Wiesel was rooted in the Eastern European Jewish Hassidic world, Levi was the product of an assimilated, secular Italian society that saw itself as Italian first and Jewish as an accident of birth. As Levi himself said, “At Auschwitz I […]

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  • Blogs Lifestyle Wine Brings Judea and Samaria to Tel Aviv

    Wine Brings Judea and Samaria to Tel Aviv

    JNS.org – Wine has long been considered a social lubricant, and it’s Nir Lavie’s hope that wine from his Har Bracha Winery in the Samarian hills will serve as a social lubricant between the city-goers of Tel Aviv and the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria, two locales split geographically, and often politically, on the left and right of the country. The new flagship store of Har Bracha has recently popped its corks on 190 Ben Yehuda Street in Tel Aviv, […]

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