Middle East

FIFA Official: Qatar Likely to be Stripped of 2022 World Cup September 22, 2014 2:34 pm

FIFA Official: Qatar Likely to be Stripped of 2022 World Cup

JNS.org - Qatar will likely be stripped of its right to host the 2022 World Cup, a top Fédération...

Israel and Hamas to Resume Talks on Rosh Hashana Eve September 22, 2014 1:45 pm

Israel and Hamas to Resume Talks on Rosh Hashana Eve

JNS.org - Negotiations between Israel and Hamas are expected to resume on Wednesday, the...

ISIS Spokesman Praises ‘Blessed Operations Against Guards of the Jews’ September 22, 2014 11:35 am

ISIS Spokesman Praises ‘Blessed Operations Against Guards of the Jews’

Reuters – Islamic State urged insurgents in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Monday...

Turkey’s Erdogan to Meet Jewish Leaders During New York Trip September 22, 2014 11:31 am

Turkey’s Erdogan to Meet Jewish Leaders During New York Trip

JNS.org – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to meet with World Jewish Congress...

Rouhani Claims Iran is Bulwark Against Middle East ‘Terrorists’ September 22, 2014 11:22 am

Rouhani Claims Iran is Bulwark Against Middle East ‘Terrorists’

Yahoo/AFP – Iran is a cornerstone of stability in the Middle East in the face of the...

Hezbollah Claims First-Ever Drone Strike on Islamic State Target in Syria (VIDEO) September 21, 2014 4:56 pm

Hezbollah Claims First-Ever Drone Strike on Islamic State Target in Syria (VIDEO)

In a video clip released Sunday night, the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terror group said it had...

IDF Drone Crashes in Lebanon, Hezbollah Threatens Retaliation September 21, 2014 11:15 am

IDF Drone Crashes in Lebanon, Hezbollah Threatens Retaliation

A small Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) crashed in Lebanon, close to the Israeli border...

Egypt to Host Reconciliation Talks Between Fatah, Hamas September 21, 2014 11:05 am

Egypt to Host Reconciliation Talks Between Fatah, Hamas

The Guardian - Egypt will host talks between rival Palestinian factions within days, followed...

Officials: Iran Seeks to Tie Cooperation on ISIS to Nuke Talks September 21, 2014 10:58 am

Officials: Iran Seeks to Tie Cooperation on ISIS to Nuke Talks

CNBC/Reuters – Iran is ready to work with the United States and its allies to stop Islamic...

Diplomats Say Iran Receptive to New Nuke Proposal That Will Leave Enriching Machines in Place September 20, 2014 9:16 pm

Diplomats Say Iran Receptive to New Nuke Proposal That Will Leave Enriching Machines in Place

ABC News – With Iran refusing U.S. demands that it gut its uranium enrichment program,...

Three Killed in Car Bomb Suicide Attack on Hezbollah Checkpoint in Lebanon September 20, 2014 9:12 pm

Three Killed in Car Bomb Suicide Attack on Hezbollah Checkpoint in Lebanon

Fox News – Lebanon’s state media says that three people were killed in a suicide...

Obama Open to Meeting Rouhani During United Nations General Assembly September 20, 2014 10:00 am

Obama Open to Meeting Rouhani During United Nations General Assembly

Reuters – U.S. President Barack Obama is not scheduled to meet Iranian President Hassan...

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  • Book Reviews Personalities How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    JNS.org – What would you do if you found out that you had only three more months to live? Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman, a leader of Jewish life, and a confidante and adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He knew that he had prostate cancer, but doctors advised him that it was very slow-growing and nothing to worry about. Then came the day when the doctors told him his cancer metastasized to his liver, and that he had [...]

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  • Blogs Theater 10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    Last month, my one-man show Hoaxocaust! Written and performed by Barry Levey with the generous assistance of the Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran ran in the New York International Fringe Festival, where it won an Overall Excellence Award. The play has now been selected to run in the Fringe Encores Series at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center, for four performances which started on Thursday, September 11. Getting the play to the stage was not easy, however. Here are [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Phenomenon: Tel Aviv-based musician and “sampler” extraordinaire, Kutiman (aka Ophir Kutiel) has hit another one out of the park with “Give It Up,” a fully-functioning song in its own right, assembled from hundreds of ameteur and instructional music videos. The Jerusalem-born musical prodigy is best know for his diverse online musical projects. In the latest video, uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 12th, Kutiel thanked most of the musicians and individuals he chose to include in the meticulously-edited clip, which opens with [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    A recently released behind-the-scenes reel of Ridley Scott’s upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings shows just how far the director has gone to portray one of the Bible’s most famous narratives. In the clip, which shows scenes involving up to 4,000 extras, the visionary director discusses what drew him to the biblical tale of Moses. “The Moses story was a massive challenge, which I really love. I wanted to explore the complexity of his character and I was stunned by [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    JNS.org – Since 2006, the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable and satellite TV network has hosted “The Projected Image,” a month-long showcase examining how different cultural and ethnic groups have been portrayed on the big screen. At last, after previously covering African Americans, Asians, the LGBT community, Latinos, Native Americans, Arabs, and people with disabilities, the annual series is delving into Jewish film this month. “The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film,” whose first segment aired Sept. 2, runs [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks – dangling over their ears is a sure sign that you have entered the enigmatic precincts of the Hasidim – the pious ones. Veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger’s new book, THE PIOUS ONES: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America, takes the reader on a journey into the enclaves where various sects of Jews live a seemingly outmoded way of life in [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    JNS.org – Today’s comedy superstars, especially those whose careers are driven by television, may very well owe their success to pioneering Jewish entertainer Milton Berle. Born Mendel Berlinger in Manhattan in 1908, Berle became America’s first small-screen star. Aptly nicknamed “Mr. Television,” he influenced and helped promote the work of hundreds of younger comics. “Milton Berle was deceptively successful and very Jewish,” says Lawrence Epstein, author of The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America, published the year [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    JNS.org – Idan Ravin’s friends chipped in to buy him a humble but life-changing bar mitzvah gift—a basketball hoop his father attached to the roof of his garage. Little did his friends know that years later, he would be the personal trainer of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Stephen Curry. Ravin’s new book, “The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Head of Basketball’s Best Players,” details his rise from a Jewish upbringing [...]

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