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ISIS Holding 50,000 Civilian Hostages as Iran Backed Iraqi Forces Bomb Falluja May 29, 2016 10:54 am

ISIS Holding 50,000 Civilian Hostages as Iran Backed Iraqi Forces Bomb Falluja

Islamic State fighters hid behind 50,000 civilian hostages as Iraqi forces blitzed Fallujah. The...

US Concerned by Iranian-Led Effort to Capture Falluja From ISIS May 28, 2016 10:30 pm

US Concerned by Iranian-Led Effort to Capture Falluja From ISIS

  American commandos are on the front lines in Syria in a new push toward the Islamic...

Hezbollah in Worst Financial Shape in Decades, US Official Claims May 28, 2016 1:30 pm

Hezbollah in Worst Financial Shape in Decades, US Official Claims

JNS.org – A U.S. Treasury official claimed that the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah...

Egyptian-Muslim Mob Attacks Elderly Christian Woman, Torches Christian Homes May 28, 2016 9:30 am

Egyptian-Muslim Mob Attacks Elderly Christian Woman, Torches Christian Homes

JNS.org – A Muslim mob in Egypt attacked an elderly Christian woman and torched several...

IAEA: Iran Uranium, Heavy Water Stockpiles Stay Within Limits of Nuclear Deal May 27, 2016 9:40 am

IAEA: Iran Uranium, Heavy Water Stockpiles Stay Within Limits of Nuclear Deal

Iran has stayed within the limits of a nuclear deal it reached with six world powers last...

Iranian Students Arrested, Given 99 Lashes for Attending Mixed Men, Women Graduation Party May 27, 2016 9:37 am

Iranian Students Arrested, Given 99 Lashes for Attending Mixed Men, Women Graduation Party

More than 30 college students were arrested, interrogated and within 24 hours were each given...

Moroccan Team Boycotts Israel in Paralympic Tennis Competition May 27, 2016 9:33 am

Moroccan Team Boycotts Israel in Paralympic Tennis Competition

JNS.org – The Moroccan team in the men’s wheelchair tennis World Team Cup competition...

Iran Congratulates Hezbollah on 16th Anniversary of Israeli Withdrawal From Lebanon, Amid Claims Terror Group Digging Tunnels Along Border May 26, 2016 2:02 pm

Iran Congratulates Hezbollah on 16th Anniversary of Israeli Withdrawal From Lebanon, Amid Claims Terror Group Digging Tunnels Along Border

Iran congratulated the Lebanese people and Hezbollah on Wednesday, the 16th anniversary of...

Palestinian Official: ‘Our People Love Death More Than Life’ May 25, 2016 12:51 pm

Palestinian Official: ‘Our People Love Death More Than Life’

The Palestinian people “love death more than life,” a political official in the Palestinian...

Iran to Renew Financial Support for Palestinian Terror Group Islamic Jihad May 25, 2016 12:23 pm

Iran to Renew Financial Support for Palestinian Terror Group Islamic Jihad

JNS.org – The Iranian government will renew its financial support for the Gaza-based...

Anti-Normalization Group Slams Jordanian Officials for Attending Israeli Event May 25, 2016 12:20 pm

Anti-Normalization Group Slams Jordanian Officials for Attending Israeli Event

JNS.org – An organization dedicated to opposing Jordan-Israel diplomatic relations...

Egypt Reportedly Moving Forward With Plans for Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks May 25, 2016 10:05 am

Egypt Reportedly Moving Forward With Plans for Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

JNS.org – Egypt is reportedly moving forward with plans to hold a trilateral summit...

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  • Features World Graves of Jewish Pirates in Jamaica Give Caribbean Tourists Taste of Little-Known History

    Graves of Jewish Pirates in Jamaica Give Caribbean Tourists Taste of Little-Known History

    Tour operators are calling attention to Jamaica’s little-known Jewish heritage by arranging visits to historic Jewish sites on the Caribbean island, including a cemetery where Jewish pirates are buried. A report in Travel and Leisure magazine describes the Hunts Bay Cemetery in Kingston, where there are seven tombstones engraved with Hebrew benedictions and skull and crossbones insignia. According to the report, centuries ago, Jewish pirates sailed the waters of Jamaica and settled in Port Royal. The town, once known as “the wickedest city in the […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Filmmaker Eyal Resh Embraces the Challenge of Telling Israel’s Story (VIDEO)

    Filmmaker Eyal Resh Embraces the Challenge of Telling Israel’s Story (VIDEO)

    JNS.org – Telling Israel’s story. It’s the specific title of a short film that Eyal Resh created last year. It’s also the theme behind the 27-year-old Israeli filmmaker’s broader body of work. The widely viewed “Telling Israel’s Story” film—directed by Resh for a gala event hosted by the Times of Israel online news outlet—seemingly begins as a promotional tourism video, but quickly evolves to offer a multilayered perspective. “I want to tell you a story about a special place for me,” a young woman whispers […]

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  • Blogs Features Israel Geeks Out: Science, Art and Tech Event Embodies Jewish State’s ‘DNA’

    Israel Geeks Out: Science, Art and Tech Event Embodies Jewish State’s ‘DNA’

    JNS.org – The entrance to Jerusalem’s Sacher Park was transformed from April 25-27 by a fire-breathing robotic dragon, which flailed its arms and attempted to take flight. The robot, a signature feature at Jerusalem’s first-ever “Geek Picnic,” was one of more than 150 scientific amusements available for the public to experience. This particular dragon was designed by students from Moscow’s Art Industrial Institute in conjunction with the Flacon design factory, said Anatasia Shaminer, a student who helped facilitate the display. Children […]

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  • Book Reviews Opinion The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love. CreateSpace, 2015. The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love, is a very interesting novel. Equally a political and romantic thriller, at times a real page-turner, it gets you intimately involved in the dire situation in today’s Syria, as well as in the romantic entanglements of its mostly New York-based characters — whose entanglements just might determine the fate of that dire situation in Syria. Along the way it introduces a really important idea that somehow […]

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  • Features Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    JNS.org – Aside from Israel itself, those with a vested interest in the Jewish state are accustomed to tracking developments related to Middle East players such as Iran, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. But much global attention has recently focused on the Caucasus region at the Europe-Asia border, specifically on the suddenly intensified violence between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh area of western Azerbaijan. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, while not taking place in Israel’s immediate neighborhood, does have what one scholar called […]

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  • Blogs Features Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    JNS.org – On Friday, April 22, 196 nations across the world mark Earth Day, the annual day dedicated to environmental protection that was enacted in 1970. Not to be forgotten on this day is Israel, which is known as the “start-up nation” for its disproportionate amount of technological innovation, including in the area of protecting the environment. For Earth Day 2016, JNS.org presents a sampling of the Jewish state’s internal achievements and global contributions in the environmental realm. Water conservation Israeli […]

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  • Arts and Culture World New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    Holocaust humor and the role that laughter played in the lives of Jews during World War II are the focus of a documentary that made its world premiere on Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. In The Last Laugh, first- and second-generation survivors, as well as famous Jewish and non-Jewish comedians, discuss their thoughts on when joking about the death camps is appropriate or taboo. “Nazi humor, that’s OK. Holocaust humor, no,” Jewish comedic giant, actor and filmmaker Mel Brooks says in the film. “Anything I […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    JNS.org – Sherri Mandell’s life was devastated on May 8, 2001, when her 13-year-old son Koby was murdered by terrorists on the outskirts of the Israeli Jewish community of Tekoa. Yet Mandell not only shares the story of her loss, but also celebrates the lessons she has learned from tragedy. Indeed, “celebrate” is this Israeli-American author’s word choice. Her second book, The Road to Resilience: From Chaos to Celebration (Toby Press), came out earlier this year. The lesson: in every celebration, there is […]

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