Middle East

Report: Hezbollah Opts to Renew Hostilities Against Israel as IDF Opens Fire on Northern Infiltrators October 20, 2014 11:39 am

Report: Hezbollah Opts to Renew Hostilities Against Israel as IDF Opens Fire on Northern Infiltrators

As another shooting incident heated up Israel’s border with Lebanon on Monday, a Hezbollah-affiliated...

Abbas Calls Jews Visiting Temple Mount ‘Herd of Cattle’ October 19, 2014 12:00 pm

Abbas Calls Jews Visiting Temple Mount ‘Herd of Cattle’

Daily Mail/AP – The Palestinian president says his people should guard a Jerusalem holy...

Islamic State Attack on Kurds Intensifies in Embattled Syrian Border Town Kobani October 19, 2014 11:41 am

Islamic State Attack on Kurds Intensifies in Embattled Syrian Border Town Kobani

The Globe and Mail – The fiercest fighting in days shook the Syrian border town of Kobani...

Iranian Officials Concerned Over Global Oil Price Slump October 18, 2014 9:16 pm

Iranian Officials Concerned Over Global Oil Price Slump

Los Angeles Times – Iranian officials are expressing new worry over the global oil price...

Iranian Official: Centrifuge Issue is ‘Trivial’ in Nuclear Talks October 15, 2014 11:53 am

Iranian Official: Centrifuge Issue is ‘Trivial’ in Nuclear Talks

Jerusalem Post – U.S. nuclear negotiations should stop focusing on Iran’s number...

UN Chief Visits Gaza Strip, Claims Damage is ‘Beyond Description’ October 14, 2014 11:48 am

UN Chief Visits Gaza Strip, Claims Damage is ‘Beyond Description’

Economic Times – United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon made a brief visit Tuesday to war-ravaged...

Iran Lashes Out at Saudi Arabia After FM Calls Islamic Republic ‘Part of the Problem’ in MidEast October 14, 2014 11:45 am

Iran Lashes Out at Saudi Arabia After FM Calls Islamic Republic ‘Part of the Problem’ in MidEast

Associated Press – Iran’s Foreign Ministry warned Saudi Arabia on Tuesday that...

Israelis Barred From New York Times-Hosted Iran Tour; Rep Says Advisable to Hide Jewish or Gay Identity October 13, 2014 7:42 pm

Israelis Barred From New York Times-Hosted Iran Tour; Rep Says Advisable to Hide Jewish or Gay Identity

The New York Times is offering a pricey, 13-day excursion to the “once-forbidden land...

Latest Issue of ISIS Magazine Justifies Slaying of Steven Sotloff as ‘Jew and a Citizen of the Jewish State’ October 13, 2014 6:56 pm

Latest Issue of ISIS Magazine Justifies Slaying of Steven Sotloff as ‘Jew and a Citizen of the Jewish State’

The latest edition of an online English-language magazine published by the Islamic State,...

UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon Claims Israeli ‘Occupation’ Led to Gaza War October 13, 2014 10:33 am

UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon Claims Israeli ‘Occupation’ Led to Gaza War

Newsmax – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said this summer’s war between Israel...

As Deadline Nears, Khamenei Lays Out Impossible Red Lines for Nuclear Talks (VIDEO) October 12, 2014 1:42 pm

As Deadline Nears, Khamenei Lays Out Impossible Red Lines for Nuclear Talks (VIDEO)

Some six weeks before the conclusion of crucial nuclear talks between P5+1 world powers and...

Tunis: Muslim Cell Allegedly Tried to Kidnap Jewish Child (VIDEO) October 12, 2014 1:31 pm

Tunis: Muslim Cell Allegedly Tried to Kidnap Jewish Child (VIDEO)

Three would-be Muslim kidnappers failed in an attempted kidnapping of a 12-year-old Jewish...

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot is in negotiations to take on the female lead role in the remake of the 1959 classic Ben-Hur, according to The Hollywood Reporter. If the deal is finalized Gadot will play Esther, a slave and Ben-Hur’s love interest. Actor Jack Huston will star as the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by his childhood friend Messala, played by Toby Kebbell. Ben-Hur fights for his freedom and vengeance with the help of Morgan Freeman’s character, who trains Ben-Hur how to win at chariot-racing. [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    JNS.org – Baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie are the American dream. So why do two young men who have built their lives in Israel have a GoFundMe crowd-funding webpage with the urgent message that they need $3,000 to travel to the U.S. to watch the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles square off for Major League Baseball’s (MLB) American League championship? Brothers Naftali and Yoni Schwartz, 27 and 25, respectively, are Kansas City natives. Even though they made aliyah with their [...]

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  • Blogs Sports Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Some 3,000 years ago, King David probably never imagined cars racing at 240 kilometers per hour (150 miles per hour) through the ancient capital of the Jewish people. But on Monday and Tuesday, October 6-7, thousands of Israelis lined the streets to watch Porsche, Audi, and Ferrari race cars fly through the capital against the backdrop of the Tower of David, the Old City Walls, and other city landmarks. The second annual non-competitive Jerusalem Formula One Road Show had been [...]

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  • Israel Sports NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James expressed interest in visiting Israel someday, local news site Cleveland.com reported on Sunday. Speaking to Israeli reporters before the Cleveland Cavaliers’ preseason debut against Maccabi Tel Aviv, the NBA star said he had never visited the Jewish state but “I want to look forward to going there if I get an opportunity to.” When asked by an Israeli reporter if there was “any chance that LeBron James and Cleveland comes to Tel Aviv,” the athlete said [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    A Florida-based Chabad rabbi put former basketball star, U.S. Congressman Curt Clawson to shame on the court when the two faced off one-on-one recently. A YouTube video, posted online on Tuesday, shows Rabbi Fishel Zaklos of Chabad of Naples shooting hoops with the Florida politician, who played basketball in high school and at Purdue University in Indiana. The game took place in the parking lot of the Chabad Jewish center run by Zaklos. During the 1-minute clip, Zaklos scores two impressive [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    JNS.org – Less than five months after leading Maccabi Tel Aviv to its sixth European basketball title, David Blatt, now the head coach of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, routed his former team in an exhibition game on Sunday, with the Cavaliers dominating Maccabi 107-80 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The 20,562 fans in attendance witnessed Lebron James’s first appearance in a Cavaliers uniform since he left the club in free agency for the Miami Heat four years ago. [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Jewish New York Giants Guard Plans to Fast on Yom Kippur

    Jewish New York Giants Guard Plans to Fast on Yom Kippur

    New York Giants offensive guard Geoff Schwartz said on Wednesday that he will not eat anything between sundown Friday and sundown Saturday in observation of Yom Kippur, ESPN reported. “If I was playing, I wouldn’t fast, because I’ve got to be able to fuel myself to play,” said the Jewish athlete, who is on short-term leave due to a toe injury. “But it’s not that tough, really. I’ll eat dinner at 5:00 Friday, then I’ll go to services and I’ll just [...]

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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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