Middle East

US Sends Troops to Jordan to Help Secure Syrian Border April 18, 2013 6:49 am

US Sends Troops to Jordan to Help Secure Syrian Border

Associated Press – The Pentagon is sending about 200 soldiers from a U.S. Army headquarters...

Egyptian Salafi Cleric: Boston Bombs a Response to War on Islam April 18, 2013 6:45 am

Egyptian Salafi Cleric: Boston Bombs a Response to War on Islam

Times of Israel – While they weren’t up to the standard set by al-Qaeda, the Boston...

Assad: West Will Regret Supporting Al-Qaeda April 18, 2013 12:29 am

Assad: West Will Regret Supporting Al-Qaeda

Jerusalem Post – Syrian President Bashar Assad accused the West on Wednesday of supporting...

Leader of Egypt’s Jewish Community Rejects Aid from Israel for Synagogue Renovation April 17, 2013 6:25 pm

Leader of Egypt’s Jewish Community Rejects Aid from Israel for Synagogue Renovation

The newly elected leader of Egypt’s Jewish community has said she will refuse Israeli...

Avigdor Lieberman: Israeli Arabs Who Mourn Israel Founding Should be PA Citizens April 17, 2013 1:23 pm

Avigdor Lieberman: Israeli Arabs Who Mourn Israel Founding Should be PA Citizens

Jerusalem Post – Yisrael Beytenu leader MK Avigdor Lieberman on Tuesday harshly criticized...

Report: Obama Administration Not Keen On Syrian Rebel Victory Right Now April 17, 2013 12:33 pm

Report: Obama Administration Not Keen On Syrian Rebel Victory Right Now

The Obama administration has modified its approach to the conflict in Syria in recent weeks,...

Egyptian Jewish Community Selects New President April 16, 2013 9:08 am

Egyptian Jewish Community Selects New President

The Egyptian Jewish Community Council has selected Magda Haroun as its new head succeeding...

Renowned Turkish Pianist Sentenced for “Insulting Islam” April 15, 2013 11:34 am

Renowned Turkish Pianist Sentenced for “Insulting Islam”

Times of Israel- A Turkish court on Monday convicted top Turkish pianist and composer Fazil...

Salam Fayyad Quits Palestinian Government, Adds Uncertainty to Peace Talks April 15, 2013 10:34 am

Salam Fayyad Quits Palestinian Government, Adds Uncertainty to Peace Talks

Salam Fayyad has resigned his position as Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, adding...

Jordan: Killer of Seven Girls Will Serve Full Life Sentence April 15, 2013 1:06 am

Jordan: Killer of Seven Girls Will Serve Full Life Sentence

Ynet – Parents of the seven girls who were murdered in 1997 in Naharyim held their own...

Report: 1,200 Hezbollah Fighters Enter Syria to Fight for Assad April 14, 2013 4:29 pm

Report: 1,200 Hezbollah Fighters Enter Syria to Fight for Assad

Over 1,200 members of the Lebanese Shiite terror group, Hezbollah, have entered Syria in...

Israel Meeting With Arab Countries’ Ministers Nixed by Egypt, Turkey April 13, 2013 9:42 pm

Israel Meeting With Arab Countries’ Ministers Nixed by Egypt, Turkey

Ynet – An initiative to bring Israel and six Arab countries’ ministers together under NATO’s...

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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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