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Report: Israeli Aircraft Spotted Over Assad’s Palace April 28, 2013 11:48 am

Report: Israeli Aircraft Spotted Over Assad’s Palace

A spokesman for the rebel military in Syria has said that Israeli Air Force jets were spotted...

Obama: Further Proof of Syria Chemical Weapons Use Needed to Change U.S. Intervention ‘Calculus’ April 27, 2013 10:02 pm

Obama: Further Proof of Syria Chemical Weapons Use Needed to Change U.S. Intervention ‘Calculus’

WSJ – WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama said the White House needed further proof...

Obama: Syrian Chemical Weapons Use a ‘Game Changer’ April 27, 2013 11:00 am

Obama: Syrian Chemical Weapons Use a ‘Game Changer’

Ynet – President Barack Obama said on Friday that the deployment of chemical weapons...

Israeli Deputy FM: U.S. Response to Syria Chemical Weapons Use Will Send Signal to Iran April 26, 2013 9:21 am

Israeli Deputy FM: U.S. Response to Syria Chemical Weapons Use Will Send Signal to Iran

How the United States responds to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical...

Report: Syrian Warplanes Strike Rebel Enclaves April 26, 2013 12:58 am

Report: Syrian Warplanes Strike Rebel Enclaves

Al – Arabiya -Syrian warplanes launched air strikes on rebel enclaves across the country...

U.S. Shifts View on Syrian Chemical Weapons, Aligns with Israeli Position April 25, 2013 7:43 pm

U.S. Shifts View on Syrian Chemical Weapons, Aligns with Israeli Position

The United States now believes that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons...

EU Parliament Iran Visit Under Fire For Not Including Meeting with Human Rights Winners April 25, 2013 7:39 pm

EU Parliament Iran Visit Under Fire For Not Including Meeting with Human Rights Winners

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) has criticized the European Parliament for going forward...

Kidnapped Syrian Christian Archbishops Freed April 25, 2013 6:15 pm

Kidnapped Syrian Christian Archbishops Freed

Two Syrian Christian archbishops have reportedly been freed after being kidnapped at gunpoint...

Free Syrian Army Leader: Mossad Has “Many, Many” Security Personnel Operating in Syria April 25, 2013 2:51 pm

Free Syrian Army Leader: Mossad Has “Many, Many” Security Personnel Operating in Syria

A Syrian rebel military leader said Wednesday that it would be logical for Israel to know...

Tehran Mayor: Holocaust Denial Harmed Iran, Palestinians April 25, 2013 7:12 am

Tehran Mayor: Holocaust Denial Harmed Iran, Palestinians

JPost – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s denial of the Holocaust has harmed...

Jordan’s Islamist MPs Openly Challenging Country’s Alliance with Israel April 25, 2013 7:03 am

Jordan’s Islamist MPs Openly Challenging Country’s Alliance with Israel

Times of Israel – Increasingly “disobedient” Jordanian parliamentarians are challenging...

April 25, 2013 12:31 am

“Pro-Human Rights” Palestinian NGO Advocates Terrorism in Arabic Material

The Ramallah Center for Human Rights, a Palestinian NGO which describes its goal as to “strengthen...

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    An actress starring in the controversial Met Opera The Death of Klinghoffer defended the show on Tuesday by comparing it to the 1993 Holocaust film Schindler’s List, New York Post reported. “To me, this was like [the movie] Schindler’s List. We make art so people won’t forget,’’ said the actress, who plays a captured passenger in the show and asked not to be identified. The Met Opera focuses on the infamous murder of Lower East Side Jewish resident Leon Klinghoffer, 69. The wheelchair-bound father of [...]

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  • Analysis Arts and Culture Beyond ‘Klinghoffer’: Opera’s Composer, Librettist Have Broader Jewish Problem

    Beyond ‘Klinghoffer’: Opera’s Composer, Librettist Have Broader Jewish Problem

    JNS.org – One of the most controversial operas in recent memory, “The Death of Klinghoffer,” debuted Oct. 20 at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. The Met has scheduled seven more performances through November. The first staging did not occur without protest, as about 400 demonstrators—including Jewish communal and nationally recognized leaders—came to Lincoln Center to denounce the anti-Jewish and anti-Israel opera. “Klinghoffer,” the creation of composer John Adams and librettist Alice Goodman, premiered in 1991—with few additional stagings. The opera is based [...]

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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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