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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...

U.S. Pledges $212 Million to Gaza, Says Populace Needs Help ‘Desperately’ October 12, 2014 11:57 am

U.S. Pledges $212 Million to Gaza, Says Populace Needs Help ‘Desperately’

ABC News – People in Gaza, which borders Israel and Egypt, “need our help desperately...

Video Shows Iran’s Khamenei Hiking After Prostate Surgery October 12, 2014 11:48 am

Video Shows Iran’s Khamenei Hiking After Prostate Surgery

International Business Times – Less than a month after he had surgery, a video has...

Senior Iranian Officers Killed in Plane Crash October 12, 2014 11:44 am

Senior Iranian Officers Killed in Plane Crash

Reuters – An Iranian police plane crashed late on Saturday killing four high-ranking...

Iran Warns U.S. of Risk to Israel if Assad Overthrown October 11, 2014 8:27 pm

Iran Warns U.S. of Risk to Israel if Assad Overthrown

Guardian – Iran’s deputy foreign minister reportedly said on Saturday that his country...

Iraqi Officials Beg for U.S. Troops to Return as Islamic State Militants Near Baghdad October 11, 2014 8:16 pm

Iraqi Officials Beg for U.S. Troops to Return as Islamic State Militants Near Baghdad

Telegraph – Iraqi officials have issued a desperate plea for America to bring US ground...

Latest Arab Conspiracy Theory: ISIS Selling Syrian, Iraqi Kids to Childless Israeli Settlers October 10, 2014 10:12 am

Latest Arab Conspiracy Theory: ISIS Selling Syrian, Iraqi Kids to Childless Israeli Settlers

The latest unhinged hot rumor in the Arab world alleges that Israel is benefiting from ISIS-backed...

Satellite Imagery Shows Major Damage at Iran Nuclear Site Following Blast October 9, 2014 9:22 am

Satellite Imagery Shows Major Damage at Iran Nuclear Site Following Blast

Times of Israel – Following Monday’s mysterious blast at a suspected Iranian nuclear...

Israeli Lebanese Tribute Album Making Waves in Arab World (VIDEO) October 8, 2014 2:08 pm

Israeli Lebanese Tribute Album Making Waves in Arab World (VIDEO)

A relatively new Israeli band, Turquoise, is set to release its first mini-album, a tribute...

Kurd Officials Say U.S. Airstrikes Pushed ISIS Back From Syrian Border Town Kobani October 8, 2014 11:58 am

Kurd Officials Say U.S. Airstrikes Pushed ISIS Back From Syrian Border Town Kobani

Reuters – U.S.-led air strikes on Wednesday pushed Islamic State fighters back to the...

Declaration Claims That Islamic State bombed Gaza French Cultural Center October 8, 2014 11:58 am

Declaration Claims That Islamic State bombed Gaza French Cultural Center

JNS.org – The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for bombing the...

Iran Dissidents: Tehran Continues Nuclear Arms Research at Relocated Facilities October 8, 2014 11:54 am

Iran Dissidents: Tehran Continues Nuclear Arms Research at Relocated Facilities

Times of Israel – Iranian dissidents said that Tehran is still researching nuclear arms...

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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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