Middle East

Senior Iranian Military Officials Threaten ‘Crushing Responses’ Against Israel After Death of General January 22, 2015 11:00 am

Senior Iranian Military Officials Threaten ‘Crushing Responses’ Against Israel After Death of General

Jerusalem Post – Senior Iranian military officials on Thursday continued to threaten...

Iran, Hezbollah Claim Saudis Helped Israel Target Terrorist Convoy (VIDEO) January 21, 2015 12:49 pm

Iran, Hezbollah Claim Saudis Helped Israel Target Terrorist Convoy (VIDEO)

Iran and Hezbollah are claiming that Saudi Arabia assisted Israel with its airstrike in the...

Iran Says Israel Will ‘Certainly Pay’ for Death of General in Syria January 21, 2015 11:50 am

Iran Says Israel Will ‘Certainly Pay’ for Death of General in Syria

Washington Times – A commander with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard sent a blunt warning...

Egypt Considering Importing Natural Gas From Israel January 20, 2015 11:48 pm

Egypt Considering Importing Natural Gas From Israel

JNS.org – Egyptian Minister of Petroleum Sherif Ismail said that Egypt is considering...

Iraqi Christian Leader Calls on Muslims to Lead Fight Against Islamic Fundamentalism January 20, 2015 7:28 pm

Iraqi Christian Leader Calls on Muslims to Lead Fight Against Islamic Fundamentalism

JNS.org – Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Mar Louis Raphael I Sako called on Muslims to...

Lebanese Politicians Urge Hezbollah to Retaliate Against Israel From Syria, Not Lebanon January 20, 2015 4:40 pm

Lebanese Politicians Urge Hezbollah to Retaliate Against Israel From Syria, Not Lebanon

Following Sunday’s alleged strike by the Israeli air force on Qunaitra in the Golan...

Iran, Russia Ink Agreement to Expand Military Cooperation January 20, 2015 9:35 am

Iran, Russia Ink Agreement to Expand Military Cooperation

Yahoo – Iran and Russia signed an agreement Tuesday to expand military ties in a visit...

Hezbollah Gripped by Major Financial Crisis January 19, 2015 4:50 pm

Hezbollah Gripped by Major Financial Crisis

Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based Islamist terror group aligned with the Iranian and Syrian regimes,...

Hezbollah Vows to Avenge Israeli Airstrike That Killed Members of Terrorist Group January 19, 2015 11:53 am

Hezbollah Vows to Avenge Israeli Airstrike That Killed Members of Terrorist Group

JNS.org – Hezbollah vowed to avenge an Israeli airstrike in Syria that reportedly...

Iran Confirms General Killed in Alleged Israeli Strike on Syria Convoy January 19, 2015 10:14 am

Iran Confirms General Killed in Alleged Israeli Strike on Syria Convoy

JNS.org – Iran confirmed that a general in its Revolutionary Guards was killed in the...

Up to 11 Killed in Reported Israeli Strike on Convoy of Hezbollah, Iranian Commanders in Syria January 18, 2015 3:18 pm

Up to 11 Killed in Reported Israeli Strike on Convoy of Hezbollah, Iranian Commanders in Syria

An Israeli airstrike in Syria today killed several senior Hezbollah and Iranian military commanders...

Egypt Destroys Weapons-Smuggling Tunnel Under Gaza Border January 18, 2015 12:44 pm

Egypt Destroys Weapons-Smuggling Tunnel Under Gaza Border

JNS.org – Egyptian security forces recently destroyed a 0.75-mile-long tunnel near...

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  • Arts and Culture Middle East Hamas Commander Reportedly Urges Hezbollah to Join Forces Against Israel

    Hamas Commander Reportedly Urges Hezbollah to Join Forces Against Israel

    JNS.org – Five months after Israeli forces tried to assassinate Hamas military commander Mohammed Deif in Gaza, Deif appears to have signed a letter that the terrorist group claims he wrote in hiding. The letter, addressed to Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, expressed Deif’s condolences for the death of Hezbollah terrorists during Sunday’s reported Israeli airstrike in Syria. Deif is said to have survived multiple assassination attempts, but he has not been seen in public for years. According to the Hezbollah-linked Al-Manar [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

    Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

    JNS.org – The cracks that had been simply painted over for so long began to show in Ferguson, Mo., in November 2014, but in truth they had begun to open wide much earlier—on Saturday, July 13, 2013. That is when a jury in Sanford, Fla., acquitted George Zimmerman of culpability for the death of a 17-year-old black man, Trayvon Martin. The cracks receded from view over time, as other news obscured them. Then came the evening of Aug. 9, 2014, [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada ‘Homeland’ Season Finale Stirs Controversy After Comparing Menachem Begin to Taliban Leader

    ‘Homeland’ Season Finale Stirs Controversy After Comparing Menachem Begin to Taliban Leader

    A controversial scene in the season finale of Homeland sparked outrage by comparing former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to a fictional Taliban leader, the UK’s Daily Mail reported. In the season 4 finale episode, which aired on Dec. 21, CIA black ops director Dar Adal, played by F. Murray Abraham, justifies a deal he made with a Taliban leader by referencing Begin. He makes the remarks in a conversation with former CIA director Saul Berenson, a Jewish character played by Mandy [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Placing Matisyahu Back Within a Life of Observance

    Placing Matisyahu Back Within a Life of Observance

    Shining Light on Fiction During the North Korea-Sony saga, we learned two important lessons. The first is that there are two sides to this story, and neither of them are correct because ultimately we should have neither inappropriate movies nor dictators. The second is that we cannot remain entirely fixed on the religious world, but we also must see beyond the external, secular view of reality. It’s important to ground our Torah-based thoughts into real-life activism. To view our act [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Nine Decades of Moses at the Movies

    Nine Decades of Moses at the Movies

    JNS.org – Hollywood has had its share of big-budget biblical flops, but until now, the Exodus narrative has not been among them. Studios have brought Moses to the big screen sparingly, but in ways that defined the image and character of Moses for each generation of audiences. The first biblical epic In 1923, director Cecil B. DeMille left it to the American public to decide the subject of his next movie for Paramount. DeMille received a letter from a mechanic [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Exodus on Screen (REVIEW)

    Exodus on Screen (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – The story of the Exodus from Egypt is a tale as old as time itself, to borrow a turn of phrase. It’s retold every Passover, both at the seder table and whenever “The Ten Commandments” is aired on television. But the latest adaptation—Ridley Scott’s epic film, “Exodus: Gods and Kings”—fails to meet expectations. Scott’s “Exodus” alters the source material to service the story and ground the tale, but the attempt to reinvent the biblical narrative becomes laughable. Moses [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Lifestyle ‘Jewish Food Movement’ Comes of Age

    ‘Jewish Food Movement’ Comes of Age

    JNS.org - In December 2007, leaders of the Hazon nonprofit drafted seven-year goals for what they coined as the “Jewish Food Movement,” which has since been characterized by the increased prioritization of healthy eating, sustainable agriculture, and food-related activism in the Jewish community. What do the next seven years hold in store? “One thing I would like to see happen in the next seven years is [regarding] the issue of sugar, soda, and obesity, [seeing] what would it be like to rally the [...]

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  • Blogs Education Seeds of ‘Start-Up Nation’ Cultivated by Israel Sci-Tech Schools

    Seeds of ‘Start-Up Nation’ Cultivated by Israel Sci-Tech Schools

    JNS.org – Forget the dioramas. How about working on an Israeli Air Force drone? That’s exactly the kind of beyond-their-years access enjoyed by students at the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) industrial vocational high school run by Israel Sci-Tech Schools, the largest education network in the Jewish state. More than 300 students (250 on the high school level and 68 at a two-year vocational academy) get hands-on training in the disciplines of aviation mechanics, electricity and energy control, and unmanned air [...]

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