Middle East

New Video Surfaces of Syrian Jihadists Seizing Golan Heights Border Crossing (VIDEO) August 29, 2014 2:07 pm

New Video Surfaces of Syrian Jihadists Seizing Golan Heights Border Crossing (VIDEO)

JNS.org - New video footage has emerged of the Syrian jihadist group Al-Nusra Front’s...

Iran is Arming West Bank Palestinians, Militia Chief Says August 29, 2014 10:28 am

Iran is Arming West Bank Palestinians, Militia Chief Says

JNS.org – Iranian Basij militia chief Mohammad Reza Naqdi, who is in charge of his...

Palestinians Demand ‘Clear’ Timetable for Israeli Withdrawal From West Bank August 29, 2014 10:21 am

Palestinians Demand ‘Clear’ Timetable for Israeli Withdrawal From West Bank

JNS.org – The Palestinian Authority’s (PA) commissioner for international relations,...

ISIS Sends ‘Message in Blood’ to Kurdish Fighters in New Beheading Video August 29, 2014 10:18 am

ISIS Sends ‘Message in Blood’ to Kurdish Fighters in New Beheading Video

Sky News – Islamic State militants have released a video which appears to show a Kurdish...

Hamas Repeats ‘Victory’ Narrative After Cease-Fire August 29, 2014 10:06 am

Hamas Repeats ‘Victory’ Narrative After Cease-Fire

JNS.org – Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal said Thursday that the recent war between the...

Abbas Advisor: Hamas Should Admit Defeat August 28, 2014 2:16 pm

Abbas Advisor: Hamas Should Admit Defeat

JNS.org – Mahmoud al-Habbash, a senior adviser to Palestinian Authority (PA) President...

Report: Netanyahu, Abbas Secretly Met in Jordan Before Cease-Fire Agreement Signed August 28, 2014 9:08 am

Report: Netanyahu, Abbas Secretly Met in Jordan Before Cease-Fire Agreement Signed

JNS.org – The Jordanian newspaper Al Ghad reported Thursday that several days before...

Survey: 89 Percent of Palestinians Support Rocket Attacks Against Israel August 28, 2014 9:06 am

Survey: 89 Percent of Palestinians Support Rocket Attacks Against Israel

Ynet – A vast majority of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip – 88.9 percent – are...

Turkey’s Erdogan Sworn Into Presidency August 28, 2014 9:05 am

Turkey’s Erdogan Sworn Into Presidency

Reuters – Tayyip Erdogan will cement his position as modern Turkey’s most powerful...

Four Alleged Mossad Spies Beheaded by Militant Group in Egypt August 28, 2014 9:04 am

Four Alleged Mossad Spies Beheaded by Militant Group in Egypt

Inquisitr – As the world tries to recover from the images of American journalist James...

Islamic State Actions in Iraq Are ‘Attempted Genocide,’ Says Catholic Patriarch August 27, 2014 5:19 pm

Islamic State Actions in Iraq Are ‘Attempted Genocide,’ Says Catholic Patriarch

JNS.org - Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan called the Islamic State terror...

Palestinian Fatah Official: ‘There Are no Innocent Israelis’ August 27, 2014 2:59 pm

Palestinian Fatah Official: ‘There Are no Innocent Israelis’

JNS.org - An official of Fatah—the party led by Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud...

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    JNS.org – Today’s comedy superstars, especially those whose careers are driven by television, may very well owe their success to pioneering Jewish entertainer Milton Berle. Born Mendel Berlinger in Manhattan in 1908, Berle became America’s first small-screen star. Aptly nicknamed “Mr. Television,” he influenced and helped promote the work of hundreds of younger comics. “Milton Berle was deceptively successful and very Jewish,” says Lawrence Epstein, author of The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America, published the year [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    JNS.org – Idan Ravin’s friends chipped in to buy him a humble but life-changing bar mitzvah gift—a basketball hoop his father attached to the roof of his garage. Little did his friends know that years later, he would be the personal trainer of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Stephen Curry. Ravin’s new book, “The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Head of Basketball’s Best Players,” details his rise from a Jewish upbringing [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs 10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    Ten major film studios are currently in production on projects that promote a decidedly pro-Israeli narrative. In famously liberal Hollywood, such a development has left mouths agape and set tongues a wagging. Since the Jewish State began defending itself from the thousands of rockets that Hamas has hurled at it – as well as ongoing terror attacks and murders, the overwhelming number of Tinseltown’s producers, directors, actors, and studio moguls have remained indifferent to the plight of millions of Israeli [...]

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  • Featured Israel Sports So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    Israeli Judoka Yarden Gerbi (63kg), 25, of Netanya, on Thursday lost the final round at the Judo World Cup, and her world title to Clarisse Agbegnenou of France, at a match held in Russia. “I have mixed feelings,” Gerbi told Israeli Army radio. But, “I shouldn’t assume that I’d win the world Judo championship twice in a row,” she admitted. Gerbi won gold in Rio De Janeiro last year. “When I made my decision, I knew it was going to [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    “Jews Out!” was just the name of a child’s game that three little girls played in World War II Europe. But all is not as it seems because the three girls were Jewish, but hiding their true identities. In award-winning author R. D. Rosen’s riveting non-fiction work, Such Good Girls, “Jews Out!” wasn’t a game; it was a struggle for survival. The girls, Sophie, Flora, and Carla, grew up at a time and a place that did not allow them [...]

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  • Music Personalities Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    JNS.org – “He was part hippie, part yippie, part beatnik, and part New Age,” wrote Elli Wohlgelernter in a Jerusalem Post eulogy in 1994, following the Oct. 20 passing of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Twenty years later, more robust accounts of Carlebach’s life have come to the surface. Earlier this year, Natan Ophir published the book Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Life, Mission & Legacy. This past summer, Rabbi Shlomo Katz’s The Soul of Jerusalem hit the shelves. But even the authors will admit [...]

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  • Blogs Music Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    As Hamas loses its grip on power in the Gaza Strip as a result of war, poverty and disillusionment, the Islamist terrorist group has developed an ingenious way to raise the morale of the 1.7 million Palestinian Arabs it was elected to serve. While currently focused on delivering a rocket into every Israeli home, Hamas has not left its own people behind. To gently wipe away the tears of children strategically placed inside kindergartens as human shields, the Hamas Interior Ministry [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    In a strong statement that challenges the historic divide between Christianity and Judaism, Pope Francis recently proclaimed, “Inside every Christian is a Jew.” But if you look at Renaissance artworks that depict Jesus, you will not find any evidence of a Jew inside the Christianized Jesus — even though the Gospels in the New Testament tell us that Jesus was Jewish to the core. Getting that point across to the public is a daunting task, as I learned in interviews I [...]

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