Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.

Middle East

Iran to Renew Financial Support for Palestinian Terror Group Islamic Jihad May 25, 2016 12:23 pm

Iran to Renew Financial Support for Palestinian Terror Group Islamic Jihad

JNS.org – The Iranian government will renew its financial support for the Gaza-based...

Anti-Normalization Group Slams Jordanian Officials for Attending Israeli Event May 25, 2016 12:20 pm

Anti-Normalization Group Slams Jordanian Officials for Attending Israeli Event

JNS.org – An organization dedicated to opposing Jordan-Israel diplomatic relations...

Egypt Reportedly Moving Forward With Plans for Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks May 25, 2016 10:05 am

Egypt Reportedly Moving Forward With Plans for Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

JNS.org – Egypt is reportedly moving forward with plans to hold a trilateral summit...

Chief Palestinian Negotiator: ‘What’s the Difference Between Someone Calling Himself Leader of Jewish State and Someone Calling himself Leader of Islamic State?’ May 24, 2016 10:26 pm

Chief Palestinian Negotiator: ‘What’s the Difference Between Someone Calling Himself Leader of Jewish State and Someone Calling himself Leader of Islamic State?’

The high-ranking Palestinian Authority official in charge of negotiations with Israel made...

Election of Virulently Anti-Western Hardline Mullah to Head Iran’s Assembly of Experts Indicates Conservative Stronghold Still Intact, Experts Say May 24, 2016 3:09 pm

Election of Virulently Anti-Western Hardline Mullah to Head Iran’s Assembly of Experts Indicates Conservative Stronghold Still Intact, Experts Say

The election of a hardline mullah to lead the clerical body in Iran responsible for appointing...

Hamas Plans to Hold More Than a Dozen Public Executions May 24, 2016 11:06 am

Hamas Plans to Hold More Than a Dozen Public Executions

JNS.org – The Palestinian terror group Hamas says it is planning to go ahead with the...

Recovered Human Remains Suggest EgyptAir Crash Caused by Explosion, Forensics Official Says May 24, 2016 10:59 am

Recovered Human Remains Suggest EgyptAir Crash Caused by Explosion, Forensics Official Says

Human remains recovered from the crash site of EgyptAir Flight 804 showed burn marks and were...

Hardline Ayatollah Elected to Head Iran’s Assembly of Experts May 24, 2016 10:58 am

Hardline Ayatollah Elected to Head Iran’s Assembly of Experts

A hardline conservative has been elected chairman of Iran’s Assembly of Experts, a powerful...

Palestinian Authority Rejects Netanyahu’s Proposal for Direct Peace Talks May 24, 2016 10:56 am

Palestinian Authority Rejects Netanyahu’s Proposal for Direct Peace Talks

Palestinian representatives Monday rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s...

Khamenei Says US Can’t ‘Do a Damn Thing’ About Iran’s Missile Program May 24, 2016 10:54 am

Khamenei Says US Can’t ‘Do a Damn Thing’ About Iran’s Missile Program

Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei on Monday said the United States cannot “do a damn thing”...

Residents of Northern Israel Fear Lebanese Border Watchtowers Could Be Manned by Hezbollah May 23, 2016 9:54 am

Residents of Northern Israel Fear Lebanese Border Watchtowers Could Be Manned by Hezbollah

JNS.org –  Residents of northern Israel have expressed concern over watchtowers they...

Iranian Commander Boasts Iran Could Destroy Israel ‘In Less Than Eight Minutes’ May 23, 2016 9:38 am

Iranian Commander Boasts Iran Could Destroy Israel ‘In Less Than Eight Minutes’

A senior Iranian military commander boasted that the Islamic Republic could “raze the Zionist...

More...

  • Features World Graves of Jewish Pirates in Jamaica Give Caribbean Tourists Taste of Little-Known History

    Graves of Jewish Pirates in Jamaica Give Caribbean Tourists Taste of Little-Known History

    Tour operators are calling attention to Jamaica’s little-known Jewish heritage by arranging visits to historic Jewish sites on the Caribbean island, including a cemetery where Jewish pirates are buried. A report in Travel and Leisure magazine describes the Hunts Bay Cemetery in Kingston, where there are seven tombstones engraved with Hebrew benedictions and skull and crossbones insignia. According to the report, centuries ago, Jewish pirates sailed the waters of Jamaica and settled in Port Royal. The town, once known as “the wickedest city in the […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Blogs Filmmaker Eyal Resh Embraces the Challenge of Telling Israel’s Story (VIDEO)

    Filmmaker Eyal Resh Embraces the Challenge of Telling Israel’s Story (VIDEO)

    JNS.org – Telling Israel’s story. It’s the specific title of a short film that Eyal Resh created last year. It’s also the theme behind the 27-year-old Israeli filmmaker’s broader body of work. The widely viewed “Telling Israel’s Story” film—directed by Resh for a gala event hosted by the Times of Israel online news outlet—seemingly begins as a promotional tourism video, but quickly evolves to offer a multilayered perspective. “I want to tell you a story about a special place for me,” a young woman whispers […]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Features Israel Geeks Out: Science, Art and Tech Event Embodies Jewish State’s ‘DNA’

    Israel Geeks Out: Science, Art and Tech Event Embodies Jewish State’s ‘DNA’

    JNS.org – The entrance to Jerusalem’s Sacher Park was transformed from April 25-27 by a fire-breathing robotic dragon, which flailed its arms and attempted to take flight. The robot, a signature feature at Jerusalem’s first-ever “Geek Picnic,” was one of more than 150 scientific amusements available for the public to experience. This particular dragon was designed by students from Moscow’s Art Industrial Institute in conjunction with the Flacon design factory, said Anatasia Shaminer, a student who helped facilitate the display. Children […]

    Read more →
  • Book Reviews Opinion The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love. CreateSpace, 2015. The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love, is a very interesting novel. Equally a political and romantic thriller, at times a real page-turner, it gets you intimately involved in the dire situation in today’s Syria, as well as in the romantic entanglements of its mostly New York-based characters — whose entanglements just might determine the fate of that dire situation in Syria. Along the way it introduces a really important idea that somehow […]

    Read more →
  • Features Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    JNS.org – Aside from Israel itself, those with a vested interest in the Jewish state are accustomed to tracking developments related to Middle East players such as Iran, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. But much global attention has recently focused on the Caucasus region at the Europe-Asia border, specifically on the suddenly intensified violence between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh area of western Azerbaijan. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, while not taking place in Israel’s immediate neighborhood, does have what one scholar called […]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Features Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    JNS.org – On Friday, April 22, 196 nations across the world mark Earth Day, the annual day dedicated to environmental protection that was enacted in 1970. Not to be forgotten on this day is Israel, which is known as the “start-up nation” for its disproportionate amount of technological innovation, including in the area of protecting the environment. For Earth Day 2016, JNS.org presents a sampling of the Jewish state’s internal achievements and global contributions in the environmental realm. Water conservation Israeli […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture World New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    Holocaust humor and the role that laughter played in the lives of Jews during World War II are the focus of a documentary that made its world premiere on Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. In The Last Laugh, first- and second-generation survivors, as well as famous Jewish and non-Jewish comedians, discuss their thoughts on when joking about the death camps is appropriate or taboo. “Nazi humor, that’s OK. Holocaust humor, no,” Jewish comedic giant, actor and filmmaker Mel Brooks says in the film. “Anything I […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Blogs Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    JNS.org – Sherri Mandell’s life was devastated on May 8, 2001, when her 13-year-old son Koby was murdered by terrorists on the outskirts of the Israeli Jewish community of Tekoa. Yet Mandell not only shares the story of her loss, but also celebrates the lessons she has learned from tragedy. Indeed, “celebrate” is this Israeli-American author’s word choice. Her second book, The Road to Resilience: From Chaos to Celebration (Toby Press), came out earlier this year. The lesson: in every celebration, there is […]

    Read more →