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Hamas Fighters Reportedly Join Iran in Effort to Liberate Mosul April 26, 2016 10:09 am

Hamas Fighters Reportedly Join Iran in Effort to Liberate Mosul

JNS.org – The Iranian Revolutionary Guards are reportedly seeking to use fighters from...

Video Shows Jews Praying at Temple Mount Clash With Muslims Chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’ April 26, 2016 9:54 am

Video Shows Jews Praying at Temple Mount Clash With Muslims Chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’

A protest erupted on Tuesday morning on the Temple Mount after several Jews visiting the site...

Israel Spokesman Ridicules Tehran on Social Media, Tweets ‘Let’s Play a Game: Iran or ISIS?’ April 25, 2016 4:58 pm

Israel Spokesman Ridicules Tehran on Social Media, Tweets ‘Let’s Play a Game: Iran or ISIS?’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s newly appointed foreign media spokesperson launched...

Jerusalem Bus Bomber’s ‘Affluent, Educated’ Parents Blame Israel, Jews for Son’s Actions; Warn Next Generation of Palestinians ‘Will Be Even More Dangerous’ April 25, 2016 2:19 pm

Jerusalem Bus Bomber’s ‘Affluent, Educated’ Parents Blame Israel, Jews for Son’s Actions; Warn Next Generation of Palestinians ‘Will Be Even More Dangerous’

In an interview with the Israeli media, the parents of the Jerusalem bus bomber expressed...

Jordan Warns Israel of ‘Serious Consequences’ for Temple Mount Clashes April 25, 2016 12:40 pm

Jordan Warns Israel of ‘Serious Consequences’ for Temple Mount Clashes

JNS.org – Several hours after Jews and Arabs clashed Sunday on the Temple Mount, Jordan...

Poll: Majority of Palestinian Youth in West Bank Support Attacks Against Israelis April 25, 2016 10:00 am

Poll: Majority of Palestinian Youth in West Bank Support Attacks Against Israelis

A public opinion poll published on Monday showed that 47 percent of Palestinian youth in...

Mideast Policy Expert: Despite Significant Gains in Relationship With Russia, Israel Must Be Wary of Putin’s True Motivations April 22, 2016 6:19 pm

Mideast Policy Expert: Despite Significant Gains in Relationship With Russia, Israel Must Be Wary of Putin’s True Motivations

The relationship between Israel and Russia has been strengthened to unprecedented levels under...

Nelson Mandela Sculpture to Be Erected in Ramallah Square April 21, 2016 2:12 pm

Nelson Mandela Sculpture to Be Erected in Ramallah Square

JNS.org – A bronze sculpture of South Africa’s first black president, the late Nelson...

Hamas Branch in West Bank Claims Responsibility for Jerusalem Bus Bombing April 21, 2016 10:05 am

Hamas Branch in West Bank Claims Responsibility for Jerusalem Bus Bombing

The West Bank branch of Hamas claimed responsibility on 20 April for a suicide attack on a...

Israel Providing Intelligence to Jordan, Egypt in Fight Against ISIS April 20, 2016 3:39 pm

Israel Providing Intelligence to Jordan, Egypt in Fight Against ISIS

JNS.org – Israel is providing intelligence assistance to Jordan and Egypt in the fight...

Palestinian Fatah Video Glorifies ‘Martyrdom,’ Jerusalem Bus Bombing (VIDEO) April 20, 2016 12:53 pm

Palestinian Fatah Video Glorifies ‘Martyrdom,’ Jerusalem Bus Bombing (VIDEO)

JNS.org – Two days after a bus bombing attack in Jerusalem in which 21 people were...

Yemen’s Remaining Jews Question Their Decision Not to Make Aliyah April 20, 2016 9:29 am

Yemen’s Remaining Jews Question Their Decision Not to Make Aliyah

The 67 Yemeni Jews who refused to join the recent secret airlift to Israel organized by the...

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • Features Opinion For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    JNS.org – Alan Gross used to be nothing more to me than a tragic headline. When I started my position at this news service in July 2011, Gross had been imprisoned in Cuba since December 2009 for what that country called “crimes against the state.” Gross, a subcontractor for the United States Agency for International Development, went to Cuba to help the Jewish community there access the Internet. After his arrest, he received a trial he describes as a “B movie,” […]

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  • Arts and Culture Features New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    JNS.org – When I saw the recent Academy Award-winning film “The Big Short,” I was struck by the sheer genius of the financiers who devised the schemes and packaged the loans for resale, but it left me with unanswered questions about how the properties these loans represented were moved. “The Big Short” was largely about paper transactions, big money, and wealthy investors, and it mildly touched on the way the actual end-users — the home buyers and brokers — played into this […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Why do we think so negatively about psychiatrists that we still insult them by calling them shrinks? Some medics might be quacks, but we don’t generally refer to them as witches! Shrinks; The Untold Story of Psychiatry, by Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, is a sobering account of how psychiatry has swung from a marginal, unscientific mixture of weird theories into one of the most common and pervasive forms of treatment of what are commonly called “disorders of the mind.” Is it […]

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