Middle East

Steven Sotloff’s Fixer Recounts ISIS Abduction, Liberation After 15 Days of Captivity September 17, 2014 10:12 am

Steven Sotloff’s Fixer Recounts ISIS Abduction, Liberation After 15 Days of Captivity

CNN – American journalist Steven Sotloff began his last journey into Syria with a surprise...

First Gaza Mortar Fired Since End of Operation Protective Edge Strikes Israel September 16, 2014 2:43 pm

First Gaza Mortar Fired Since End of Operation Protective Edge Strikes Israel

JNS.org - Another mortar has been launched from Gaza into Israel, the first such attack since...

Report: Turkey is Largest Source of Fighters for Islamic State September 16, 2014 2:36 pm

Report: Turkey is Largest Source of Fighters for Islamic State

JNS.org – Turkey is believed to be the largest source of foreign fighters for the...

Mideast Christian Leaders Call Arab States ‘Timid’ in Confronting Islamic State September 16, 2014 2:35 pm

Mideast Christian Leaders Call Arab States ‘Timid’ in Confronting Islamic State

JNS.org - Prominent Middle East Christian leaders say that Muslim leaders have been “timid”...

Hezbollah Vows to Stay in Syria to Grind Down Rival ISIS (VIDEO) September 15, 2014 10:03 pm

Hezbollah Vows to Stay in Syria to Grind Down Rival ISIS (VIDEO)

A senior official in the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorist group said Monday that the growing...

U.N. Pulls Peacekeeping Forces Out of Syria to Israel September 15, 2014 7:28 pm

U.N. Pulls Peacekeeping Forces Out of Syria to Israel

JNS.org – The United Nations moved its peacekeeping force out of the Syrian side of...

Historic First: Israel Names Female Ambassador to Arab State September 15, 2014 12:38 pm

Historic First: Israel Names Female Ambassador to Arab State

JNS.org –  The Foreign Ministry announced 12 new diplomatic corps appointments on...

Hamas Denies Claim Khaled Mashaal to be Expelled From Qatar September 15, 2014 11:24 am

Hamas Denies Claim Khaled Mashaal to be Expelled From Qatar

JNS.org- Hamas has denied rumors that its exiled leader, Khaled Mashaal, might be forced to...

Israel Fears Islamic State Threat to Jordan as Group Posts Third Execution September 14, 2014 12:49 pm

Israel Fears Islamic State Threat to Jordan as Group Posts Third Execution

JNS.org – Israeli intelligence, International Relations and Strategic Affairs Minister...

U.S. Senate Majority Leader: Hamas is Just as Bad as Islamic State September 14, 2014 12:45 pm

U.S. Senate Majority Leader: Hamas is Just as Bad as Islamic State

JNS.org - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) condemned Hamas and affirmed U.S. support...

Columnist at Erdoğan Aligned Newspaper Calls for Taxing Jews to Pay for Rebuilding Gaza September 12, 2014 5:05 pm

Columnist at Erdoğan Aligned Newspaper Calls for Taxing Jews to Pay for Rebuilding Gaza

A Turkish pundit writing for Yeni Akit, a major publication aligned with President Erdoğan,...

United Nations Confirms Release of Fijian Peacekeepers in Syria September 12, 2014 3:57 pm

United Nations Confirms Release of Fijian Peacekeepers in Syria

JNS.org - The United Nations has confirmed that the 45 Fijian peacekeepers held hostage...

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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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  • Blogs Theater 10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    Last month, my one-man show Hoaxocaust! Written and performed by Barry Levey with the generous assistance of the Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran ran in the New York International Fringe Festival, where it won an Overall Excellence Award. The play has now been selected to run in the Fringe Encores Series at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center, for four performances which started on Thursday, September 11. Getting the play to the stage was not easy, however. Here are [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Phenomenon: Tel Aviv-based musician and “sampler” extraordinaire, Kutiman (aka Ophir Kutiel) has hit another one out of the park with “Give It Up,” a fully-functioning song in its own right, assembled from hundreds of ameteur and instructional music videos. The Jerusalem-born musical prodigy is best know for his diverse online musical projects. In the latest video, uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 12th, Kutiel thanked most of the musicians and individuals he chose to include in the meticulously-edited clip, which opens with [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    A recently released behind-the-scenes reel of Ridley Scott’s upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings shows just how far the director has gone to portray one of the Bible’s most famous narratives. In the clip, which shows scenes involving up to 4,000 extras, the visionary director discusses what drew him to the biblical tale of Moses. “The Moses story was a massive challenge, which I really love. I wanted to explore the complexity of his character and I was stunned by [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    JNS.org – Since 2006, the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable and satellite TV network has hosted “The Projected Image,” a month-long showcase examining how different cultural and ethnic groups have been portrayed on the big screen. At last, after previously covering African Americans, Asians, the LGBT community, Latinos, Native Americans, Arabs, and people with disabilities, the annual series is delving into Jewish film this month. “The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film,” whose first segment aired Sept. 2, runs [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks – dangling over their ears is a sure sign that you have entered the enigmatic precincts of the Hasidim – the pious ones. Veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger’s new book, THE PIOUS ONES: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America, takes the reader on a journey into the enclaves where various sects of Jews live a seemingly outmoded way of life in [...]

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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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