Middle East

Abbas Worried Israel Will Withhold PA Tax Revenues After Unilateral Steps April 8, 2014 10:45 am

Abbas Worried Israel Will Withhold PA Tax Revenues After Unilateral Steps

Jerusalem Post – Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad Malki said Tuesday that P.A....

Poll: Only 7 Percent of Jewish Israelis Strongly Believe Kerry Can Broker Israel-PA Peace Deal April 8, 2014 10:39 am

Poll: Only 7 Percent of Jewish Israelis Strongly Believe Kerry Can Broker Israel-PA Peace Deal

Jerusalem Post – Only 7 percent of Jewish Israelis believe there is a strong chance of U.S....

Dutch Jesuit Priest Shot Twice in the Head in Syria April 7, 2014 11:05 pm

Dutch Jesuit Priest Shot Twice in the Head in Syria

JNS.org – Father Frans Van Der Lugt, a Dutch Jesuit priest, died after being shot...

Israeli Official Says Assad Used Chemical Weapons in Late March April 7, 2014 2:11 pm

Israeli Official Says Assad Used Chemical Weapons in Late March

JNS.org – The Syrian government used a non-lethal chemical weapon on March 27 near Damascus,...

Bodyguard: Arafat Would Lie When Denouncing Killing of Israeli Civilians (VIDEO) April 7, 2014 10:03 am

Bodyguard: Arafat Would Lie When Denouncing Killing of Israeli Civilians (VIDEO)

Muhammad Al-Daya, longtime bodyguard of Yasser Arafat, explained in a recent televised interview...

Hezbollah Claims Responsibility for Israeli Patrol Bombing on Lebanon Border April 7, 2014 9:49 am

Hezbollah Claims Responsibility for Israeli Patrol Bombing on Lebanon Border

Hezbollah was responsible for a March 14 roadside bomb attack on an Israeli patrol in Shabaa...

U.S. Official Says Israel and PA Hold ‘Serious’ Meeting in Bid to Revive Peace Talks April 7, 2014 9:30 am

U.S. Official Says Israel and PA Hold ‘Serious’ Meeting in Bid to Revive Peace Talks

Jerusalem Post – The top negotiators from Israel and the Palestinian Authority held a “serious...

Iran Hails ‘Useful’ Expert-Level Nuclear Talks in Vienna April 5, 2014 9:49 pm

Iran Hails ‘Useful’ Expert-Level Nuclear Talks in Vienna

Jerusalem Post – Iran said on Saturday it had useful expert-level nuclear talks with...

Commander of IDF Combat Intelligence Battalion Says Troops Are Involved in ‘Every Counter-Terrorism Raid’ April 5, 2014 9:00 am

Commander of IDF Combat Intelligence Battalion Says Troops Are Involved in ‘Every Counter-Terrorism Raid’

Jerusalem Post – Hidden from view in camouflaged lookout positions, soldiers from the...

Mubarak Says Jews Are Trying to Take Over Sinai April 4, 2014 4:29 pm

Mubarak Says Jews Are Trying to Take Over Sinai

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak believes Egypt “will lose” the Sinai Peninsula...

Israeli Catholic Leaders: Christians, Secular Muslims Suffer From Extremist Attacks April 3, 2014 4:24 pm

Israeli Catholic Leaders: Christians, Secular Muslims Suffer From Extremist Attacks

JNS.org – Christians, along with secular Muslims and others, are suffering at the...

Kerry Praises Non-Existant Iranian ‘Fatwa’ Against Nuclear Weapons, Watchdog Says April 3, 2014 12:36 pm

Kerry Praises Non-Existant Iranian ‘Fatwa’ Against Nuclear Weapons, Watchdog Says

  JNS.org – The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) says U.S. Secretary of...

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  • Book Reviews Opinion Robert Gates’ Memoir is a Jaw-Dropping Read (REVIEW)

    Robert Gates’ Memoir is a Jaw-Dropping Read (REVIEW)

    Former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates’s memoir follows the classic form, telling the story of his years at the Pentagon during the Bush and Obama administrations. He focuses on what he did and experienced personally as secretary, neither writing a broad policy treatise nor recounting the entire history of the administrations in which he served. In so doing, Gates provides penetrating insights about the inner workings of US national security decision-making. Had I been George W. Bush, I would [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews The Media, Israel, and Anti-Semitism (REVIEW)

    The Media, Israel, and Anti-Semitism (REVIEW)

    Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed from A-Z by Lee Bender and Jerome Verlin (Pavilion Press, Philadelphia, Pa. 2013) Sophocles said, “What people believe prevails over truth,” Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed from A-Z is ideal for the arm chair reader who would like a basic grasp of the terms used in the mainstream media’s presentation of the Arab-Israeli situation as is reported today. This is a book whose time has come. This is a book where the reader gains a [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs William Shatner’s One Man Show Keeps Him in the Limelight (INTERVIEW)

    William Shatner’s One Man Show Keeps Him in the Limelight (INTERVIEW)

    JNS.org – On Thursday, audiences around the country can feel what it is like to be William Shatner, the Jewish actor best known for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk on “Star Trek.” Shatner’s one-man show “Shatner’s World”—which was on Broadway and toured Canada, Australia, and the United States—will be presented in nearly 700 movie theaters nationwide for one night only on April 24. Sponsored by Fathom Events and Priceline.com (for whom Shatner has famously served as a pitchman), [...]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews The Origins of Palestinian Refugee Relief Efforts (REVIEW)

    The Origins of Palestinian Refugee Relief Efforts (REVIEW)

    Romirowsky and Joffe’s book Religion, Politics and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief is an important volume for those interested in truly understanding the origins of the Palestinian refugee issue. Utilizing a treasure trove of newly released documents, the authors link UNRWA’s (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine) origins to the Quakers/American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). For those readers who thought they knew most of the Middle East story, Romirowsky and Joffe’s version provides another twist. The authors meticulously [...]

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  • Sports Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    The Israel National soccer team could be facing a World Cup ban, and other soccer sanctions, unless it alleviates travel restrictions and increases field access for Palestinian players and coaches. The head of the Palestinian Football Association is pushing for international soccer’s governing body, the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), to issue a ban on Israel competing internationally, claiming Israel’s restrictive travel for Palestinians is equivalent to a form of oppression. “It’s not only the athletes,” Jibril Rajoub explains. [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    JNS.org – While the national debate on “Obamacare” rages on past the recent March 31 sign-up deadline, bestselling Jewish author Dr. Joel Fuhrman says the “current disease care model of what we call ‘health care’ cannot possibly be sustained.” “There is simply not enough money available to support a system in which the lion’s share of expenditures is devoted to acute care, with virtually nothing being spent on preventive medicine, i.e. health care,” Fuhrman says in an interview. “To make [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    JNS.org – “This is how I want to be—without fear. Independent. I want to be like a bird. I want to spread my wings.” So reads part of the description beneath one of the 30 paintings on display until the end of May at the ZOA House in Tel Aviv. The collection represents the first-ever art exhibit of its kind: an exhibit created entirely by Israelis in treatment for eating disorders. Dubbed “Tears of Color,” based on one of the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    JNS.org – Rachel Ament noticed that she and her friends often shared humorous anecdotes that were typically variations on a theme: overprotective, worrying Jewish moms who smothered them with love. That included Ament’s own mother. “My mom is probably every Jewish stereotype scrunched into one,” the Washington, DC, resident tells JNS.org. “At the root of all these stereotypical, worrying, overprotective moms, is love.” A social media writer for Capital One, as well as a freelance writer, Ament decided about three years [...]

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