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Bahraini Columnist: Stabbing Innocent Civilians ‘Will Not Lead to Victory,’ Only Further Hatred of Muslims, Arabs May 20, 2016 2:00 am

Bahraini Columnist: Stabbing Innocent Civilians ‘Will Not Lead to Victory,’ Only Further Hatred of Muslims, Arabs

A Bahraini columnist on Tuesday condemned Arabs and Muslims who carry out stabbing attacks...

Major International Firms Nissan and Orange Justify Co-Sponsorship of Concert Featuring ‘Protocols’ Loving Lebanese Singer May 19, 2016 5:24 pm

Major International Firms Nissan and Orange Justify Co-Sponsorship of Concert Featuring ‘Protocols’ Loving Lebanese Singer

Major international brands have justified their co-sponsorship of an upcoming charity concert...

Palestinians Protest Appointment of New Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman May 19, 2016 11:16 am

Palestinians Protest Appointment of New Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry says talk of including hardliner Lieberman in Netanyahu’s...

IMF Official: Iran Must Fix Banking System to Bolster Business Overseas May 19, 2016 11:02 am

IMF Official: Iran Must Fix Banking System to Bolster Business Overseas

Iran must tackle problems in its banking system and bolster anti-money laundering and terrorism-financing...

Former Hezbollah Operative Says Group’s New Military Chief Calls Israel ‘Strategic Partner’ May 18, 2016 5:55 pm

Former Hezbollah Operative Says Group’s New Military Chief Calls Israel ‘Strategic Partner’

A former Hezbollah operative who is active on social media wrote on Twitter that the newly...

Fatah Facebook Page Honors Japanese Terrorists Who Killed 26 at Israeli Airport May 18, 2016 5:38 pm

Fatah Facebook Page Honors Japanese Terrorists Who Killed 26 at Israeli Airport

JNS.org – The Fatah faction—which is led by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud...

Syria Again Uses Deadly Sarin Nerve Gas, Israeli Official Says May 18, 2016 5:37 pm

Syria Again Uses Deadly Sarin Nerve Gas, Israeli Official Says

JNS.org – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime has used deadly sarin nerve gas...

Iranian Arabic-Language Network Claims Holocaust Cartoon Contest ‘Enhances’ Freedom of Speech May 18, 2016 10:39 am

Iranian Arabic-Language Network Claims Holocaust Cartoon Contest ‘Enhances’ Freedom of Speech

An Iranian television news report about the country’s current Holocaust cartoon contest...

Outgoing Iranian Parliament Demands Compensation From US for ‘Spiritual, Material Damage’ Over Past 63 Years May 18, 2016 10:36 am

Outgoing Iranian Parliament Demands Compensation From US for ‘Spiritual, Material Damage’ Over Past 63 Years

The outgoing Iranian Parliament is demanding unspecified compensation from the United States...

El-Sisi: Egypt Would Broker Intra-Palestinian Peace En Route to Talks With Israel May 18, 2016 10:28 am

El-Sisi: Egypt Would Broker Intra-Palestinian Peace En Route to Talks With Israel

JNS.org – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on Tuesday said he is willing to...

Human Rights Groups Criticize Jordan for Restricting Gazans’ Movement May 18, 2016 10:04 am

Human Rights Groups Criticize Jordan for Restricting Gazans’ Movement

JNS.org – Human rights groups are criticizing the Jordanian government for not issuing...

Lebanon’s Central Bank Will Comply With US Finance Law Targeting Hezbollah May 17, 2016 9:48 pm

Lebanon’s Central Bank Will Comply With US Finance Law Targeting Hezbollah

JNS.org – The head of Lebanon’s powerful central bank said that it will comply with...

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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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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