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Hezbollah’s Nasrallah Denies Rumors of Sickness, Says He Drinks Lemonade, Not Medicine May 17, 2015 6:52 am

Hezbollah’s Nasrallah Denies Rumors of Sickness, Says He Drinks Lemonade, Not Medicine

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah denied rumors that have been circulating lately suggesting...

Pope Says Palestinian Authority’s Abbas Could Become ‘Angel of Peace’ May 16, 2015 9:29 pm

Pope Says Palestinian Authority’s Abbas Could Become ‘Angel of Peace’

This morning Pope Francis received the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), in...

Egypt’s Deposed Islamist President Morsi, 100 Others Sentenced to Death May 16, 2015 9:23 pm

Egypt’s Deposed Islamist President Morsi, 100 Others Sentenced to Death

An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and more...

Turkish Paper: Palestinian Cause Now ‘Much Less a Priority’ for Arab World May 15, 2015 2:00 pm

Turkish Paper: Palestinian Cause Now ‘Much Less a Priority’ for Arab World

The Palestinian cause is now “much less a priority” for the international community and...

Palestinians Injured in Clashes With Israeli Troops After Jewish Visit to Nablus May 15, 2015 10:07 am

Palestinians Injured in Clashes With Israeli Troops After Jewish Visit to Nablus

JTA – At least 21 Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli troops in Nablus,...

ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Issues Call to Arms in First Audio Message in Months May 15, 2015 9:08 am

ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Issues Call to Arms in First Audio Message in Months

Telegraph – Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, appeared...

Iran Threat Behind Israel, AIPAC Silence Amid Arms Sales to Arab States May 14, 2015 3:44 pm

Iran Threat Behind Israel, AIPAC Silence Amid Arms Sales to Arab States

Israel has remained uncharacteristically silent amid several reports over the past few days...

Saudi Arabia Vows to Match Iran’s Nuclear Enrichment Capability May 14, 2015 10:01 am

Saudi Arabia Vows to Match Iran’s Nuclear Enrichment Capability

JNS.org – Officials from Saudi Arabia say they plan to match Iran in nuclear enrichment...

Vatican Recognition of ‘State of Palestine’ Riles Jewish Organizations May 13, 2015 5:01 pm

Vatican Recognition of ‘State of Palestine’ Riles Jewish Organizations

As officials in Israel declared disappointment at the Vatican’s official recognition of...

At Upcoming Military Parade, Hamas Will Roll Out Its Tank and Helicopter May 13, 2015 10:59 am

At Upcoming Military Parade, Hamas Will Roll Out Its Tank and Helicopter

In an attempt to demonstrate its strength, Hamas is preparing a parade in Gaza in which it...

Hamas Allowing ‘Palestinian Hezbollah’ to Operate in Gaza May 13, 2015 10:45 am

Hamas Allowing ‘Palestinian Hezbollah’ to Operate in Gaza

The Gaza Strip’s Sunni Muslim rulers Hamas have been allowing a Shia organization beholden...

IDF Commander: There is ‘No Alternative’ to Hamas Rule in Gaza May 12, 2015 9:53 am

IDF Commander: There is ‘No Alternative’ to Hamas Rule in Gaza

JNS.org – Israel Defense Forces (IDF) southern commander Major General Sami Turgeman...

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  • Israel Sports Israeli Judo Team Faces Antisemitic Harassment in Morocco: ‘We Will Murder You’

    Israeli Judo Team Faces Antisemitic Harassment in Morocco: ‘We Will Murder You’

    Israeli athletes at a world Judo championship in Morocco reportedly faced antisemitic slurs during the competition, news site WorldNetDaily reported on Monday. “We will murder you,” and “you’re not wanted here, go home,” were among the vituperative attacks directed at the Israeli Judo Association team, which was in Morocco last week for the World Masters Judo Tournament. According to Haaretz, each Israeli teammate was met with boos and jeers upon entering a fight. Additionally, no Israeli flags were present at [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Pop superstar Lady Gaga on Thursday accepted an award from Jewish human rights group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation, which strives to combat bullying among young people. “Your philosophies are so in line with ours,” she said of the ADL upon accepting the Making a Difference Award in a videotaped message, which was shown at a ceremony in New York City. “We want to help young people know that their feelings and who they are on [...]

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  • Music Personalities At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    JNS.org – Eighty years young, Leonard Cohen fits many descriptions—singer, songwriter, poet, novelist, monk. From his Jewish upbringing in Canada to the present day, Cohen has always explored his spiritual side. This month, the singer-songwriter released the CD (May 12) and iTunes (on May 8 of this year) formats of his latest album, Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour, which features live recordings from his world tours in 2012 and 2013. Last year, Cohen’s Popular Problems was voted by Rolling Stone [...]

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  • Europe Sports FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    JNS.org – Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) head Sepp Blatter said during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that contrary to Palestinian complaints, Israel has not violated any FIFA statutes and should not be suspended from international soccer’s governing body. “We should not come to one federation saying we will exclude them,” said Blatter, the Jerusalem Post reported. “If the national association is fulfilling its obligations then there is no need to intervene,” he said. “I’m on a [...]

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  • Featured Middle East Sports Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) said on Tuesday it was “appalled” by a Palestinian Football Association initiative to suspend Israel from FIFA, calling it another “front waged in the context of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign.” “We are appalled at the temerity of the Palestinan Football Association (PFA) demand that FIFA suspend Israel at your forthcoming Congress in Zurich,” wrote the group’s international relations director, Dr. Shimon Samuels, in a letter to FIFA President Joseph [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    The lead actor in Son of Saul, an Auschwitz thriller featured at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, told the UK’s The Guardian that he believes God was “holding the hand” of each Jew who died in the Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust. “I do not for one nanosecond like to pretend that God is off the hook. He could and should have stopped it at a much earlier stage,” Géza Röhrig, 48, said. ”But I would not be able to get [...]

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  • Music Backstreet Boys Singer Howie D Gushes Over Masada During Israel Trip

    Backstreet Boys Singer Howie D Gushes Over Masada During Israel Trip

    Backstreet Boys singer Howie Dorough took to Instagram on Tuesday to marvel about climbing the famed Masada fortress with his band during their visit to Israel, where they will perform this week for the first time. The group’s second day of sightseeing in the Jewish state included the Masada hike, and taking a mud bath at the Dead Sea. A picture from the band’s official Twitter page shows the five singers covered in mud. While relaxing in the Dead Sea, [...]

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  • Book Reviews US & Canada ‘Arms and the Dudes:’ New Book, Film Detail How Ex-Orthodox Yeshiva Guys Became Top Suppliers for Afghan Army

    ‘Arms and the Dudes:’ New Book, Film Detail How Ex-Orthodox Yeshiva Guys Became Top Suppliers for Afghan Army

    A new book and its upcoming film adaptation tell the true story of how three former yeshiva students who habitually smoked marijuana scored a $300 million contract from the U.S. government to supply weapons for the Afghan Army, the New York Daily News reported on Sunday. Arms and the Dudes details how the Miami Beach potheads became “the most unlikely gunrunners in history,” according to the book’s author, investigative reporter Guy Lawson. The tale begins with Efraim Diveroli, nephew of [...]

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