Middle East

Kuwaiti Muslim Discovers Jewish Roots, Changes Name to Mordechai December 5, 2014 9:02 am

Kuwaiti Muslim Discovers Jewish Roots, Changes Name to Mordechai

He was born as a Muslim in Kuwait, never heard a good word said about Jews, and then suddenly,...

U.N. Officials Arrive in Gaza to Investigate Israeli Air Strikes and Agency’s Rocket Storage December 4, 2014 5:24 pm

U.N. Officials Arrive in Gaza to Investigate Israeli Air Strikes and Agency’s Rocket Storage

JNS.org – A team of United Nations investigators arrived in the Gaza Strip Tuesday...

Cement Intended for Gaza Reconstruction Ends Up on Black Market December 3, 2014 5:20 pm

Cement Intended for Gaza Reconstruction Ends Up on Black Market

A Palestinian journalist has tweeted an image of cement imported into Gaza under the auspices...

Palestinian Terrorist Stabs Shoppers at Jerusalem Area Supermarket (VIDEO) December 3, 2014 11:32 am

Palestinian Terrorist Stabs Shoppers at Jerusalem Area Supermarket (VIDEO)

Two people were wounded after a Palestinian terrorist stabbed shoppers at a supermarket at...

Ukrainian Jewish Leader Downplays Jewish MP’s Rise to Parliament Speaker December 3, 2014 11:18 am

Ukrainian Jewish Leader Downplays Jewish MP’s Rise to Parliament Speaker

JNS.org – The Ukrainian parliament’s decision to confirm a Jewish MP as speaker...

Israel Compares Iranian Bid for UN Post to ‘Al Capone Running the FBI’ December 3, 2014 11:05 am

Israel Compares Iranian Bid for UN Post to ‘Al Capone Running the FBI’

Reuters - Iran is seeking a senior post on a United Nations committee that decides accreditation...

Two Killed in Car Bomb Explosion Near Home of Iran’s Ambassador in Yemen December 3, 2014 11:01 am

Two Killed in Car Bomb Explosion Near Home of Iran’s Ambassador in Yemen

ABC News/AP – A car bomb exploded Wednesday near the home of Iran’s ambassador...

Defense Official Admits Iranian Planes Bombing ISIS Alongside U.S. Aircraft December 2, 2014 11:51 am

Defense Official Admits Iranian Planes Bombing ISIS Alongside U.S. Aircraft

Huffington Post – The list of countries bombing Islamic State targets in Iraq has thus...

ISIS Leader’s Wife and Child Arrested in Lebanon December 2, 2014 11:48 am

ISIS Leader’s Wife and Child Arrested in Lebanon

NBC News – One of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s wives and children have been...

Source: Iran to Convert Uranium Into Reactor Fuel Under Extended Nuclear Deal December 2, 2014 11:47 am

Source: Iran to Convert Uranium Into Reactor Fuel Under Extended Nuclear Deal

Reuters - Iran will convert more of its higher-grade enriched uranium into reactor fuel under...

Tensions Between Hamas and Fatah Rise as Dispute Over Unity Government Continues December 1, 2014 6:28 pm

Tensions Between Hamas and Fatah Rise as Dispute Over Unity Government Continues

A leading official of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement...

Israeli-Canadian Woman Believed Captured by Islamic State ‘is Safe’ December 1, 2014 6:26 pm

Israeli-Canadian Woman Believed Captured by Islamic State ‘is Safe’

JNS.org - Gill Rosenberg, the Canadian-born immigrant to Israel who became the first foreign...

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Literature On 75th Anniversary, Looking at the Jewish Influence on Gone With the Wind

    On 75th Anniversary, Looking at the Jewish Influence on Gone With the Wind

    JNS.org – The 75th anniversary of the premiere of “Gone with the Wind” on Dec. 15 presents an opportunity to examine the Jewish influence on one of the most popular films of all time. That influence starts with the American Civil War epic’s famed producer, David O. Selznick. Adjusted for inflation, “Gone with the Wind” remains the highest-grossing movie ever made. It earned the 1939 Academy Award for Best Picture, the same honor another Selznick film, “Rebecca,” garnered in 1940. Selznick [...]

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  • Featured Music US & Canada EXCLUSIVE: Matisyahu Provides Most Extensive Analysis Yet of His Religious, Musical Evolution (INTERVIEW)

    EXCLUSIVE: Matisyahu Provides Most Extensive Analysis Yet of His Religious, Musical Evolution (INTERVIEW)

    Matisyahu got candid in an exclusive interview with The Algemeiner on Monday about his religious and musical journey – after shedding his Chassidic skin, yarmulke, long beard and all – from the start of his career in 2005 when he became a reggae superstar with hits King Without a Crown and Jerusalem. The singer-songwriter embarks on his Festival of Light tour this month, an annual Hanukkah event that stops in Montreal, New York, and other cities before ending in San Juan, [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Personalities ‘Sheriff of Mars’ Unveils Endearing Life of Jewish Music Star Hidden in the Fields of France

    ‘Sheriff of Mars’ Unveils Endearing Life of Jewish Music Star Hidden in the Fields of France

    JNS.org – It was an era of steel strings, guitar heroes, and storytellers—high on heroin, rebellious. Outlaw country music, the hallmark of Nashville’s powerful and angry music scene of the 1970s, was the brew of greats such as Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Townes Van Zandt. But there is another, little-known music hero of that era: Daniel Antopolsky. A Jewish lad from Augusta, Ga.—the son of immigrants who settled in the south and ran a hardware store on Main Street—the [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Iranian Actress Replaces Israel’s Gal Gadot for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

    Iranian Actress Replaces Israel’s Gal Gadot for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

    Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi replaced Israeli star Gal Gadot as the female lead in the new Ben-Hur remake, Hollywood.com reported on Tuesday. The Homeland actress will play Esther, a slave that Ben-Hur sets free and falls in love with. Gadot quit the movie when it became clear that filming conflicted with her schedule for the Man of Steel sequel. The Israeli actress plays Wonder Woman in the superhero film Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Actor Jack Huston takes on the [...]

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  • Book Reviews Personalities Biography Sheds New Light on David Ben-Gurion’s Place in Jewish History

    Biography Sheds New Light on David Ben-Gurion’s Place in Jewish History

    JNS.org – There is one sentence in “Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel” that made me sit up in surprise. I thought that I knew the basic facts about how Israel came into being, but while describing what it was like in the days and hours before the state was declared, author Anita Shapira provides one important anecdote I was not aware of. On the 12th of May, the Zionist Executive met to decide what to do. Moshe Sharrett had just returned [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    An actress starring in the controversial Met Opera The Death of Klinghoffer defended the show on Tuesday by comparing it to the 1993 Holocaust film Schindler’s List, New York Post reported. “To me, this was like [the movie] Schindler’s List. We make art so people won’t forget,’’ said the actress, who plays a captured passenger in the show and asked not to be identified. The Met Opera focuses on the infamous murder of Lower East Side Jewish resident Leon Klinghoffer, 69. The wheelchair-bound father of [...]

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  • Analysis Arts and Culture Beyond ‘Klinghoffer’: Opera’s Composer, Librettist Have Broader Jewish Problem

    Beyond ‘Klinghoffer’: Opera’s Composer, Librettist Have Broader Jewish Problem

    JNS.org – One of the most controversial operas in recent memory, “The Death of Klinghoffer,” debuted Oct. 20 at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. The Met has scheduled seven more performances through November. The first staging did not occur without protest, as about 400 demonstrators—including Jewish communal and nationally recognized leaders—came to Lincoln Center to denounce the anti-Jewish and anti-Israel opera. “Klinghoffer,” the creation of composer John Adams and librettist Alice Goodman, premiered in 1991—with few additional stagings. The opera is based [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot is in negotiations to take on the female lead role in the remake of the 1959 classic Ben-Hur, according to The Hollywood Reporter. If the deal is finalized Gadot will play Esther, a slave and Ben-Hur’s love interest. Actor Jack Huston will star as the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by his childhood friend Messala, played by Toby Kebbell. Ben-Hur fights for his freedom and vengeance with the help of Morgan Freeman’s character, who trains Ben-Hur how to win at chariot-racing. [...]

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