Middle East

Brazen Hamas Billboard Links Terror Group to Turkey, Qatar April 3, 2014 8:25 am

Brazen Hamas Billboard Links Terror Group to Turkey, Qatar

In a rather conspicuous propaganda stunt, Hamas, the terror group ruling Gaza, foisted a new...

Palestinians Begin Process of Joining International Conventions April 2, 2014 11:48 pm

Palestinians Begin Process of Joining International Conventions

JNS.org – The Palestinian Authority (PA) began the process of joining 15 international...

Contrary to Kerry Claim, Abbas Did Apply to Join UN-Affiliated Groups April 2, 2014 10:39 am

Contrary to Kerry Claim, Abbas Did Apply to Join UN-Affiliated Groups

JNS.org – The Palestinian Authority (PA) began the process of joining 15 international...

Police General Killed in Cairo Bombings Near University April 2, 2014 10:29 am

Police General Killed in Cairo Bombings Near University

BBC – A police brigadier-general has been killed as three bombs went off near Cairo university,...

Palestinian Authority Applies to Join 15 United Nations Institutions April 1, 2014 2:14 pm

Palestinian Authority Applies to Join 15 United Nations Institutions

JNS.org – In the midst of efforts to reach a deal that would extend the current...

Reports: Jonathan Pollard Could Go Free in Deal to Extend Israeli-Palestinian Talks April 1, 2014 10:01 am

Reports: Jonathan Pollard Could Go Free in Deal to Extend Israeli-Palestinian Talks

JNS.org – Imprisoned Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard could go free as part of a deal that...

After Soldier Taken Hostage, Killed, Iranians Tell Rouhani to Act More Like an Israeli Leader March 31, 2014 4:20 pm

After Soldier Taken Hostage, Killed, Iranians Tell Rouhani to Act More Like an Israeli Leader

After Iran failed to react to a Pakistani kidnapping and murder of an Iranian soldier, members...

Newly Appointed Iranian Ambassador to United Nations Tied to 1979 Hostage Crisis March 30, 2014 10:18 am

Newly Appointed Iranian Ambassador to United Nations Tied to 1979 Hostage Crisis

Bloomberg – Iran has named a member of the militant group that held 52 Americans hostage...

Iranian Jews Mourn Death of Chief Rabbi Hamadani March 30, 2014 10:10 am

Iranian Jews Mourn Death of Chief Rabbi Hamadani

Jerusalem Post – The Jewish community of Iran is mourning the passing of its chief rabbi,...

Terror Chief Nasrallah Claims Hezbollah Doesn’t Want War With Israel March 29, 2014 9:47 pm

Terror Chief Nasrallah Claims Hezbollah Doesn’t Want War With Israel

Times of Israel – Hezbollah head Hassan Nasrallah addressed crowds via a televised speech...

Deep Mistrust Over Iran Overshadows Obama Meeting With Saudi King March 29, 2014 9:00 am

Deep Mistrust Over Iran Overshadows Obama Meeting With Saudi King

AFP – US President Barack Obama meets Saudi King Abdullah Friday as mistrust fuelled...

Israeli Defense Forces Kill Two Militants Attempting to Cross Into Golan Heights March 28, 2014 8:00 pm

Israeli Defense Forces Kill Two Militants Attempting to Cross Into Golan Heights

JNS.org – Israeli troops on the Israel-Syria border thwarted an infiltration attempt...

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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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  • Book Reviews Commentary ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    Kosher Lust, by Shmuley Boteach (Gefen Publishing House, 2014). You really do want to find something positive to say about Shmuley Boteach. He is a phenomenon; very bright, an articulate bundle of energy and self-promotion. Anyone who has the chutzpah to describe himself as “America’s Rabbi” deserves ten out of ten for effort. I believe that along with most Chabad alumni, official and unofficial, he does a lot of good and is a sort of national treasure. In this world [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    JNS.org – In a throwback to the golden age of cinema, Hollywood has declared 2014 the “Year of the Bible.” From Ridley Scott’s Exodus starring Christian Bale as Moses, to Russell Crowe playing Noah, Hollywood is gambling on new innovations in technology and star power to revisit some of the most popular stories ever told. “It’s definitely a throwback to the 1950s and early ’60s,” Dr. Stephen J. Whitfield, an American Studies professor at Brandeis University, told JNS.org. Starting with The [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    Eddie Carmel, dubbed “The Jewish Giant” by American photographer Diane Arbus, is the centerpiece of a new exhibit opening April 11 at The Jewish Museum in New York. Arbus met Carmel, who was billed “The World’s Tallest Man,” at Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus in 1959 but waited until 1970 to photograph him at his parents’ home in the Bronx, according to the museum. The son of immigrants from Tel Aviv, Carmel posed for Arbus with his head bowed to [...]

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