Middle East

Belgian Lawmakers Visit Judea and Samaria March 28, 2014 10:57 am

Belgian Lawmakers Visit Judea and Samaria

JNS.org – A delegation of Belgian parliamentarians visited Judea and Samaria on Thursday...

Palestinian Authority Leader Claims Israeli Release of Convicts Canceled March 28, 2014 9:25 am

Palestinian Authority Leader Claims Israeli Release of Convicts Canceled

Ynet – The Israeli government has backed down from its commitment to release the fourth...

Armenians Accuse Turkey of Aiding Al-Qaeda Rebels in Attack on Syrian Christian Village March 27, 2014 3:46 pm

Armenians Accuse Turkey of Aiding Al-Qaeda Rebels in Attack on Syrian Christian Village

JNS.org - Armenian leaders have accused Turkey of aiding al-Qaeda-affiliated rebel groups...

Egypt’s General Sisi Declares Presidential Candidacy, Easy Win Expected March 27, 2014 9:17 am

Egypt’s General Sisi Declares Presidential Candidacy, Easy Win Expected

Reuters – Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the general who ousted Egypt’s first freely elected...

Arab League Expresses ‘Total Rejection’ of Jewish State Recognition March 26, 2014 9:17 am

Arab League Expresses ‘Total Rejection’ of Jewish State Recognition

JNS.org - At a two-day Arab League summit in Kuwait, Arab leaders vowed to never recognize...

Hamas, Iran Reportedly Renew Alliance; Financial Support Resumes, Terror Chief Meshaal to Meet Ayatollah Khamenei March 25, 2014 1:12 pm

Hamas, Iran Reportedly Renew Alliance; Financial Support Resumes, Terror Chief Meshaal to Meet Ayatollah Khamenei

Hamas, the terror group ruling Gaza, has renewed its alliance with Tehran, after a two-year...

Arab League Summit Draft Resolution ‘Categorically’ Refuses to Recognize Israel as Jewish State March 25, 2014 10:25 am

Arab League Summit Draft Resolution ‘Categorically’ Refuses to Recognize Israel as Jewish State

Ynet – Qatar’s ruler kicked off the opening session of the annual Arab League summit...

Saudi Arabia Denies Visa to Jerusalem Post Reporter March 25, 2014 12:57 am

Saudi Arabia Denies Visa to Jerusalem Post Reporter

JNS.org – Saudi Arabia denied a visa to Jerusalem Post reporter Michael Wilner to...

Israel-China Alliance Moves Forward With $2 Billion ‘Red-Med’ Freight Rail Link Alternative to Suez Canal March 24, 2014 9:53 pm

Israel-China Alliance Moves Forward With $2 Billion ‘Red-Med’ Freight Rail Link Alternative to Suez Canal

The growing economic alliance between Israel and China is moving forward with a $2 billion,...

IDF on High Alert Across Judea and Samaria March 24, 2014 9:38 am

IDF on High Alert Across Judea and Samaria

JNS.org – The Israel Defense Forces has declared a high alert in Judea and Samaria after...

Egypt Court Sentences 528 Muslim Brotherhood Supporters to Death March 24, 2014 9:36 am

Egypt Court Sentences 528 Muslim Brotherhood Supporters to Death

JNS.org – An Egyptian court has sentenced 529 Muslim Brotherhood members to death on...

Hamas Marks Anniversary of Sheikh Yassin Assassination March 24, 2014 9:33 am

Hamas Marks Anniversary of Sheikh Yassin Assassination

Jerusalem Post – Hamas on Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of the targeted killing 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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