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Palestinians Circulate Draft of Security Council Resolution Condemning Israeli Construction, ‘Settler Violence’ April 8, 2016 10:02 am

Palestinians Circulate Draft of Security Council Resolution Condemning Israeli Construction, ‘Settler Violence’

Palestinian officials have begun circulating a draft resolution among members of the the United...

Lebanese Teachers Call for Revised Stance on Israel in National Curriculum April 8, 2016 9:44 am

Lebanese Teachers Call for Revised Stance on Israel in National Curriculum

JNS.org – Lebanon’s national school curriculum, which has traditionally defined Israel...

ISIS Executes 175 of 300 Kidnapped Cement Workers Outside Damascus, Syrian Military Says April 8, 2016 9:32 am

ISIS Executes 175 of 300 Kidnapped Cement Workers Outside Damascus, Syrian Military Says

ISIS fighters have reportedly executed 175 of the 300 kidnapped cement workers outside the...

Hamas Reportedly Using 1,000 Operatives to Rebuild Terror Tunnels April 7, 2016 12:24 pm

Hamas Reportedly Using 1,000 Operatives to Rebuild Terror Tunnels

JNS.org – Hamas is reportedly using more than 1,000 operatives to dig underground terror...

President Rouhani Says Iran Poses No Threat, Wants Interaction With World April 7, 2016 9:02 am

President Rouhani Says Iran Poses No Threat, Wants Interaction With World

President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday Iran posed no threat to any other nation and that...

Media Monitor: Abbas Tells Palestinians Entire State of Israel ‘Occupied,’ Calls for Peace When Addressing Foreign Audiences (VIDEO) April 6, 2016 2:16 pm

Media Monitor: Abbas Tells Palestinians Entire State of Israel ‘Occupied,’ Calls for Peace When Addressing Foreign Audiences (VIDEO)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks in “two languages” when articulating...

Israel and Unlikely Mideast Partners Collaborate on Major Light Source Project April 6, 2016 12:26 pm

Israel and Unlikely Mideast Partners Collaborate on Major Light Source Project

JNS.org – Scientists from Israel, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, Cyprus, Egypt and the Palestinian...

Palestinians Reject Resumption of Unconditional Peace Talks With Israel April 6, 2016 10:04 am

Palestinians Reject Resumption of Unconditional Peace Talks With Israel

The Palestinians insist that they will not accept the resumption of unconditioned peace talks...

UN-Funded Palestinian Charity Plants Trees in West Bank to Honor Dead Terrorists April 6, 2016 10:03 am

UN-Funded Palestinian Charity Plants Trees in West Bank to Honor Dead Terrorists

A UN-funded Palestinian charity planted more than 200 olive trees in the West Bank over the...

Mahmoud Abbas Says He Is Prepared to End ‘Mutual Incitement;’ Accuses Israel of ‘Settler Assaults’ on Holy Sites April 6, 2016 9:59 am

Mahmoud Abbas Says He Is Prepared to End ‘Mutual Incitement;’ Accuses Israel of ‘Settler Assaults’ on Holy Sites

JNS.org – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he is prepared to work...

Human Rights Organization: Antisemitic Literature at US-Backed Riyadh Book Fair a ‘Tragedy for the Jewish People’ April 5, 2016 1:25 pm

Human Rights Organization: Antisemitic Literature at US-Backed Riyadh Book Fair a ‘Tragedy for the Jewish People’

A recent book fair in Saudi Arabia backed by the US government that exhibited and sold antisemitic...

Hamas Official Denies Stealing Cement, Warns of ‘Explosion’ in Gaza if Ban Not Lifted April 5, 2016 9:57 am

Hamas Official Denies Stealing Cement, Warns of ‘Explosion’ in Gaza if Ban Not Lifted

A Palestinian official on Tuesday denied Israeli charges of syphoning off cement imports to...

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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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  • Features Opinion For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    JNS.org – Alan Gross used to be nothing more to me than a tragic headline. When I started my position at this news service in July 2011, Gross had been imprisoned in Cuba since December 2009 for what that country called “crimes against the state.” Gross, a subcontractor for the United States Agency for International Development, went to Cuba to help the Jewish community there access the Internet. After his arrest, he received a trial he describes as a “B movie,” […]

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  • Arts and Culture Features New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    JNS.org – When I saw the recent Academy Award-winning film “The Big Short,” I was struck by the sheer genius of the financiers who devised the schemes and packaged the loans for resale, but it left me with unanswered questions about how the properties these loans represented were moved. “The Big Short” was largely about paper transactions, big money, and wealthy investors, and it mildly touched on the way the actual end-users — the home buyers and brokers — played into this […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Why do we think so negatively about psychiatrists that we still insult them by calling them shrinks? Some medics might be quacks, but we don’t generally refer to them as witches! Shrinks; The Untold Story of Psychiatry, by Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, is a sobering account of how psychiatry has swung from a marginal, unscientific mixture of weird theories into one of the most common and pervasive forms of treatment of what are commonly called “disorders of the mind.” Is it […]

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