Middle East

At Least 10 Dead in Latest Saudi-Led Coalition Airstrikes on Iran-Backed Rebels in Yemen March 27, 2015 10:14 am

At Least 10 Dead in Latest Saudi-Led Coalition Airstrikes on Iran-Backed Rebels in Yemen

CNN – A coalition of Middle Eastern forces pounded positions in Yemen from the air...

On Iran Nuclear Deal, Watchdog Says Collapse of White House Demand for Verification in Line With Previous Capitulations March 26, 2015 10:47 pm

On Iran Nuclear Deal, Watchdog Says Collapse of White House Demand for Verification in Line With Previous Capitulations

A Washington DC based watchdog monitoring US nuclear negotiations with Iran has said that...

Houthi Crisis Sheds Light on Antisemitism and Plight of Jews in Yemen March 26, 2015 4:46 pm

Houthi Crisis Sheds Light on Antisemitism and Plight of Jews in Yemen

JNS.org – As Shi’a Muslim Houthi rebels continue overtaking Yemen and the...

Palestinian Militants Committed ‘War Crimes’ in Israel-Gaza Conflict, Human Rights Group Report Says March 26, 2015 10:38 am

Palestinian Militants Committed ‘War Crimes’ in Israel-Gaza Conflict, Human Rights Group Report Says

JNS.org – The human rights group Amnesty International on Wednesday issued a report accusing...

Saudi Arabia Launches Airstrikes Against Iran Backed Rebels in Yemen March 26, 2015 6:32 am

Saudi Arabia Launches Airstrikes Against Iran Backed Rebels in Yemen

Fox News – Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes against the Houthi rebels in Yemen early...

Iranian Negotiator Claims Western Powers Have Withdrawn From Past Stances in Nuclear Talks March 25, 2015 3:44 pm

Iranian Negotiator Claims Western Powers Have Withdrawn From Past Stances in Nuclear Talks

Western Powers have backed down from their previous positions in nuclear talks with Iran,...

Newly Elected Arab Knesset Members Visit With Abbas in Ramallah March 25, 2015 3:06 pm

Newly Elected Arab Knesset Members Visit With Abbas in Ramallah

JNS.org - Newly elected Arab members of the Israeli Knesset visited with Palestinian Authority...

Gaza Palestinians Call Power Cutoff by Egypt Worse Than Israeli Policy March 25, 2015 1:21 pm

Gaza Palestinians Call Power Cutoff by Egypt Worse Than Israeli Policy

JNS.org – Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip cities of Khan Younis and Rafah...

Report: Switzerland Comes to Aid of Hamas, Will Pay Salaries to Gaza Operatives March 24, 2015 6:12 pm

Report: Switzerland Comes to Aid of Hamas, Will Pay Salaries to Gaza Operatives

Switzerland has put together a plan to reconstruct the Gaza Strip which includes paying the...

Former Top US Officials Say One-Year Not Enough Time to Stop Iran Nuclear Breakout March 23, 2015 6:13 pm

Former Top US Officials Say One-Year Not Enough Time to Stop Iran Nuclear Breakout

Former top US officials have said that one year would provide insufficient warning-time to...

Egypt’s El-Sisi Reiterates Call for ‘Religious Revolution’ in Islam March 23, 2015 12:59 pm

Egypt’s El-Sisi Reiterates Call for ‘Religious Revolution’ in Islam

JNS.org – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi reiterated his call for a “religious...

Turkish TV Station Airs Antisemitic ‘Protocols Sequel’ Echoing Rhetoric of President Erdogan March 22, 2015 9:19 pm

Turkish TV Station Airs Antisemitic ‘Protocols Sequel’ Echoing Rhetoric of President Erdogan

A Turkish news station aligned with the country’s ruling AKP party recently aired an...

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  • Europe Sports Croatian Soccer Star’s Hebrew Tattoo Causes a Stir Online

    Croatian Soccer Star’s Hebrew Tattoo Causes a Stir Online

    A Hebrew tattoo sported by Croatian soccer star Mario Mandzukic became an internet sensation in Israel after it was exposed on Tuesday during a Champions League match between Ateltico Madrid and Real Madrid A first glance, the tattoo, on the athlete’s back, might leave one with the impression that it was an unfortunate artistic mistake, since the Hebrew letters do not make sense as they are written. However, a closer look at the tattoo shows that it was actually written [...]

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  • Blogs Theater Why an Algemeiner Editor Wrote a Play About a Mass Shooter

    Why an Algemeiner Editor Wrote a Play About a Mass Shooter

    For the past two years, I have served as Opinion Editor at The Algemeiner. I’m perhaps most proud of the paper’s commitment to publishing diverse and opposing viewpoints on the controversial issues of the day. We pride ourselves on voicing different opinions because we know that most issues are not black and white, and because our community is better served by a public debate. In my life outside of the paper, I am a professional actor and playwright. And similarly, [...]

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  • Book Reviews Commentary In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    JNS.org – “Risk: The Game of Strategic Conquest,” the classic Parker Brothers board game, requires imperial ambitions. Players imagine empires and are pitted against each other, vying for world domination. Amid this fictional world war, beginners learn fast that no matter the superiority of their army, every advance is a gamble determined by a roll of the dice. After a defeat, a player must retreat. Weighted reinforcement cards provide the only opportunity to reverse a player’s fortunes and resume the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Sports Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    JNS.org – For Daphna Krupp, her daily workout (excluding Shabbat) at the Jewish Community Center (JCC or “J”) of Greater Baltimore has become somewhat of a ritual. She not only attends fitness classes but also engages with the instructors and plugs the J’s social programs on her personal Facebook page. “It’s the gym and the environment,” says Krupp. “It’s a great social network.” Krupp, who lives in Pikesville, Md., is one of an estimated 1 million American Jewish members of more [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated magazine featured an extensive profile on Orthodox-Jewish college basketball player Aaron Liberman on Wednesday.  The article details Liberman’s efforts to balance faith, academics and basketball at Tulane University, a challenge the young athlete calls “a triple major.” Sports Illustrated pointed out that Liberman is the second Orthodox student to play Division I college basketball. The other was Tamir Goodman, the so-called “Jewish Jordan.” As reported in The Algemeiner, Liberman started his NCAA career at Northwestern University. According to [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    As the popularity of cycling continues to increase across the world, Israel is working to develop cycling trails that make the country’s spectacular desert accessible to cyclists. The southern segment of the Israel Bike Trail was inaugurated on Feb. 24 and offers for the first time a unique, uninterrupted 8-day cycling experience after six years of planning and development. The southern section of the Israel Bike Trail stretches over 300 kilometers in length and is divided into eight segments for mountain biking, [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    JNS.org – With the recent Oscars in the rearview mirror, Hollywood’s attention now shifts to the rest of this year’s big-screen lineup. Two of the major action films coming up in 2015—Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters in May, and the third film in the Fantastic Four series, slated for an August release—have Jewish roots that the average moviegoer might be unaware of. As it turns out, it took a tough Jewish kid from New York City’s Lower East [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – Rabbi Gordon Tucker spent the first 20 years of his career teaching at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the next 20 years as the rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, N.Y. I confess that when I heard about the order of those events, I thought that Tucker’s move from academia to the pulpit was strange. Firstly, I could not imagine anyone filling the place of my friend, Arnold Turetsky, who was such a talented [...]

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