Middle East

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...

ISIS Planned to Attack Israeli Vessels After Commandeering Egyptian Missile Boat December 1, 2014 4:30 pm

ISIS Planned to Attack Israeli Vessels After Commandeering Egyptian Missile Boat

ISIS terrorists were behind an attempted hijacking of an Egyptian missile boat in the Mediterranean...

Tehran Regime Warns Against ‘Frenzied Behavior’ as Saudi Oil Policies Punish Iranian Economy December 1, 2014 2:19 pm

Tehran Regime Warns Against ‘Frenzied Behavior’ as Saudi Oil Policies Punish Iranian Economy

Iranians awoke on Monday morning to a 30 percent increase in the price of bread – the most...

Investigator Says He’s ’99 Percent Sure’ Nazi War Criminal Alois Brunner Died in Syria December 1, 2014 2:16 pm

Investigator Says He’s ’99 Percent Sure’ Nazi War Criminal Alois Brunner Died in Syria

BBC – The chief investigator pursuing Alois Brunner, one of the world’s most wanted...

Sen. McCain: US Will Not Recognize a Palestinian State (VIDEO) December 1, 2014 2:13 pm

Sen. McCain: US Will Not Recognize a Palestinian State (VIDEO)

US Republican Senator John McCain (AZ) said in an television interview this week that the...

Khamenei Urges Iranian Armed Forces to Boost Capabilities Regardless of Nuclear Negotiations December 1, 2014 10:17 am

Khamenei Urges Iranian Armed Forces to Boost Capabilities Regardless of Nuclear Negotiations

Reuters – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that the...

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  • Arts and Culture Theater US & Canada New Play Explores the ‘Arrogance’ of American Jews Critical of Israel, Playwright Says

    New Play Explores the ‘Arrogance’ of American Jews Critical of Israel, Playwright Says

    In his new play Mr. Goldberg Goes to Tel Aviv, playwright Oren Safdie tackles an issue that he has a major concern with: the relationship between Israelis and left-leaning Diaspora Jews with their “I know better” critical views. At the heart of the one-act play is Tony, a Jewish and gay Palestinian sympathizer who expresses strong anti-Israel sentiments when the play begins and at one point even sides with a Palestinian terrorist who holds his captive. Tony, who is also an [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Hassidic Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO)

    Hassidic Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO)

    A Jewish comedy troupe released a parody video on Wednesday of Taylor Swift’s hit song Shake It Off in which they joke about taking extensive time off from work for Jewish holidays. “And the goyim gonna stay, stay, stay, stay, stay. And the Jews are gonna pray, pray pray, pray, pray. I’m just gonna take, take, take, take, take. I’m taking off,” goes the chorus for I’m Taking Off. Menachem Weinstein, the video’s lead singer, is the creative director at [...]

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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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