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Israeli Defense Minister Challenges Turkey to Stop Buying ISIS Oil January 27, 2016 11:09 am

Israeli Defense Minister Challenges Turkey to Stop Buying ISIS Oil

JNS.org – Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon accused Turkey of supporting the...

Rouhani Blames ‘Influential Zionist Lobby’ for Hindering Iranian Relations With US January 27, 2016 11:00 am

Rouhani Blames ‘Influential Zionist Lobby’ for Hindering Iranian Relations With US

The United States cannot solve any problems in the Middle East without Iran’s help and...

Iran Warns US Warship to Leave Waters Near Strait of Hormuz January 27, 2016 10:57 am

Iran Warns US Warship to Leave Waters Near Strait of Hormuz

Iran’s navy warned a US warship on Wednesday to leave waters near the Strait of Hormuz...

ISIS Has Fake Passport ‘Industry,’ French Official Says January 26, 2016 10:39 am

ISIS Has Fake Passport ‘Industry,’ French Official Says

The terror group ISIS has created a whole “industry” out of the production of fake passports,...

Iran’s Supreme Leader Says Humiliation of US Sailors Ordained by ‘Divine Will’ January 25, 2016 4:10 pm

Iran’s Supreme Leader Says Humiliation of US Sailors Ordained by ‘Divine Will’

Iran’s Supreme Leader praised the naval unit that detained US sailors earlier this...

The West Must Curb Tehran’s Mideast Ambitions, Says Israeli Ambassador to Italy as Iranian President Lands in Rome January 25, 2016 12:56 pm

The West Must Curb Tehran’s Mideast Ambitions, Says Israeli Ambassador to Italy as Iranian President Lands in Rome

The West must “impose limits and bars” on Iran’s regional ambitions to...

Qatar Reportedly Pushing for Fatah-Hamas Unity Agreement January 25, 2016 9:55 am

Qatar Reportedly Pushing for Fatah-Hamas Unity Agreement

Qatar is trying to help the Palestinian organizations Fatah and Hamas to mend their fences...

Iran’s Business Ties Returning to Normal After Nuclear Sanctions Lifted January 25, 2016 9:50 am

Iran’s Business Ties Returning to Normal After Nuclear Sanctions Lifted

Business ties between Iranian and foreign business are returning to normal after nuclear sanctions...

Rocket Fired at Israel From Gaza Explodes in Palestinian Territory; No Casualties Reported January 24, 2016 12:03 pm

Rocket Fired at Israel From Gaza Explodes in Palestinian Territory; No Casualties Reported

A rocket was fired towards Israel from the Gaza Strip Saturday night, the latest attack by...

Israeli Official Says Hamas Ready for Next Round of Fighting With Israel January 23, 2016 9:30 am

Israeli Official Says Hamas Ready for Next Round of Fighting With Israel

JNS.org – A senior Israel Defense Forces Gaza Division official said that the Palestinian...

Abbas Shrinks Responsibility for Stalled Peace Talks, Netanyahu’s Office Says January 22, 2016 12:39 pm

Abbas Shrinks Responsibility for Stalled Peace Talks, Netanyahu’s Office Says

JNS.org – The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office on Thursday denied claims by Palestinian...

Fatah Official Says Palestinian State Alongside Israel Would Just be ‘a Phase’ January 22, 2016 12:31 pm

Fatah Official Says Palestinian State Alongside Israel Would Just be ‘a Phase’

A senior member of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party has said...

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  • Food Jewish Identity Home of Freud and…Pita? Israelis Make Culinary Mark in Vienna

    Home of Freud and…Pita? Israelis Make Culinary Mark in Vienna

    JNS.org – Several Viennese Jews have made a lasting impact on the world. Sigmund Freud’s investigations changed the face of modern psychology. Composer Arnold Schoenberg’s innovations in atonal music changed the face of music. These days, even more Jews — in particular, Israeli Jews — are changing the face of Vienna’s culinary scene with innovations in…the art of the pita. Freudians may find a psychoanalytic motive for the local appeal of the Israeli eateries popping up in the Austrian capital. Walk […]

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  • Features Opinion In Iraqi Kurdistan, a Genocide Before Our Very Eyes

    In Iraqi Kurdistan, a Genocide Before Our Very Eyes

    The two bullet casings are already beginning to rust. Sheikh Nasser Pasha plucks them from the ground. “Look, one is from an AK-47, one from an American M-4.” The casings are strewn on the ground atop a long mound of dirt with a few bits of white sticks on it. It would appear unremarkable if one were walking by it. A closer look, however, reveals the white objects are pieces of human bone: arms, legs, and a single human skull. […]

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  • Blogs Features Israel and the Apartheid Narrative: 2 South African Student Leaders Weigh In

    Israel and the Apartheid Narrative: 2 South African Student Leaders Weigh In

    JNS.org – About two-dozen people file into Dodd 175 at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus on a Thursday night, scouting out seats and picking at the kosher pizza in the back of the lecture hall. Miyelani Pinini knows the drill. A former student president of the University of Cape Town in South Africa, she’s attended and even organized her share of free-pizza events. But now she and a fellow South African student leader were the stars of this […]

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  • Food Spirituality/Tradition The Brewish State: Israel Taps Into Growing Craft Beer Bazaar

    The Brewish State: Israel Taps Into Growing Craft Beer Bazaar

    JNS.org – It’s widely known that Israel has penetrated the wine market, with some of its sophisticated Israeli blends surpassing historically excellent wines from areas such as the Napa Valley or Bordeaux. But what about beer? For decades, Israel has offered solely the Maccabi and Nesher brands. Not anymore. “There is a huge push of people making beer at home. The country is approaching over 30 craft breweries in the last year or two, making nearly 200 beers,” says Avi Moskowitz, […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Natalie Portman Says She Behaved Like ‘Average Everyday Jewish Mother’ on Set of Latest Movie

    Natalie Portman Says She Behaved Like ‘Average Everyday Jewish Mother’ on Set of Latest Movie

    Actress Natalie Portman acted like a typical “Jewish mother” on the set of her latest movie, Jane Got a Gun, the Israeli-born star told the New York Post‘s Page Six on Sunday. The 34-year-old, who also co-produced the western, said she made it her job to look out for everyone involved in the project, because the film has had to overcome “so many obstacles,” such as losing its director early on. She explained: “Actors changed. We suffered financial and legal challenges. We endured so many replacements. There were delays. […]

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  • Israel Music Scorpions Lead Singer Sends Message to Israel Ahead of World Tour, Tel Aviv Performance (VIDEO)

    Scorpions Lead Singer Sends Message to Israel Ahead of World Tour, Tel Aviv Performance (VIDEO)

    “We’re looking very much forward to coming back to Israel this summer,” said the lead singer of the German rock band Scorpions in a video on Monday. “Make sure you don’t miss it because we rock you like a hurricane!” said a jovial Klaus Meine, quoting the band’s seminal 1984 anthem, “Rock You Like a Hurricane.” The hard rock band lands in Israel for a show at the Menorah Mivtachim Arena on July 14 as part of its 50th anniversary tour. It will be the band’s third time […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews The Collected Works of Primo Levi, Edited by Ann Goldstein (REVIEW)

    The Collected Works of Primo Levi, Edited by Ann Goldstein (REVIEW)

    Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel were the two most immediate and authentic literary voices who gave witness to the Holocaust. Wiesel was an extrovert and a very public figure who wrote initially in French. Levi was a modest retiring chemist who wrote in Italian. Whereas Wiesel was rooted in the Eastern European Jewish Hassidic world, Levi was the product of an assimilated, secular Italian society that saw itself as Italian first and Jewish as an accident of birth. As Levi himself said, “At Auschwitz I […]

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  • Blogs Lifestyle Wine Brings Judea and Samaria to Tel Aviv

    Wine Brings Judea and Samaria to Tel Aviv

    JNS.org – Wine has long been considered a social lubricant, and it’s Nir Lavie’s hope that wine from his Har Bracha Winery in the Samarian hills will serve as a social lubricant between the city-goers of Tel Aviv and the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria, two locales split geographically, and often politically, on the left and right of the country. The new flagship store of Har Bracha has recently popped its corks on 190 Ben Yehuda Street in Tel Aviv, […]

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