Middle East

Egypt’s Mubarak Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Embezzlement May 21, 2014 9:27 am

Egypt’s Mubarak Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Embezzlement

BBC – A court in Egypt has sentenced former President Hosni Mubarak to three years in prison...

Israel Diaspora Ministry Creates Animated Film to Argue Against Iranian Nuclear Weapons Capability (VIDEO) May 20, 2014 6:03 pm

Israel Diaspora Ministry Creates Animated Film to Argue Against Iranian Nuclear Weapons Capability (VIDEO)

Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs on Tuesday released an animated film, explaining...

Iran Insists Demands Must Be Met, Says No Rush to Conclude Nuke Agreement by July Deadline May 20, 2014 5:47 pm

Iran Insists Demands Must Be Met, Says No Rush to Conclude Nuke Agreement by July Deadline

The Iranian Foreign Ministry tried to manage expectations surrounding the ongoing negotiations...

Turkey’s Erdogan Thanks Israel for Canceling Independence Day Party to Respect Mining Deaths May 20, 2014 10:48 am

Turkey’s Erdogan Thanks Israel for Canceling Independence Day Party to Respect Mining Deaths

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday thanked Israel for cancelling a planned...

Israeli Defense Official: Iran Nuclear Break Out Can Happen ‘Very Quickly’ May 20, 2014 10:14 am

Israeli Defense Official: Iran Nuclear Break Out Can Happen ‘Very Quickly’

Jerusalem Post – Iran can break out to nuclear weapons “very quickly,” and Israel...

Syrian Al Qaeda Rebel Group ISIS Pledges to Conquer Jerusalem, Rome May 19, 2014 4:32 pm

Syrian Al Qaeda Rebel Group ISIS Pledges to Conquer Jerusalem, Rome

In a chilling video discovered online, a jihadist from Kosovo, who is fighting for ISIS,...

Hamas Video Raises Concerns of Possible Train Attack May 19, 2014 9:23 am

Hamas Video Raises Concerns of Possible Train Attack

JNS.org – A new train line from Ashkelon to Sderot may be vulnerable to missile fire from...

Rouhani Claims Nuclear Talks Will End With Agreement, ‘Despite Difficulties’ May 19, 2014 9:21 am

Rouhani Claims Nuclear Talks Will End With Agreement, ‘Despite Difficulties’

Ynet – Talks between Iran and world powers on Tehran’s nuclear program will lead to...

Israeli Journalists Attacked by Palestinian Mob Near Ramallah May 18, 2014 11:14 am

Israeli Journalists Attacked by Palestinian Mob Near Ramallah

JNS.org – Two Israeli journalists were attacked Friday by a Palestinian mob near the West...

While Nuclear Talks See Little Progress, Iran Refuses to Negotiate on Arak Facility May 18, 2014 11:01 am

While Nuclear Talks See Little Progress, Iran Refuses to Negotiate on Arak Facility

Times of Israel – Iran and world powers were nursing their wounds on Saturday after a bruising...

Assad Army Launches Offensive Near Israeli Golan Heights May 17, 2014 9:53 pm

Assad Army Launches Offensive Near Israeli Golan Heights

Ynet – The Syrian army began a new offensive on Friday against rebels trying to topple...

Iran Pledges to Destroy United States Navy May 17, 2014 9:50 pm

Iran Pledges to Destroy United States Navy

Washington Times – A top Iranian naval commander said that he is prepared to order suicide...

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  • Arts and Culture Middle East Hamas Commander Reportedly Urges Hezbollah to Join Forces Against Israel

    Hamas Commander Reportedly Urges Hezbollah to Join Forces Against Israel

    JNS.org – Five months after Israeli forces tried to assassinate Hamas military commander Mohammed Deif in Gaza, Deif appears to have signed a letter that the terrorist group claims he wrote in hiding. The letter, addressed to Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, expressed Deif’s condolences for the death of Hezbollah terrorists during Sunday’s reported Israeli airstrike in Syria. Deif is said to have survived multiple assassination attempts, but he has not been seen in public for years. According to the Hezbollah-linked Al-Manar [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

    Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

    JNS.org – The cracks that had been simply painted over for so long began to show in Ferguson, Mo., in November 2014, but in truth they had begun to open wide much earlier—on Saturday, July 13, 2013. That is when a jury in Sanford, Fla., acquitted George Zimmerman of culpability for the death of a 17-year-old black man, Trayvon Martin. The cracks receded from view over time, as other news obscured them. Then came the evening of Aug. 9, 2014, [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada ‘Homeland’ Season Finale Stirs Controversy After Comparing Menachem Begin to Taliban Leader

    ‘Homeland’ Season Finale Stirs Controversy After Comparing Menachem Begin to Taliban Leader

    A controversial scene in the season finale of Homeland sparked outrage by comparing former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to a fictional Taliban leader, the UK’s Daily Mail reported. In the season 4 finale episode, which aired on Dec. 21, CIA black ops director Dar Adal, played by F. Murray Abraham, justifies a deal he made with a Taliban leader by referencing Begin. He makes the remarks in a conversation with former CIA director Saul Berenson, a Jewish character played by Mandy [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Placing Matisyahu Back Within a Life of Observance

    Placing Matisyahu Back Within a Life of Observance

    Shining Light on Fiction During the North Korea-Sony saga, we learned two important lessons. The first is that there are two sides to this story, and neither of them are correct because ultimately we should have neither inappropriate movies nor dictators. The second is that we cannot remain entirely fixed on the religious world, but we also must see beyond the external, secular view of reality. It’s important to ground our Torah-based thoughts into real-life activism. To view our act [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Nine Decades of Moses at the Movies

    Nine Decades of Moses at the Movies

    JNS.org – Hollywood has had its share of big-budget biblical flops, but until now, the Exodus narrative has not been among them. Studios have brought Moses to the big screen sparingly, but in ways that defined the image and character of Moses for each generation of audiences. The first biblical epic In 1923, director Cecil B. DeMille left it to the American public to decide the subject of his next movie for Paramount. DeMille received a letter from a mechanic [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Exodus on Screen (REVIEW)

    Exodus on Screen (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – The story of the Exodus from Egypt is a tale as old as time itself, to borrow a turn of phrase. It’s retold every Passover, both at the seder table and whenever “The Ten Commandments” is aired on television. But the latest adaptation—Ridley Scott’s epic film, “Exodus: Gods and Kings”—fails to meet expectations. Scott’s “Exodus” alters the source material to service the story and ground the tale, but the attempt to reinvent the biblical narrative becomes laughable. Moses [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Lifestyle ‘Jewish Food Movement’ Comes of Age

    ‘Jewish Food Movement’ Comes of Age

    JNS.org - In December 2007, leaders of the Hazon nonprofit drafted seven-year goals for what they coined as the “Jewish Food Movement,” which has since been characterized by the increased prioritization of healthy eating, sustainable agriculture, and food-related activism in the Jewish community. What do the next seven years hold in store? “One thing I would like to see happen in the next seven years is [regarding] the issue of sugar, soda, and obesity, [seeing] what would it be like to rally the [...]

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  • Blogs Education Seeds of ‘Start-Up Nation’ Cultivated by Israel Sci-Tech Schools

    Seeds of ‘Start-Up Nation’ Cultivated by Israel Sci-Tech Schools

    JNS.org – Forget the dioramas. How about working on an Israeli Air Force drone? That’s exactly the kind of beyond-their-years access enjoyed by students at the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) industrial vocational high school run by Israel Sci-Tech Schools, the largest education network in the Jewish state. More than 300 students (250 on the high school level and 68 at a two-year vocational academy) get hands-on training in the disciplines of aviation mechanics, electricity and energy control, and unmanned air [...]

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