Middle East

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Calls for Fresh Protests, Country Braces for More Unrest August 18, 2013 10:18 am

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Calls for Fresh Protests, Country Braces for More Unrest

Guardian - Egypt braced for further unrest on Sunday after the Muslim Brotherhood called...

Egyptian Security Forces Storm Cairo Mosque Ending Standoff August 17, 2013 10:27 pm

Egyptian Security Forces Storm Cairo Mosque Ending Standoff

Fox News – Egyptian authorities are considering disbanding the Muslim Brotherhood on...

Outgoing Iranian Nuclear Chief Claims Country Has 18,000 Uranium-Enrichment Centrifuges August 17, 2013 10:15 pm

Outgoing Iranian Nuclear Chief Claims Country Has 18,000 Uranium-Enrichment Centrifuges

JPost – DUBAI – Iran has installed 18,000 uranium-enrichment centrifuges, the...

Violent Clashes Continue in Egypt, 60 Dead August 16, 2013 11:00 pm

Violent Clashes Continue in Egypt, 60 Dead

WSJ – CAIRO -Thousands of Islamist demonstrators who massed on central Cairo’s...

Israel Dismisses Claims it Was Responsible for Beirut Bombing; Syrian Arrested for Similar July Attack August 16, 2013 12:36 pm

Israel Dismisses Claims it Was Responsible for Beirut Bombing; Syrian Arrested for Similar July Attack

Lebanese politicians pointed a finger at Israel Thursday after a devastating car bomb, detonated...

Egypt on Edge as Muslim Brotherhood Calls for More Protests August 16, 2013 7:51 am

Egypt on Edge as Muslim Brotherhood Calls for More Protests

Daily Telegraph – Defying criticism from major Western allies, Egypt’s army-backed...

Coptic Christian Churches Destroyed by Egyptian Mobs August 16, 2013 7:30 am

Coptic Christian Churches Destroyed by Egyptian Mobs

CNN – For 67 years, the Virgin Mary Church has been a peaceful refuge for Shenouda...

Blast Rocks Hezbollah Stronghold in Southern Beirut, 17 Dead August 15, 2013 12:52 pm

Blast Rocks Hezbollah Stronghold in Southern Beirut, 17 Dead

Daily Star – A car bomb killed at least 17 people and wounded over 100 more in the southern...

Gaza-Sinai Border Crossing Closed Indefinitely Following Unrest in Egypt August 15, 2013 11:30 am

Gaza-Sinai Border Crossing Closed Indefinitely Following Unrest in Egypt

Egypt closed its border crossing with the Gaza Strip indefinitely on Thursday, a day after...

Jewish Organizations: Syrian Refugees in Jordan Need More Jewish Support August 15, 2013 11:06 am

Jewish Organizations: Syrian Refugees in Jordan Need More Jewish Support

JNS.org – Refugees in Jordan who were displaced by the Syrian civil war need more...

Concern for Coptic Christians Grows Amid Violence in Egypt August 15, 2013 11:05 am

Concern for Coptic Christians Grows Amid Violence in Egypt

JNS.org - Concern for Egypt’s beleaguered Coptic Christian community grew on Wednesday...

Bloody Wednesday: Official Death Toll in Egypt Surpasses 500 August 15, 2013 8:18 am

Bloody Wednesday: Official Death Toll in Egypt Surpasses 500

BBC – Egypt says 525 people were killed on Wednesday when security forces stormed...

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  • Book Reviews Opinion Robert Gates’ Memoir is a Jaw-Dropping Read (REVIEW)

    Robert Gates’ Memoir is a Jaw-Dropping Read (REVIEW)

    Former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates’s memoir follows the classic form, telling the story of his years at the Pentagon during the Bush and Obama administrations. He focuses on what he did and experienced personally as secretary, neither writing a broad policy treatise nor recounting the entire history of the administrations in which he served. In so doing, Gates provides penetrating insights about the inner workings of US national security decision-making. Had I been George W. Bush, I would [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews The Media, Israel, and Anti-Semitism (REVIEW)

    The Media, Israel, and Anti-Semitism (REVIEW)

    Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed from A-Z by Lee Bender and Jerome Verlin (Pavilion Press, Philadelphia, Pa. 2013) Sophocles said, “What people believe prevails over truth,” Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed from A-Z is ideal for the arm chair reader who would like a basic grasp of the terms used in the mainstream media’s presentation of the Arab-Israeli situation as is reported today. This is a book whose time has come. This is a book where the reader gains a [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs William Shatner’s One Man Show Keeps Him in the Limelight (INTERVIEW)

    William Shatner’s One Man Show Keeps Him in the Limelight (INTERVIEW)

    JNS.org – On Thursday, audiences around the country can feel what it is like to be William Shatner, the Jewish actor best known for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk on “Star Trek.” Shatner’s one-man show “Shatner’s World”—which was on Broadway and toured Canada, Australia, and the United States—will be presented in nearly 700 movie theaters nationwide for one night only on April 24. Sponsored by Fathom Events and Priceline.com (for whom Shatner has famously served as a pitchman), [...]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews The Origins of Palestinian Refugee Relief Efforts (REVIEW)

    The Origins of Palestinian Refugee Relief Efforts (REVIEW)

    Romirowsky and Joffe’s book Religion, Politics and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief is an important volume for those interested in truly understanding the origins of the Palestinian refugee issue. Utilizing a treasure trove of newly released documents, the authors link UNRWA’s (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine) origins to the Quakers/American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). For those readers who thought they knew most of the Middle East story, Romirowsky and Joffe’s version provides another twist. The authors meticulously [...]

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  • Sports Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    The Israel National soccer team could be facing a World Cup ban, and other soccer sanctions, unless it alleviates travel restrictions and increases field access for Palestinian players and coaches. The head of the Palestinian Football Association is pushing for international soccer’s governing body, the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), to issue a ban on Israel competing internationally, claiming Israel’s restrictive travel for Palestinians is equivalent to a form of oppression. “It’s not only the athletes,” Jibril Rajoub explains. [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    JNS.org – While the national debate on “Obamacare” rages on past the recent March 31 sign-up deadline, bestselling Jewish author Dr. Joel Fuhrman says the “current disease care model of what we call ‘health care’ cannot possibly be sustained.” “There is simply not enough money available to support a system in which the lion’s share of expenditures is devoted to acute care, with virtually nothing being spent on preventive medicine, i.e. health care,” Fuhrman says in an interview. “To make [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    JNS.org – “This is how I want to be—without fear. Independent. I want to be like a bird. I want to spread my wings.” So reads part of the description beneath one of the 30 paintings on display until the end of May at the ZOA House in Tel Aviv. The collection represents the first-ever art exhibit of its kind: an exhibit created entirely by Israelis in treatment for eating disorders. Dubbed “Tears of Color,” based on one of the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    JNS.org – Rachel Ament noticed that she and her friends often shared humorous anecdotes that were typically variations on a theme: overprotective, worrying Jewish moms who smothered them with love. That included Ament’s own mother. “My mom is probably every Jewish stereotype scrunched into one,” the Washington, DC, resident tells JNS.org. “At the root of all these stereotypical, worrying, overprotective moms, is love.” A social media writer for Capital One, as well as a freelance writer, Ament decided about three years [...]

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