Middle East

Belgian Lawmakers Visit Judea and Samaria March 28, 2014 10:57 am

Belgian Lawmakers Visit Judea and Samaria

JNS.org – A delegation of Belgian parliamentarians visited Judea and Samaria on Thursday...

Palestinian Authority Leader Claims Israeli Release of Convicts Canceled March 28, 2014 9:25 am

Palestinian Authority Leader Claims Israeli Release of Convicts Canceled

Ynet – The Israeli government has backed down from its commitment to release the fourth...

Armenians Accuse Turkey of Aiding Al-Qaeda Rebels in Attack on Syrian Christian Village March 27, 2014 3:46 pm

Armenians Accuse Turkey of Aiding Al-Qaeda Rebels in Attack on Syrian Christian Village

JNS.org - Armenian leaders have accused Turkey of aiding al-Qaeda-affiliated rebel groups...

Egypt’s General Sisi Declares Presidential Candidacy, Easy Win Expected March 27, 2014 9:17 am

Egypt’s General Sisi Declares Presidential Candidacy, Easy Win Expected

Reuters – Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the general who ousted Egypt’s first freely elected...

Arab League Expresses ‘Total Rejection’ of Jewish State Recognition March 26, 2014 9:17 am

Arab League Expresses ‘Total Rejection’ of Jewish State Recognition

JNS.org - At a two-day Arab League summit in Kuwait, Arab leaders vowed to never recognize...

Hamas, Iran Reportedly Renew Alliance; Financial Support Resumes, Terror Chief Meshaal to Meet Ayatollah Khamenei March 25, 2014 1:12 pm

Hamas, Iran Reportedly Renew Alliance; Financial Support Resumes, Terror Chief Meshaal to Meet Ayatollah Khamenei

Hamas, the terror group ruling Gaza, has renewed its alliance with Tehran, after a two-year...

Arab League Summit Draft Resolution ‘Categorically’ Refuses to Recognize Israel as Jewish State March 25, 2014 10:25 am

Arab League Summit Draft Resolution ‘Categorically’ Refuses to Recognize Israel as Jewish State

Ynet – Qatar’s ruler kicked off the opening session of the annual Arab League summit...

Saudi Arabia Denies Visa to Jerusalem Post Reporter March 25, 2014 12:57 am

Saudi Arabia Denies Visa to Jerusalem Post Reporter

JNS.org – Saudi Arabia denied a visa to Jerusalem Post reporter Michael Wilner to...

Israel-China Alliance Moves Forward With $2 Billion ‘Red-Med’ Freight Rail Link Alternative to Suez Canal March 24, 2014 9:53 pm

Israel-China Alliance Moves Forward With $2 Billion ‘Red-Med’ Freight Rail Link Alternative to Suez Canal

The growing economic alliance between Israel and China is moving forward with a $2 billion,...

IDF on High Alert Across Judea and Samaria March 24, 2014 9:38 am

IDF on High Alert Across Judea and Samaria

JNS.org – The Israel Defense Forces has declared a high alert in Judea and Samaria after...

Egypt Court Sentences 528 Muslim Brotherhood Supporters to Death March 24, 2014 9:36 am

Egypt Court Sentences 528 Muslim Brotherhood Supporters to Death

JNS.org – An Egyptian court has sentenced 529 Muslim Brotherhood members to death on...

Hamas Marks Anniversary of Sheikh Yassin Assassination March 24, 2014 9:33 am

Hamas Marks Anniversary of Sheikh Yassin Assassination

Jerusalem Post – Hamas on Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of the targeted killing of...

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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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