Middle East

On Iran Nuclear Deal, Watchdog Says Collapse of White House Demand for Verification in Line With Previous Capitulations March 26, 2015 10:47 pm

On Iran Nuclear Deal, Watchdog Says Collapse of White House Demand for Verification in Line With Previous Capitulations

A Washington DC based watchdog monitoring US nuclear negotiations with Iran has said that...

Houthi Crisis Sheds Light on Antisemitism and Plight of Jews in Yemen March 26, 2015 4:46 pm

Houthi Crisis Sheds Light on Antisemitism and Plight of Jews in Yemen

JNS.org – As Shi’a Muslim Houthi rebels continue overtaking Yemen and the...

Palestinian Militants Committed ‘War Crimes’ in Israel-Gaza Conflict, Human Rights Group Report Says March 26, 2015 10:38 am

Palestinian Militants Committed ‘War Crimes’ in Israel-Gaza Conflict, Human Rights Group Report Says

JNS.org – The human rights group Amnesty International on Wednesday issued a report accusing...

Saudi Arabia Launches Airstrikes Against Iran Backed Rebels in Yemen March 26, 2015 6:32 am

Saudi Arabia Launches Airstrikes Against Iran Backed Rebels in Yemen

Fox News – Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes against the Houthi rebels in Yemen early...

Iranian Negotiator Claims Western Powers Have Withdrawn From Past Stances in Nuclear Talks March 25, 2015 3:44 pm

Iranian Negotiator Claims Western Powers Have Withdrawn From Past Stances in Nuclear Talks

Western Powers have backed down from their previous positions in nuclear talks with Iran,...

Newly Elected Arab Knesset Members Visit With Abbas in Ramallah March 25, 2015 3:06 pm

Newly Elected Arab Knesset Members Visit With Abbas in Ramallah

JNS.org - Newly elected Arab members of the Israeli Knesset visited with Palestinian Authority...

Gaza Palestinians Call Power Cutoff by Egypt Worse Than Israeli Policy March 25, 2015 1:21 pm

Gaza Palestinians Call Power Cutoff by Egypt Worse Than Israeli Policy

JNS.org – Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip cities of Khan Younis and Rafah...

Report: Switzerland Comes to Aid of Hamas, Will Pay Salaries to Gaza Operatives March 24, 2015 6:12 pm

Report: Switzerland Comes to Aid of Hamas, Will Pay Salaries to Gaza Operatives

Switzerland has put together a plan to reconstruct the Gaza Strip which includes paying the...

Former Top US Officials Say One-Year Not Enough Time to Stop Iran Nuclear Breakout March 23, 2015 6:13 pm

Former Top US Officials Say One-Year Not Enough Time to Stop Iran Nuclear Breakout

Former top US officials have said that one year would provide insufficient warning-time to...

Egypt’s El-Sisi Reiterates Call for ‘Religious Revolution’ in Islam March 23, 2015 12:59 pm

Egypt’s El-Sisi Reiterates Call for ‘Religious Revolution’ in Islam

JNS.org – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi reiterated his call for a “religious...

Turkish TV Station Airs Antisemitic ‘Protocols Sequel’ Echoing Rhetoric of President Erdogan March 22, 2015 9:19 pm

Turkish TV Station Airs Antisemitic ‘Protocols Sequel’ Echoing Rhetoric of President Erdogan

A Turkish news station aligned with the country’s ruling AKP party recently aired an...

Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei Calls Nuclear Talks ‘Fraudulent’ as Deadline Nears March 22, 2015 12:01 pm

Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei Calls Nuclear Talks ‘Fraudulent’ as Deadline Nears

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, tweeted his outrage Saturday over talks...

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  • Blogs Sports Gold on the Galilee: Israeli Kayaker Comes of Age, Eyes Olympics (VIDEO)

    Gold on the Galilee: Israeli Kayaker Comes of Age, Eyes Olympics (VIDEO)

    JNS.org – Three years ago, kayaking coach Roei Lev found aspiring Olympian Ilya Podpolnyy crying on the steps of the Jordan Valley Sprint Kayak Club overlooking the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). Podpolnyy, then 17 years old, had just been disqualified from the Israeli kayaking championship. He couldn’t survive the heats. He didn’t make the start line. He was devastated—and he had no one with whom to share his hopes, his dreams, and his disappointment. His divorced parents still live in [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Lena Dunham Responds to Charges of Antisemitism: It was Just a Jew Joke

    Lena Dunham Responds to Charges of Antisemitism: It was Just a Jew Joke

    “Girls” creator Lena Dunham responded on Tuesday to charges of antisemitism over an article she had penned for the New Yorker, saying it was all in good humor. Speaking to Variety, Dunham reflected on her “tight-knit Jewish family, where Jew jokes were part of the essential fiber of our communication.” The article Dunham referred to was called “Dog or Jewish Boyfriend? A Quiz,” with options such as “He doesn’t Tip” and “He’s Crazy for Cream Cheese.” Among Dunham’s critics, Anti-Defamation [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Former NBA Star Tweets Article About Jewish Conspiracy to Control Global Media

    Former NBA Star Tweets Article About Jewish Conspiracy to Control Global Media

    Retired NBA player Keyon Dooling tweeted a link on Wednesday to a wildly antisemitic article that accuses Jews of seizing control of the world’s media and using it to promote their own interests. The article, published by an obscure blog in April 2013, highlights six companies it claims are owned by Jews — such as Time Warner, Inc. and the Walt Disney Company – that allegedly “control 96 percent of the world’s media.”  The post includes allegations of “Jewish control” and says [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Rosh Hashanah Won’t Keep the Giants’ Geoff Schwartz From Season Opener

    Rosh Hashanah Won’t Keep the Giants’ Geoff Schwartz From Season Opener

    New York Giants offensive guard Geoff Schwartz responded to an outcry from Jewish fans on Tuesday, saying he will go ahead and play in the season opener despite the fact that it falls on the first night of Rosh Hashanah. “Keep getting tweets about that being the first night of Rosh Hashanah… Don’t know what I’m supposed to tell you. It’s a tough break,” the Jewish athlete wrote, referring to the Giants’ on-the-road game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Sept. [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish Coach David Blatt Has NBA’s Cavaliers Surging at Playoff Time

    Jewish Coach David Blatt Has NBA’s Cavaliers Surging at Playoff Time

    JNS.org – When David Blatt was hired as head coach of the National Basketball Association’s Cleveland Cavaliers last June, he was not often recognized when he walked the streets of downtown Cleveland. What a difference a year makes. Now, Blatt can go few places without being recognized. For good reason. The Jewish coach has the Cavaliers in the mix to win the city of Cleveland’s first championship in a major sport since the Browns won the National Football League title in [...]

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  • Europe Sports Croatian Soccer Star’s Hebrew Tattoo Causes a Stir Online

    Croatian Soccer Star’s Hebrew Tattoo Causes a Stir Online

    A Hebrew tattoo sported by Croatian soccer star Mario Mandzukic became an internet sensation in Israel after it was exposed on Tuesday during a Champions League match between Ateltico Madrid and Real Madrid A first glance, the tattoo, on the athlete’s back, might leave one with the impression that it was an unfortunate artistic mistake, since the Hebrew letters do not make sense as they are written. However, a closer look at the tattoo shows that it was actually written [...]

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  • Blogs Theater Why an Algemeiner Editor Wrote a Play About a Mass Shooter

    Why an Algemeiner Editor Wrote a Play About a Mass Shooter

    For the past two years, I have served as Opinion Editor at The Algemeiner. I’m perhaps most proud of the paper’s commitment to publishing diverse and opposing viewpoints on the controversial issues of the day. We pride ourselves on voicing different opinions because we know that most issues are not black and white, and because our community is better served by a public debate. In my life outside of the paper, I am a professional actor and playwright. And similarly, [...]

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  • Book Reviews Commentary In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    JNS.org – “Risk: The Game of Strategic Conquest,” the classic Parker Brothers board game, requires imperial ambitions. Players imagine empires and are pitted against each other, vying for world domination. Amid this fictional world war, beginners learn fast that no matter the superiority of their army, every advance is a gamble determined by a roll of the dice. After a defeat, a player must retreat. Weighted reinforcement cards provide the only opportunity to reverse a player’s fortunes and resume the [...]

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