Middle East

WSJ: Hezbollah’s Nasrallah Pledges Troops to Support Iraqi Regime, As Soldiers Fortify Beirut Against ISIS June 18, 2014 3:35 pm

WSJ: Hezbollah’s Nasrallah Pledges Troops to Support Iraqi Regime, As Soldiers Fortify Beirut Against ISIS

Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah on Tuesday said he would pledge soldiers to...

Abbas Defends Cooperation With Israel in Search for Kidnapped Israeli Teens June 18, 2014 9:19 am

Abbas Defends Cooperation With Israel in Search for Kidnapped Israeli Teens

ABC News/AP – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday defended his security cooperation...

Hillary Clinton Says ‘Not Prepared’ to Support Cooperation With Iran June 18, 2014 9:16 am

Hillary Clinton Says ‘Not Prepared’ to Support Cooperation With Iran

Daily Mail/AP – Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed caution Tuesday about the United States...

Egyptian Arab Writer Says Awakening to Horror of Hamas; No Longer Sees Movement As Force for Good June 16, 2014 6:49 pm

Egyptian Arab Writer Says Awakening to Horror of Hamas; No Longer Sees Movement As Force for Good

Ahmed Abdel-Raheem, an Egyptian Arab poet, writer and doctoral student, said that a chance...

U.S. Considering Direct Talks With Iran Over Iraq Crisis June 16, 2014 7:00 am

U.S. Considering Direct Talks With Iran Over Iraq Crisis

CNN – One by one, Iraqi cities seem to be falling to a militant group bent on continuing...

Fake Video of Orthodox Jew Hit by Speeding Taxi Goes Viral in Arab World (VIDEO) June 15, 2014 9:03 pm

Fake Video of Orthodox Jew Hit by Speeding Taxi Goes Viral in Arab World (VIDEO)

Digitally created footage of an Orthodox Jew being hit by a speeding taxi has been viewed...

Iran’s Rouhani One Year After Election: International Sanctions Futile, Companies Already Signing Contracts June 15, 2014 2:52 pm

Iran’s Rouhani One Year After Election: International Sanctions Futile, Companies Already Signing Contracts

On the first anniversary of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s appointment, he insisted...

Report: Israel Calls on Egypt to Prevent Kidnapped Teens From Being Transferred to Sinai June 15, 2014 10:09 am

Report: Israel Calls on Egypt to Prevent Kidnapped Teens From Being Transferred to Sinai

Ynet – Israel has reportedly been enlisted the aid of Egypt in the search for the three...

Sweets Handed Out in Gaza to Celebrate Abduction of Israeli Teens June 14, 2014 9:58 pm

Sweets Handed Out in Gaza to Celebrate Abduction of Israeli Teens

Jerusalem Post – Fatah and Hamas activists called on Palestinian shopkeepers and businessmen...

Islamic Jihad Leader Calls for Kidnapping of Israelis June 13, 2014 4:51 pm

Islamic Jihad Leader Calls for Kidnapping of Israelis

JNS.org - Khaled Albatsh, a leader of the Palestinian terrorist group Islamic Jihad, on...

Palestinian Negotiator Calls Netanyahu ‘Filthy War Criminal,’ Slams Abbas June 13, 2014 10:24 am

Palestinian Negotiator Calls Netanyahu ‘Filthy War Criminal,’ Slams Abbas

JNS.org – In a newly surfaced audio recording, Saeb Erekat—the top Palestinian negotiator...

United Nations Says Now 800,000 Iraq Refugees, Following ISIS Gains June 13, 2014 9:52 am

United Nations Says Now 800,000 Iraq Refugees, Following ISIS Gains

WTOP/AP – The U.N. refugee agency says Iraq’s refugee population has increased by...

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity A Holistic Look at the Rebbe’s Life and Career (REVIEW)

    A Holistic Look at the Rebbe’s Life and Career (REVIEW)

    Did you know that in the entire Bible, only one birthday is mentioned and it is that of Pharaoh? And did you know that according to some scientists, by accepting Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, it is impossible to prove or disprove that the sun is the gravitational center of our solar system? In his new book, REBBE, best-selling author Joseph Telushkin reveals many surprising and sometimes shocking details as he chronicles the life and teachings of the charismatic Rabbi [...]

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  • Food Mitzvos New Jerusalem Eatery’s Uniform Pricing Seeks to ‘Help People Make It’

    New Jerusalem Eatery’s Uniform Pricing Seeks to ‘Help People Make It’

    JNS.org – Omelet sandwich: 5 shekels. Iced coffee: 5 shekels. Tuna sandwich: 5 shekels. Fresh-squeezed orange juice: 5 shekels. Cheese bureka: 5 shekels. There’s plenty more on the Cofizz menu, but you get the idea. Dani Mizrahi and Amir Amshalm, two Israeli men in their early 30s, asked themselves: Why not launch a take-out food joint in busy neighborhoods around Jerusalem where everything—and that means everything—goes for five shekels, or about $1.50. They’d seen the concept take off in Tel Aviv, where [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel New Primetime Drama ‘Tyrant’ Filmed Entirely in Israel (VIDEO)

    New Primetime Drama ‘Tyrant’ Filmed Entirely in Israel (VIDEO)

    The new FX Network drama Tyrant was shot entirely in Israel, just 10 miles north of Tel Aviv, Bloomberg News reported last Tuesday. Tyrant follows the life of an Arab dictator’s second son Barry, played by Adam Rayner, who reluctantly returns home to the Middle Eastern nation of his birth to join the family business away from his suburban life in America. The elaborate set production for the primetime drama included a crew of 300 and a reported cost of over $3 million [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Supermodel: Jewish Mothers Are Constantly Trying to Set Me Up With Their Sons

    Supermodel: Jewish Mothers Are Constantly Trying to Set Me Up With Their Sons

    Skokie, Il-born 25-year-old Erin Heatherton (Erin Heather Bubley) is rocking the modeling world. And in a new interview accompanying a cover spread for Miami’s Ocean Drive magazine, she says Jewish moms are “constantly trying to set her up with their sons.” Imagine that – who would have thought? “The moms, they’re doing what they do. It doesn’t matter what country they live in, what city – grandmothers, too,” she admitted. “But I’m probably going to do that too one day.” Heatherton was [...]

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  • Education Israel First Ever: Turkish Academics to Visit Israel Holocaust Museum for Seminar

    First Ever: Turkish Academics to Visit Israel Holocaust Museum for Seminar

    Some 15 Turkish university professors and lecturers will take part in a first of its kind seminar at Holocaust museum Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies starting next week. The trip is especially significant as Holocaust denial is rampant in the Arab world. A Palestinian professor was recently forced to resign after he led a trip to the Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz. Participants in the week-long program at Yad Vashem will experience in-depth tours of the museum’s archives and [...]

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  • Israel Music Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Rocks Solo Acoustic Version of Israeli National Anthem – Hatikva (VIDEO)

    Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Rocks Solo Acoustic Version of Israeli National Anthem – Hatikva (VIDEO)

    Ok, fans, question time. What do: Guns ‘n’ Roses shred-meister guitarist, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (aka Ronald Jay Blumenthal), “Hard Rock Hotel”, “Las Vegas” and Israel’s ”Hatikva” (The Hope) national anthem… all have in common? I know, you’re probably thinking, “Hmm, ‘One of these things is not like the other,’ would fit in here,” right? Um, no, turns out. Caught backstage by blogger Darren Garnick at the swanky Vegas gig in early June, Thal, acoustic guitar in hand, fretted out a sweetly melodic [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs David Letterman’s Sidekick on His ‘Dream Job,’ Jewish Upbringing

    David Letterman’s Sidekick on His ‘Dream Job,’ Jewish Upbringing

    JNS.org – A Jewish upbringing taught Paul Shaffer, David Letterman’s musical director and sidekick for 32 years, the value of giving back. After the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, Shaffer served as musical director for “The Concert for New York City,” and in 2012 he accompanied Adam Sandler in “12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief,” a fundraiser for people affected by Hurricane Sandy. He was also the national spokesperson for Epilepsy Canada. “My mother taught by example,” Shaffer said in an [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Coach David Blatt’s NBA Hiring Hailed as ‘Incredible’ for Jewish Community

    Coach David Blatt’s NBA Hiring Hailed as ‘Incredible’ for Jewish Community

    JNS.org – The National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Cleveland Cavaliers looked near and far during a five-week stretch for a head coach, and they finally found their man—in Israel. David Blatt, who coached Maccabi Tel Aviv to the Euroleague and Israeli league basketball championships this year, struck a deal to become the 20th coach in the history of the Cavaliers. The selection was immediately celebrated by basketball players Tamir Goodman and Mark Sack, both from the Cleveland area, and one of [...]

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