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Palestinian Fatah Video Glorifies ‘Martyrdom,’ Jerusalem Bus Bombing (VIDEO) April 20, 2016 12:53 pm

Palestinian Fatah Video Glorifies ‘Martyrdom,’ Jerusalem Bus Bombing (VIDEO)

JNS.org – Two days after a bus bombing attack in Jerusalem in which 21 people were...

Yemen’s Remaining Jews Question Their Decision Not to Make Aliyah April 20, 2016 9:29 am

Yemen’s Remaining Jews Question Their Decision Not to Make Aliyah

The 67 Yemeni Jews who refused to join the recent secret airlift to Israel organized by the...

Abbas Says He Doesn’t Want to Run Again for Palestinian Authority President April 19, 2016 2:56 pm

Abbas Says He Doesn’t Want to Run Again for Palestinian Authority President

JNS.org – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday told the German online...

Ancient Egyptian Amulet Discovered by 12-Year-Old Girl in Jerusalem April 19, 2016 2:55 pm

Ancient Egyptian Amulet Discovered by 12-Year-Old Girl in Jerusalem

JNS.org – A 3,200 year-old Egyptian amulet was recently discovered by a 12-year-old...

World Bank: Arab Donors ‘Fall Short’ on Funds to Rebuild Gaza April 19, 2016 10:35 am

World Bank: Arab Donors ‘Fall Short’ on Funds to Rebuild Gaza

JNS.org – Several leading Arab states have fallen well short of their promised aid...

Jordan Drops Plan to Install Security Cameras on Temple Mount April 19, 2016 10:34 am

Jordan Drops Plan to Install Security Cameras on Temple Mount

JNS.org – Jordan has decided against plans to install security cameras on the Temple...

Israel’s UN Ambassador to Palestinian Envoy at Security Council Meeting: ‘Shame on You! Instead of Denouncing Terror, You Are Encouraging It!’ April 18, 2016 2:32 pm

Israel’s UN Ambassador to Palestinian Envoy at Security Council Meeting: ‘Shame on You! Instead of Denouncing Terror, You Are Encouraging It!’

Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations and a Palestinian envoy engaged in a shouting...

Dozens of Hezbollah Terrorists Reportedly Killed in ‘Accidental’ Chemical Attack in Syria April 18, 2016 9:45 am

Dozens of Hezbollah Terrorists Reportedly Killed in ‘Accidental’ Chemical Attack in Syria

Dozens of members of Hezbollah were killed last week in Aleppo in an “accidental”...

Iranian President Blames ‘Zionist Regime’ for All Mideast Woes April 17, 2016 7:05 am

Iranian President Blames ‘Zionist Regime’ for All Mideast Woes

Israel is the “root source of violence and extremism in the Middle East,” Iran’s president...

Amb. John Bolton: US, Israel Missed Major Opportunities to Take Out Iran’s Nuclear Capabilities April 15, 2016 6:25 pm

Amb. John Bolton: US, Israel Missed Major Opportunities to Take Out Iran’s Nuclear Capabilities

The US and Israel “missed a huge range of opportunities over the last 10 years” to destroy...

Saddam Hussein Tried Banning Children’s Franchise ‘Pokemon’ Because Name of Character Means ‘Be a Jew’ in Arabic Dialect April 15, 2016 7:30 am

Saddam Hussein Tried Banning Children’s Franchise ‘Pokemon’ Because Name of Character Means ‘Be a Jew’ in Arabic Dialect

Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein tried banning the popular children’s franchise Pokemon,...

Palestinians Campaign to Nominate Terrorist Leader for Nobel Peace Prize April 14, 2016 9:45 am

Palestinians Campaign to Nominate Terrorist Leader for Nobel Peace Prize

JNS.org – Palestinians in Ramallah on Tuesday launched a global campaign to secure...

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  • Features World Graves of Jewish Pirates in Jamaica Give Caribbean Tourists Taste of Little-Known History

    Graves of Jewish Pirates in Jamaica Give Caribbean Tourists Taste of Little-Known History

    Tour operators are calling attention to Jamaica’s little-known Jewish heritage by arranging visits to historic Jewish sites on the Caribbean island, including a cemetery where Jewish pirates are buried. A report in Travel and Leisure magazine describes the Hunts Bay Cemetery in Kingston, where there are seven tombstones engraved with Hebrew benedictions and skull and crossbones insignia. According to the report, centuries ago, Jewish pirates sailed the waters of Jamaica and settled in Port Royal. The town, once known as “the wickedest city in the […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Filmmaker Eyal Resh Embraces the Challenge of Telling Israel’s Story (VIDEO)

    Filmmaker Eyal Resh Embraces the Challenge of Telling Israel’s Story (VIDEO)

    JNS.org – Telling Israel’s story. It’s the specific title of a short film that Eyal Resh created last year. It’s also the theme behind the 27-year-old Israeli filmmaker’s broader body of work. The widely viewed “Telling Israel’s Story” film—directed by Resh for a gala event hosted by the Times of Israel online news outlet—seemingly begins as a promotional tourism video, but quickly evolves to offer a multilayered perspective. “I want to tell you a story about a special place for me,” a young woman whispers […]

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  • Blogs Features Israel Geeks Out: Science, Art and Tech Event Embodies Jewish State’s ‘DNA’

    Israel Geeks Out: Science, Art and Tech Event Embodies Jewish State’s ‘DNA’

    JNS.org – The entrance to Jerusalem’s Sacher Park was transformed from April 25-27 by a fire-breathing robotic dragon, which flailed its arms and attempted to take flight. The robot, a signature feature at Jerusalem’s first-ever “Geek Picnic,” was one of more than 150 scientific amusements available for the public to experience. This particular dragon was designed by students from Moscow’s Art Industrial Institute in conjunction with the Flacon design factory, said Anatasia Shaminer, a student who helped facilitate the display. Children […]

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  • Book Reviews Opinion The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love. CreateSpace, 2015. The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love, is a very interesting novel. Equally a political and romantic thriller, at times a real page-turner, it gets you intimately involved in the dire situation in today’s Syria, as well as in the romantic entanglements of its mostly New York-based characters — whose entanglements just might determine the fate of that dire situation in Syria. Along the way it introduces a really important idea that somehow […]

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  • Features Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    JNS.org – Aside from Israel itself, those with a vested interest in the Jewish state are accustomed to tracking developments related to Middle East players such as Iran, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. But much global attention has recently focused on the Caucasus region at the Europe-Asia border, specifically on the suddenly intensified violence between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh area of western Azerbaijan. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, while not taking place in Israel’s immediate neighborhood, does have what one scholar called […]

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  • Blogs Features Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    JNS.org – On Friday, April 22, 196 nations across the world mark Earth Day, the annual day dedicated to environmental protection that was enacted in 1970. Not to be forgotten on this day is Israel, which is known as the “start-up nation” for its disproportionate amount of technological innovation, including in the area of protecting the environment. For Earth Day 2016, JNS.org presents a sampling of the Jewish state’s internal achievements and global contributions in the environmental realm. Water conservation Israeli […]

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  • Arts and Culture World New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    Holocaust humor and the role that laughter played in the lives of Jews during World War II are the focus of a documentary that made its world premiere on Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. In The Last Laugh, first- and second-generation survivors, as well as famous Jewish and non-Jewish comedians, discuss their thoughts on when joking about the death camps is appropriate or taboo. “Nazi humor, that’s OK. Holocaust humor, no,” Jewish comedic giant, actor and filmmaker Mel Brooks says in the film. “Anything I […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    JNS.org – Sherri Mandell’s life was devastated on May 8, 2001, when her 13-year-old son Koby was murdered by terrorists on the outskirts of the Israeli Jewish community of Tekoa. Yet Mandell not only shares the story of her loss, but also celebrates the lessons she has learned from tragedy. Indeed, “celebrate” is this Israeli-American author’s word choice. Her second book, The Road to Resilience: From Chaos to Celebration (Toby Press), came out earlier this year. The lesson: in every celebration, there is […]

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