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Tunisian Jews Fleeing Terror-Torn Country Digging Up Remains of Loved Ones for Reburial in Israel June 23, 2016 6:56 pm

Tunisian Jews Fleeing Terror-Torn Country Digging Up Remains of Loved Ones for Reburial in Israel

As Jews from the Tunisian island of Djerba flee to Israel over the country’s worsening...

Report: Hamas Leadership Panicked Over Defection to Israel of Top Operatives June 22, 2016 11:42 am

Report: Hamas Leadership Panicked Over Defection to Israel of Top Operatives

A number of recent defections has Hamas in a panic, London-based pan-Arab news outlet Al Asharq...

Iranian Foreign Minister Holds Meetings in France to Maintain Nuclear Deal Momentum June 22, 2016 9:49 am

Iranian Foreign Minister Holds Meetings in France to Maintain Nuclear Deal Momentum

Iran’s foreign minister, making the rounds of European capitals to seek benefits from...

Jordan’s King Abdullah Vows to Strike With ‘Iron Fist’ After Suicide Attack June 22, 2016 9:44 am

Jordan’s King Abdullah Vows to Strike With ‘Iron Fist’ After Suicide Attack

JNS.org – Jordan’s King Abdullah vowed to strike back “with an iron fist” following...

Israel, Turkey Reportedly Nearing Deal to Normalize Relations June 22, 2016 9:39 am

Israel, Turkey Reportedly Nearing Deal to Normalize Relations

JNS.org – Former Middle East allies Israel and Turkey are reportedly nearing a deal...

Mideast Analyst Group: Inability of Inspectors to Investigate Suspicious Activity at Parchin Military Facility Highlights Ineffectiveness of Iran Nuclear Deal June 22, 2016 7:00 am

Mideast Analyst Group: Inability of Inspectors to Investigate Suspicious Activity at Parchin Military Facility Highlights Ineffectiveness of Iran Nuclear Deal

Following a Wall Street Journal report on Sunday, according to which the Obama administration...

Renewed Fears in Northern Israel About Hezbollah Attack as Additional Watchtowers Appear on Lebanese Side of Border June 20, 2016 12:45 pm

Renewed Fears in Northern Israel About Hezbollah Attack as Additional Watchtowers Appear on Lebanese Side of Border

A month after residents of northern Israel expressed concern that watchtowers they noticed appearing...

Egypt to Finish Repairing Crashed Flight’s Black Box ‘Within Hours,’ Official Says June 20, 2016 10:10 am

Egypt to Finish Repairing Crashed Flight’s Black Box ‘Within Hours,’ Official Says

Egypt’s Aircraft Accident Investigation Committee will finish repairing the memory units...

Uranium Discovery Links Back to Iran’s Past Nuclear Weapons Program June 20, 2016 10:01 am

Uranium Discovery Links Back to Iran’s Past Nuclear Weapons Program

The Obama administration has concluded that uranium particles discovered last year at a secretive...

Iran Says Deal Reached to Purchase 100 Boeing Planes June 19, 2016 9:12 am

Iran Says Deal Reached to Purchase 100 Boeing Planes

Iran has reached a deal to buy 100 planes from US planemaker Boeing (BA.N), and the two sides...

New Turkish Prime Minister Tries to Mend Relations With Israel, Other Nations June 17, 2016 3:40 pm

New Turkish Prime Minister Tries to Mend Relations With Israel, Other Nations

JNS.org – New Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has conveyed a reconciliatory...

UN: ISIS Committing Genocide Against Yazidis in Iraq, Syria June 17, 2016 2:55 pm

UN: ISIS Committing Genocide Against Yazidis in Iraq, Syria

The United Nations said that Islamic State is committing genocide against the Yazidi religious...

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  • Arts and Culture First English-Language Trailer Debuts for Natalie Portman’s Hebrew Film ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness,’ Based on Amos Oz’s Memoir (VIDEO)

    First English-Language Trailer Debuts for Natalie Portman’s Hebrew Film ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness,’ Based on Amos Oz’s Memoir (VIDEO)

    The first English-language trailer for Natalie Portman’s directorial debut — A Tale of Love and Darkness — based on Israeli author Amos Oz’s memoir, was released on Thursday. The movie, originally filmed in Hebrew, tells the story of Oz’s childhood in Jerusalem at the end of the British Mandate and the early years of Israel’s independence. Portman, who was born in Israel and speaks fluent Hebrew, plays the lead role of Fania, the author’s mother. She struggles to raise her son as she deals with inner demons, a […]

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  • Features As Berlin Prices Rise, Israelis Turn East for German Real-Estate Bargains

    As Berlin Prices Rise, Israelis Turn East for German Real-Estate Bargains

    JNS.org – Sonnenallee, a street in Berlin’s Neukölln district, looks like it comes straight out of an Arab city — so much so that it goes by the nickname “Gaza Strip.” Kebab and bakery shops are advertised in Arabic; men sit in men-only coffee shops; and bridal shop windows showcase glittery, not-so-stylish gowns. But take a random turn, and you’ll find a swath of bars, burger joints, and Indian restaurants where hip Berliners announce that they have arrived to urban coolness. […]

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  • Arts and Culture Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Slays in ‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer (VIDEO)

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Slays in ‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer (VIDEO)

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot engages in fierce action sequences in the new Wonder Woman trailer, which Warner Bros. premiered during the San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. The nearly 3-minute trailer, the first to debut for the superhero film, shows scenes of Diana, princess of the Amazons, fighting alongside men in the battle against the world’s toughest enemies. The first shot of the video shows Wonder Woman discovering a man, Steve Trevor (played by actor Chris Pine), washed ashore. The clip then takes viewers to the all-female island where Wonder Woman was born. […]

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  • Arts and Culture A Theatrical Look at Diplomacy and the Oslo Accords (REVIEW)

    A Theatrical Look at Diplomacy and the Oslo Accords (REVIEW)

    Is diplomacy worthwhile, even if the end result isn’t what we hoped for? That is the question, among many others, posed by the new play Oslo, by J.T. Rogers. Making its New York debut at Lincoln Center, the play examines the secret diplomatic process that led to the historic 1993 peace accords. The character of Shimon Peres makes an appearance onstage — and he, along with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, tower over the proceedings. But they mainly do so in absentia. Instead, […]

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  • Spirituality/Tradition Sports Israeli Trailblazer Dean Kremer Brings Jewish Values to Nascent Pro Baseball Career

    Israeli Trailblazer Dean Kremer Brings Jewish Values to Nascent Pro Baseball Career

    JNS.org – Other than being part of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, Sandy Koufax and Dean Kremer have something else in common: a respect for Jewish tradition. Koufax — who was recently ranked by ESPN as the best left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) history — decided not to pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because the game fell on Yom Kippur. “I would do the same,” Kremer said in an interview. Last month, the 20-year-old Kremer became […]

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  • Arts and Culture Lead Guitarist of British Rock Band Queen Asks Adam Lambert to Sing in Hebrew During Upcoming Israel Concert

    Lead Guitarist of British Rock Band Queen Asks Adam Lambert to Sing in Hebrew During Upcoming Israel Concert

    The famed lead guitarist of British rock band Queen, Brian May, encouraged Jewish singer-songwriter Adam Lambert to perform in Hebrew during their upcoming joint concert in Israel, an entertainment industry advocacy organization reported on Tuesday. During a recent interview with Israeli television personality Assi Azar, May was played a 2005 video of Lambert singing the popular song Shir L’Shalom, (Song for Peace). May was so impressed by Lambert’s singing of the Hebrew track that he told the American singer, “We have to do that. Let’s […]

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  • Sports Kenyan Marathoner to Compete for Israel in Rio Olympics

    Kenyan Marathoner to Compete for Israel in Rio Olympics

    JNS.org – Kenyan-born marathoner Lonah Chemtai is expected to compete for Israel at the Olympics Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil next month after gaining a last minute approval. “I am very proud [to represent Israel] and I hope to achieve a new personal best time,” Chemtai told Reuters. Chemtai, who grew up a rural village in western Kenya, first came to Israel in 2009 to care of the children of her country’s ambassador to Israel. The 27-year-old runner recently gained […]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Will Laughs Lead to Love on Show About Orthodox Dating?

    Will Laughs Lead to Love on Show About Orthodox Dating?

    To date or not to date? That is not the question for most Modern Orthodox singles in New York. The question is when will they find their future spouses, and when will their families stop nagging them about having babies? Inspired by the success of the Israeli show “Srugim,” Leah Gottfried, 25, decided she would create and star in her own show, “Soon By You.” “Dating is so serious already,” Gottfried said. “We wanted to take a lighter approach and laugh at the […]

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