Middle East

Bloodthirsty Terror Group ISIS Declares New Islamic Caliphate in Syria and Iraq June 30, 2014 10:21 am

Bloodthirsty Terror Group ISIS Declares New Islamic Caliphate in Syria and Iraq

NBC News – Sunni insurgent group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) declared themselves...

High Level Israeli Delegation Heads to Washington for Urgent Talks on Iran Nuclear Negotiations June 29, 2014 10:26 am

High Level Israeli Delegation Heads to Washington for Urgent Talks on Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Ynet – A high-ranking Israeli delegation will leave Sunday morning for urgent talks...

Israeli Commander Says Anti-Assad Rebels Control 95% of Golan Border With Israel June 28, 2014 1:00 pm

Israeli Commander Says Anti-Assad Rebels Control 95% of Golan Border With Israel

Times of Israel – Almost the entire Syrian side of the Golan Heights is now under the...

U.N. Security Council Rejects Arab States’ Request to Censure Israel June 27, 2014 11:05 am

U.N. Security Council Rejects Arab States’ Request to Censure Israel

JNS.org – A petition by the ambassadors of Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iran asking...

Report: Iran Sends Military Advisers, Head of Infamous Quds Force to Iraq June 27, 2014 10:29 am

Report: Iran Sends Military Advisers, Head of Infamous Quds Force to Iraq

Fox News – Iran reportedly has sent military advisers into Iraq and dispatched the head...

‘Did You Murder Jews? Have You Abducted Children?’ – Bennett Vows to Stop Palestinian Payments to Terrorists June 26, 2014 10:28 pm

‘Did You Murder Jews? Have You Abducted Children?’ – Bennett Vows to Stop Palestinian Payments to Terrorists

Israel’s Economy Minister Naftali Bennett pledged on Wednesday to stop the “perverse...

Israeli FM Lieberman Tells Kerry Independent Kurdish State is a Foregone Conclusion; Peres Says De-Facto Kurd State is Democratic June 26, 2014 3:16 pm

Israeli FM Lieberman Tells Kerry Independent Kurdish State is a Foregone Conclusion; Peres Says De-Facto Kurd State is Democratic

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Thursday told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry...

Iran Quietly Sending Drones and Military Supplies to Iraq, U.S. Officials Say June 26, 2014 9:59 am

Iran Quietly Sending Drones and Military Supplies to Iraq, U.S. Officials Say

New York Times – Iran is directing surveillance drones over Iraq from an airfield in Baghdad...

Egyptian Christian Gets Six-Year Prison Sentence for ‘Insulting Islam’ June 25, 2014 6:47 pm

Egyptian Christian Gets Six-Year Prison Sentence for ‘Insulting Islam’

JNS.org – An Egyptian court has sentenced a Coptic Christian man to six years in jail...

Israeli Legal Team Threatens to Seize Iranian Internet Domain ‘.ir’ on Behalf of Terror Victims June 25, 2014 6:15 pm

Israeli Legal Team Threatens to Seize Iranian Internet Domain ‘.ir’ on Behalf of Terror Victims

Iran’s top-level internet domain ‘.ir’ came under threat in a U.S. court...

As Israeli Port Accepts Kurdish Oil, Long History of Back-Channel Relations Expected to Continue June 24, 2014 3:47 pm

As Israeli Port Accepts Kurdish Oil, Long History of Back-Channel Relations Expected to Continue

When the Kurdish tanker SCF Altai unloaded its cargo at the Israeli oil port of Ashkelon...

Syrian Minister Warns of Response to Israeli Air Strikes June 24, 2014 3:01 pm

Syrian Minister Warns of Response to Israeli Air Strikes

JNS.org – A Syrian government minister said that the Syrian military will response to...

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  • Education Why We Should Invest in Jewish Children

    Why We Should Invest in Jewish Children

    JNS.org – My wife Suzy and I will never forget our wedding day. It was not just the uplifting ceremony and beautiful party that left an indelible mark. Some life-altering advice that we received from one of our guests informed and shaped our lives from that day forward. My high school teacher, Rabbi Moshe Yagid, pulled us aside just before the chuppah and challenged us to choose one mitzvah that would be the foundation of our marriage and our lives. He explained [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports LeBron James’ New Coach Shaped by Summer on Kibbutz and Jewish ‘Life Lessons’

    LeBron James’ New Coach Shaped by Summer on Kibbutz and Jewish ‘Life Lessons’

    JNS.org – Influenced by his Jewish upbringing and a summer on a kibbutz, basketball coach David Blatt is embarking on his highest-profile challenge yet: coaching LeBron James, the four-time National Basketball Association (NBA) Most Valuable Player who has made waves for returning to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. After guiding Israel’s storied Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball franchise to its 51st Israeli league championship and 6th Euroleague title this past season, Blatt landed the Cavaliers head-coaching job in June. Just weeks later, [...]

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  • Food Jewish Identity Young Syrian Jewish Restauranteur Continues a Family Legacy

    Young Syrian Jewish Restauranteur Continues a Family Legacy

    JNS.org – At the turn of the century, a young Jewish immigrant arrived in New York. So begins the history of many American Jewish families. It is 27-year-old Albert Allaham’s story, too, with a few unusual twists. Albert’s “century” is the 21st—he arrived almost 100 years after the massive waves of European Jewish immigration. Rather than coming from a small town along the Danube river, his shtetl was Damascus. His first American business was not a pushcart on the Lower East [...]

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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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