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Iranian Lawmakers Seek to Ban All Israeli-Born Visitors April 25, 2015 1:30 pm

Iranian Lawmakers Seek to Ban All Israeli-Born Visitors

JNS.org - Iranian lawmakers are calling for a ban on all Israeli-born visitors after a reporter...

Iran Claims it Will Soon Test Locally-Produced S-300 Missile System April 24, 2015 5:30 pm

Iran Claims it Will Soon Test Locally-Produced S-300 Missile System

Iranian Defense Minister Brig.-Gen. Hossein Dehqan claimed on Friday that Iran will be testing...

Satellite Imagery Reveals Secret Hezbollah Airstrip for Drone Takeoff and Landing April 24, 2015 5:13 pm

Satellite Imagery Reveals Secret Hezbollah Airstrip for Drone Takeoff and Landing

Lebanon based terror group Hezbollah has constructed an airstrip in the northern Bekaa Valley...

Catholic Charity Group Pledges $2.8 Million to Syria’s Persecuted Christians April 23, 2015 10:13 am

Catholic Charity Group Pledges $2.8 Million to Syria’s Persecuted Christians

JNS.org – The international Catholic charity group Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)...

Report: US-Led Airstrikes Have Killed 2,079 People in Syria Since Start of Campaign Against Islamic State April 23, 2015 10:12 am

Report: US-Led Airstrikes Have Killed 2,079 People in Syria Since Start of Campaign Against Islamic State

Reuters – Air strikes by the US-led coalition in Syria have killed 2,079 people, including...

Egyptian Court Sentences Morsi to 20 Years in Jail April 21, 2015 9:41 am

Egyptian Court Sentences Morsi to 20 Years in Jail

JNS.org - Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted as Egypt’s president in July 2013, was sentenced...

Sources: Islamic State Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ‘Seriously Wounded’ in Iraq Air Strike April 21, 2015 9:41 am

Sources: Islamic State Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ‘Seriously Wounded’ in Iraq Air Strike

The Guardian – The leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been seriously...

US Aircraft Carrier Heads to Yemen to Intercept Rebel-Bound Iranian Arms April 20, 2015 6:01 pm

US Aircraft Carrier Heads to Yemen to Intercept Rebel-Bound Iranian Arms

JNS.org – A U.S. aircraft carrier is heading to Yemen as part of an effort to intercept...

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Says Nuclear Inspectors Will be Barred From All Military Sites Under Any Deal With West April 19, 2015 2:32 pm

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Says Nuclear Inspectors Will be Barred From All Military Sites Under Any Deal With West

International nuclear inspectors will be barred from all Iranian military sites under any...

Islamic State Video Shows Libyan Militants Killing 16 Ethiopian Coptic Christians April 19, 2015 11:31 am

Islamic State Video Shows Libyan Militants Killing 16 Ethiopian Coptic Christians

JNS.org – The Islamic State terror group on Sunday released a video showing its execution...

Iran Could Receive $50 billion in Sanctions Relief Upon Signing Nuclear Deal April 18, 2015 9:34 pm

Iran Could Receive $50 billion in Sanctions Relief Upon Signing Nuclear Deal

President Barack Obama suggested on Friday that Iran could receive significant economic relief...

Iran Marks Army Day With Chants of ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel’ April 18, 2015 9:29 pm

Iran Marks Army Day With Chants of ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel’

Ian on Saturday marked Army Day with a military parade featuring new weapons systems, as well...

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  • Music US & Canada Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Pop superstar Lady Gaga on Thursday accepted an award from Jewish human rights group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation, which strives to combat bullying among young people. “Your philosophies are so in line with ours,” she said of the ADL upon accepting the Making a Difference Award in a videotaped message, which was shown at a ceremony in New York City. “We want to help young people know that their feelings and who they are on [...]

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  • Music Personalities At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    JNS.org – Eighty years young, Leonard Cohen fits many descriptions—singer, songwriter, poet, novelist, monk. From his Jewish upbringing in Canada to the present day, Cohen has always explored his spiritual side. This month, the singer-songwriter released the CD (May 12) and iTunes (on May 8 of this year) formats of his latest album, Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour, which features live recordings from his world tours in 2012 and 2013. Last year, Cohen’s Popular Problems was voted by Rolling Stone [...]

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  • Europe Sports FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    JNS.org – Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) head Sepp Blatter said during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that contrary to Palestinian complaints, Israel has not violated any FIFA statutes and should not be suspended from international soccer’s governing body. “We should not come to one federation saying we will exclude them,” said Blatter, the Jerusalem Post reported. “If the national association is fulfilling its obligations then there is no need to intervene,” he said. “I’m on a [...]

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  • Featured Middle East Sports Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) said on Tuesday it was “appalled” by a Palestinian Football Association initiative to suspend Israel from FIFA, calling it another “front waged in the context of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign.” “We are appalled at the temerity of the Palestinan Football Association (PFA) demand that FIFA suspend Israel at your forthcoming Congress in Zurich,” wrote the group’s international relations director, Dr. Shimon Samuels, in a letter to FIFA President Joseph [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    The lead actor in Son of Saul, an Auschwitz thriller featured at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, told the UK’s The Guardian that he believes God was “holding the hand” of each Jew who died in the Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust. “I do not for one nanosecond like to pretend that God is off the hook. He could and should have stopped it at a much earlier stage,” Géza Röhrig, 48, said. ”But I would not be able to get [...]

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  • Music Backstreet Boys Singer Howie D Gushes Over Masada During Israel Trip

    Backstreet Boys Singer Howie D Gushes Over Masada During Israel Trip

    Backstreet Boys singer Howie Dorough took to Instagram on Tuesday to marvel about climbing the famed Masada fortress with his band during their visit to Israel, where they will perform this week for the first time. The group’s second day of sightseeing in the Jewish state included the Masada hike, and taking a mud bath at the Dead Sea. A picture from the band’s official Twitter page shows the five singers covered in mud. While relaxing in the Dead Sea, [...]

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  • Book Reviews US & Canada ‘Arms and the Dudes:’ New Book, Film Detail How Ex-Orthodox Yeshiva Guys Became Top Suppliers for Afghan Army

    ‘Arms and the Dudes:’ New Book, Film Detail How Ex-Orthodox Yeshiva Guys Became Top Suppliers for Afghan Army

    A new book and its upcoming film adaptation tell the true story of how three former yeshiva students who habitually smoked marijuana scored a $300 million contract from the U.S. government to supply weapons for the Afghan Army, the New York Daily News reported on Sunday. Arms and the Dudes details how the Miami Beach potheads became “the most unlikely gunrunners in history,” according to the book’s author, investigative reporter Guy Lawson. The tale begins with Efraim Diveroli, nephew of [...]

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  • Blogs Theater Natalie Portman: Israel-Themed ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ Not Political

    Natalie Portman: Israel-Themed ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ Not Political

    JNS.org – Natalie Portman, who directs and stars in the new Hebrew-language film adaptation of author Amos Oz’s A Tale of Love and Darkness, says that despite Oz’s record as a vocal left-wing critic of Israel, her film is not political. Like the book on which it is based, Portman’s film is about a young boy at the time of the founding of the state of Israel. “I think the movie is very much about this very particular, specific family story. Of [...]

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