Middle East

Report: U.S. Officials Say Hezbollah Has Upgraded Its Arsenal January 3, 2014 9:57 am

Report: U.S. Officials Say Hezbollah Has Upgraded Its Arsenal

JNS.org – The Lebanese-based and Iran-backed terror group Hezbollah has been secretly...

Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood Planned Attacks on Egyptian Christians Over Christmas January 2, 2014 9:48 pm

Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood Planned Attacks on Egyptian Christians Over Christmas

JNS.org- Terror groups affiliated with Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood had cooperated...

Egyptian Astrologer Warns Jews Will Grow Stronger in 2014 January 2, 2014 2:23 pm

Egyptian Astrologer Warns Jews Will Grow Stronger in 2014

JNS.org - An Egyptian astrologer has predicted on television that the Jewish people will...

PA Ambassador to Czech Republic Killed in Bomb Blast January 1, 2014 11:35 am

PA Ambassador to Czech Republic Killed in Bomb Blast

ABC News – Police say an explosion in Prague has killed the Palestinian ambassador in...

Iran Assigns Additional Supervisors to ‘Better Control’ Nuclear Talks January 1, 2014 10:37 am

Iran Assigns Additional Supervisors to ‘Better Control’ Nuclear Talks

Jerusalem Post – Iran announced Wednesday that they have appointed two additional supervisors...

Iranian Official Claims Progress in Nuclear Talks December 31, 2013 9:57 am

Iranian Official Claims Progress in Nuclear Talks

Reuters – Six world powers and Iran have made good progress in expert talks in Geneva...

Report: Erdogan Supporters Shout ‘Are You Jewish’ While Attacking Istanbul Woman December 30, 2013 6:29 pm

Report: Erdogan Supporters Shout ‘Are You Jewish’ While Attacking Istanbul Woman

Supporters of Turkey’s Islamist Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, shouted “are...

Lebanese Army Reportedly Finds Launchpads Used to Strike Israel December 30, 2013 5:25 pm

Lebanese Army Reportedly Finds Launchpads Used to Strike Israel

The Lebanese Army found four rocket launchpads that may have been used to strike Israel on...

Chief Palestinian Authority Negotiator: Peace Talks With Israel Have Failed, Pointless to Continue December 30, 2013 11:00 am

Chief Palestinian Authority Negotiator: Peace Talks With Israel Have Failed, Pointless to Continue

Saeb Erekat, chief negotiator for the Palestinian Authority, said on Monday that since peace...

Iran Building ‘New Generation of Centrifuges’ for Nuclear Program December 29, 2013 12:31 pm

Iran Building ‘New Generation of Centrifuges’ for Nuclear Program

JNS.org - Iran’s nuclear chief said the country is building a “new generation” of...

Lebanese TV Host Instinctively Blames Israel After Hearing Blast While on Air (VIDEO) December 29, 2013 9:40 am

Lebanese TV Host Instinctively Blames Israel After Hearing Blast While on Air (VIDEO)

A Lebanese TV host instinctively blamed Israel after hearing a bomb blast while on air. The...

Report: Assad’s Forces Kill at Least 25 in ‘Barrel Bomb’ Raid Over Aleppo December 28, 2013 7:37 pm

Report: Assad’s Forces Kill at Least 25 in ‘Barrel Bomb’ Raid Over Aleppo

Forces loyal to Syrian President Basher al-Assad bombed a crowded vegetable market in the...

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    An actress starring in the controversial Met Opera The Death of Klinghoffer defended the show on Tuesday by comparing it to the 1993 Holocaust film Schindler’s List, New York Post reported. “To me, this was like [the movie] Schindler’s List. We make art so people won’t forget,’’ said the actress, who plays a captured passenger in the show and asked not to be identified. The Met Opera focuses on the infamous murder of Lower East Side Jewish resident Leon Klinghoffer, 69. The wheelchair-bound father of [...]

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  • Analysis Arts and Culture Beyond ‘Klinghoffer’: Opera’s Composer, Librettist Have Broader Jewish Problem

    Beyond ‘Klinghoffer’: Opera’s Composer, Librettist Have Broader Jewish Problem

    JNS.org – One of the most controversial operas in recent memory, “The Death of Klinghoffer,” debuted Oct. 20 at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. The Met has scheduled seven more performances through November. The first staging did not occur without protest, as about 400 demonstrators—including Jewish communal and nationally recognized leaders—came to Lincoln Center to denounce the anti-Jewish and anti-Israel opera. “Klinghoffer,” the creation of composer John Adams and librettist Alice Goodman, premiered in 1991—with few additional stagings. The opera is based [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot is in negotiations to take on the female lead role in the remake of the 1959 classic Ben-Hur, according to The Hollywood Reporter. If the deal is finalized Gadot will play Esther, a slave and Ben-Hur’s love interest. Actor Jack Huston will star as the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by his childhood friend Messala, played by Toby Kebbell. Ben-Hur fights for his freedom and vengeance with the help of Morgan Freeman’s character, who trains Ben-Hur how to win at chariot-racing. [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    JNS.org – Baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie are the American dream. So why do two young men who have built their lives in Israel have a GoFundMe crowd-funding webpage with the urgent message that they need $3,000 to travel to the U.S. to watch the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles square off for Major League Baseball’s (MLB) American League championship? Brothers Naftali and Yoni Schwartz, 27 and 25, respectively, are Kansas City natives. Even though they made aliyah with their [...]

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  • Blogs Sports Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Some 3,000 years ago, King David probably never imagined cars racing at 240 kilometers per hour (150 miles per hour) through the ancient capital of the Jewish people. But on Monday and Tuesday, October 6-7, thousands of Israelis lined the streets to watch Porsche, Audi, and Ferrari race cars fly through the capital against the backdrop of the Tower of David, the Old City Walls, and other city landmarks. The second annual non-competitive Jerusalem Formula One Road Show had been [...]

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  • Israel Sports NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James expressed interest in visiting Israel someday, local news site Cleveland.com reported on Sunday. Speaking to Israeli reporters before the Cleveland Cavaliers’ preseason debut against Maccabi Tel Aviv, the NBA star said he had never visited the Jewish state but “I want to look forward to going there if I get an opportunity to.” When asked by an Israeli reporter if there was “any chance that LeBron James and Cleveland comes to Tel Aviv,” the athlete said [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    A Florida-based Chabad rabbi put former basketball star, U.S. Congressman Curt Clawson to shame on the court when the two faced off one-on-one recently. A YouTube video, posted online on Tuesday, shows Rabbi Fishel Zaklos of Chabad of Naples shooting hoops with the Florida politician, who played basketball in high school and at Purdue University in Indiana. The game took place in the parking lot of the Chabad Jewish center run by Zaklos. During the 1-minute clip, Zaklos scores two impressive [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    JNS.org – Less than five months after leading Maccabi Tel Aviv to its sixth European basketball title, David Blatt, now the head coach of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, routed his former team in an exhibition game on Sunday, with the Cavaliers dominating Maccabi 107-80 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The 20,562 fans in attendance witnessed Lebron James’s first appearance in a Cavaliers uniform since he left the club in free agency for the Miami Heat four years ago. [...]

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