Middle East

Palestinians’ Erekat: PA to ‘Intensify’ International Criminal Court Effort After Likud Win March 18, 2015 12:41 pm

Palestinians’ Erekat: PA to ‘Intensify’ International Criminal Court Effort After Likud Win

JNS.org – In the wake of the sweeping win by the Likud party, headed by current Prime...

Iran Reportedly Deploys Rocket and Missile Batteries in Iraq March 18, 2015 9:59 am

Iran Reportedly Deploys Rocket and Missile Batteries in Iraq

JNS.org – While the White House insists it is not cooperating with Iran in fighting...

US, Iran Rush to Finalize Framework for Nuclear Agreement Before Deadline March 18, 2015 9:58 am

US, Iran Rush to Finalize Framework for Nuclear Agreement Before Deadline

Washington Times/AP – American and Iranian negotiators raced to fill out a framework...

Islamic State Threatens to ‘Blow Up’ White House, Big Ben and Eiffel Tower March 17, 2015 9:00 am

Islamic State Threatens to ‘Blow Up’ White House, Big Ben and Eiffel Tower

CBS – En route to conquering the European cities of Paris and Rome, the Islamic State...

French Experts Confirm That Arafat Died of Natural Causes March 17, 2015 6:58 am

French Experts Confirm That Arafat Died of Natural Causes

French experts reexamining the circumstances surrounding the death of arch-terrorist Yasser...

Jordan Concerned About Iranian Expansion Near Its Borders March 16, 2015 5:26 pm

Jordan Concerned About Iranian Expansion Near Its Borders

The expansion of the areas in Syria under the control of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps...

Saudi Prince: Expansion of Iranian Occupation of Iraq is ‘Unacceptable’ March 16, 2015 10:24 am

Saudi Prince: Expansion of Iranian Occupation of Iraq is ‘Unacceptable’

BBC – Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal claims Iran is expanding its occupation of Iraq,...

Iran Reasserts Negotiations Redline: Arak and Fordo Must Remain Open in Final Deal March 15, 2015 7:45 pm

Iran Reasserts Negotiations Redline: Arak and Fordo Must Remain Open in Final Deal

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi, stressed on Saturday...

Iraqi Officers Say Islamic State Fighters in ‘ Total Collapse’ in Battle for Tikrit March 15, 2015 12:30 pm

Iraqi Officers Say Islamic State Fighters in ‘ Total Collapse’ in Battle for Tikrit

USA Today – Islamic State fighters killed the prominent leader of a Shiite militia in...

US Embassy in Saudi Arabia on Heightened Security March 14, 2015 11:43 pm

US Embassy in Saudi Arabia on Heightened Security

U.S. citizens are urged to take precautions in Saudia Arabaia and U.S. consular services in...

Head of Shiite Militia Credits Iranian General With Saving Iraq From Islamic State March 13, 2015 5:11 pm

Head of Shiite Militia Credits Iranian General With Saving Iraq From Islamic State

The head of the Badr Organization, an Iranian Shi’a proxy militia, Hadi al-Ameri –...

Israel’s UK Ambassador: Intra-Palestinian Violence to Blame for Gaza Reconstruction Delays March 13, 2015 7:41 am

Israel’s UK Ambassador: Intra-Palestinian Violence to Blame for Gaza Reconstruction Delays

Israel’s Ambassador to the UK cautioned detractors this week from blaming Israel for...

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  • Europe Sports Croatian Soccer Star’s Hebrew Tattoo Causes a Stir Online

    Croatian Soccer Star’s Hebrew Tattoo Causes a Stir Online

    A Hebrew tattoo sported by Croatian soccer star Mario Mandzukic became an internet sensation in Israel after it was exposed on Tuesday during a Champions League match between Ateltico Madrid and Real Madrid A first glance, the tattoo, on the athlete’s back, might leave one with the impression that it was an unfortunate artistic mistake, since the Hebrew letters do not make sense as they are written. However, a closer look at the tattoo shows that it was actually written [...]

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  • Blogs Theater Why an Algemeiner Editor Wrote a Play About a Mass Shooter

    Why an Algemeiner Editor Wrote a Play About a Mass Shooter

    For the past two years, I have served as Opinion Editor at The Algemeiner. I’m perhaps most proud of the paper’s commitment to publishing diverse and opposing viewpoints on the controversial issues of the day. We pride ourselves on voicing different opinions because we know that most issues are not black and white, and because our community is better served by a public debate. In my life outside of the paper, I am a professional actor and playwright. And similarly, [...]

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  • Book Reviews Commentary In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    JNS.org – “Risk: The Game of Strategic Conquest,” the classic Parker Brothers board game, requires imperial ambitions. Players imagine empires and are pitted against each other, vying for world domination. Amid this fictional world war, beginners learn fast that no matter the superiority of their army, every advance is a gamble determined by a roll of the dice. After a defeat, a player must retreat. Weighted reinforcement cards provide the only opportunity to reverse a player’s fortunes and resume the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Sports Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    JNS.org – For Daphna Krupp, her daily workout (excluding Shabbat) at the Jewish Community Center (JCC or “J”) of Greater Baltimore has become somewhat of a ritual. She not only attends fitness classes but also engages with the instructors and plugs the J’s social programs on her personal Facebook page. “It’s the gym and the environment,” says Krupp. “It’s a great social network.” Krupp, who lives in Pikesville, Md., is one of an estimated 1 million American Jewish members of more [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated magazine featured an extensive profile on Orthodox-Jewish college basketball player Aaron Liberman on Wednesday.  The article details Liberman’s efforts to balance faith, academics and basketball at Tulane University, a challenge the young athlete calls “a triple major.” Sports Illustrated pointed out that Liberman is the second Orthodox student to play Division I college basketball. The other was Tamir Goodman, the so-called “Jewish Jordan.” As reported in The Algemeiner, Liberman started his NCAA career at Northwestern University. According to [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    As the popularity of cycling continues to increase across the world, Israel is working to develop cycling trails that make the country’s spectacular desert accessible to cyclists. The southern segment of the Israel Bike Trail was inaugurated on Feb. 24 and offers for the first time a unique, uninterrupted 8-day cycling experience after six years of planning and development. The southern section of the Israel Bike Trail stretches over 300 kilometers in length and is divided into eight segments for mountain biking, [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    JNS.org – With the recent Oscars in the rearview mirror, Hollywood’s attention now shifts to the rest of this year’s big-screen lineup. Two of the major action films coming up in 2015—Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters in May, and the third film in the Fantastic Four series, slated for an August release—have Jewish roots that the average moviegoer might be unaware of. As it turns out, it took a tough Jewish kid from New York City’s Lower East [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – Rabbi Gordon Tucker spent the first 20 years of his career teaching at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the next 20 years as the rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, N.Y. I confess that when I heard about the order of those events, I thought that Tucker’s move from academia to the pulpit was strange. Firstly, I could not imagine anyone filling the place of my friend, Arnold Turetsky, who was such a talented [...]

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