Middle East

No Let-Up: More UNRWA Employees, Including School Principals, Laud Jerusalem Synagogue Slaughter November 24, 2014 3:36 pm

No Let-Up: More UNRWA Employees, Including School Principals, Laud Jerusalem Synagogue Slaughter

Further examples of officials employed by UNRWA engaging in anti-Semitic activities online...

As Nuclear Talks End in Stalemate, Iranian Commander Threatens to ‘Conquer Palestine’ November 24, 2014 12:56 pm

As Nuclear Talks End in Stalemate, Iranian Commander Threatens to ‘Conquer Palestine’

As international negotiators departed Vienna today with a final deal on Iran’s nuclear...

Netanyahu Expresses Relief at Failure of ‘Terrible’ Iran Nuclear Deal, as Tehran Hints at ‘Plan B’ November 24, 2014 11:57 am

Netanyahu Expresses Relief at Failure of ‘Terrible’ Iran Nuclear Deal, as Tehran Hints at ‘Plan B’

As today’s deadline for a deal between Iran and the international community over Tehran’s...

Official: Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif Often Shouts at John Kerry During Nuclear Negotiations November 24, 2014 11:44 am

Official: Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif Often Shouts at John Kerry During Nuclear Negotiations

Washington Free Beacon – Iran’s foreign minister and lead negotiator in nuclear talks...

Report: ISIS Recruits, Trains Child Soldiers in Iraq and Syria November 24, 2014 11:35 am

Report: ISIS Recruits, Trains Child Soldiers in Iraq and Syria

Military Times – Teenagers carrying weapons stand at checkpoints and busy intersections...

Egyptian President El-Sisi: Israeli-Palestinian Peace is ‘Foreseeable’ November 23, 2014 5:36 pm

Egyptian President El-Sisi: Israeli-Palestinian Peace is ‘Foreseeable’

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said in an interview on Thursday that he believes...

New Iranian Propaganda Film Purports to Expose ‘Mossad Operations’ (VIDEO) November 23, 2014 2:57 pm

New Iranian Propaganda Film Purports to Expose ‘Mossad Operations’ (VIDEO)

As last-minute nuclear talks between Iran and the West reach a critical stage, Iranian mouthpiece,...

Iran Says it Gave Hezbollah Missiles That Can Reach Southern Israel November 23, 2014 2:17 pm

Iran Says it Gave Hezbollah Missiles That Can Reach Southern Israel

JNS.org – Iran said it has given the Hezbollah terror group—which is based in Lebanon,...

Report: Iran Says Not Possible to Reach Nuke Deal by Nov 24 Deadline November 23, 2014 11:42 am

Report: Iran Says Not Possible to Reach Nuke Deal by Nov 24 Deadline

Reuters – Iran says it will not be possible by a November 24 deadline to reach a comprehensive...

Report: World Powers Likely to Give Up Demand for Full Disclosure in Iran Nuke Deal November 22, 2014 7:33 pm

Report: World Powers Likely to Give Up Demand for Full Disclosure in Iran Nuke Deal

Reuters – World powers are pressing Iran to stop stonewalling a U.N. atomic bomb investigation...

Report: Hamas Coordinating Efforts From Command Center in Turkey November 22, 2014 9:00 am

Report: Hamas Coordinating Efforts From Command Center in Turkey

Fox News – Israel and Egypt have Hamas pinned inside Gaza after destroying hundreds...

As Iran Deadline Approaches, European Leaders More Skeptical Than American Counterparts Over Prospects for Final Nuclear Deal November 21, 2014 1:58 pm

As Iran Deadline Approaches, European Leaders More Skeptical Than American Counterparts Over Prospects for Final Nuclear Deal

With four days to go before the international deadline for an agreement over Iran’s...

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  • Arts and Culture Theater US & Canada New Play Explores the ‘Arrogance’ of American Jews Critical of Israel, Playwright Says

    New Play Explores the ‘Arrogance’ of American Jews Critical of Israel, Playwright Says

    In his new play Mr. Goldberg Goes to Tel Aviv, playwright Oren Safdie tackles an issue that he has a major concern with: the relationship between Israelis and left-leaning Diaspora Jews with their “I know better” critical views. At the heart of the one-act play is Tony, a Jewish and gay Palestinian sympathizer who expresses strong anti-Israel sentiments when the play begins and at one point even sides with a Palestinian terrorist who holds his captive. Tony, who is also an [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Hassidic Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO)

    Hassidic Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO)

    A Jewish comedy troupe released a parody video on Wednesday of Taylor Swift’s hit song Shake It Off in which they joke about taking extensive time off from work for Jewish holidays. “And the goyim gonna stay, stay, stay, stay, stay. And the Jews are gonna pray, pray pray, pray, pray. I’m just gonna take, take, take, take, take. I’m taking off,” goes the chorus for I’m Taking Off. Menachem Weinstein, the video’s lead singer, is the creative director at [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Literature On 75th Anniversary, Looking at the Jewish Influence on Gone With the Wind

    On 75th Anniversary, Looking at the Jewish Influence on Gone With the Wind

    JNS.org – The 75th anniversary of the premiere of “Gone with the Wind” on Dec. 15 presents an opportunity to examine the Jewish influence on one of the most popular films of all time. That influence starts with the American Civil War epic’s famed producer, David O. Selznick. Adjusted for inflation, “Gone with the Wind” remains the highest-grossing movie ever made. It earned the 1939 Academy Award for Best Picture, the same honor another Selznick film, “Rebecca,” garnered in 1940. Selznick [...]

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  • Featured Music US & Canada EXCLUSIVE: Matisyahu Provides Most Extensive Analysis Yet of His Religious, Musical Evolution (INTERVIEW)

    EXCLUSIVE: Matisyahu Provides Most Extensive Analysis Yet of His Religious, Musical Evolution (INTERVIEW)

    Matisyahu got candid in an exclusive interview with The Algemeiner on Monday about his religious and musical journey – after shedding his Chassidic skin, yarmulke, long beard and all – from the start of his career in 2005 when he became a reggae superstar with hits King Without a Crown and Jerusalem. The singer-songwriter embarks on his Festival of Light tour this month, an annual Hanukkah event that stops in Montreal, New York, and other cities before ending in San Juan, [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Personalities ‘Sheriff of Mars’ Unveils Endearing Life of Jewish Music Star Hidden in the Fields of France

    ‘Sheriff of Mars’ Unveils Endearing Life of Jewish Music Star Hidden in the Fields of France

    JNS.org – It was an era of steel strings, guitar heroes, and storytellers—high on heroin, rebellious. Outlaw country music, the hallmark of Nashville’s powerful and angry music scene of the 1970s, was the brew of greats such as Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Townes Van Zandt. But there is another, little-known music hero of that era: Daniel Antopolsky. A Jewish lad from Augusta, Ga.—the son of immigrants who settled in the south and ran a hardware store on Main Street—the [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Iranian Actress Replaces Israel’s Gal Gadot for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

    Iranian Actress Replaces Israel’s Gal Gadot for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

    Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi replaced Israeli star Gal Gadot as the female lead in the new Ben-Hur remake, Hollywood.com reported on Tuesday. The Homeland actress will play Esther, a slave that Ben-Hur sets free and falls in love with. Gadot quit the movie when it became clear that filming conflicted with her schedule for the Man of Steel sequel. The Israeli actress plays Wonder Woman in the superhero film Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Actor Jack Huston takes on the [...]

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  • Book Reviews Personalities Biography Sheds New Light on David Ben-Gurion’s Place in Jewish History

    Biography Sheds New Light on David Ben-Gurion’s Place in Jewish History

    JNS.org – There is one sentence in “Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel” that made me sit up in surprise. I thought that I knew the basic facts about how Israel came into being, but while describing what it was like in the days and hours before the state was declared, author Anita Shapira provides one important anecdote I was not aware of. On the 12th of May, the Zionist Executive met to decide what to do. Moshe Sharrett had just returned [...]

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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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