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Iranian Women Cut Hair, Dress as Men In Effort to Avoid Morality Police May 22, 2016 10:18 am

Iranian Women Cut Hair, Dress as Men In Effort to Avoid Morality Police

Women in Iran are cutting their hair short and dressing as men in a bid to bypass state “morality”...

New ISIS Video Calls on Followers to Attack Western Targets During Ramadan May 21, 2016 10:35 pm

New ISIS Video Calls on Followers to Attack Western Targets During Ramadan

A new message purporting to come from the spokesman of Islamic State calls on followers to...

Islamic State Threatens Israel With Global War May 20, 2016 9:47 am

Islamic State Threatens Israel With Global War

JNS.org – The Islamic State terror group said in its newsletter this week that its...

Bahraini Columnist: Stabbing Innocent Civilians ‘Will Not Lead to Victory,’ Only Further Hatred of Muslims, Arabs May 20, 2016 2:00 am

Bahraini Columnist: Stabbing Innocent Civilians ‘Will Not Lead to Victory,’ Only Further Hatred of Muslims, Arabs

A Bahraini columnist on Tuesday condemned Arabs and Muslims who carry out stabbing attacks...

Major International Firms Nissan and Orange Justify Co-Sponsorship of Concert Featuring ‘Protocols’ Loving Lebanese Singer May 19, 2016 5:24 pm

Major International Firms Nissan and Orange Justify Co-Sponsorship of Concert Featuring ‘Protocols’ Loving Lebanese Singer

Major international brands have justified their co-sponsorship of an upcoming charity concert...

Palestinians Protest Appointment of New Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman May 19, 2016 11:16 am

Palestinians Protest Appointment of New Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry says talk of including hardliner Lieberman in Netanyahu’s...

IMF Official: Iran Must Fix Banking System to Bolster Business Overseas May 19, 2016 11:02 am

IMF Official: Iran Must Fix Banking System to Bolster Business Overseas

Iran must tackle problems in its banking system and bolster anti-money laundering and terrorism-financing...

Former Hezbollah Operative Says Group’s New Military Chief Calls Israel ‘Strategic Partner’ May 18, 2016 5:55 pm

Former Hezbollah Operative Says Group’s New Military Chief Calls Israel ‘Strategic Partner’

A former Hezbollah operative who is active on social media wrote on Twitter that the newly...

Fatah Facebook Page Honors Japanese Terrorists Who Killed 26 at Israeli Airport May 18, 2016 5:38 pm

Fatah Facebook Page Honors Japanese Terrorists Who Killed 26 at Israeli Airport

JNS.org – The Fatah faction—which is led by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud...

Syria Again Uses Deadly Sarin Nerve Gas, Israeli Official Says May 18, 2016 5:37 pm

Syria Again Uses Deadly Sarin Nerve Gas, Israeli Official Says

JNS.org – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime has used deadly sarin nerve gas...

Iranian Arabic-Language Network Claims Holocaust Cartoon Contest ‘Enhances’ Freedom of Speech May 18, 2016 10:39 am

Iranian Arabic-Language Network Claims Holocaust Cartoon Contest ‘Enhances’ Freedom of Speech

An Iranian television news report about the country’s current Holocaust cartoon contest...

Outgoing Iranian Parliament Demands Compensation From US for ‘Spiritual, Material Damage’ Over Past 63 Years May 18, 2016 10:36 am

Outgoing Iranian Parliament Demands Compensation From US for ‘Spiritual, Material Damage’ Over Past 63 Years

The outgoing Iranian Parliament is demanding unspecified compensation from the United States...

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  • Arts and Culture Music Coldplay Begins Concert With Broadcast of Charlie Chaplin’s Iconic Speech in ‘The Great Dictator’

    Coldplay Begins Concert With Broadcast of Charlie Chaplin’s Iconic Speech in ‘The Great Dictator’

    British rock band Coldplay started its set at the Glastonburg Festival on Sunday by broadcasting excerpts of the iconic speech Charlie Chaplin delivered in The Great Dictator, the 1940 political satire in which the famous filmmaker/movie star played a Jewish barber. “I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone,” Chaplin begins his address. “I should like to help everyone, if possible, Jew, Gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one […]

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  • Blogs Sports Two Decades Before Cleveland’s First NBA Title, LeBron James Walked Onto a JCC Court

    Two Decades Before Cleveland’s First NBA Title, LeBron James Walked Onto a JCC Court

    JNS.org – The seed for the city of Cleveland’s first professional championship in a major sport in 52 years may have been planted at the Shaw Jewish Community Center on White Pond Drive in Akron, Ohio, nearly 20 years ago. That’s when a tall, lanky kid from Akron named LeBron James walked onto the hardwood court and changed the game of basketball forever. Coach Keith Dambrot, now the head basketball coach at the University of Akron, conducted those sessions that attracted […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs North American Studios Look to Israel for Next Animation Hit

    North American Studios Look to Israel for Next Animation Hit

    JNS.org – In 2008, Yoram Honig was a producer and director living in Jerusalem, fresh off his first international hit, when the Jerusalem Development Authority (JDA) came to him with a challenge: build a film industry from scratch in Israel’s capital. “When we started here, was nothing in Jerusalem,” he said during an interview in his office in the Talbiya neighborhood. Now, the Jerusalem Film and Television Fund, which Honig heads as an arm of the JDA, pumps 9 million shekels […]

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  • Blogs Sports Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in National Competition

    Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in National Competition

    Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas will wear a leotard bearing Hebrew lettering when she competes at the P&G Gymnastics Championships over the weekend. Douglas’ Swarovski-outlined outfit will feature the Hebrew word “Elohim,” meaning God, on its left sleeve. The Hebrew detailing honors the athlete’s “rich heritage of faith,” according to apparel manufacturer GK Elite, which produced the leotard and released a preview of it on Wednesday. The company said Douglas’ sister, Joyelle “Joy” Douglas, created the Hebrew design. The outcome of the P&G Championships will help […]

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  • Europe Sports British World Heavyweight Champion Should Be Banned From Boxing for Sounding Like Hitler, Says Ukrainian Competitor

    British World Heavyweight Champion Should Be Banned From Boxing for Sounding Like Hitler, Says Ukrainian Competitor

    Britain’s world heavyweight champion, Taylor Fury, should be banned from boxing for making Nazi-like comments, a former world champion from the Ukraine said on Thursday, ahead of their upcoming match. “I was in shock at his statements about women, the gay community, and when he got to the Jewish people, he sounded like Hitler,” Wladimir Klitschko told British media, according to Reuters. “We cannot have a champion like that. Either he needs to be shut up or shut down in the ring, or […]

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  • Arts and Culture Rabbi Shows Cooking Skills and Humor on Chopped

    Rabbi Shows Cooking Skills and Humor on Chopped

    Rabbi Hanoch Hecht just made television history; but, unfortunately, he couldn’t have his rugelach and eat it too. Hecht became the first rabbi to compete on the hit show “Chopped,” where contestants are forced to use four random ingredients in their recipes, and have 20-30 minutes to create an appetizer, a main course and a dessert. A contestant is eliminated after each round. Hecht, 32, said that while the dishes and utensils were new, the kitchen was not kosher, so he couldn’t taste […]

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  • Blogs Music Orthodox Entertainer Stars in Pepsi Max Commercial as New Face of Company’s Israel Campaign (VIDEO)

    Orthodox Entertainer Stars in Pepsi Max Commercial as New Face of Company’s Israel Campaign (VIDEO)

    Orthodox singer and entertainer Lipa Schmeltzer is starring in a new Pepsi Max commercial for the company’s campaign in Israel. The commercial begins with a bunch of Jewish men eating at a restaurant, when Schmeltzer walks in and tries to decide what to order. An employee at the obviously Israeli eatery offers him a variety of foods, but the entertainer in the end decides on a bottle of Pepsi. Everyone in the restaurant then joins him, drinking Pepsi Max and dancing to […]

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  • Arts and Culture Book Reviews Jewish Author’s ‘Messy’ Draft Transforms Into Rock Star Novel on Amazon

    Jewish Author’s ‘Messy’ Draft Transforms Into Rock Star Novel on Amazon

    JNS.org – “Writing is a messy process,” says author Elizabeth Poliner. “People who don’t write fiction would be surprised to see what early drafts could look like.” But readers wouldn’t know “what a mess it was for the longest time,” as the Jewish author puts it, when reading Poliner’s critically acclaimed latest book, As Close to Us as Breathing. The volume garnered Amazon’s “Best Book” designation in March 2016 as well as rave reviews from the New York Times,W Magazine, NPR, […]

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