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Despite Hamas Appropriation for Terrorist Purposes, Israel, UN and PA Restore Full Quantity of Construction Materials Entering Gaza March 25, 2016 6:09 pm

Despite Hamas Appropriation for Terrorist Purposes, Israel, UN and PA Restore Full Quantity of Construction Materials Entering Gaza

The amount of construction materials transferred into Gaza will be restored to its original...

Brother of Brussels Bomber Won Gold Medal in Taekwondo Championship in Israel March 25, 2016 10:41 am

Brother of Brussels Bomber Won Gold Medal in Taekwondo Championship in Israel

JNS.org – The older brother of suspected Islamic State terrorist Najim Laachraoui —...

In Aftermath of Brussels Bombings, Palestinian Authority Sources Say Europe ‘Getting Taste of Its Own Poison’ March 24, 2016 7:39 pm

In Aftermath of Brussels Bombings, Palestinian Authority Sources Say Europe ‘Getting Taste of Its Own Poison’

A cartoon appearing in the Palestinian Authority press on Wednesday provided a pictorial expression...

Iraqi Forces Launch Operation to Retake Mosul From ISIS March 24, 2016 9:15 am

Iraqi Forces Launch Operation to Retake Mosul From ISIS

Iraqi forces have launched an operation to retake the northern city of Mosul from so-called...

Report: Hamas Conducts Massive Military Drills in Gaza to Test Readiness for Next War With Israel March 23, 2016 5:59 pm

Report: Hamas Conducts Massive Military Drills in Gaza to Test Readiness for Next War With Israel

While world attention was focused on the terrorist attacks in Brussels on Tuesday, Hamas was...

UN Peacekeepers Reportedly Set to Return to Israel-Syria Border March 23, 2016 9:04 am

UN Peacekeepers Reportedly Set to Return to Israel-Syria Border

JNS.org – United Nations peacekeepers are reportedly set to return to the Israel-Syria...

Iran to Deploy Warships in Atlantic Ocean, Naval Commander Says March 22, 2016 3:54 pm

Iran to Deploy Warships in Atlantic Ocean, Naval Commander Says

The commander of the Iranian Navy said his was preparing to send a fleet of warships to...

Former IDF General to AIPAC: ISIS Is Influencing Palestinian Teens to Commit Terrorism Against Jews March 22, 2016 3:24 pm

Former IDF General to AIPAC: ISIS Is Influencing Palestinian Teens to Commit Terrorism Against Jews

A retired IDF brigadier general said on Sunday he believes that Palestinian teens who commit...

Saudi Arabia to Join Nations in Freezing Oil Output Without Iran’s Participation March 22, 2016 9:39 am

Saudi Arabia to Join Nations in Freezing Oil Output Without Iran’s Participation

Saudi Arabia is prepared to join an oil output freeze next month without Iran taking part,...

Dubai Security Chief Says Palestinians Should Give Up Statehood March 21, 2016 10:23 pm

Dubai Security Chief Says Palestinians Should Give Up Statehood

JNS.org – Dubai’s security chief, Lt. Gen. Dahi Khalfan Tamim, said that the Palestinians...

‘I Am So Excited to Reach the Land of Our Forefathers,’ Says Yemenite Rabbi, Among 17 Jews Brought to Israel in Clandestine Operation March 21, 2016 7:13 pm

‘I Am So Excited to Reach the Land of Our Forefathers,’ Says Yemenite Rabbi, Among 17 Jews Brought to Israel in Clandestine Operation

The Yemenite Jews who arrived Sunday night in Israel as part of a clandestine operation to...

Nasrallah Threatens Israel’s Nuclear Facilities in Future Conflict March 21, 2016 7:06 pm

Nasrallah Threatens Israel’s Nuclear Facilities in Future Conflict

JNS.org – Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has threatened to strike Israel’s nuclear...

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  • Features Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    JNS.org – Aside from Israel itself, those with a vested interest in the Jewish state are accustomed to tracking developments related to Middle East players such as Iran, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. But much global attention has recently focused on the Caucasus region at the Europe-Asia border, specifically on the suddenly intensified violence between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh area of western Azerbaijan. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, while not taking place in Israel’s immediate neighborhood, does have what one scholar called […]

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  • Blogs Features Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    JNS.org – On Friday, April 22, 196 nations across the world mark Earth Day, the annual day dedicated to environmental protection that was enacted in 1970. Not to be forgotten on this day is Israel, which is known as the “start-up nation” for its disproportionate amount of technological innovation, including in the area of protecting the environment. For Earth Day 2016, JNS.org presents a sampling of the Jewish state’s internal achievements and global contributions in the environmental realm. Water conservation Israeli […]

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  • Arts and Culture World New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    Holocaust humor and the role that laughter played in the lives of Jews during World War II are the focus of a documentary that made its world premiere on Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. In The Last Laugh, first- and second-generation survivors, as well as famous Jewish and non-Jewish comedians, discuss their thoughts on when joking about the death camps is appropriate or taboo. “Nazi humor, that’s OK. Holocaust humor, no,” Jewish comedic giant, actor and filmmaker Mel Brooks says in the film. “Anything I […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    JNS.org – Sherri Mandell’s life was devastated on May 8, 2001, when her 13-year-old son Koby was murdered by terrorists on the outskirts of the Israeli Jewish community of Tekoa. Yet Mandell not only shares the story of her loss, but also celebrates the lessons she has learned from tragedy. Indeed, “celebrate” is this Israeli-American author’s word choice. Her second book, The Road to Resilience: From Chaos to Celebration (Toby Press), came out earlier this year. The lesson: in every celebration, there is […]

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  • Features Opinion For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    JNS.org – Alan Gross used to be nothing more to me than a tragic headline. When I started my position at this news service in July 2011, Gross had been imprisoned in Cuba since December 2009 for what that country called “crimes against the state.” Gross, a subcontractor for the United States Agency for International Development, went to Cuba to help the Jewish community there access the Internet. After his arrest, he received a trial he describes as a “B movie,” […]

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  • Arts and Culture Features New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    JNS.org – When I saw the recent Academy Award-winning film “The Big Short,” I was struck by the sheer genius of the financiers who devised the schemes and packaged the loans for resale, but it left me with unanswered questions about how the properties these loans represented were moved. “The Big Short” was largely about paper transactions, big money, and wealthy investors, and it mildly touched on the way the actual end-users — the home buyers and brokers — played into this […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Why do we think so negatively about psychiatrists that we still insult them by calling them shrinks? Some medics might be quacks, but we don’t generally refer to them as witches! Shrinks; The Untold Story of Psychiatry, by Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, is a sobering account of how psychiatry has swung from a marginal, unscientific mixture of weird theories into one of the most common and pervasive forms of treatment of what are commonly called “disorders of the mind.” Is it […]

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  • Features Opinion At Forbes Summit in Israel, Entrepreneurship Is a ‘Common Language’

    At Forbes Summit in Israel, Entrepreneurship Is a ‘Common Language’

    JNS.org – Nine months ago, Seth Cohen, director of network initiatives for the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, and Randall Lane, editor of Forbes Magazine, were schmoozing about the “vibrancy of Tel Aviv and soul of Jerusalem,” as Lane put it. They dreamed about how they could bring young and innovative millennials to the so-called “start-up nation.” From April 3-7, Forbes turned that dream into a reality. Israel played host to the first-ever Forbes Under 30 EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) […]

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