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Residents of Northern Israel Fear Lebanese Border Watchtowers Could Be Manned by Hezbollah May 23, 2016 9:54 am

Residents of Northern Israel Fear Lebanese Border Watchtowers Could Be Manned by Hezbollah

JNS.org –  Residents of northern Israel have expressed concern over watchtowers they...

Israel Allows Transfer of Cement Into Gaza After Six-Week Ban May 23, 2016 9:52 am

Israel Allows Transfer of Cement Into Gaza After Six-Week Ban

Gaza will start receiving cement imports again on Monday for the first time in six weeks,...

‘A Lot of People Just Started Beating Me,’ Arab Man Says of Tel Aviv Supermarket Brawl May 23, 2016 9:50 am

‘A Lot of People Just Started Beating Me,’ Arab Man Says of Tel Aviv Supermarket Brawl

JNS.org – A brawl erupted outside a central Tel Aviv supermarket on Sunday between...

Netanyahu Rejects French Peace Initiative, Proposes Direct Israeli-Palestinian Talks May 23, 2016 9:47 am

Netanyahu Rejects French Peace Initiative, Proposes Direct Israeli-Palestinian Talks

JNS.org – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told French Prime Minister Manuel...

US Election Grabs Iranian Attention In Light of Nuclear Deal May 23, 2016 9:40 am

US Election Grabs Iranian Attention In Light of Nuclear Deal

After decades of officially-imposed detachment from the “Great Satan,” Iranians...

Iranian Commander Boasts Iran Could Destroy Israel ‘In Less Than Eight Minutes’ May 23, 2016 9:38 am

Iranian Commander Boasts Iran Could Destroy Israel ‘In Less Than Eight Minutes’

A senior Iranian military commander boasted that the Islamic Republic could “raze the Zionist...

Movie Star Michael Douglas: ‘This Year Has Been About Rediscovering the Jewish Values That I Cherish’ May 23, 2016 6:05 am

Movie Star Michael Douglas: ‘This Year Has Been About Rediscovering the Jewish Values That I Cherish’

Movie star/producer Michael Douglas on Sunday described developing a connection to his Judaism...

King David Hotel Manager Explains After Jewish Ensemble Asked to Remove Kippot So As Not to Offend Arab Audience May 22, 2016 10:52 pm

King David Hotel Manager Explains After Jewish Ensemble Asked to Remove Kippot So As Not to Offend Arab Audience

The general manager of Jerusalem’s King David Hotel ripped into the Hebrew press on...

Israel’s Public Security Minister: BDS and Terrorism Two Sides of Same Coin May 22, 2016 2:58 pm

Israel’s Public Security Minister: BDS and Terrorism Two Sides of Same Coin

Israel’s minister of public security, strategic affairs and public diplomacy said on Sunday...

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”...

Netanyahu Tries to Ease Concerns About Changes in Coalition May 22, 2016 9:50 am

Netanyahu Tries to Ease Concerns About Changes in Coalition

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought on Sunday to ease concerns over the expected...

French PM Calls on Netanyahu to ‘Show Some Faith’ in Peace Initiative May 22, 2016 9:46 am

French PM Calls on Netanyahu to ‘Show Some Faith’ in Peace Initiative

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Saturday said that “Netanyahu must show some faith”...

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  • Features World Graves of Jewish Pirates in Jamaica Give Caribbean Tourists Taste of Little-Known History

    Graves of Jewish Pirates in Jamaica Give Caribbean Tourists Taste of Little-Known History

    Tour operators are calling attention to Jamaica’s little-known Jewish heritage by arranging visits to historic Jewish sites on the Caribbean island, including a cemetery where Jewish pirates are buried. A report in Travel and Leisure magazine describes the Hunts Bay Cemetery in Kingston, where there are seven tombstones engraved with Hebrew benedictions and skull and crossbones insignia. According to the report, centuries ago, Jewish pirates sailed the waters of Jamaica and settled in Port Royal. The town, once known as “the wickedest city in the […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Filmmaker Eyal Resh Embraces the Challenge of Telling Israel’s Story (VIDEO)

    Filmmaker Eyal Resh Embraces the Challenge of Telling Israel’s Story (VIDEO)

    JNS.org – Telling Israel’s story. It’s the specific title of a short film that Eyal Resh created last year. It’s also the theme behind the 27-year-old Israeli filmmaker’s broader body of work. The widely viewed “Telling Israel’s Story” film—directed by Resh for a gala event hosted by the Times of Israel online news outlet—seemingly begins as a promotional tourism video, but quickly evolves to offer a multilayered perspective. “I want to tell you a story about a special place for me,” a young woman whispers […]

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  • Blogs Features Israel Geeks Out: Science, Art and Tech Event Embodies Jewish State’s ‘DNA’

    Israel Geeks Out: Science, Art and Tech Event Embodies Jewish State’s ‘DNA’

    JNS.org – The entrance to Jerusalem’s Sacher Park was transformed from April 25-27 by a fire-breathing robotic dragon, which flailed its arms and attempted to take flight. The robot, a signature feature at Jerusalem’s first-ever “Geek Picnic,” was one of more than 150 scientific amusements available for the public to experience. This particular dragon was designed by students from Moscow’s Art Industrial Institute in conjunction with the Flacon design factory, said Anatasia Shaminer, a student who helped facilitate the display. Children […]

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  • Book Reviews Opinion The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love. CreateSpace, 2015. The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love, is a very interesting novel. Equally a political and romantic thriller, at times a real page-turner, it gets you intimately involved in the dire situation in today’s Syria, as well as in the romantic entanglements of its mostly New York-based characters — whose entanglements just might determine the fate of that dire situation in Syria. Along the way it introduces a really important idea that somehow […]

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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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