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Pope, Russian Orthodox Patriarch to Have Historic Meeting on Persecution of Mideast Christians February 9, 2016 2:22 pm

Pope, Russian Orthodox Patriarch to Have Historic Meeting on Persecution of Mideast Christians

JNS.org – The leaders of the Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches will meet for the...

Turkish President Meets With Top US Jewish Leaders Over Possible Rapprochement With Israel February 9, 2016 2:18 pm

Turkish President Meets With Top US Jewish Leaders Over Possible Rapprochement With Israel

JNS.org – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday reportedly met with several...

IDF Chief Says Soldiers Have Duty to Disobey Illegal Orders February 9, 2016 2:15 pm

IDF Chief Says Soldiers Have Duty to Disobey Illegal Orders

JNS.org – In effort to maintain transparency in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Israel’s...

T-Shirts Depicting British-Jewish Footballer as Hassid With Sidelocks ‘Spurs’ Club to Take Action Against Peddlers February 9, 2016 2:06 pm

T-Shirts Depicting British-Jewish Footballer as Hassid With Sidelocks ‘Spurs’ Club to Take Action Against Peddlers

The London-based Chelsea Football Club will reportedly take action to stop unofficial retailers...

To ‘Stop Next Child Terrorist,’ East Jerusalem Schools Invite Muslim Religious Leaders to Teach Coexistence, Value of Life February 9, 2016 12:20 pm

To ‘Stop Next Child Terrorist,’ East Jerusalem Schools Invite Muslim Religious Leaders to Teach Coexistence, Value of Life

East Jerusalem schools have been taking extra measures in recent weeks “to stop the...

Israeli Jogger Wounded in West Bank Palestinian Stabbing Attack February 9, 2016 11:00 am

Israeli Jogger Wounded in West Bank Palestinian Stabbing Attack

An Israeli from a Gush Etzion kibbutz was moderately wounded in a stabbing attack on Tuesday...

Russian Companies Rush to Return to Iran Following Sanctions Lift February 9, 2016 10:42 am

Russian Companies Rush to Return to Iran Following Sanctions Lift

At a sprawling pipe factory in this gritty industrial town, an exhibit of Surrealist art,...

IDF Searching for Solution to Gaza Tunnel Problem, Chief of Staff Says February 9, 2016 10:14 am

IDF Searching for Solution to Gaza Tunnel Problem, Chief of Staff Says

The IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot Tuesday morning came out in opposition to the calls for...

Hamas Operative Killed in 3rd Tunnel Collapse in 2 Weeks February 9, 2016 10:11 am

Hamas Operative Killed in 3rd Tunnel Collapse in 2 Weeks

JNS.org – A Hamas operative was reportedly killed in Gaza on Monday in the third deadly...

Israel Border Police Thwart Stabbing Attack Near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem February 9, 2016 10:08 am

Israel Border Police Thwart Stabbing Attack Near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem

A stabbing attack was thwarted near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday...

Israel Police Chief Announces Plans to Beef up Presence in Arab Sector Amid Disproportionate Crime Rate February 9, 2016 10:05 am

Israel Police Chief Announces Plans to Beef up Presence in Arab Sector Amid Disproportionate Crime Rate

Chief of Israel Police Roni Alsheikh announced on Tuesday plans to add some 1,300 officers...

Human Rights Group Condemns Musician Ted Nugent for Anti-Jewish Facebook Post February 9, 2016 10:00 am

Human Rights Group Condemns Musician Ted Nugent for Anti-Jewish Facebook Post

JNS.org – Taking to his Facebook page on Monday afternoon, legendary musician and gun...

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  • Book Reviews Opinion Perspectives on the Middle East and Islam (BOOK REVIEW)

    Perspectives on the Middle East and Islam (BOOK REVIEW)

    Nothing Abides: Perspectives on the Middle East and Islam, by Daniel Pipes. Transaction Publishers, 2015. More doggedly than any other expert on Middle East affairs Daniel Pipes has riveted his attention upon the threat that radical Islam poses to civilized life in nearly every corner of the globe. The Boston Globe was not indulging in hyperbole when it stated, “If Pipes’ admonitions had been heeded, there might never have been a 9/11.” He is the polar opposite to the willfully […]

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  • Food Jewish Identity Home of Freud and…Pita? Israelis Make Culinary Mark in Vienna

    Home of Freud and…Pita? Israelis Make Culinary Mark in Vienna

    JNS.org – Several Viennese Jews have made a lasting impact on the world. Sigmund Freud’s investigations changed the face of modern psychology. Composer Arnold Schoenberg’s innovations in atonal music changed the face of music. These days, even more Jews — in particular, Israeli Jews — are changing the face of Vienna’s culinary scene with innovations in…the art of the pita. Freudians may find a psychoanalytic motive for the local appeal of the Israeli eateries popping up in the Austrian capital. Walk […]

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  • Features Opinion In Iraqi Kurdistan, a Genocide Before Our Very Eyes

    In Iraqi Kurdistan, a Genocide Before Our Very Eyes

    The two bullet casings are already beginning to rust. Sheikh Nasser Pasha plucks them from the ground. “Look, one is from an AK-47, one from an American M-4.” The casings are strewn on the ground atop a long mound of dirt with a few bits of white sticks on it. It would appear unremarkable if one were walking by it. A closer look, however, reveals the white objects are pieces of human bone: arms, legs, and a single human skull. […]

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  • Blogs Features Israel and the Apartheid Narrative: 2 South African Student Leaders Weigh In

    Israel and the Apartheid Narrative: 2 South African Student Leaders Weigh In

    JNS.org – About two-dozen people file into Dodd 175 at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus on a Thursday night, scouting out seats and picking at the kosher pizza in the back of the lecture hall. Miyelani Pinini knows the drill. A former student president of the University of Cape Town in South Africa, she’s attended and even organized her share of free-pizza events. But now she and a fellow South African student leader were the stars of this […]

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  • Food Spirituality/Tradition The Brewish State: Israel Taps Into Growing Craft Beer Bazaar

    The Brewish State: Israel Taps Into Growing Craft Beer Bazaar

    JNS.org – It’s widely known that Israel has penetrated the wine market, with some of its sophisticated Israeli blends surpassing historically excellent wines from areas such as the Napa Valley or Bordeaux. But what about beer? For decades, Israel has offered solely the Maccabi and Nesher brands. Not anymore. “There is a huge push of people making beer at home. The country is approaching over 30 craft breweries in the last year or two, making nearly 200 beers,” says Avi Moskowitz, […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Natalie Portman Says She Behaved Like ‘Average Everyday Jewish Mother’ on Set of Latest Movie

    Natalie Portman Says She Behaved Like ‘Average Everyday Jewish Mother’ on Set of Latest Movie

    Actress Natalie Portman acted like a typical “Jewish mother” on the set of her latest movie, Jane Got a Gun, the Israeli-born star told the New York Post‘s Page Six on Sunday. The 34-year-old, who also co-produced the western, said she made it her job to look out for everyone involved in the project, because the film has had to overcome “so many obstacles,” such as losing its director early on. She explained: “Actors changed. We suffered financial and legal challenges. We endured so many replacements. There were delays. […]

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  • Israel Music Scorpions Lead Singer Sends Message to Israel Ahead of World Tour, Tel Aviv Performance (VIDEO)

    Scorpions Lead Singer Sends Message to Israel Ahead of World Tour, Tel Aviv Performance (VIDEO)

    “We’re looking very much forward to coming back to Israel this summer,” said the lead singer of the German rock band Scorpions in a video on Monday. “Make sure you don’t miss it because we rock you like a hurricane!” said a jovial Klaus Meine, quoting the band’s seminal 1984 anthem, “Rock You Like a Hurricane.” The hard rock band lands in Israel for a show at the Menorah Mivtachim Arena on July 14 as part of its 50th anniversary tour. It will be the band’s third time […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews The Collected Works of Primo Levi, Edited by Ann Goldstein (REVIEW)

    The Collected Works of Primo Levi, Edited by Ann Goldstein (REVIEW)

    Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel were the two most immediate and authentic literary voices who gave witness to the Holocaust. Wiesel was an extrovert and a very public figure who wrote initially in French. Levi was a modest retiring chemist who wrote in Italian. Whereas Wiesel was rooted in the Eastern European Jewish Hassidic world, Levi was the product of an assimilated, secular Italian society that saw itself as Italian first and Jewish as an accident of birth. As Levi himself said, “At Auschwitz I […]

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