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Jewish Group to Kerry’s Wife’s Foundation: Disavow Grant to Anti-Israel Eatery October 31, 2014 5:31 pm

Jewish Group to Kerry’s Wife’s Foundation: Disavow Grant to Anti-Israel Eatery

JNS.org – The head of Heinz Endowments, a foundation chaired by U.S. Secretary of...

New York Times Corrects Allegation Made by Extremist, Four Months Later October 31, 2014 12:27 pm

New York Times Corrects Allegation Made by Extremist, Four Months Later

The New York Times has corrected an article which approvingly relayed a claim...

Former Israeli Ambassador to U.S. Affirms That USS Liberty Was ‘Tragic Friendly Fire Incident’ as Al Jazeera America Prepares to Air ‘Shocking Report’ by Conspiracy Theorist October 31, 2014 12:05 pm

Former Israeli Ambassador to U.S. Affirms That USS Liberty Was ‘Tragic Friendly Fire Incident’ as Al Jazeera America Prepares to Air ‘Shocking Report’ by Conspiracy Theorist

With U.S.-Israeli bilateral relations hitting a new low this week, the Qatari-financed news...

Poll: Only 16 Percent of Israelis Believe Obama Admin. is More Pro-Israel Than Pro-Palestinian October 31, 2014 10:27 am

Poll: Only 16 Percent of Israelis Believe Obama Admin. is More Pro-Israel Than Pro-Palestinian

Jerusalem Post – Only 16 percent of Israelis believe U.S. President Barack Obama’s...

New York Times Opinion Editor Explains Why Paper Won’t Address Palestinian Racism October 30, 2014 6:21 pm

New York Times Opinion Editor Explains Why Paper Won’t Address Palestinian Racism

Matt Seaton, staff editor for The New York Times opinion section, told a Twitter activist...

Father of WTC Victim Blasts <i>Haaretz</i> Over Cartoon Showing Netanyahu as 9/11 Terrorist October 30, 2014 2:33 pm

Father of WTC Victim Blasts Haaretz Over Cartoon Showing Netanyahu as 9/11 Terrorist

The father of a young New Yorker who was murdered during the September 11, 2001 terrorist...

Kerry Calls Insult to Netanyahu ‘Disgraceful, Unacceptable and Damaging’ October 30, 2014 1:41 pm

Kerry Calls Insult to Netanyahu ‘Disgraceful, Unacceptable and Damaging’

Haaretz – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the remarks made by anonymous...

Univ. of Haifa Sending Representative to Controversial American Studies Confab October 30, 2014 12:27 pm

Univ. of Haifa Sending Representative to Controversial American Studies Confab

JNS.org – The American Studies Association (ASA), which in late 2013 had voted to...

Jewish Umbrella Says ‘Chickenshit’ Damage Not Undone, Group Criticizes Disability Insult October 30, 2014 10:08 am

Jewish Umbrella Says ‘Chickenshit’ Damage Not Undone, Group Criticizes Disability Insult

JNS.org - The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, which represents...

Jewish Girl Attacked in Sick New ‘Game’, Suspect Apprehended, Scene Descends Into Anti-Semitic Hate Fest October 29, 2014 7:45 pm

Jewish Girl Attacked in Sick New ‘Game’, Suspect Apprehended, Scene Descends Into Anti-Semitic Hate Fest

A new ‘game’ circulating on social media inspired a group of teenagers to assault...

Report: Kerry to Speak With Netanyahu Over ‘Chickenshit’ Insult October 29, 2014 5:29 pm

Report: Kerry to Speak With Netanyahu Over ‘Chickenshit’ Insult

American Secretary of State John Kerry plans to speak with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...

White House Distances Itself From ‘Chickenshit’ Insult Leveled at Netanyahu, Stops Short of Apology October 29, 2014 11:53 am

White House Distances Itself From ‘Chickenshit’ Insult Leveled at Netanyahu, Stops Short of Apology

The White House has issued a cautious criticism of the anonymous Obama administration official...

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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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  • Analysis Arts and Culture Beyond ‘Klinghoffer’: Opera’s Composer, Librettist Have Broader Jewish Problem

    Beyond ‘Klinghoffer’: Opera’s Composer, Librettist Have Broader Jewish Problem

    JNS.org – One of the most controversial operas in recent memory, “The Death of Klinghoffer,” debuted Oct. 20 at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. The Met has scheduled seven more performances through November. The first staging did not occur without protest, as about 400 demonstrators—including Jewish communal and nationally recognized leaders—came to Lincoln Center to denounce the anti-Jewish and anti-Israel opera. “Klinghoffer,” the creation of composer John Adams and librettist Alice Goodman, premiered in 1991—with few additional stagings. The opera is based [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot is in negotiations to take on the female lead role in the remake of the 1959 classic Ben-Hur, according to The Hollywood Reporter. If the deal is finalized Gadot will play Esther, a slave and Ben-Hur’s love interest. Actor Jack Huston will star as the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by his childhood friend Messala, played by Toby Kebbell. Ben-Hur fights for his freedom and vengeance with the help of Morgan Freeman’s character, who trains Ben-Hur how to win at chariot-racing. [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    JNS.org – Baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie are the American dream. So why do two young men who have built their lives in Israel have a GoFundMe crowd-funding webpage with the urgent message that they need $3,000 to travel to the U.S. to watch the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles square off for Major League Baseball’s (MLB) American League championship? Brothers Naftali and Yoni Schwartz, 27 and 25, respectively, are Kansas City natives. Even though they made aliyah with their [...]

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  • Blogs Sports Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Some 3,000 years ago, King David probably never imagined cars racing at 240 kilometers per hour (150 miles per hour) through the ancient capital of the Jewish people. But on Monday and Tuesday, October 6-7, thousands of Israelis lined the streets to watch Porsche, Audi, and Ferrari race cars fly through the capital against the backdrop of the Tower of David, the Old City Walls, and other city landmarks. The second annual non-competitive Jerusalem Formula One Road Show had been [...]

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  • Israel Sports NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James expressed interest in visiting Israel someday, local news site Cleveland.com reported on Sunday. Speaking to Israeli reporters before the Cleveland Cavaliers’ preseason debut against Maccabi Tel Aviv, the NBA star said he had never visited the Jewish state but “I want to look forward to going there if I get an opportunity to.” When asked by an Israeli reporter if there was “any chance that LeBron James and Cleveland comes to Tel Aviv,” the athlete said [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    A Florida-based Chabad rabbi put former basketball star, U.S. Congressman Curt Clawson to shame on the court when the two faced off one-on-one recently. A YouTube video, posted online on Tuesday, shows Rabbi Fishel Zaklos of Chabad of Naples shooting hoops with the Florida politician, who played basketball in high school and at Purdue University in Indiana. The game took place in the parking lot of the Chabad Jewish center run by Zaklos. During the 1-minute clip, Zaklos scores two impressive [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    JNS.org – Less than five months after leading Maccabi Tel Aviv to its sixth European basketball title, David Blatt, now the head coach of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, routed his former team in an exhibition game on Sunday, with the Cavaliers dominating Maccabi 107-80 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The 20,562 fans in attendance witnessed Lebron James’s first appearance in a Cavaliers uniform since he left the club in free agency for the Miami Heat four years ago. [...]

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