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Suspect Arrested in Florida Synagogue Bomb Plot, FBI Says May 2, 2016 9:59 am

Suspect Arrested in Florida Synagogue Bomb Plot, FBI Says

JNS.org – A man suspected of planning to bomb a South Florida synagogue has been arrested,...

President Obama Roasts Trump, Lampoons ‘Lame Duck’ Status in Final Correspondents’ Dinner May 1, 2016 10:59 am

President Obama Roasts Trump, Lampoons ‘Lame Duck’ Status in Final Correspondents’ Dinner

For the final time, President Barack Obama delivered one-liners and laughs at the White House...

Russia Justifies Fighter Jet’s ‘Barrel Roll’ Over US Air Force Plane April 30, 2016 9:09 pm

Russia Justifies Fighter Jet’s ‘Barrel Roll’ Over US Air Force Plane

Russia said on Saturday it had sent a fighter plane on Friday to intercept a US aircraft...

Senator Says White House Proposal to Buy Heavy Water From Iran is No ‘Laughing Matter’ April 30, 2016 1:30 pm

Senator Says White House Proposal to Buy Heavy Water From Iran is No ‘Laughing Matter’

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Thursday slammed the White House for mocking his knowledge of...

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton Tied in New National Poll of Likely US Voters April 30, 2016 9:30 am

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton Tied in New National Poll of Likely US Voters

Nearly one-in-four voters say they will stay home or vote third party if Hillary Clinton and...

Trump: Obama ‘Snubbing’ Israel While Courting Iran April 28, 2016 6:46 pm

Trump: Obama ‘Snubbing’ Israel While Courting Iran

JNS.org – In a speech outlining his foreign policy vision, Republican presidential...

Lawyer in Discrimination Suit: President of CUNY College Pressured Jewish Faculty Member to Withdraw Antisemitism Complaint April 28, 2016 10:46 am

Lawyer in Discrimination Suit: President of CUNY College Pressured Jewish Faculty Member to Withdraw Antisemitism Complaint

A lawyer representing a New York City professor in a suit against his university for alleged antisemitism...

Conan O’Brien Throws ‘Pharaoh’ Through Giant Wall of Matzah in Passover Sketch (VIDEO) April 28, 2016 10:05 am

Conan O’Brien Throws ‘Pharaoh’ Through Giant Wall of Matzah in Passover Sketch (VIDEO)

Conan O’Brien celebrated Passover on his late night show this week by throwing the...

Senate Democrats Block Spending Bill to Prevent Heavy Water Deals With Iran April 28, 2016 9:55 am

Senate Democrats Block Spending Bill to Prevent Heavy Water Deals With Iran

Senate Democrats unexpectedly blocked a major spending bill for energy and water programs...

Freedom House Slammed for Downgrading Israeli Media to ‘Partly Free’ April 28, 2016 9:53 am

Freedom House Slammed for Downgrading Israeli Media to ‘Partly Free’

JNS.org – Media commentators slammed the U.S.-based Freedom House NGO for downgrading...

Donald Trump Promises US Foreign Policy That Will Put ‘America First’ April 28, 2016 9:52 am

Donald Trump Promises US Foreign Policy That Will Put ‘America First’

Donald J. Trump, exuding confidence after his resounding primary victories in the East, promised...

Stanford University Excludes Demonization of Israel From Resolution Against Antisemitism April 28, 2016 8:06 am

Stanford University Excludes Demonization of Israel From Resolution Against Antisemitism

A recent Stanford Undergraduate Student Senate resolution condemning antisemitism excluded...

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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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  • 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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