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Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Congregants in Touro Synagogue Dispute May 17, 2016 11:23 am

Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Congregants in Touro Synagogue Dispute

JNS.org – A United States federal judge ruled in favor of the congregants of the 250-year-old...

Anti-Israel Students at Connecticut College ‘Occupy’ Office of School President in Protest Over Investigation of Mock Eviction Notices May 16, 2016 6:34 pm

Anti-Israel Students at Connecticut College ‘Occupy’ Office of School President in Protest Over Investigation of Mock Eviction Notices

A group of anti-Israel students at Connecticut College is “occupying” the office of...

Obama’s National Security Adviser Denies Administration Misled Public, Media on Iran Deal May 16, 2016 6:01 pm

Obama’s National Security Adviser Denies Administration Misled Public, Media on Iran Deal

The United States national security adviser denied any allegations on Sunday that the Obama...

Canadian Businessman Buys Newspaper Ad to Apologize for Punching Jewish Schoolmate 60 Years Ago May 16, 2016 5:47 pm

Canadian Businessman Buys Newspaper Ad to Apologize for Punching Jewish Schoolmate 60 Years Ago

A Toronto man has purchased a newspaper ad to publicly apologize to a Jewish boy he had...

Texas Governor Refuses Obama’s Request to Lift State Sanctions on Iran; Says Nuclear Deal Undermines US Security, Poses Existential Threat to Israel May 16, 2016 5:31 pm

Texas Governor Refuses Obama’s Request to Lift State Sanctions on Iran; Says Nuclear Deal Undermines US Security, Poses Existential Threat to Israel

The governor of Texas sent a harsh letter to US President Barack Obama on Monday, announcing that...

Delegation From Canada’s Ontario Province Visits Israel to Bolster Business Ties May 16, 2016 4:53 pm

Delegation From Canada’s Ontario Province Visits Israel to Bolster Business Ties

JNS.org – A delegation of 100 Canadian politicians and business leaders arrived in...

Florida Man Charged With Jewish Center Bomb Plot Seeks Bail May 16, 2016 10:18 am

Florida Man Charged With Jewish Center Bomb Plot Seeks Bail

A man charged with plotting to bomb a synagogue and Jewish school in South Florida is seeking...

American Islamic Reformer: Crucial to Provide Third Path for Palestinians Faced With ‘Fascist’ Fatah and Hamas May 15, 2016 7:42 pm

American Islamic Reformer: Crucial to Provide Third Path for Palestinians Faced With ‘Fascist’ Fatah and Hamas

“We have to tap into Muslims’ consciences and to tell them that they have an Islamic responsibility...

Bill Clinton Defends Record on Israel: ‘I Killed Myself to Give Palestinians a State’ May 15, 2016 10:20 am

Bill Clinton Defends Record on Israel: ‘I Killed Myself to Give Palestinians a State’

Bill Clinton went on the defensive over his record on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as...

Newly Released Dartmouth Transcript Shows ‘Antisemitic’ Rutgers Professor Accused Israel of Deliberately Maiming Palestinians, Targeting Children May 15, 2016 8:18 am

Newly Released Dartmouth Transcript Shows ‘Antisemitic’ Rutgers Professor Accused Israel of Deliberately Maiming Palestinians, Targeting Children

The content of a controversial lecture delivered last month at Dartmouth College by an...

More Underage Suspects Arrested in Connection With Arson of Jewish School Bus in Brooklyn May 15, 2016 7:07 am

More Underage Suspects Arrested in Connection With Arson of Jewish School Bus in Brooklyn

After arresting an 11-year-old boy on Monday for the setting on fire of a Jewish school bus...

Report: Sheldon Adelson May Spend $100 Million on Trump Campaign May 14, 2016 10:34 pm

Report: Sheldon Adelson May Spend $100 Million on Trump Campaign

The casino magnate Sheldon G. Adelson told Donald J. Trump in a private meeting last week...

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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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