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Secretive Watchdog Group Releases Report on Disrupters of Jerusalem Mayor’s Talk at San Fran State U April 15, 2016 6:27 pm

Secretive Watchdog Group Releases Report on Disrupters of Jerusalem Mayor’s Talk at San Fran State U

A secretive group that documents anti-Israel and antisemitic campus activities on Thursday...

US Lawmakers Urge Obama Not to Back UN Resolution on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict April 15, 2016 9:41 am

US Lawmakers Urge Obama Not to Back UN Resolution on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Several hundred Democratic and Republican lawmakers are urging the White House not to back...

Bernie Sanders Suspends Jewish Coordinator for Profane Anti-Netanyahu Posts April 15, 2016 9:01 am

Bernie Sanders Suspends Jewish Coordinator for Profane Anti-Netanyahu Posts

JNS.org – The presidential campaign of Democratic primary candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders...

Jewish Day School Drops Controversial Suit Against Family That Protested Its Israel Policies April 14, 2016 8:12 pm

Jewish Day School Drops Controversial Suit Against Family That Protested Its Israel Policies

A Jewish day school in Durham, NC, has dropped its lawsuit against a couple who withdrew...

Trump Introduces Orthodox Legal Exec as ‘Israel Consultant’ During Meeting With Jewish Journalists April 14, 2016 8:08 pm

Trump Introduces Orthodox Legal Exec as ‘Israel Consultant’ During Meeting With Jewish Journalists

“One of the benefits of a person like [Donald Trump] is that he really wants to hear from...

US Lawmaker Calls Out International Community for Funding Palestinian Terror (VIDEO) April 14, 2016 8:02 pm

US Lawmaker Calls Out International Community for Funding Palestinian Terror (VIDEO)

Palestinian terrorists are being financially rewarded for their crimes by the international...

EXCLUSIVE: Dalí’s Original Iconic ‘Aliyah’ Painting to Go Under the Hammer, Expected to Fetch $500,000 April 14, 2016 8:00 pm

EXCLUSIVE: Dalí’s Original Iconic ‘Aliyah’ Painting to Go Under the Hammer, Expected to Fetch $500,000

The original “Aliyah” painting by prominent surrealist Salvador Dalí will be going up...

Trump Defends Israel, Bashes Media in Meeting With Jewish Journalists April 14, 2016 7:58 pm

Trump Defends Israel, Bashes Media in Meeting With Jewish Journalists

“When missiles are being shot into your country, I don’t know what ‘disproportionate...

U of Chicago Reaffirms Political Neutrality, Repudiates BDS in Response to Student Government Resolution April 14, 2016 7:29 pm

U of Chicago Reaffirms Political Neutrality, Repudiates BDS in Response to Student Government Resolution

The University of Chicago (UC) released a statement Thursday repudiating divestment and academic...

U Mass Amherst Faculty Offer Last-Ditch Opposition to BDS Before Conclusion of Grad School Union Vote April 14, 2016 7:26 pm

U Mass Amherst Faculty Offer Last-Ditch Opposition to BDS Before Conclusion of Grad School Union Vote

A half-dozen faculty members at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (UMass) published...

Poll: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Continue to Lead in New York April 14, 2016 10:14 am

Poll: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Continue to Lead in New York

Days before the Tuesday presidential primary in New York, Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, and...

‘Vote Was About Denying Israel’s Right to Exist,’ Opponents Say After BDS Passes at U of Chicago April 13, 2016 3:37 pm

‘Vote Was About Denying Israel’s Right to Exist,’ Opponents Say After BDS Passes at U of Chicago

The student government at the University of Chicago (UC) passed a Boycott, Divestment and...

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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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  • Blogs Book Reviews Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Why do we think so negatively about psychiatrists that we still insult them by calling them shrinks? Some medics might be quacks, but we don’t generally refer to them as witches! Shrinks; The Untold Story of Psychiatry, by Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, is a sobering account of how psychiatry has swung from a marginal, unscientific mixture of weird theories into one of the most common and pervasive forms of treatment of what are commonly called “disorders of the mind.” Is it […]

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