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Jewish Artists, Collectors Outraged Over Auction, Sale of Hitler Statue to Anonymous Bidder for $17 Million May 11, 2016 9:00 am

Jewish Artists, Collectors Outraged Over Auction, Sale of Hitler Statue to Anonymous Bidder for $17 Million

Jewish artists and collectors are in an uproar over a statue of Adolf Hitler that sold at...

Poll: Netanyahu Among 10 Most-Admired People in US May 10, 2016 10:30 am

Poll: Netanyahu Among 10 Most-Admired People in US

JNS.org – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the 10th-most-admired person...

Obama Admin Criticized for Lenient Attitude Toward Foreign Funding of Terrorism May 10, 2016 10:16 am

Obama Admin Criticized for Lenient Attitude Toward Foreign Funding of Terrorism

The Obama administration is facing criticism over what some lawmakers say is an overly permissive...

Trump, Clinton Tied in 3 Swing States, New Poll Reveals May 10, 2016 10:11 am

Trump, Clinton Tied in 3 Swing States, New Poll Reveals

Buckle up for the next six months: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are effectively tied in...

US Announces $50 Million in Aid to Gaza May 10, 2016 10:02 am

US Announces $50 Million in Aid to Gaza

JNS.org – The United States has announced a $50 million humanitarian aid program for...

Mideast Watchdog: Former Defense Secretary’s Newfound Lack of Trust in Iran Deal Shows ‘How Good Obama Has Become at Art of Deception’ May 9, 2016 4:28 pm

Mideast Watchdog: Former Defense Secretary’s Newfound Lack of Trust in Iran Deal Shows ‘How Good Obama Has Become at Art of Deception’

Former US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s public reversal of confidence in President...

Rutgers Professor Again Accused of Antisemitism for Remarks Made About Israel During Panel Discussion at Dartmouth May 9, 2016 4:03 pm

Rutgers Professor Again Accused of Antisemitism for Remarks Made About Israel During Panel Discussion at Dartmouth

A Rutgers University professor who infamously accused Israel of harvesting the organs of Palestinians...

Hillary Clinton Says She Opposes BDS Movement in Letter to Jewish Leaders May 9, 2016 3:02 pm

Hillary Clinton Says She Opposes BDS Movement in Letter to Jewish Leaders

On the eve of her religious denomination’s quadrennial meeting, Hillary Clinton wrote a...

11-Year-Old Boy Charged With Hate Crime After Setting Jewish School Bus on Fire in Brooklyn (VIDEO) May 9, 2016 1:36 pm

11-Year-Old Boy Charged With Hate Crime After Setting Jewish School Bus on Fire in Brooklyn (VIDEO)

An 11-year-old boy has been charged with a hate crime after setting a Jewish school bus ablaze in...

Canada’s Fire Victims Aided by Jewish, Israeli Groups May 9, 2016 1:27 pm

Canada’s Fire Victims Aided by Jewish, Israeli Groups

JNS.org – Jewish groups in Canada are helping evacuate as many as 90,000 people from...

Kneeling Hitler Statue Sells for $17.2 Million in New York Auction May 9, 2016 10:07 am

Kneeling Hitler Statue Sells for $17.2 Million in New York Auction

A 2001 statue of a kneeling Adolf Hitler sold for a record $17.2 million at a Christie’s...

Bob Dylan Thought of Producing Holocaust Movie, Says Ex-Lover in New Memoir May 8, 2016 1:29 pm

Bob Dylan Thought of Producing Holocaust Movie, Says Ex-Lover in New Memoir

Music superstar Bob Dylan once conceived of producing a film about women who escaped Nazi concentration...

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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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