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Student Leader Calls for Universities to Fire Academics That Voted for ASA Israel Boycott January 2, 2014 11:39 pm

Student Leader Calls for Universities to Fire Academics That Voted for ASA Israel Boycott

An American student leader called for U.S. universities to fire academics that voted in favor...

Pro-Israel College Groups Denied Chance to Present at Modern Language Association Conference January 2, 2014 11:29 am

Pro-Israel College Groups Denied Chance to Present at Modern Language Association Conference

JNS.org – The pro-Israel campus groups Hillel International and the Israel on Campus...

Peres to Deliver Knesset Petition for Pollard’s Release to the White House January 1, 2014 12:22 pm

Peres to Deliver Knesset Petition for Pollard’s Release to the White House

JNS.org – Israeli President Shimon Peres said he will deliver a petition to the...

Bronx Synagogue Swastika: Rabbi Says Graffiti ‘Particularly Hurtful’ to Holocaust Survivor Members January 1, 2014 10:58 am

Bronx Synagogue Swastika: Rabbi Says Graffiti ‘Particularly Hurtful’ to Holocaust Survivor Members

Kingsbridge Center of Israel Rabbi David Jonas said that swastika graffiti tagged on his...

Giant Swastika Sprayed on Kingsbridge, Bronx Center of Israel Synagogue January 1, 2014 10:38 am

Giant Swastika Sprayed on Kingsbridge, Bronx Center of Israel Synagogue

A four square foot Nazi swastika was spray painted in black across the front wall of the Kingsbridge...

Celebrity Stylist Rachel Zoe Tweets Family Photos After Her Son’s Circumcision December 31, 2013 12:29 pm

Celebrity Stylist Rachel Zoe Tweets Family Photos After Her Son’s Circumcision

Celebrity fashion stylist Rachel Zoe late on Monday tweeted a family picture after the bris...

Wiesenthal Center Accepts Tony Parker Apology, Calls for Statement in French December 30, 2013 4:47 pm

Wiesenthal Center Accepts Tony Parker Apology, Calls for Statement in French

Jewish human rights group, the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC), has accepted an apology issued...

NBA Star Tony Parker Apologizes for Offensive ‘Reverse Nazi Salute’ December 30, 2013 3:46 pm

NBA Star Tony Parker Apologizes for Offensive ‘Reverse Nazi Salute’

ESPN - San Antonio Spurs star guard Tony Parker has apologized after he and teammate Boris...

Report: Pentagon Asked Israel to Pressure Obama, Congress to Continue Providing Aid to Egypt December 25, 2013 5:42 pm

Report: Pentagon Asked Israel to Pressure Obama, Congress to Continue Providing Aid to Egypt

While official White House policy following the July ousting of Egyptian President Mohamed...

Gilad Shalit Pens Open Letter Calling for Jonathan Pollard’s Release December 25, 2013 10:56 am

Gilad Shalit Pens Open Letter Calling for Jonathan Pollard’s Release

JTA – Former captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit wrote in an open letter that all Israelis...

Swastikas and Insults Painted on Burbank Cars and Homes, 18-Year-Old Arrested December 25, 2013 10:53 am

Swastikas and Insults Painted on Burbank Cars and Homes, 18-Year-Old Arrested

Los Angeles Times – An 18-year-old Burbank man has been arrested on suspicion of spray-painting...

One-Sided BDS Roundtable Scheduled for Modern Language Association Confab December 24, 2013 6:37 pm

One-Sided BDS Roundtable Scheduled for Modern Language Association Confab

JNS.org - As part of its 129th annual convention from Jan. 9-12 in Chicago, the Modern Language...

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  • Arts and Culture Theater US & Canada New Play Explores the ‘Arrogance’ of American Jews Critical of Israel, Playwright Says

    New Play Explores the ‘Arrogance’ of American Jews Critical of Israel, Playwright Says

    In his new play Mr. Goldberg Goes to Tel Aviv, playwright Oren Safdie tackles an issue that he has a major concern with: the relationship between Israelis and left-leaning Diaspora Jews with their “I know better” critical views. At the heart of the one-act play is Tony, a Jewish and gay Palestinian sympathizer who expresses strong anti-Israel sentiments when the play begins and at one point even sides with a Palestinian terrorist who holds his captive. Tony, who is also an [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO)

    Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO)

    A Jewish group released a parody video on Wednesday of Taylor Swift’s hit song Shake It Off in which they joke about taking off from work for the Jewish holidays. “And the goyim gonna stay, stay, stay, stay, stay. And the Jews are gonna pray, pray pray, pray, pray. I’m just gonna take, take, take, take, take. I’m taking off,” goes the chorus for I’m Taking Off. Menachem Weinstein, the video’s lead singer, is the creative director at the all-boys [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Literature On 75th Anniversary, Looking at the Jewish Influence on Gone With the Wind

    On 75th Anniversary, Looking at the Jewish Influence on Gone With the Wind

    JNS.org – The 75th anniversary of the premiere of “Gone with the Wind” on Dec. 15 presents an opportunity to examine the Jewish influence on one of the most popular films of all time. That influence starts with the American Civil War epic’s famed producer, David O. Selznick. Adjusted for inflation, “Gone with the Wind” remains the highest-grossing movie ever made. It earned the 1939 Academy Award for Best Picture, the same honor another Selznick film, “Rebecca,” garnered in 1940. Selznick [...]

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  • Featured Music US & Canada EXCLUSIVE: Matisyahu Provides Most Extensive Analysis Yet of His Religious, Musical Evolution (INTERVIEW)

    EXCLUSIVE: Matisyahu Provides Most Extensive Analysis Yet of His Religious, Musical Evolution (INTERVIEW)

    Matisyahu got candid in an exclusive interview with The Algemeiner on Monday about his religious and musical journey – after shedding his Chassidic skin, yarmulke, long beard and all – from the start of his career in 2005 when he became a reggae superstar with hits King Without a Crown and Jerusalem. The singer-songwriter embarks on his Festival of Light tour this month, an annual Hanukkah event that stops in Montreal, New York, and other cities before ending in San Juan, [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Personalities ‘Sheriff of Mars’ Unveils Endearing Life of Jewish Music Star Hidden in the Fields of France

    ‘Sheriff of Mars’ Unveils Endearing Life of Jewish Music Star Hidden in the Fields of France

    JNS.org – It was an era of steel strings, guitar heroes, and storytellers—high on heroin, rebellious. Outlaw country music, the hallmark of Nashville’s powerful and angry music scene of the 1970s, was the brew of greats such as Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Townes Van Zandt. But there is another, little-known music hero of that era: Daniel Antopolsky. A Jewish lad from Augusta, Ga.—the son of immigrants who settled in the south and ran a hardware store on Main Street—the [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Iranian Actress Replaces Israel’s Gal Gadot for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

    Iranian Actress Replaces Israel’s Gal Gadot for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

    Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi replaced Israeli star Gal Gadot as the female lead in the new Ben-Hur remake, Hollywood.com reported on Tuesday. The Homeland actress will play Esther, a slave that Ben-Hur sets free and falls in love with. Gadot quit the movie when it became clear that filming conflicted with her schedule for the Man of Steel sequel. The Israeli actress plays Wonder Woman in the superhero film Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Actor Jack Huston takes on the [...]

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  • Book Reviews Personalities Biography Sheds New Light on David Ben-Gurion’s Place in Jewish History

    Biography Sheds New Light on David Ben-Gurion’s Place in Jewish History

    JNS.org – There is one sentence in “Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel” that made me sit up in surprise. I thought that I knew the basic facts about how Israel came into being, but while describing what it was like in the days and hours before the state was declared, author Anita Shapira provides one important anecdote I was not aware of. On the 12th of May, the Zionist Executive met to decide what to do. Moshe Sharrett had just returned [...]

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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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