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Major Jewish Group Condemns Al Jazeera Report Accusing Israel of Detaining Palestinian Girl Without Probable Cause April 28, 2016 11:10 am

Major Jewish Group Condemns Al Jazeera Report Accusing Israel of Detaining Palestinian Girl Without Probable Cause

A major Jewish organization sharply criticized a video accusing Israel of detaining a Palestinian...

French Embassy in Israel Says Major Bank Violating Anti-BDS Law April 28, 2016 9:32 am

French Embassy in Israel Says Major Bank Violating Anti-BDS Law

JNS.org – France’s embassy in Israel said that Credit Mutuel, a major French bank,...

French Jewish Leaders Decry Country’s Support of UNESCO Resolution Denying Jewish Ties to Temple Mount April 28, 2016 7:53 am

French Jewish Leaders Decry Country’s Support of UNESCO Resolution Denying Jewish Ties to Temple Mount

France’s recent support of a UN resolution denying Jewish ties to the Temple Mount is a...

New UK National Student Union President Deflects Acknowledgement of Israel’s Right to Exist in First Interview Post Election (VIDEO) April 28, 2016 1:22 am

New UK National Student Union President Deflects Acknowledgement of Israel’s Right to Exist in First Interview Post Election (VIDEO)

The newly elected president of the UK’s National Union of Students (NUS) refused to acknowledge...

Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘Disastrous’ Leadership Called Into Question Over Handling of Naz Shah Scandal April 28, 2016 12:56 am

Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘Disastrous’ Leadership Called Into Question Over Handling of Naz Shah Scandal

The head of Britain’s Labour Party is being “forced out on a limb politically” after...

US Adopts Israeli Military Tactic in War Against Islamic State in Iraq April 27, 2016 6:47 pm

US Adopts Israeli Military Tactic in War Against Islamic State in Iraq

JNS.org – The United States is using an early warning tactic developed by the Israel...

Khamenei Claims Iran Sanctions Only Lifted ‘on Paper’ April 27, 2016 10:54 am

Khamenei Claims Iran Sanctions Only Lifted ‘on Paper’

Iran’s Supreme Leader accused the United States on Wednesday of scaring businesses away...

Iran Jails Four Reformist Journalists April 27, 2016 10:52 am

Iran Jails Four Reformist Journalists

A US-based media advocacy group has condemned the sentencing by a court in Iran of four reformist...

Mideast Analyst Scoffs at Claim Iranian Government Has No Say in Tehran Holocaust Cartoon Contest April 26, 2016 5:27 pm

Mideast Analyst Scoffs at Claim Iranian Government Has No Say in Tehran Holocaust Cartoon Contest

“This doesn’t pass the laugh test,” a Washington, DC-based Middle East analyst...

Former White House Adviser: Thanks to Israel, the US ‘Dodged a Bullet in Syria’ April 26, 2016 5:18 pm

Former White House Adviser: Thanks to Israel, the US ‘Dodged a Bullet in Syria’

The United States “dodged a bullet in Syria… all courtesy of the Israelis,” former US...

Holocaust Educator to Help Yazidis Document Genocidal Persecution by ISIS April 26, 2016 2:25 pm

Holocaust Educator to Help Yazidis Document Genocidal Persecution by ISIS

A Holocaust educator will help record tragic stories from the Iraqi-Syrian Yazidi community...

Russia Reportedly Shows Renewed Interest in Israeli Natural Gas April 25, 2016 12:48 pm

Russia Reportedly Shows Renewed Interest in Israeli Natural Gas

JNS.org – Sources said Sunday that another round of negotiations over the development...

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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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  • Features Opinion At Forbes Summit in Israel, Entrepreneurship Is a ‘Common Language’

    At Forbes Summit in Israel, Entrepreneurship Is a ‘Common Language’

    JNS.org – Nine months ago, Seth Cohen, director of network initiatives for the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, and Randall Lane, editor of Forbes Magazine, were schmoozing about the “vibrancy of Tel Aviv and soul of Jerusalem,” as Lane put it. They dreamed about how they could bring young and innovative millennials to the so-called “start-up nation.” From April 3-7, Forbes turned that dream into a reality. Israel played host to the first-ever Forbes Under 30 EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) […]

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