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Iran in Talks With Russia to Sell Heavy Water From Nuclear Program April 25, 2016 9:55 am

Iran in Talks With Russia to Sell Heavy Water From Nuclear Program

Iran is holding talks with Russia to sell it about 40 tonnes of heavy water from its nuclear...

Russia Says Reports About Forces Firing at Israeli Planes Over Syria Are ‘Far From Reality’ April 22, 2016 8:00 pm

Russia Says Reports About Forces Firing at Israeli Planes Over Syria Are ‘Far From Reality’

JNS.org – Russia has released a statement denying reports that a Russian aircraft...

Oxford, Cambridge Threatening to Break Ties With National Student Union Over New President Accused of Antisemitism, Supporting ISIS April 22, 2016 6:05 pm

Oxford, Cambridge Threatening to Break Ties With National Student Union Over New President Accused of Antisemitism, Supporting ISIS

Top universities in Britain are threatening to break ties with the country’s National...

Newly Appointed Netanyahu Spokesperson’s First Twitter Offensive Launched Against Iran’s Foreign Minister April 22, 2016 5:13 pm

Newly Appointed Netanyahu Spokesperson’s First Twitter Offensive Launched Against Iran’s Foreign Minister

Following the publication Wednesday of an op-ed by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad...

Report: Russian Forces in Syria Fired at Israeli Planes at Least Twice April 22, 2016 10:46 am

Report: Russian Forces in Syria Fired at Israeli Planes at Least Twice

Russian forces in Syria have fired at least twice on Israeli military aircraft, prompting...

Famed Medieval Passover Haggadah Stolen From Owners by Nazis on Display at Israel Museum April 22, 2016 9:52 am

Famed Medieval Passover Haggadah Stolen From Owners by Nazis on Display at Israel Museum

JNS.org – The grandchildren of a German-Jewish lawmaker say that the famous Birds’...

Pro-Israel Group, Legal Forum Petition UNESCO to Stop Denying Jewish Connection to Holy Sites April 22, 2016 9:25 am

Pro-Israel Group, Legal Forum Petition UNESCO to Stop Denying Jewish Connection to Holy Sites

JNS.org – The pro-Israel education group StandWithUs and the International Legal Forum...

New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps April 22, 2016 8:45 am

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...

Holocaust Survivor Foxman: Iranian Foreign Minister’s Invoking of ‘Never Again’ to Justify Weapons Build-Up ‘Offensive, Obnoxious, Insulting’ April 21, 2016 2:37 pm

Holocaust Survivor Foxman: Iranian Foreign Minister’s Invoking of ‘Never Again’ to Justify Weapons Build-Up ‘Offensive, Obnoxious, Insulting’

A Holocaust survivor and renowned lifelong warrior against antisemitism decried the use of...

Britain’s National Student Union Elects ‘Open Racist’ as President; Jewish Groups in Uproar Over Antisemitic Past (VIDEO) April 20, 2016 9:27 pm

Britain’s National Student Union Elects ‘Open Racist’ as President; Jewish Groups in Uproar Over Antisemitic Past (VIDEO)

British Jewish student organizations are in an uproar following a decision on Wednesday by...

‘Netanyahu Left With No Choice But to Fly Back and Forth to Moscow,’ Russian Political Activist Says April 20, 2016 4:00 pm

‘Netanyahu Left With No Choice But to Fly Back and Forth to Moscow,’ Russian Political Activist Says

Berating the West in general and the United States in particular for leaving a “vacuum”...

Putin Meets With Jewish Delegation to Discuss Jewish Life in Russia April 20, 2016 3:37 pm

Putin Meets With Jewish Delegation to Discuss Jewish Life in Russia

JNS.org – Russian President Vladimir Putin met with delegates from the World Jewish...

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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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  • 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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