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Shiryn Ghermezian is a staff writer for The Algemeiner and a native New Yorker. She has a BA in English from the City University of New York's Queens College. Follow Shiryn on Twitter @ShirynGhermez.

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February 12, 2019 12:06 am

‘Good Morning Britain’ Deletes ‘Disgusting’ Survey on Boycotting Eurovision in Israel After Sparking Anger

The UK television program "Good Morning Britain" deleted on Friday a Twitter poll that asked members of the public whether they thought Britain should boycott...

February 6, 2019 11:53 am

Israeli Band Shalva Pulls Out of Eurovision Running Due to Shabbat Observance

The Shalva Band has removed itself from the race to represent Israel in this year's Eurovision competition because some of its members observed Shabbat and would not...

February 4, 2019 3:32 pm

Israeli Culture Minister Calls on Eurovision Producers to Accommodate Shalva Band’s Shabbat Observance

Israeli Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev asked the producers of Eurovision on Monday to accommodate the Shalva Band and its observance of Shabbat if...

February 3, 2019 11:23 am

Shalva Band Advances to ‘Rising Star’ Finals, Amid Looming Shabbat Controversy

The Shalva Band, an Israeli ensemble made up of eight musicians with disabilities, on Saturday night became the first group to advance to the final...

January 29, 2019 11:12 am

Israeli Band of Musicians With Disabilities Sing Original Track in ‘Rising Star’ Competition Titled ‘I See Something Good in You’

The Shalva Band, an Israeli group comprised of musicians with disabilities, competed in the next round of the "Rising Star" competition on Monday with an original...

January 28, 2019 12:43 pm

‘Game of Thrones’ Actress Disables Instagram Comments After Receiving Antisemitic Abuse Over Tribute to Relative Who Survived Holocaust

"Game of Thrones" actress Laura Pradelska disabled the comments on her Instagram page after social media users attacked her with antisemitic messages because of her Jewish background,...

January 25, 2019 3:02 pm

New Trailer Released for Horror Film ‘The Golem’ Based on Jewish Folklore

A trailer was recently released for an upcoming horror film that is based on well-known Jewish folklore. "The Golem," of the production company Epic Pictures Group, is about...

January 23, 2019 1:02 pm

British TV Presenter Rachel Riley on Antisemitism: ‘This Should Be a National Scandal, Enough Is Enough’

British TV personality Rachel Riley called for stronger efforts to combat antisemitism in a speech on Tuesday at the UK Parliament. Speaking at a reception hosted by the Holocaust Education Trust,...

January 22, 2019 2:16 pm

Israeli Film, Jewish Stars and Composers Among 2019 Oscar Nominees

The nominees for the 2019 Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday, and among them were a number of Jewish talents and one Israeli film. The English-language movie...

January 20, 2019 7:37 pm

Former Women’s March Leader Upbraids ‘Antisemite’ Linda Sarsour for Posting Article Claiming Jews Are Waging War on Black People

Anti-Israel activist and Woman's March co-chair Linda Sarsour was excoriated as an "antisemite" on Sunday by a former ally who once headed the DC chapter of...

January 17, 2019 1:19 pm

Jewish Soup Kitchen Offers Free Food to Unpaid Federal Employees at LaGuardia Airport as Government Shutdown Grinds On

Staff members and volunteers of a Jewish soup kitchen and food pantry handed out flyers for free food at LaGuardia Airport on Tuesday to federal employees struggling...

January 16, 2019 3:34 pm

Musicians With Disabilities Return to Sing Simon and Garfunkel Track in Israel’s ‘Rising Star’ Competition

An Israeli band made up of musicians with disabilities touched the hearts of the judges, and made one of them cry, when they performed Tuesday night in...

January 14, 2019 11:08 am

British Jewish TV Presenter Rachel Riley Says Antisemitic Attacks Have Made Her Jewish Identity Stronger

Rachel Riley, co-host of the British television game show "Countdown," said last week that the antisemitic attacks she has been receiving on social media, for speaking...

January 9, 2019 11:36 am

British Jewish TV Presenter Curses Ex-MP George Galloway for Attacking Her Over Criticism of Labour Antisemitism

A British Jewish television presenter -- who has recently been vocal about Jew hatred within the UK's Labour party -- told anti-Zionist former MP George Galloway...


Volunteers Bond with Residents at ‘Special’ Center in the Negev - When Nina Paul first visited ALEH Negev Nahalat-Eran several years ago,...

Has the US Intelligence Community Misread Iran’s Nuclear Program? - Donald Trump clashed with the intelligence community last week over the...

Israelis Get Inside the Huddle and Embrace American Football - Many Israelis came to work bleary-eyed on Monday morning, having stayed up all night watching the New England...


After Auschwitz Visit, Pence Accuses Iran of Nazi-Like Antisemitism

US Vice President Mike Pence accused Iran of Nazi-like antisemitism on Friday, maintaining his harsh rhetoric against Tehran just a day he attacked European powers for trying to undermine American sanctions on...


Yesh Atid MKs: Unity Talks with Gantz Coming Down to ‘Core IssuesR...

In a process that could prove pivotal for the upcoming Israeli elections, unity talks between Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid...

Middle East

Iran Rejects Antisemitism Allegation by Pence

Iran on Saturday rejected accusations of antisemitism leveled against it by US Vice President Mike Pence, saying it respected Judaism but opposed Israel, which Tehran said was acting like a...