Matisyahu Calls Festival Cancellation Appalling And Offensive’


American-Jewish reggae singer Matisyahu spoke out against the organizers of a Spanish festival that canceled his performance because he refused to endorse Palestinian statehood.

Netanyahu Denies Reported Negotiations With Hamas


 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office denied reports that Israel has been negotiating with Hamas.

A statement from his office Monday was in response to media reports claiming that direct talks took place recently and were in their final stages.

“Israel officially clarifies that there have been no meetings with Hamas. Not directly, not through another country and not through intermediaries,” the statement said, the Times of Israel reported.

Modest Swimwear Companies Have The Business Covered

Female entrepreneurs designing modest swimwear are finding mainstream success.

Editorial Intern

Runways at the 11th annual Swim Week in Miami Beach sported an unusual new swimwear trend this year: sleeves.

It seems that designers such as Maxim and Luli Farma are catching up to what companies like Undercover Waterwear, Hydrochic, and Aqua Modesta have known for a while: “modest” swimwear is making a comeback.

Is "shvimkleid" the new black? Via

Palestinians Submit Documents Against Israel To ICC


The Palestinian Authority submitted its first documents against Israel to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

The documents presented on Thursday deal with continued construction in West Bank settlements, Gaza and Palestinians in Israeli jails, the Palestine Liberation Organization announced.

The information in the documents is general, with no specific charges and no named individuals, according to reports. The actual documents were not made public.

Israeli Who Faked Own Kidnapping Indicted


An Israeli man who faked his own kidnapping, and his accomplice, were indicted in a Jerusalem court.

Niv Asraf, 22, of Beersheba was indicted on Wednesday in Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court for the stunt in April. His friend, Eran Nagauker, also was indicted.

He is accused of giving false evidence, breach of public order and obstruction of a police officer’s performance of duty.

French National Assembly Approves $60 Million Holocaust Reparations Fund


The French National Assembly voted to approve the creation of a $60 million fund to compensate Holocaust victims transported to Nazi camps by the state railroad SNCF.

The fund, to be administered by the United States, would compensate foreign nationals and also protect France against lawsuits filed in the United States.

The lower house of the French Parliament approved the fund on Wednesday. The French conservative opposition abstained from the vote, according to Reuters.

'Hebrew Breaker' Asaf Goren Wows Judges On 'So You Think You Can Dance'

Goren's routine opened with shofar blasts and included leaps and twirls with a tallit.

Editorial Intern

When 23-year-old, tallit-clad Asaf Goren blew a shofar in his audition for So You Think You Can Dance last week, no one knew what was happening. Except for Paula Abdul, that is.

“It’s called a shofar,” she informed fellow judges Nigel Lythgoe and Jason DeRulo, drawing on her Jewish roots. “It’s extremely difficult [to play].”

Asaf Goren's audition earned him a standing ovation from all 3 judges. Asaf Goren

House Launches Move To Condemn Academic Boycotts Against Israel


Washington – The U.S. House of Representatives introduced a resolution condemning academic boycotts against Israeli scholars and institutions on American campuses.

Palestinian Unity Government Resigns


Jerusalem — The Palestinian unity government between Hamas and Fatah has resigned and the Palestinian Authority’s prime minister has been asked to form a new government.

Swiping Right On Peace In The Middle East

New dating app launched to pair Israelis with Palestinians.

Blueprint Editor

“Two households, both alike in dignity … from ancient grudge break to new mutiny/Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.”

Verona dating app
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