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  • Video shows Islamic State executing scores of Syrian soldiers

    August 28, 2014 | 10:44 am

    Islamic State fighters executed scores of Syrian soldiers captures when the militants seized an airbase in the province of Raqqa at the weekend, according to a video posted on YouTube on Thursday.

    The video, confirmed as genuine by an Islamic State fighter, showed the bodies of...

  • ‘Rubble bucket challenge’ is latest online salvo in Gaza conflict

    August 25, 2014 | 3:41 pm

    It’s been going on for weeks. Relentlessly. With each new salvo, we wonder: will it never end?

    It is the #ALSIceBucketChallenge, a viral social media trend that’s inspired celebrities, politicians and thousands of everyday citizens to make videos of themselves dumping buckets of...

  • Hamas releases video of tunnel infiltration

    July 31, 2014 | 1:33 pm

    On Monday, July 28, five IDF soldiers were killed at Kibbutz Nahal Oz by Hamas terrorists, who infiltrated a tunnel network and filmed the attack. This is the video. 

    WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

  • Please manipulate me

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 14, 2014 | 11:53 am

    What do you call it when media try to manipulate your feelings without first asking for informed consent?

    Tuesday. 

    Example:  The average Facebook user sees only 20 percent of the 1,500 stories per day that could have shown up in their news feed.  The posts you receive are...

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  • Turkey says Syria security leak ‘villainous’ as YouTube blocked

    March 27, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday denounced as "villainous" the leaking of a recording of top security officials discussing possible military action in Syria to the video-sharing site YouTube.

    Turkish authorities ordered a shutdown of the site.

    Erdogan's...

  • Magical music of the Middle East

    By Rick Schultz

    November 22, 2013 | 4:13 pm

    Almost two years ago, while watching a YouTube video of Mohammed Fairouz’s “Tahrir for Clarinet and Orchestra,” Neal Brostoff, a visiting lecturer in Jewish music history at UCLA, had an idea. The concerto sounded “surprisingly Jewish,” he thought, and not just because the soloist...

  • ‘One Wish’ creators making the world a better place

    By Zan Romanoff

    October 30, 2013 | 1:13 pm

    The concept of the viral YouTube video “One Wish for Iran, Love Israel” was simple: Ask folks on the streets of Jerusalem what they want the people of Iran to know in anticipation of Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration this past summer as the nation’s president.

    Creator and Angeleno...

  • Hacking groups calling for 9/11 cyber attacks against Israel, U.S. [VIDEO]

    September 10, 2013 | 1:25 pm

    International computer hacking groups called on Muslim hackers to attack U.S. and Israeli websites and other Internet presences on 9/11.

    The threat for Wednesday was posted last week in a YouTube video by the hacker groups Anonymous, AnonGhost and Fallaga. The groups are...

  • Netanyahu in New Year’s message spotlights Jewish unity, Israeli democracy

    September 4, 2013 | 8:08 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his Rosh Hashanah message pointed to Jewish unity with Israel and his country’s democracy amid ”unprecedented turmoil, violence, extremism” in the Middle East.

    In his message on YouTube to Diaspora Jewry released Wednesday, the eve of the...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 16, 2013 | 12:58 pm

    A few days ago, I came across a YouTube page, called One Wish Jerusalem. It is a beautiful project, which started as a short film for Israel's 65th independence day, where people were asked to make a wish: "In commemoration of Israel's 65th Anniversary of Independence we invite you...

  • An accidental theologist tackles Muhammad bio

    By Roberto Loiederman

    August 7, 2013 | 10:33 am

    In 2010, Lesley Hazleton was asked to give a brief talk about the Quran. 

    “As far as I was concerned, I was talking to those several hundred people in the hall,” Hazleton said in a recent phone interview. “I certainly had no idea that a nine-minute video about reading the Quran...

  • Jerry Seinfeld teams up with Wale

    By Jana Banin, JTA

    June 25, 2013 | 10:34 am

    What happens when an up-and-coming rapper from Washington D.C. hangs out with with a Jewish comic from the Upper West Side? No awkward-yet-hilarious rapping, we’re sad to say.

    There might just be a seed of a sitcom, though. Check out Wale’s visit with unlikely hero Jerry Seinfeld.

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 17, 2013 | 12:33 pm

    Rotem Shefy is a 28 year old Israeli singer, and the voice of the most unique cover of Radiohead's Karma Police.

    Shefy's oriental version of Karma Police was uploaded to YouTube on April 23rd and in less than two weeks reached over 210,000 views, becoming a must hear song. In an...

  • It’s official: Kate Upton isn’t going to Jake Davidson’s prom

    By Ryan Torok

    April 24, 2013 | 3:15 pm

    So, 17-year-old Milken Community High School senior Jake Davidson won’t be putting a corsage on Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton’s wrist, after all.

    On April 24, Davidson told the Journal that the American model and actress has turned down the invitation to his high...

  • Kate Upton prom invite goes viral

    By Ryan Torok

    April 4, 2013 | 3:50 am

    A YouTube video of a Milken Community High School student asking out a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model has caused a media frenzy over the past two weeks — and racked up more than 2.3 million views in the process. 

    Milken 12th-grader Jake Davidson, who created and stars in the...

  • In YouTube video, Milken H.S. senior asks swimsuit model Kate Upton to prom [VIDEO] [UPDATED]

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 20, 2013 | 1:22 pm

    “I’m Jewish, 5’9” on a really good day, and I can’t dance. At all,” Milken Community High School senior Jake Davidson said, in a video where he asked Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton to join him at his prom in May.

    Upton tweeted with a maybe, saying she’d check her...

  • Daniel’s Bar Mitzvah: After Sunday Mornin’

    By Jeremy Fine

    February 20, 2013 | 8:50 am

           Yesterday, when I saw Daniel’s Bar Mitzvah Save the Date it was up to about 1,400 YouTube views and when I checked back this morning it was at 60,000. Daniel’s Bar Mitzvah has gone viral and I expect it to be over 100,000 views by the end of the day. Much has been said about...

  • L.A. Rising For Women - February 14, 2013!

    By Tera Greene

    February 6, 2013 | 8:26 pm

    I'll be DJing this event alongside a wealth of female talent... Please support!

    Keep dancing,

    Tera "Nova Jade* Greene

    Follow me on twitter @djnovajade | Like me on Facebook by clicking here.


    L.A. Rising For Women - February 14, 2013!

    [Where] ::The Joint, 8771 West Pico...

  • Rabbi Manis Friedman, who downplayed damage caused by sexual abuse, apologizes [VIDEO]

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 31, 2013 | 10:53 pm

    Rabbi Manis Friedman, a prominent rabbi from the Hasidic Chabad Lubavitch movement who appeared in a video recently posted on YouTube minimizing the harm caused by sexual molestation, has apologized for what he called his “completely inappropriate use of language.”

    “I have always...

  • Donald Trump endorses Netanyahu in video

    January 16, 2013 | 11:00 am

    American billionaire Donald Trump endorsed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a video released on YouTube.

    “My name is Donald Trump and I’m a big fan of Israel,” Trump says at the start of the 36-second video.

    “You truly have a great prime minister in Benjamin...

  • Moderate Muslims must battle fanticism

    October 17, 2012 | 4:07 pm

    Blasphemy has become the focus of attention, with ongoing turmoil in the Middle East sparked by a crude YouTube trailer for a possibly nonexistent movie mocking Islam.

    Some, including the president of Egypt, and American associate professor of religious studies Anthea Butler of...

  • Request by Arab-Israeli political, religious figures to block anti-Muslim movie denied

    September 20, 2012 | 10:08 am

    A Jerusalem court denied a request filed by Arab-Israeli lawmakers and mayors, as well as religious leaders, that would have required Google to remove an anti-Muslim movie from YouTube and block all Israeli access to it.

    The request to the Jerusalem District Court to issue an...

  • Actress sues California man behind anti-Muslim film

    September 19, 2012 | 4:16 pm

    An actress in an anti-Islam film that triggered violent protests across the Muslim world sued a California man linked to its production on Wednesday for fraud and slander, saying she had received death threats after the video was posted on YouTube.

    Actress Cindy Lee...

  • Afghan militants say deadly blast was revenge for film

    September 18, 2012 | 3:16 pm

    Afghan militants claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a suicide bomb attack on a minivan carrying foreign workers that killed 12 people saying it was retaliation for a film mocking the Prophet Mohammad.

    A short film made with private funds in the United States and posted on the...

  • Sarah Silverman's 'Indecent Proposal' and what that means for modern politics

    By Rob Eshman

    July 17, 2012 | 5:30 pm

    By the time you read this, you probably will have watched Sarah Silverman in her underwear, demonstrating a lesbian sex act with her dog.

    Because that’s the way politics works these days.

    Silverman wrote and stars in a short video, called “Scissor Sheldon,” posted at...

  • Rise of the Jewish Justin Biebers [VIDEO]

    by JTA

    July 10, 2012 | 3:48 pm

    This has been the week of the Jewish Justin Biebers.

    At first it was Edon Pinchot, the 14-year-old, yarmulke-wearing Chicagoan on “America’s Got Talent” whose impressive vocal abilities earned him a spot in the reality show’s semifinals (not THAT impressive when it turns out that 48...

  • The Revolutionary Impact of the Technology Explosion Explained!!!!!

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 20, 2012 | 8:32 am

    Barcelona Media, an interdisciplinary center of research and innovation, hosted the Norman Lear USC Annenberg Center director Marty Kaplan to speak at its 10th anniversary celebration on March 6, 2012.

    A disclaimer – Marty is a dear friend, but I was under no obligation to post...

  • VIDEO: YouTube video purports to show Israeli border police tossing gas grenade at Palestinians

    March 12, 2012 | 6:15 pm

    Israeli troops were captured on film throwing a tear gas grenade at Palestinians in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh.

    In the clip, shot last Friday by freelance photographer Mati Milstein in Nabi Saleh, a tear gas grenade is tossed out the window of a passing Border Police jeep,...

  • Lisa is a L.E.A.N Traveler! (video)

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    March 12, 2012 | 9:51 am

    Staying Fit and Lean

    Recently I was interviewed for L.E.A.N. Traveler about staying fit while traveling. I lost sixty pounds from when I first met George to when we got married!

    Here is part of the L.E.A.N. Traveler interview:

    What are your top three tips for staying lean while...

  • Revisiting the Mask of Purim

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    March 7, 2012 | 9:53 am

    Last Purim, this was my first post for the Jewish Journal, I had no idea what would come next! I am happy to say it has been a year full of writing success! Our YouTube Channel just went over 10,000 views! We have hosted many travel events with over 100 people in attendance! Thank...

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