Tuesday, 10 November 2020 | A juglet (a small pottery jar) containing four pure gold coins dating from more than a thousand years ago (the Early Islamic period), was unearthed during archaeological excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), as part of the Jewish Quarter Development Corporation’s plan to build an elevator and makeContinue Reading »
Monday, 9 November 2020 | Arab nations once were committed to driving Israel into the sea, but in a “groundbreaking” shift, an Arab organization backed by the king of Bahrain has joined the coalition labeling anti-Zionism as anti-Semitism. The step represents progress in battling anti-Semitism, as anti-Zionism—which attacks the right of Jews to a homeland—hasContinue Reading »
Wednesday, 4 November 2020 | Malawi’s top diplomat, Foreign Minister Eisenhower Mkaka, touched down in Israel yesterday, carrying a message from his president to Israel and her people. “Malawi will be the first African country to establish its embassy in Jerusalem,” Mkaka told his Israeli counterpart, Gabi Ashkenazi. The southeastern African nation is one ofContinue Reading »
Wednesday, 4 November 2020 | Israel’s unemployment figures have soared since the country [entered] its second nationwide lockdown, with joblessness rate climbing above 20%. According to data published by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics on Monday, 1,079,500 registered as unemployed during the first half of October, of whom 832,600 are believed to have been directlyContinue Reading »
From the window at Christ Church Guest House, I watched the ancient sandstone streets swell at all times of the day and night as pilgrims went about celebrating Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles). Just like the Jerusalem conjured in my imagination—a city lost in time, an eternal city, untouched by the winds of modernity—my first stayContinue Reading »
Nowadays when we travel, especially internationally, we are warned to be careful of strangers. Beware of pickpockets, chancers and cheats. Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t wear your wallet in your back pocket or carry an open purse. Keep your valuables close to keep them safe. Don’t trust strangers on the street. This is wiseContinue Reading »
You could hear a pin drop as the two judokas stepped onto the mat. Tensions had been mounting for days before the match as Egyptian Islam El Shahaby faced a floodgate of criticism from fans for failing to withdraw from the first round of the heavyweight judo tournament in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro OlympicsContinue Reading »
The early morning stillness broke with the sound of a propane burner flame penetrating the air. A small crew worked skillfully at their task, tugging at the mounds of colorful fabric piled in the field. Gleeful anticipation mounted in our group as we watched the fabric take the shape of a balloon that grew largerContinue Reading »
Racism is an issue that has long been a matter of critical importance to the Jewish people. Since their origins in the ancient world of the Middle East, they have been persecuted, hunted, dispersed and murdered—often erroneously in the name of righteousness. It has created in them an awareness of discrimination that few others have.Continue Reading »
The year 2020 has been a tragic and challenging year for the world—from the coronavirus pandemic to protests to political battles. But it’s been an especially difficult year for Iran. The economy has struggled under sanctions imposed by the US, the leader of Iran’s top terrorist spy agency was assassinated and then mysterious explosions hitContinue Reading »
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