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A Sanctuary for Birds and Birders in Jerusalem

In the heart of the bustling city of Jerusalem, nestled between Israel’s Knesset (Parliament) and the Supreme Court, lies a serene nature sanctuary. The Nili and David Jerusalem Bird Observatory (JBO) rests on an acre-and-a-half (0.6 hectares) of lush land that provides a safe haven for some 200 species of birds and other wildlife within

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Second Temple Period Remains Unearthed at Gethsemane

Wednesday, 23 December 2020 | One of the first pieces of archaeological evidence of Second Temple-period activity at Gethsemane was unearthed near the modern church during archaeological excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority [IAA] in collaboration with scholars from the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum. A 2000-year-old ritual bath discovered at the site dates from the

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Orange Rolls

Combining the zesty flavor of orange with the comforting warmth of a cinnamon roll, this recipe comes straight from the kitchen of Georgina Young—the wife of Dr. G. Douglas Young, founder of Bridges for Peace. Georgina, or “Snook” as she was affectionately called, was well known throughout Jerusalem for her culinary skills and nurturing hospitality.

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Indoctrinated for Hate and Death

The Palestinian powers-that-be are masters of doublespeak, adapting their message to stir the emotions of the audience they happen to address. When the audience is the United Nations, international funding agencies, the world media or English-speaking college students, the message is one of harmony, painting the Palestinian people as a victimized, misunderstood group yearning for

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Israel’s Anti-Done Technology Protecting Sites Worldwide

The advancement of modern technology often presents humanity with a catch-22 situation. On the one hand, new inventions provide solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. On the other, these novel discoveries also introduce a new set of problems that require innovative solutions. Take drones, for example. These nifty unmanned aerial devices open

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Israel and the UAE Join Forces to Save Endangered Birds

With the ink on a normalization agreement barely dry, Israel and the United Arab Emirates [UAE] are already working together to improve life in the region for more than just humans. A UAE conservation fund and Israeli naturalists are cooperating to preserve the houbara, a desert fowl facing the threat of extinction. The International Fund

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Ancient Two-Shekalim Weight Discovered Adjacent to the Western Wall

An ancient limestone-made weight, dating to the Iron Age—the First Temple period—was discovered in an archaeological excavation conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) in conjunction with the Western Wall Heritage Foundation. The excavation site is beneath Wilson’s Arch, adjacent to the Western Wall of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The weight, corresponding to the

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The Fruits of Peace: Moroccan Schools to Teach Jewish History

Monday, 14 December 2020 | Starting next term, the curriculum for Moroccan primary school students will include Jewish history and culture—a significant first in the region. On Thursday, Morocco made headlines around the world, as US President Donald Trump announced that the kingdom was the fourth Muslim-majority nation to normalize ties with Israel since August.

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Ben-Gurion Letter Outlining Vision for Israel Discovered after 69 Years

Thursday, 10 December 2020 | A previously unknown letter written by Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, describing his vision for the nascent state was recently discovered, approximately 69 years after it was first sent. The 1951 missive to a Swedish journalist was kept by the recipient’s granddaughter, who is the current Swedish ambassador to

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Israeli Company Swaps Injectable for Oral Insulin

Wednesday, 2 December 2020 | After 14 years of painstaking research, an Israeli company is ready to cross the finish line with a product that promises to revolutionize the treatment of diabetes. Oramed Pharmaceuticals recently started final-stage tests of its oral insulin under the US Food and Drug Administration, a product that may well see

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