“Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” Genesis 2:3 Shabbat. Sabbath. In Israel, it’s as if simply saying the word has a calming effect. It’s a holiday that comes around faithfully every week, as prescribed by God to theContinue Reading »
Friday, 13 November 2020 | Deviating from its focus on the global response to the coronavirus pandemic, the annual assembly of the UN’s [United Nations] World Health Organization [WHO] held a four-hour session focused on Israel, which saw itself condemned in speeches by some 30 delegations, including Iran, Syria, North Korea, Cuba, Malaysia, Lebanon andContinue Reading »
Calling 2020 an unusual year would be quite the understatement. This was, after all, the year of a global pandemic without cure sweeping the world, shuttering the nations in isolation, grinding health care systems, international travel and everyday life to a halt and bringing business, economies and livelihoods to their knees. Israel was far fromContinue Reading »
Thursday, 12 November 2020 | Iran continues to overstep the restrictions set out for the regime under the 2015 Iran deal, a United Nations atomic watchdog announced on Wednesday, increasing its stockpile of enriched uranium to 12 times the amount allowed under the nuclear accord. The Islamic regime as of November 2 possessed 2,442.9 kilogramsContinue Reading »
Tuesday, 10 November 2020 | Hamas has never been coy about its intentions toward Israel. The founding charter of the Iran-backed terror group that rules the 1.9 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip does, after all, clearly stipulate the destruction of Israel through jihad (holy war) as its reason for existence. And according toContinue Reading »
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 »
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