THE LARGEST HOARD OF GOLD COINS EVER FOUND IN ISRAEL RECOVERED FROM THE SEABED IN THE ANCIENT HARBOR IN CAESAREA NATIONAL PARK
The largest collection of gold coins discovered in Israel was found recently on the seabed in the ancient harbor in Caesarea National Park. A group of divers and the Marine Archaeology Unit of the Israel Antiquities Authority found the lost treasure, which consisted of almost 2,000 gold coins including a dinar, half dinar and quarter dinar, of various dimensions and weight. The oldest coin in the collection is a quarter dinar minted in Palermo, Sicily in the second half of the ninth century CE. Most of the other coins belong to the Fatimid dynasty and were minted in Egypt and North Africa. The coins are considered to be in excellent condition despite the fact that they were at the bottom of the sea for about a thousand years and they did not require any cleaning or conservation intervention. Theories surrounding the find include the shipwreck of an official treasury boat and the sinking of a large merchant ship carrying the treasure that traded with coastal Mediterranean cities.
|A 55,000-YEAR-OLD HUMAN SKULL UNCOVERED IN MANOT CAVE SUGGESTS MODERN HUMANS MIGRATED FROM AFRICA TO THE REST OF THE WORLD SOME 65,000 YEARS AGOA 55,000-year-old modern human skull was found in the Dan David-Manot Cave in the Western Galilee. This rare skull indicates that today’s human population originated in Africa and migrated from there about 65,000 years ago. According to the team of researchers from Tel Aviv University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Israel Antiquities Authority, the discovery sheds light on one of the most dramatic periods in human evolution: the appearance of modern humans as we know them today. This is the first discovery of human remains that date to the period between 45,000-65,000 years ago evidencing the migration route from Africa to Europe through the Levant. The Manot skull was found on a bedrock ledge in a small chamber in the center of the cave and the researchers are calling the discovery “one of the most important discoveries in the study of human evolution.” While the skull is being studied, the cave is being prepared for public access.|
SYNAGOGUE WHERE JESUS LIKELY PREACHED UNCOVERED IN GALILEE
Mandatory excavations on land purchased by the Legions of Christ on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee unearthed a first-century synagogue, in which, it is believed, Jesus once preached. The purchased land is likely located on top of ruins of the ancient town of Magdala, where Jesus is believed to have spent time. The first-century synagogue is one of only seven in Israel (and the entire world) and is the first synagogue ever excavated where Jesus is believed to have walked and preached. Jesus spent almost his entire life and ministry in northern Israel and experts say it’s highly likely that he would have preached in the uncovered synagogue believed to have first been built in the year 1. A sculpted limestone block found at the center of the synagogue depicts the oldest menorah ever found on stone.
REMAINS OF 8,000-YEAR-OLD OLIVE OIL EXPOSED IN THE LOWER GALILEE – EARLIEST EVIDENCE OF THE USE OF OLIVE OIL IN ISRAEL
Researchers from the Israel Antiquities Authority contend they have found the earliest evidence of the use of olive oil in Israel, and possibly the entire Middle East, at an excavation site in the Lower Galilee. An excavation led to the testing of pottery vessels that were found at the site and were concluded to have contained olive oil from as far back as 8,000 years ago.
The US Treasury added three top Hezbollah figures to its list of sanctioned individuals on Tuesday, including two members of the Lebanese Parliament and a security official responsible for coordinating between Hezbollah and Lebanon’s security agencies.
It was the first time the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control had designated a member of Lebanon’s Parliament under a sanctions list that targets those accused by Washington of providing support to terrorist organizations. Washington has designated Hezbollah as a terrorist group.
South African fans in Cairo celebrating their team’s win over Egypt at the African Cup of Nations. Photo: Reuters / Sumaya Hisham.
Three days after South Africa stunned the world of international soccer by knocking hosts Egypt out of the 2019 African Cup of Nations, the sound of elation remains clearly detectable in the voice of the team’s Jewish midfielder, Dean Furman.
“It was a fantastic victory, just fantastic,” Furman told The Algemeiner during a break in training on Tuesday, as South Africa prepared for its crucial quarterfinal game against Nigeria, another of the continent’s toughest sides, tomorrow.
Pieter van Oordt, left, with his brother, Roger, at the Israel
For the second time in recent history, a Dutch Christian organization dedicated to supporting Israel has gone head-to-head with the government. With their family tradition of belief in Israel that preceded the state of Israel by almost one hundred years, it seems unlikely that the van Oordts are about to back down, no matter what the odds.
Last month, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy made a request from the management of the Israel Products Center (IPC) to ensure they were in compliance with regulations adopted in 2015 by the European Commission requiring products made by Jewish owned companies in Judea, Samaria, the Golan Heights, and sections of Jerusalem to be labeled in a manner indicating their origins.
Studies have shown that dairy cows contribute large amounts of greenhouse gas emissions, caused by the organisms living in their microbiomes.
Genetically modifying cows may help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and feed world populations, a new study led by Prof. Itzhak Mizrahi of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev suggests.
“Our findings are both a major breakthrough for basic science and will have a positive impact on two major challenges facing the international community for the foreseeable future: climate change and food security,” Mizrahi said.
The decision by IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi to promote Brig. Gen. Ofer Winter reflects his future political aspirations.
Incoming Israeli Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi walks out at the end of a handover ceremony where he replaces Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel, Jan. 15, 2019.
Israel has its own version of Napoleon’s famous saying, “Every soldier carries a marshal’s baton in his pack.” In these parts, every general carries a prime minister’s baton — or at least that of a defense minister — in his pack
As Islamist Watch has pointed out many times before, Islam is enormously diverse – containing many competing schools of theology, schools of jurisprudence, sects, ethnicities, cultures and mysticisms. Islamism is also not a single force; it comprises dozens of (both) competing and collaborating radical ideologies.
One of the most intriguing divisions, then, within both American Islam and Islamism of late has been growing dissent over the question of liberalism.
Right after Trump’s inauguration, I ran an article about how incredibly fake the news coverage was about his inauguration. (Those reading my site know I’m not a big Trump fan, but credit where credit is due and calling fake where calling fake is due.) The media was nothing short of spectacularly fake in the news it contrived that week on CNN, the New York Times and the other major fake media, and they mostly got away with it.
It wasn’t condescension or contempt. Recent remarks by former Mossad head Shabtai Shavit reek of racism. That is the proper way to frame them, calling them anything else is letting him off easy. In its classic, formal sense, racism is when a certain social sector perceives itself as superior because of clear racial criteria. Shavit represents an updated version of racism that doesn’t require ethnicity or religion as proof of a defect – you can call it “essential racism.”
Little Napoleon Barak is going to save Israeli Democracy? What a bunch of claptrap Orwellian doublespeak.
Well let’s check out history. How well did the original Napoleon save France’s democratic revolution against the monarchy?
Hmm, if I recall he crowned himself emperor!
For years, the pundits have been telling us that Israeli democracy is in danger because of the Arab birthrate, or because of the Jewish nation-state law, or because of the debates over the powers of Israel’s High Court.
I wonder if they will recognize the danger posed by the 10 left-wing American Jewish organizations that have formed a new umbrella organization, the essential purpose of which is to undermine Israeli democracy.