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.
An antisemitic flyer found on the University of Houston campus on Tuesday. Photo: Michael Leone / Facebook
Dozens of flyers and stickers promoting neo-Nazi propaganda were found at the University of Houston (UH) this week, the latest incident associated with an increase in white supremacist activity on campuses nationwide.
The flyers, found on bulletin boards, walls, trash bins, and lamp posts at the university’s main campus on Tuesday, included phrases such as, “Beware the International Jew” and “Imagine a Muslim-Free America,” according to a statement shared online by UH’s chapter of the Young Communist League (YCL).
IDF soldiers make a blessing on the traditional Jewish custom of apple and honey to welcome Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. (ChameleonsEye / Shutterstock.com)
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) and Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) said they will provide $1.5 million in annual Rosh Hashanah “Fellowship Gift Cards” to 12,000 IDF soldiers marking the upcoming Jewish New Year.
The initiative, coordinated in collaboration with the Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers and the LIBI Fund, will provide more than 10,000 lone soldiers and soldiers $140 gift cards. Another 2,200 soldiers will receive gift cards worth $100.
The cards “will allow the soldiers to celebrate the New Year without the burden of financial stress,” the organizations said in a statement Wednesday.
Gaza-based terror group says it will agree to Palestinian Authority conditions on forming joint government and holding elections
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, center, and spokesman Fawzi Barhoum attend a protest in Gaza City on July 22, 2017, against new Israeli security measures implemented at the holy site, which include metal detectors and cameras, following an attack that killed two Israeli policemen the previous week. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
For the past week or so, Iranian official media and social networks have been abuzz with anecdotes woven around a football match in Tehran between Iran and Syria and the light it might shed on a complicated relationship.
According to most accounts, a group of Syrians flown in by special charter to cheer their national squad in its bid for a place in the World Cup in Moscow staged an anti-Iran demonstration in the stadium. The Syrian contingent included young ladies who refused to wear the Iranian-style hijab.
Their presence in the stadium highlighted the fact that no Iranian woman is allowed to attend a football match after a fatwa by the “Supreme Guide” that women watching young men running around with bare legs might cause “undue excitement”
An Orthodox man passes a British guard in London, UK. (drserg / Shutterstock.com)
A new in-depth survey conducted by the U.K.-based Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR) found that around 30 percent of the British public hold at least one anti-Semitic viewpoint.
The report noted, however, that most of the 30 percent polled also held some positive views about Jews.
Further, around 15 percent of the British public indicated they agreed with two or more anti-Semitic views presented to them, while two percent of British adults polled were found to be “hard-core” anti-Semites.
The survey was conducted by JPR senior research fellow Dr. Daniel Staetsky using face-to-face interviews and online polls.
That’s followed by the sounds of the terrorists assaulting a passenger.
“Please don’t hurt me,” he pleads. “Oh God.”
As the passengers rush the cabin, a Muslim terrorist proclaims, “In the name of Allah.”
As New York firefighters struggle up the South Tower with 100 pounds of equipment on their backs trying to save lives until the very last moment, the Flight 93 passengers push toward the cockpit. The Islamic hijackers call out, “Allahu Akbar.”.
The autumn of 2015 was unusual in almost every way on the north Aegean Greek island of Lesbos from which I am writing. There were tens of thousands of illegal migrants on the island, the native population of which was scarcely 100,000. New refugees arrived every day by the thousands.
One evening, the blue-gray sky grumbled shortly after sunset. The thick clouds blackened and rain poured down over the city with a roar. As I ran across the slippery pavement into a friend’s bar, I heard a group of five poor souls speaking Persian with a Turkic accent and running amok, seeking shelter under the eaves of a building.
Back in May, a New Orleans statue of Joan of Arc was tagged with “Tear it Down” graffiti.
Why Joan of Arc? Any famous historical figure is by definition controversial. Joan is a French national
symbol, but Shakespeare depicted her as a malicious witch. The French Quarter where the statue stands is a mostly white neighborhood. France was dealing with a controversial election.
This is what happens when you open a can of historical, religious and nationalistic worms.
Regarding the question that forms the title of this article, I truly believe that the answer is “yes.” It is my belief that Christian Zionism is as obvious a sign of the beginning of the redemption of Israel as are the ingathering of millions of Jews to the land of Israel and the existence of the State of Israel itself. But there are many people who don’t share this perspective.
In the Jewish community, there are still many who are wary of Christian friendship and support. Many Jews are suspicious of an ulterior motive to convert Jews to Christianity that they fear underlies this political partnership.
Last weekend, the world experienced a petrifying “wake up call” when Pyongyang test launched a hydrogen bomb. According to Yukiya Amano, director of the International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA), Sunday’s test represents “a new dimension to the threat.” Added Amano, “I think the North Korean threat is a global one now.
In the past, people thought it was a regional one, but that is no longer the case.”
Since 1994, when North Korea decided to pull out of the Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), there has been a huge history of attempts to chain the North Korean nuclear beast, including efforts for military cooperation, sanctions and, of course, negotiations.