Tag Archives: Israel

This Is Amazing: An App For Sites in Israel

This really is amazing.  Many thanks to Thomas Bolin for mentioning it on FB. Visitors to Israel’s many archaeological sites are often told to come equipped with a camera, and an imagination. The camera is to take photos of themselves … Continue reading

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More Lebensraum

From Ha’aretz– The Ministerial Committee on Legislation overcame serious disagreements to approve a legal framework for moving the Bedouin into recognized communities; vote had been postponed two weeks to allow Yesh Atid and Habayit Hayehudi to study the issue. More … Continue reading

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Boy Talk About ‘Building a Fence Around the Law’…

From Facebook (via Jim Aitken)- The aeroplanes to Tel Aviv sometimes fly over cemeteries, which according to some rabbis is forbidden for a cohen (traditionally a priest; a person regarded as descendant from Zadok (Aaron). The guy in the photo … Continue reading

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Keith Whitelam: Right on Obama’s Visit to Israel

Keith writes (on FB) The references to ‘our ancient homeland’, ‘our ancient capital’, the story of the exodus, ‘the promised land’ or the use of the Dead Sea Scrolls as a title deed to the land in the speeches of … Continue reading

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Now Online- “With God on Our Side”

You MUST watch this video.  You must. ‘With God On Our Side’ takes a look at the theology of Christian Zionism, which teaches that because the Jews are God’s chosen people, they have a divine right to the land of … Continue reading

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Joe Zias’ Open Letter to Academics

Dear friends, colleagues While some of you have known me for years, in many guises, curator, guide, films, colleague and as well as a friend , one thing which those whom have known me both professionally and personally will agree … Continue reading

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Unsportsmanlike Conduct

Vile racism, Israeli style– “Ten… Nine… Eight… Seven… Six… Five… Four… Three… Two… One…War! War! War!’ A typical Beitar Jerusalem welcome, one of Israel’s biggest football clubs, on Sunday night from ‘La Familia’ the team’s hardcore fans who are in … Continue reading

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A Palestinian Woman is Assaulted While Israeli Security Looks On, Smiles, And Does Nothing

This is disgusting.  Decent people everywhere will be outraged and condemn this vileness.  Racists will applaud, wink, and excuse it. Front page of Maariv newspaper, picture of a Palestinian woman assaulted by Israelis in a bus station as the security … Continue reading

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The Rise and Fall of Archaeology in the Service of Ideology in Israel

It’s a new essay in Bible and Interpretation worth reading by Rami Arav. He concludes with this amazing claim- A prominent Tel Aviv University archaeologist, Z. Herzog, complained a few years ago in an article in the prestigious Israeli paper … Continue reading

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More Taliban-esque Behavior From the Far Right of Judaism

Ophir Ben-Shetreet, a 17-year-old with a voice as outstanding as Sonenclar’s, is a leading competitor on Israel’s “The Voice.” One would think that she would be rewarded for her confidence, effort and talent. Sadly, that is not the case. Ben-Shetreet … Continue reading

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The Israeli Government is Lying About Iran

Here’s an object lesson that shows just how far some press—and even Israeli government officials—have gone down the rabbit hole on Iran issues by propagating a story reported on a conspiracy website. The dubious tale goes like this: there was a … Continue reading

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Israel Is an Apartheid State: So Says Amos Oz

First, this- The writer and Israel Prize laureate Amoz Oz harshly attacked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as Labor chairwoman MK Shelly Yacimovich. Oz, a staunch Meretz supporter, made the comments at a parlor meeting at the home of … Continue reading

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If You’re Looking for Something to do This Summer…

Maybe this is for you: Located in a quiet rural setting within the western Galilee of Israel, only a ten minute ride from the historical town of Acco, with its Medieval and Ottoman old city, fishing harbor and traditional market, … Continue reading

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The NRA is the American Equivalent of Israel’s West Bank Settlers

Or as Bradley Burston more prosaically puts it- The NRA is America’s curse. And the settlements are Israel’s NRA. It’s very hard to disagree. The NRA and the settlements movements divide us as few movements can; Both have come to … Continue reading

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Israeli Propaganda Hits a New Low

Every now and then, one reveals more than one intended. And gets caught in the act. Earlier today, there was a bit of a kerfluffle when Israel’s embassy in Ireland posted the following on its Facebook account: A thought for … Continue reading

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An Excerpt From Keith Whitelam’s Forthcoming “Rhythms of Time: Reconnecting Palestine’s Past”

From Chapter 2,  A Land Built of Bones The history of Palestine has been forged in the shadow of empire: the Egyptian, Assyrian and Babylonian from the ancient past to the Ottoman, British and American of the modern world. The … Continue reading

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Get Tough President Obama, Get Tough

“Counterproductive.” That’s the adjective that National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor used to describe the Israeli government’s first reprisal for the U.N. vote on Palestine: announcing that Israel was moving ahead on plans for a neighborhood linking Jerusalem and the settlement of … Continue reading

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The World Grows Weary of Bibi’s Antics

Finally.  If only President Obama had the courage of the French. For the first time, Britain and France may recall ambassadors in protest at Israel’s settlement construction. Moves against Israel will be made in next the few days following Netanyahu’s … Continue reading

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Build Your Own Facilities of War, Israel, and Pay Your Own Way

This is sickening.  Our budget deficit is growing by the second but we still have to foot the bill for an Israeli Air Force facility??? That’s absurd.  Let Israel pay for and build it’s own war facilities. The U.S. Army … Continue reading

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Bibi’s Unbounded Evil

Bibi Netanyahu has approved 3000 additional housing units in the Palestinian territories in response to the vote of the United Nations.  And he wonders why Israel is isolated.  It’s a no-brainer Bibi- the vast majority of the world’s population thinks … Continue reading

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