Tag Archives: Jerusalem

Smithsonian: What is Beneath the Temple Mount? “A toothbrush would be too large for brushing that soil, and they did it with bulldozers.”

Smithsonian: What is Beneath the Temple Mount? – ‘…“That earth was saturated with the history of Jerusalem,” says Eyal Meiron, a historian at the Ben-Zvi Institute for the Study of Eretz Israel. “A toothbrush would be too large for brushing that soil, and they did it with bulldozers.”…’

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A Rare Glimpse of Reality in the Guardian

An obituary about a gentleman named John Watson –written by one of his former commanders and appearing in the Guardian on March 29th – contains an interesting paragraph. “His battalion was posted to Palestine in 1948, as the British Mandate came to an end. Watson was appalled by the imminent destruction of the new state […]

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What to Expect This Summer

News item: JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is considering annexing major West Bank settlement blocs if the Palestinians unilaterally seek world recognition of a state, an Israeli official said Tuesday — moves that would deal a grave blow to prospects for negotiating a peace deal between the two sides. Israel has refrained from taking such a […]

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The Massacre of Meaning

When terrorists planted bomb in a bag near a bus station killing a Scottish Bible translator studying ancient Hebrew, and wounding dozens more including six Americans — Reuters decided it was time to explain to its audience what that peculiar Hebraic term, “Terrorist Attack” meant. “Police described the explosion as a “terrorist attack” — Israel’s […]

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Reuters: One Man’s Terrorism is Another Man’s “Palestinian Strike”

Jeffrey Goldberg, among others, caught this little gem in a Reuters story about the Jerusalem terrorist attack: Police said it was a “terrorist attack” — Israel’s term for a Palestinian strike. It was the first time Jerusalem had been hit by such a bomb since 2004. One of the best quick takes on this came […]

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US, Israeli leaders fight to protect desecrated ancient cemetery in east Jerusalem

US, Israeli leaders fight to protect desecrated ancient cemetery in east Jerusalem – ‘A wide patch of steep hillside overlooking Jerusalem’s Old City holds row after row of graves. Biblical prophets, revered rabbis and a prime minister are buried there. Yet many of the tombstones have been smashed, litter is strewn around and tethered donkeys […]

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What Does a Terrorist Attack Really Sound Like?

The link or clip below is in Hebrew, but anyone listening to it will have a pretty good idea of what a terrorist attack sounds like, and what Israelis have to live with when Palestinian terrorists attempt to kill as many Israeli civilians as possible. The voice you hear is that of David Amoils calling […]

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First came the explosion…

First came the explosion. Then, more tellingly, the wail of the sirens. In the intervening gap of just under a minute, I stopped in my tracks, as did everyone else around. In perfect silence we listened together, hoping beyond hope that we’d heard something else. Although I’ve been living in Israel for five and a […]

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New URJ Leader’s Appalling Ideology

The new head of the Union for Reform Judaism, Rabbi Richard Jacobs of Scarsdale NY, is a member of the J Street Rabbinic Cabinet and a former member of the board of directors of the New Israel Fund (NIF), presently chair of its ‘Pluralism Grants Committee’ and (former and possibly also present) co-chair of its […]

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That Didn’t Take Long

Approximately one hour after more than 30 people were injured and at least one was killed in a pipe bomb attack in Jerusalem, the Popular Resistance Committees issued a statement praising the attack. They weren’t alone in their praise of the attack. Just another example of how the social media can be used to foment […]

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1 Dead, Scores Injured in Jerusalem Bombing

First bombing, but not the first terror attack, in Jerusalem since 2004. The Jerusalem Post has been updating this story as it goes: …Thirty-nine people were injured in the attack. Three were injured seriously from the explosion itself, four moderately from shrapnel packed into the explosive device and the remainder in moderate to light condition. […]

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Sarah Palin at Kotel tunnel: Israel too apologetic

Sarah Palin at Kotel tunnel: Israel too apologetic – ‘Former American vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin expressed support for Jews praying openly on the Temple Mount on a visit to the Old City of Jerusalem on Sunday, officials who accompanied Palin said. Palin and her husband Todd arrived for a two-day visit on Sunday afternoon […]

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Egyptians Get In On the Giant Jew-Hating Stuffed-Animal Act

Hamas had Nassur, Assud, Nahoul, and Farfur. It appears that Egypt’s Nour Al-Khaleejiyah TV has developed genocidal child-abusing mammal envy. MEMRI brings us this clip of Egyptian TV for kids. At least in this case, unlike the Hamas show, the adult is lecturing and the big rabbit, Sa’d, is mostly quietly munching a carrot and […]

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The World Council of Churches: What Does It Really Care about Palestinian Christians?

The World Council of Churches: What Does It Really Care about Palestinian Christians? – ‘Ostensibly, the World Council of Churches (WCC) is very much concerned for the well-being of Palestinian Christians. In practice, however, as an ardent promoter of the Palestinian aspirations, the WCC is most evidently interested in the mobilization of Palestinian Christians for […]

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Hurva Synagogue is Home to First Wedding Since 1948

This is good news, as the Hurva was one of those — perhaps the most prominent single structure — dynamited when the Jews were ethnically cleansed from Jerusalem by the British-lead Jordanian Arab Legion in 1948. The Hurva Synagogue, which was officially rededicated a year ago, celebrated a milestone on Tuesday. For the first time […]

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Moty & Udi: Zionism and Religion

A couple of years ago a guy asked me to contribute to a project to make a film about why Israel should hold on to the territories. “We’ll give strategic, political and biblical reasons,” he said. I disagreed — I thought biblical arguments would hurt his cause. “After all, anyone who will listen to them […]

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New Israel Fund Funneling Money to the ‘Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity Movement’

New Israel Fund Funneling Money to the ‘Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity Movement’ – ‘The New Israel Fund — which has come under fire in the past for funding questionable groups — is now reportedly funneling money to the controversial Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity Movement: “In contrast to its recent moral guidelines, the New Israel Fund (NIF) is […]

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Change in the Middle East? Much More Never Changes At All

In 1938 the Saudi diplomat Hafiz Wahbah secretly met with Zionist leader (and future Israeli prime minister) David Ben-Gurion. Wahbah explained to Ben-Gurion why it was impossible to negotiate a lasting peace. A few years before, Wahbah recounted, when he had called calling for peace in Jerusalem, Wahbah had mentioned that Jerusalem was a holy […]

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King Solomon’s Vanishing Temple

King Solomon’s Vanishing Temple – ‘… According to U.S. negotiator Dennis Ross, when Jerusalem was discussed during the second Camp David summit, Palestinian Authority leader Yasir Arafat asserted that “the Temple never existed in Jerusalem, but rather in Nablus.” Another senior Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, asserted, the “Jerusalem Temple is a Jewish invention.” President Bill […]

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Digging the City of David

Jennifer Rubin is traveling in Israel, and has been struck by what she’s seeing being exposed to the light in the City of David, the old, old, City of Jerusalem: The City of David In Jerusalem you become blasé about antiquity. Soon you fall into the habit of remarking, “Oh that is only Second Temple,” […]

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