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The Guardian and antisemitism

Originally posted on Shiraz Socialist:
It should not need saying, but it does: people can be as angry as they like at the Israeli government, but to attack a synagogue, threaten children at a Jewish school, or throw a brick…

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Digital Reconstruction of the Menorah on the Arch of Titus

Dr. Steven Fine, who heads Yeshiva University’s Center for Israel Studies, is leading a project to digitally reconstruct the Arch of Titus in Rome, complete with the colors that were originally on the monument. The project is starting with the … Continue reading

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Another interesting find: ancient Roman treasure near Kiryat Gat

Israeli archaeologists find ancient Roman treasure Nir Hasson | June 5, 2012 | Ha’aretz A precious cache of gold from the second century CE was discovered in a development-led archeological excavation near Kiryat Gat. The cache contained 140 gold coins, … Continue reading

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Bulla with “Bethlehem” on it found in Jerusalem

Haaretz writes today about another cool archaeological discovery, this time in the City of David excavations. Israeli archaeologists find earliest evidence of Bethlehem’s existence in Jerusalem dig: Ancient clay seal, dating to the First Temple period, bears the name Bethlehem … Continue reading

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Cool archaeological find at Tel Megiddo

Haaretz reports: In the summer of 2010, while digging in the area of the ancient palace at Tel Megiddo in the Jezreel Valley, archaeologists from Tel Aviv University found a clay bowl containing a second clay bowl, inside of which … Continue reading

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Why was the Dome of the Rock erased?

Jim Davila reports (in PaleoJudaica) about a pamphlet the Israeli military rabbinate passed out for Hanukkah, with a picture in it supposedly of Jerusalem in the days of the Second Temple. The accompanying photo, however, was a photoshopped image of … Continue reading

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Today in the Old City of Jerusalem

I arrived in Israel earlier this week, on Monday, and I’m just starting to get over jet lag. I walked around the Old City this afternoon with a friend, and we saw some interesting things – including the preparations for … Continue reading

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