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Israeli Lifeguard Discovers 900 Year Old Oil Lamp During Beach Run

Monday, June 27th, 2016

By Naomi Altchouler/TPS

Ashkelon (TPS) – An Israeli lifeguard found a candle estimated to be about 900 years old during a morning run on the beach in Tel Ashkelon National Park in southern Israel last Tuesday.

“During the run I saw some planks washed up from the sea, and I stopped to pick them up”, lifeguard Meir Amshik said. “Suddenly, I saw part of the new cliff deteriorating. I made my way there and saw the intriguing candle lying there in its entirety. I thought it might be an antique, so I picked it up. I went back to the lifeguard’s tent and together with Avi Panzer, director of the lifeguard station, we contacted the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA).”

“The ancient oil lamp, which served as a light source, is dated to the 12th century AD (early Crusader period),” said Sa’ar Ganor, IAA archaeologist of the Ashkelon district. “You can really see the signs of wear and soot on the mouth. The candle was discovered as a result of receding coastal cliff, battered by the seasonal forces of nature.”

“The candle represents part of the cultural richness of the ancient city of Ashkelon, which was a city of commerce,” Ganor explained. “In Ashkelon, the port’s function is to import goods from the sea, as well as to export manufactured goods from all parts of southern Israel. In Ashkelon Coast National Park you can find evidence of preserved life starting from the Canaanite period 4000 years ago, until the modern era.”

Guy Fitoussi, of the IAA’s Robbery Prevention Unit, praised the lifeguard for reporting the ancient treasure.

“The lifeguards of NPA and lifeguards as a rule, are our eyes on the beach. They are not just saving people, but even antiques,” he said. “People must understand ancient fossils they find in the case, belong to the state and the general public. This finding could be very valuable for research and historical knowledge for all of us. Fortunately, more and more people report finding antiques “.

Amshik, for his part, is thrilled to be involved in this historic discovery.

“Finding such a treasure, it is very exciting,” he said. “Just to feel a part of history, It fulfills a sense of appreciation for what was here before. It feels like being a link in the chain.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Four Tel Aviv Terror Shooting Attack Victims Identified

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Police have released the names of the four new Israeli terror victims murdered Wednesday night by Palestinian Authority Arab gunmen in Tel Aviv.

Among the dead were Ramat Gan resident Ido Ben Ari, 41; Tel Aviv resident Ilana Neve, 39; Michael Feige, 58, a doctor from Midreshet Ben-Gurion and Mila Mishayev, 33, of Rishon Lezion.

Mishayev, who is from Ashkelon, was responsible for the care of her two parents, two brothers and one sister, according to a statement by a city spokesperson.

Social workers from the city’s department of social services were at the family home on Thursday morning to render whatever assistance is needed, the spokesperson said. Funeral details have yet to be set.

“We will provide as much help as we can to the family,” said Ashkelon Mayor Itamar Shimoni. “May they know no more sorrow, and may G-d avenge the blood of the victims of this shooting attack. We all send our best wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured.”

Hana Levi Julian

Report: Ashkelon Terrorist Was ISIS Supporter

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

A terrorist who stabbed a soldier in Ashkelon earlier this month turns out to have been a Sudani supporter of Da’esh (ISIS).

Kamal Aysh Aziz Hassan Mohammed, 32, was a Sudanese citizen who infiltrated into Israel a number of years ago, according to the findings of a joint investigation by the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and Israel Police Southern District.

Among other factors, the investigation revealed the attacker was a devout Muslim and that his mobile phone contained photos of various Da’esh (ISIS) operatives from around the world. His attack that day apparently was fueled by inspiration from Da’esh.

On February 7, Mohammed stabbed an IDF soldier at the intersection of Ben Gurion Boulevard and British Jewry in Ashkelon.

After the attack, Mohammed escaped, fleeing into a residential neighborhood.

A second soldier saw the stabbing and immediately ran after the suspect, who fled, but was chased down and then shot by his pursuer who had quickly closed the distance and neutralized him.

Mohammed was seriously wounded in the incident, and later died of his wounds at Ashkelon’s Barzilai Medical Center.

It turns out he had a record of violent crimes in Israel, separate and apart from whatever he might have done in his country of origin before infiltrating the Jewish State.

Mohammed was arrested in 2009 on suspicion of involvement in violent crimes; he also escaped from the Holon facility in 2014 and since that time has lived in Ashdod and Ashkelon. It seems that the attack was inspired by the Da’esh terror organization.

The findings were released as part of the joint investigation by the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and the southern district Israel Police.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel’s Cup of Blessings ‘Raineth’ Over With Flash Floods

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

A veritable downpour of blessings rained down from the skies over Israel on Monday, flooding roads, parking lots and various tourist sites.

In the north, the Mount Hermon ski resort was closed to visitors due to the poor weather conditions.

Moving further south, The north-south Highway 90 was shut down in both directions near the Ein Gedi nature reserve, north of the Arugot River, due to flooding.

Around the same area, the Tamar Regional Council district canceled school sessions due to road conditions. Kibbutz Ein Gedi is located within the Tamar region, as is Masada and the Dead Sea hotel strip at Ein Bokek.

Further west, the sparkling new Be’er Sheva “Grand Canyon” Mall also caved to the weather: a section of the roof collapsed under the weight of the downpour.

All the way to the south, less than a mile from the Gaza border, the city of Sderot found some of its cars nearly swimming in the rainwater. Streets were flooded nearly halfway up the hubcaps of some of the cars.

In other towns around the country, some of the parking lots were flooded nearly to the car trunks.

Throughout the Negev, the average amount of rainfall was approximately three centimeters (1.2 inches). Tel Aviv was close – 2.7 centimeters (a bit over an inch), Haifa had nearly 2 centimeters (almost an inch) and Jerusalem saw four centimeters (about an inch and a half.) In the Golan Heights, about 45 centimeters of rain was measured in some areas (nearly 2 inches).

What all this means is that the water level in Israel’s biggest drinking water reservoir – Lake Kinneret, the Sea of Galilee – has risen by another 1.5 centimeters due to the rain. The level is now -212.65 meters below sea level, which is 3.85 meters below the top red line, at which point the lake would be filled to capacity.

The rain is forecast to continue throughout Monday.

Hana Levi Julian

Update: IDF Soldier Injured, Terrorist Killed in Ashkelon Terror Attack

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

An IDF soldier was stabbed in an Arab terror attack early Sunday morning near the central bus station in Ashkelon.

The soldier, age 20, sustained light wounds to his upper body. He was treated at the scene and then evacuated to Ashkelon’s Barzilai Medical Center by paramedics from the Magen David Adom emergency medical response service.

The Israel Police spokesperson for the Southern Regional District said the soldier remained conscious at all times.

A second soldier saw the stabbing and immediately ran after the suspect, who fled, but was chased down and then shot by his pursuer who had quickly closed the distance and neutralized him.

Ashkelon police say they are checking the reason behind the attack but it is believed the stabbing was driven by nationalist — terrorist — motivations.

The attacker was taken to Barzilai Medical Center, where a spokesperson told journalists he is in “very serious condition.” Security personnel are still investigating to determine his identity. There is a possibility that the suspect may be a refugee of Sudanese or Eritrean origin, according to local sources.

Update: 2 PM: Barzilai hospital reports that the stabber has died from his wounds.

Hana Levi Julian

Heavy Rains Flood Ashkelon Hospital [video]

Monday, November 9th, 2015

VENICE, Israel – A cloudburst exploded over the port city of Ashkelon Monday morning, turning the city into a lake, flooding the hospital and leaving drivers trapped in their cars on city streets.

Damage was heavy, but no one was injured. A baby was among those rescued from waterlogged cars, and divers were seen swimming to reach motorists and passengers.

More than an inch of rain drenched the city within a few minutes, and even old-timers said they never had seen such a torrential downpour in such a short time. Navy police were called out to assist rescue crews.

Water flooded parts of Ashkelon’s Barzilai Hospital, reaching the emergency room, hallways and several wards. The cemetery also was flooded, and a major road in the city collapsed.

The port city already has received twice the normal amount of precipitation for this time of year and a quarter of the rainfall for the entire winter, which started only a couple of weeks ago.

The weather forecast is for the rain to taper off by tonight, but isolated showers will continue from the north to the northern Negev on Tuesday and early Wednesday.

Warnings remain for flash floods in the Dead Sea area.

By Thursday, fair skies and warmer temperatures will return.

Click here to see video of rescuers riding boats in the city.

New river in Ashkelon.

New river in Ashkelon.

Cars and bus stranded in flooded street.

Cars and bus stranded in flooded street.

Road collapse in Ashkelon

Road collapse in Ashkelon

Rafting in Ashkelon.

Rafting in Ashkelon.

 

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Flying Off Into the Sunset

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Flying off into the sunset off the Ashkelon Beach.

Kite Surfing in Ashkelon

Photo of the Day

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