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PA to UN: Make Church of Nativity World Heritage Site in State of Palestine

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

The Palestinian Authority will attempt to register the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem as a world heritage site in the country of Palestine when the World Heritage Committee meets in Russia from June 24 to July 6.

Bethlehem, situated just outside of Jerusalem, is the resting place of the Matriarch Rachel, and features prominently in the biblical story of Ruth, as well as in that of her great-grandson, King David.  It is also significant in Christian theology as the birthplace of Jesus, and became home to a church commemorating his alleged birth at the site.  In the years following Oslo, Bethlehem has become overwhelmingly Arab and Muslim in population.

Earlier this month, the committee announced it would be considering registration of 36 heritage sites around the world, including the Church of the Nativity, which was submitted for consideration by the Palestinian Authority.  This marks the first time the committee has contemplated listing a world heritage site as Palestinian.

The PA has a right to submit its request for the Church of the Nativity recognition because the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognized Palestine as its 195th member state in October, giving Palestine full state rights in all UNESCO bodies, including the right to register sites on the World Heritage List.  The UN General Assembly has not recognized Palestine as a state.

The PA seeks to register the church and an associated pilgrimage path under an emergency provision for endangered sites.  The International Council on Monuments and Sites has recommended that the PA application be rejected, as it found the site to be neither under imminent threat or severely damaged.  The group recommended the PA resubmit its application for regular consideration by the World Heritage List.

Committee members  to consider the application include Algeria, Cambodia, Colombia, Estonia, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Iraq, Japan, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Qatar, Russian Federation, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.

Malkah Fleisher

National Union MKs Demand Defense of Jews on Mount of Olives

Monday, June 11th, 2012

National Union MKs Aryeh Eldad and Michael Ben-Ari toured eastern Jerusalem’s A-Tur neighborhood on Sunday afternoon in an attempt to highlight the need for security in the area, famous for housing the millennia-old Mount of Olives cemetery.

Ben Ari and Eldad called on police to provide better protection for Jews in the area, which is part of the municipality of Israel’s capital.

The Mount of Olives has been the site of several recent rock attacks against Jews by Arab residents.  Attacks have been launched against young children, as well as US congressmen in the area on tour.

No violence was reported during the National Union MKs’ tour.  However, 50 police officers were positioned along their travel route, to thwart attacks.

Malkah Fleisher

Israel May Up Fertility Treatment Subsidies to Three Kids, Cut Aid to Older First-Time Moms

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Israel’s Health Ministry is mulling a plan to vastly increase government assistance to couples with fertility difficulties to grow larger families, while decreasing the amount of subsidies to women over the age of 43 who have never succeeded in getting pregnant.

Israeli law heavily subsidizes fertility treatments – including expensive invitro fertilization (IVF) procedures – to couples with difficulties conceiving and bringing children to term, through Israel’s extensive national healthcare system.  According to law, current subsidies entitle couples in which the wife is 45 years old or younger to undergo almost unlimited treatments in order to conceive and give birth to two living children.  Now, a new law might bump that number up to three, enabling Israeli families who might otherwise be unable to afford larger families to try for an additional child.

However, the new legislation comes with a catch.  According to Ministry of Health statistics, women over the age of 43 who repeatedly attempt to get pregnant through IVF but consistently do not achieve results have very low chances of conceiving – less than 1% on each attempt.  The ministry estimates that millions of shekels a year are spent trying to help these women become mothers, with minute levels of success.

Because of this reality, the ministry is weighing the possibility of limiting subsidies to women aged 44-45, and using those funds to enable women 43 and younger to have a third child, as they stand a greater chance of becoming pregnant.  Up to the age of 35, the chances of becoming pregnant via IVF are 40% on each attempt.  For the next seven years, that probability drops to 25%.  At the age of 43, the success rate ranges from 5-10%.

Over the years, the Finance Ministry has raised the idea of cutting costs by reducing fertility treatment subsidies, but has continually been overturned by the Knesset.  This new plan would not cut the budget for treatments, but would rather redistribute the funds to those with a higher chance for success.

Malkah Fleisher

Oil Pipeline Threatens Ancient Babylon and World Cultural Heritage

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/news/oil-pipeline-threatens-ancient-babylon-and-world-cultural-heritage/

An Iraqi Oil Ministry plan to extend an oil pipeline through ancient Babylon presents a major threat to the cultural heritage of one of the ancient world’s most important cities.

Babylon, the world’s largest city during portions of the second and first millennia B.C.E., features prominently in Biblical narratives and played a major role in the cultural development of the ancient Near East. The site has been harangued by constant threats in recent decades, including the construction of a palace for Saddam Hussein, the digging and leveling of terrain near the Ishtar Gate for the construction of a US military base and the extension of earlier pipelines in the 1970s and 80s.

Iraq has fought hard to preserve the cultural heritage of Babylon by trying to add it to the UNESCO World Heritage list, but the frequent damages have threatened the bid. The location of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Babylon was partially excavated in several stages during the 20th century, but given its massive size and millennia-long occupation, further archaeological investigation is necessary.

The General Authority for Antiquities and Heritage in Iraq has filed a lawsuit against the Oil Projects Committee in an attempt to prevent the construction of the pipeline, which would pass through the wall of the 1,400 year old castle known as the Babil Fortress.

Noah Wiener, Bible History Daily

Two IDF Soldiers Injured by Terrorist Gunfire at Gaza Border

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Two IDF soldiers were injured as a result of terrorist gunfire while engaged in routine security activity at the Gaza Strip security fence on Wednesday.

The soldiers received initial medical treatment on site and were evacuated by helicopter to the Soroka hospital in Be’er Sheva.

IDF soldiers responded with gunfire.

Just last week, IDF soldiers prevented terrorists from infiltrating Israel’s border at the northern Gaza Strip. The terrorists opened fire at the soldiers responded with gunfire, thwarting the infiltration attempt. No injuries were reported.

Terrorists routinely approach the security fence in order to place explosives, plan terror attacks, and attempt to kidnap IDF soldiers.

In early May, IDF soldiers were fired on during routine operational activity along the Gaza Strip security fence. No injuries were reported, though damage was caused to two armored vehicles. The attackers most likely used a rocket propelled grenade (RPG). In response, IAF aircraft and armored forces fired at the suspicious areas.

IDF Spokesperson's Office

Video: Al Qaeda’s Underwear Bomb Maker A Top Concern

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Ibrahim Hassan Tali al-Asiri is a 28 year old Saudi citizen now living in Yemen who is expert at creating bombs that can elude detection and penetrate airport security. He is the maker of two near miss underwear bombs as well as other hidden small devices including a bomb placed in his own brother’s body that was detonated in a suicide bombing attempt to kill Saudi security chief, Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef. The Prince was not harmed because the bomb was detonated too early. However, al-Asiri’s brother was killed in the attempt, the explosive penetrated security and could have killed its target if detonated a moment later. al-Asiri is said to be training a team of bomb makers in a special workshop of his own design creating the potential for a deadly legacy even if he himself is removed from the battlefield. In the following video from FoxNews, Rand senior analyst Seth Jones discusses security concerns related to Al Qaeda’s underwear bomb maker.

Further reading on the background and origins of al-Asiri can be found on the BBC Middle East page.

Yocheved Seidman

Israel’s Cabinet Smashes Mega-Corporations

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Israel’s cabinet on Sunday approved a plan to force some of Israel’s largest conglomerates to break up, in an attempt to drive competition and reduce the cost of living.

According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, Israel has one of the highest concentrations of corporate power in the developed world, with 10 of Israel’s largest business groups controlling a whopping 41 percent of public companies.

The new deal may force business conglomerates to choose between major financial or non-financial companies and will limit the number of tiers of their subsidiaries.

Companies will have four years to comply with the new regulations.

Malkah Fleisher

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