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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.

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.

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.

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.

Olympic Committee Refuses to Commemorate Israeli Munich Massacre Victims

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

A campaign by the widows of two Israeli victims of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre have had their petition for a memorial at the 2012 Olympic games rejected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Ankie Spitzer, widow of murdered Israeli wrestler Andre Spitzer, and Ilana Romano, widow of murdered weightlifter Joseph Romano, issued an appeal for a minute of silence at this year’s games, in memory of the violence which marred the Games 40 years ago.

Spitzer told Reuters that the IOC refusal is due to concern that Arab countries would publicly protest the memorial to the murder victims by walking out.  “They say we bring politics into the Olympics, which is not true, because I didn’t ask them to say that there were 11 Israelis,” Spitzer said.  “They tell us that the Arab delegations will get up and leave, to which I said: ‘It’s okay, if they don’t understand what the Olympics are all about, let them leave.’”

On September 5, 1972, Palestinian Black September terrorists stormed the Olympic Village in Munich, and killed 11 Israeli weightlifters, wrestlers, and coaches – two during the surprise attack on the Israeli dormitory, and 9 more in a failed hostage rescue attempt.

2,300 Palestinian Prisoners Begin Hunger Strike

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Some 2,300 Palestinian security prisoners in Israeli jails went on hunger strike Tuesday to commemorate “Palestinian Prisoner’s Day” and protest what they claim are inadequate conditions.

According to the Israel Prison Service, around 1,200 prisoners commenced an open-ended hunger strike, while the remaining prisoners declared that they would refuse food on Tuesday as a symbolic expression of solidarity.

Among the demands being made are an end to administrative detention and solitary confinement, visitation rights for families of prisoners from the Gaza Strip, and access to newspapers and more television channels. Prisoners are also protesting unscheduled night searches of their cells and the comprehensive searches their visitors are subject to upon entering the prison.

Eight pro-Palestinian activists that arrived in Israel to participate in the “flytilla” over the weekend and are currently being held at Givon Prison also declared that they will refuse food “in solidarity with the April 17 Palestinian Prisoners’ Day.”

Hunger strikes have become another component in the strategy to embarrass Israel and pressure it to make concessions. They have gained in popularity after the “successful” 67-day hunger strike of Khader Adnan, which ended when Israel agreed to release him upon the expiration of his four-month administrative detention term. Adnan is scheduled to be released Tuesday.

“Palestinian Prisoner’s day” is the latest attempt to load the Palestinian calendar with days of mass mobilization and action. Last year saw violence on Nakba day (a day that marks Israel’s independence as the Palestinians’ ‘catastrophe’), and Naksa day (a day that marks Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War as a Palestinian ‘setback’). Most recently, the Global March to Jerusalem on March 30 – the goal of which was to infiltrate Israel’s borders and counter Israel’s “Judaization” of Jerusalem – saw a tepid turnout and was considered a failure.

 

 

Entire Family Incinerated in Rehovot Fire

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Less than two weeks before Passover, a terrible disaster destroyed an entire family in a fire that consumed a two-room housing unit in the town of Rehovot.

Six members of the Shaer family died: the father Guy, 38, and five children, ages 18 months to 11.

Fire officials said that when they arrived, they discovered a horrible sight. “Although we arrived quickly at the crowded street of this small neighborhood, but by the time we had entered the place, we already fund the dead children,” said one firefighter. “The severe consequences resulted from the rapid spread of the fire, and we weren’t able to attempt any rescue effort.”

The Shaer family moved into the apartment a few weeks ago to be close to Mrs. Shaer’s mother who lives in a nearby building. Guy and his wife, Avivit, a teacher at the Tzivia Ulpana in Rehovot, were with the grandmother when the fire broke out. Guy rushed into the house to save his children but was killed himself. Avivit was not injured in the fire, but collapsed and went into shock. Social workers were assigned to her, to try and calm her. Mayor Tahamim Melloul, ordered his Welfare Division to assist the mother as much as possible.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/entire-family-incinerated-in-rehovot-fire/2012/03/27/

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