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Israel Returns Looted 3,000 Year-Old Egyptian Sarcophagi

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

By Joshua B. Dermer/TPS

After journeying from the Western Desert tombs of Egypt, through Dubai, Europe and Israel, two 3,000 year-old stolen artifacts are making their way home on Sunday.

The two wood and plaster sarcophagi lids, painted and carved with hieroglyphics, were given to Egyptian Ambassador Hazem Khairat on Sunday by Dore Gold, Director General of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a ceremony of solidarity between the two nations. For four years the relics were kept in climate-controlled storage by the Israel Antiquities Authority.

According to the IAA, the sarcophagi covers were stolen from Egyptian tombs in the Western Desert. From there, they were smuggled to Dubai, Europe and, finally, Jerusalem. In March 2012, IAA theft-prevention agents confiscated the stolen sarcophagi lids from a storefront marken in Jerusalem Old City market.

Carbon-14 dating revealed that the sarcophagi originated from different eras. The first is estimated to be 3,400 to 3,600 years old, dating to the late Bronze Age, and the second is 3,000 years old, originating from the Iron Age.

According to the Foreign Ministry, while Israel sought to return the artifacts immediately, bilateral communication was stalled repeatedly by the lack of an Israeli ambassador in Egypt.

Gold said that “it is hoped that the handing over of these ancient items will be a precursor for further bilateral cooperation in the field of historical heritage, as well as other fields of mutual interest to the benefit of both countries.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

German Traveler to Dubai Finds Himself on Flight to Tel Aviv

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

A Muslim German national on vacation traveling with Pegasus Airlines flew from Germany to Dubai Monday night, but somehow found himself landing at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv.

The incident has never happened before – but it is extremely serious because it might have ended quite differently, with an Israeli passenger landing instead in an enemy nation.

The bearded, black-haired 30-year-old passenger first landed in Istanbul where he was to catch a connecting flight to Dubai. He transferred his luggage for the next leg of the journey, according to a report posted on the Hebrew-language Ynet site, then proceeded to make the connection to his next flight with a carry-on bag – or so he believed.

It is not clear how he passed through all security and airline inspections with his ticket, which clearly was marked with Dubai as his final destination. In fact, he remained totally unaware of the error until the on-board announcement the plane was approaching its destination in Tel Aviv.

At that point, he jumped up, completely startled, and called the flight attendant to show her his ticket. After checking it with the flight manager, she confirmed that it was “certainly a mistake, you are not on the correct flight – but this is your own problem and you will have to pay for a return flight.”

Israeli passengers seated nearby immediately intervened, speaking with the agitated passenger and with the flight attendant, insisting that it was the airline’s mistake and he did not have to pay anything at all.

Upon landing, Israeli security officials came to the plane to interview the passenger, and after confirming the error and his veracity, took him off the plane, checked his bags, and put him on a flight back to Istanbul.

Pegasus Airlines said in a statement: “The incident is under investigation, and it is believed that due to the fact that two flights were close together, it is possible that the passenger passed inspection for Dubai, but got on the wrong bus for the passenger aircraft, instead boarding that which led to the flight to Tel Aviv.”

Hana Levi Julian

Flight from Dubai Lands in Israel

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

A Royal Jordanian Airbus A320 flight from Dubai to Amman, Jordan was forced to make an emergency landing, in Israel at Ben Gurion Airport.

The plane, RJA611, was diverted due to poor landing conditions in Jordan, and low fuel.

The plane landed safely at 3:15 PM.

Airport personnel gave the passengers Krembos (a cookie and cream treat).

Passengers on the flight from Dubai receive Krembos after landing in Israel.

Passengers on the flight from Dubai receive Krembos after landing in Israel.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Kuwait Says Lebanon, Turkey ‘Better Suited’ for Syrian Refugees

Monday, September 7th, 2015

A Kuwaiti official has cleared up the mystery floating why none of the oil-rich Gulf nations, including Saudi Arabia, have yet allowed the Syrian refugees fleeding the savage civil war in their land to set foot on their shores.

Kuwaiti official Fahad Al Shalami told France24 television in a broadcast interview on Sept. 2 that in fact, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) should never accept Syrian refugees.

Kuwait and the other GCC countries are “too valuable to accept any refugees,” Al Shalami said.

“Our countries are only fit for workers. It’s too costly to relocate them here.

“Kuwait is too expensive for them anyway, as opposed to Lebanon and Turkey which are cheap,” he explained. “These countries are better suited for the Syrian refugees.”

But there is also another, equally important reason the oil-rich nations should not welcome the Syrian refugees, Al Shalami said.

“In the end, it is not right for us to accept a people that are different from us. We don’t want people who suffer from internal stress and trauma in our country!”

Hana Levi Julian

Dubai Toy for Arab Oil Moguls Who Budget Beyond Palestinians and Syrians

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

What do Arab oil moguls do with their money when they are not busy aiding Syrian refugees or the Palestinian Authority?

Well… some of them are investing in fancy new cars — like the world’s first Arab super car, produced locally in the Middle East exclusively by W Motors.

Ralph R. Debbas, CEO of the Dubai-based firm, told CNN in an interview posted on Sunday (Sept. 6) that one of the car’s most attractive features was not even necessary. But it did help make sure the car was noticed by the right people.

“Diamonds in the headlights are something we don’t need at all, actually,” he told CNN. “It was a true marketing gimmick that we integrated. But people talk about it.”

Yes, diamonds. In the headlights. It’s just a trimming, really.

The seats are stitched with gold threads on the $3.4 million Lykan Hypersport. The car has a 3.7-liter 780bhp, twin-turbo flat-six which can go from 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds – faster than the power-focused Lamborghini Aventador – and reaches a top speed of 395 km/h.

But Debbas pointed out that it’s not all about performance. The client he’s after already has the kind of vehicle that can give him all that. “He wants something different,” Debbas underlined .

Therefore, with W Motors a buyer gets something “more.”

A global servicing system comes with the press of a button in the car that will even summon W-trained engineers to wherever the client is in the world.

A special 24/7 concierge service is included, along with a watch designed by Swiss luxury watchmaker Franck Muller.

But perhaps the real unique sales pitch is the fact that only seven Hypersport cars will be produced. Ever.

Now — what was that item in the news about making good on pledges to the Palestinian Authority, and allowing in refugees from Syria?

Hana Levi Julian

Israelis in Dubai: Sharing Expertise in Medical Emergency First Response

Saturday, July 18th, 2015


It’s not every day that an Israeli enters Dubai. Yet, as Israeli technology and innovations are catching international attention, Israeli’s premier emergency medical response team traveled to Dubai last week to participate in a first-ever conference on how to improve medical and emergency care around the world. Organized by MUrgency, the conference brought together global leaders in emergency medicine to share best practices and implement strategies in an aim to cut ambulance response times and advance emergency first response tactics.

Representatives from United Hatzalah of Israel, AMR from the United States, Flack from Europe and Ziqitza Health Care from India participated in this effort to make the world a better place, spearheaded by social entrepreneur Shaffi Mather.

“The goal of the conference was to empower developing countries to implement successful community-based emergency response,” said Dov Maisel, vice president of international operations for United Hatzalah. “It was such a privilege for us as Israelis to be there, sharing our experience, perspective and tactics with so many countries in dire need of assistance.”

Maisel spoke at the conference alongside United Hatzalah President and Founder Eli Beer, explaining that United Hatzalah’s community-based emergency response model combines smartphone technology, trained volunteers carrying medical equipment and motorcycle ambulances to dramatically cut back on response times. Because of the cutting-edge Moskowitz LifeCompass technology that locates, deploys and records the field activities of its 2,500 trained volunteers in Israel, United Hatzalah’s method has cut the average response time to three minutes or less. The technology was customized and built in Israel, but is now being used by EMTs in Argentina, Brazil, Panama, India and Lithuania; a pilot is being launch in Jersey City later this month.

With vast experience working on international rescue missions, Maisel, who most recently returned from Nepal, spoke at the conference about the need for community-based emergency medical first response that can be applied in any circumstance and in any location.

“I believe that together we can save more lives,” said Beer. “We have worked for years developing strategies and methods that work in Israel and that can be shared and implemented in other countries. With shorter response time, more lives are saved. That’s what we’ve done in Israel, and to be able to spread our experience and techniques is such as a tremendous mitzvah with the power to really impact the world positively.”


Daniela Berkowitz

Dubai Dieters Get Lost Weight in Gold

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Fat busters who participated in the Dubai Your Weight in Gold campaign, are set to receive a total of 35 pounds of gold worth about just under $800,000, Gulf News reported.

More than 10,000 residents participated in the 30-day program, launched by Dubai Municipality from July 19 to August 16.

“The one-month-long health awareness campaign has become a global media spotlight as it has been discussed in over 198 countries and more than 100 languages, boosting the fame of Dubai, the city that lives in the future, to new unexpected horizons,” said Eng Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality.

Participants had to lose a minimum of 2 kg (4 lbs.) in weight to earn one gram of gold for every kilo of weight lost. Those who lost five kilograms and above were eligible to get two grams of gold for each kilo, and three grams of gold for every kilogram for those who lost 10 kilograms and above.

“The attractive schemes and prizes must have pushed the public to join, but one thing is absolutely sure: the majority of the participants were waiting for a real push that can totally change them to a healthy new life,” Lootah explained.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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