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US Warns Americans Away From Golan Heights, Upper Galilee

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

The United States Embassy in Tel Aviv is warning Americans against traveling to the Golan Heights and the Upper Galilee.

The travel advisory issued Saturday followed rocket fire from Syria on Thursday that struck northern Israel.

“Due to the launching of rockets from Syria toward Israel and other cross-border activity in northeastern Israel and northern Golan Heights on August 20 and 21, we urge US citizens to carefully consider and possibly defer travel in the Upper Galilee area of northern Israel… until the situation stabilizes.”

Iron Dome anti-missile defense batteries have been deployed in Ashdod, Ashkelon and Be’er Sheva in southern Israel as well, due to the possibility of rocket fire emanating from Gaza as well.

Two of the rockets fired at Israel on Thursday exploded in the Galilee Panhandle, and two others landed in the Golan Heights. Fires were ignited in open fields in both regions as a result.

The IDF attacked 14 Syrian positions in retaliation for the rocket fire. The IDF struck the central Golan Heights region on the Syrian side late Thursday night using tanks, artillery and the Air Force.

The rocket fire was launched by an Islamic Jihad terror group, funded by Iran, according to the IDF Spokesperson, who added the attack was an infringement on Israeli sovereignty.

Police Charges Five Hilltop Youth with Arson of Church at the Kinneret

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Police have arrested five hilltop activists who allegedly were behind the June 18 arson at the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes at Tabgha on the shores of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee).

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and police announced Wednesday afternoon that the suspects also have been involved in other hate crimes.

The arrests are a major victory against “price tag” vandals who have blackened the image of residents of Judea and Samaria, especially those who live in hilltop  communities.

Indictments were filed against two suspects,20-year-old Yinon Reuveni of the western Negev town of Ofakim; and 19-year old Yehuda Asraf of Elad, a predominantly Haredi city in central Israel.

Administration steps will be taken against the other three.

All five suspects are “hilltop youth” and some of them have a record of  violent activity.

Police and the Shin Bet said that Reuveni recently had been barred from Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria  for xi months because of suspicion that he was involved in several “price tag” attacks in the Old City and against Arabs in Judea and Samaria.

The other suspects are 18-year-old Mordechai Meyer, of Maaleh Adumim, 24-year-old Moshe Orbach of Bnei Brak and “John Doe” of Ramle, located near Ben Gurion Airport.

Meyer recently was served with an injunction barring him from Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem due to his suspected involvement in several incidents of arson. Orbach and “John Doe” also  have lived in various hilltop youth outposts and also is suspected with several hate crimes.

The Shin Bet and police stated:

This group operates in the context of an ideological infrastructure composed of a limited number of hilltop youth activists. This infrastructure has operated since 2013 and holds to an extremist ideology that aspires to change the regime and bring about the redemption via various stages of action.

The infrastructure sought to hit ‘weak points’ in the State of Israel in order to arouse dialogue and win adherents and also tried (unsuccessfully) to disrupt the May 2014 visit of Pope Francis.

It added that the ringleader of the infrastructure now lives in Safed (Tzfat) and has recently lived in various hilltop youth outposts. He also has been served with an administrative order barring him from Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem for one year.

The infrastructure began with mainly anti-Christian activity, including the vandalism of the Dir Rafat monastery in April 2014.

In the past year, the infrastructure began to commit more significant terrorist attacks of arson against  Arab homes in Judea and Samaria.

The blog of the head of the group on the “Jewish Voice” site on May 20 of this year sought to encourage attacks on Christian religious sites and stated, “Only those who deny idolatry and fight against Christianity and aspire to remove the churches from the Holy Land – they are called Jews.”


Missile-Alert Sirens in Northern Israel an Apparent ‘False Alarm’

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

False alarm early warning rocket sirens sounded shortly after 4:30 p.m. from the northern border with Lebanon to the Lower Galilee.

Multiple rocket sirens went off throughout northern Israel shortly after 4:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. EDT) Sunday.

The warning sirens sounded near the northern border with Lebanon and as far south as the Lower Galilee, including Mount Tabor and Emek Jezreel, several miles west of Beit Shean.

There were no explosions, and the IDF said the sirens went off due to a technical failure.

Or, the sirens were a very early warning for what might happen next year.


5,000-Year-Old Seal in Galilee May Depict First Known Music Scene

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

The most ancient music scene known in the research of Israel appears on a rare 5,000 year old cylinder seal impression from the Early Bronze Age, according to Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) archaeologists Dr. Yitzchak Paz, Dr. Ianir Milevski and Nimrod Getzov.

They will present their new findings in a symposium entitled “Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll” on behalf of IAA and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The impression, which was found in the 1970s at the Bet Ha-Emek antiquities site during an archaeological survey conducted in the Western Galilee by Dr. Rafi Frankel, was made using a cylinder seal rolled along the surface of the clay before it was fired, forming a series of repeating designs. The scene depicted on the seal impression includes three female figures, two standing and one sitting. The seated figure is playing an instrument that appears to be a lyre – a musical instrument known from the ancient world.

The researchers said:

It seems that the rare seal impression, which appeared on a fragment of a large storage vessel (pithos), sheds light on the symbolic-ritualistic world of the Early Bronze Age inhabitants in Israel. The importance of the scene lies in the possible symbolic context, it being part of a complex ritual known in Mesopotamia as the ‘sacred marriage’. In this ceremony a symbolic union took place between the king and a goddess (actually represented by a priestess).

The ceremony included several rites: music and dancing, a banquet, a meeting between the king and the goddess and an act of sexual congress between them. Recently, Professor Pierre de Miroschedji of the CNRS suggested that many of the seal impressions from the Early Bronze Age portray the sacred marriage rite.

The seal impression presented reflects the musical part connected to this ceremony.

“This is the first time it is definitely possible to identify a figure playing an instrument on a seal impression from the third millennium BCE,” the researchers added.” This is when most of the ‘cultic’ impressions from Israel depict dancing figures or the feasting scene in which the female and male figures are shown facing each other, in the rite just before their sexual encounter.”

Shas Activist Stabbed by Arab After Campaigning in Galilee

Monday, March 9th, 2015

A Shas Sephardic party activist was stabbed Sunday night after leaving a fund-raising parlor meeting at a Galilee village in northern Israel.

Michael Illouz was lightly wounded after being stabbed four times by an Arab attacker after he left the meeting in the village of Ein Mahal.

Illouz is the party’s liaison to the Arab Community; the suspected attacker is a resident of the village but an investigation is still ongoing to determine motive.

Shas has long been supported by the Arab Israeli sector due to the numerous issues the two voting blocs have in common, in particular, the issues of social services and child subsidies for large families.

The attacker tried to stab the Shas activist in the chest repeatedly, according to his son Yechiel, who spoke with the Hebrew-language NRG news site. “He suffered cuts to his hands and is now under care at Rambam Hospital [in Haifa].”

Shas party chairman Aryeh Deri called on Israel Police to “do everything possible to arrest the attacker. It is unacceptable that in a democratic state violence can be allowed to decide an election,” Deri said.

‘Settler’ Girls vs. Galilee Arabs in Soccer Playoffs

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Girls, ages 10-13, from Efrat in Gush Etzion will square off against girls from the Galilee Arab village Sakhnin tonight in a playoff game that will determine which group will advance to the semi-finals in the girls’ league.

“We are involved with soccer and not politics,” one of the Efrat girls said. “We really want to win this game for the semi-finals.”

The group started playing together last year, but since Efrat has no official-size soccer field, they trained and played in Jerusalem.



Negev Bedouin and Galilee Arabs Join Rock-Throwing Hat Festival

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Bedouin rock-throwers the area of the city of Hura, north of Be’er Sheva, lightly injured a bus passenger in a rock-throwing attack Monday afternoon.

In the north, Israeli Arabs hurled rocks at a bus near Nazareth, in the Lower Galilee, causing damage to the bus but no injuries.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/negev-bedouin-and-galilee-arabs-join-rock-throwing-hat-festival/2014/11/10/

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