For the first time ever, a delegation of dozens of members of parliament from around the world is set to gather in Jerusalem for the 5th annual Israel Allies Foundation Jerusalem Chairman’s Conference, this one to be held Oct. 19-21 at the Mamilla Hotel, and focusing its events on the liberation and unification of the holy city.
Participants will tour the city of Hebron; meet with Israeli government ministers and other leading characters in the Israeli political and financial arena; and celebrate with 5,000 Christian supports of Israel.
Ambassador Ronald Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress, will address the group on Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, in the Pais Arena in Jerusalem.
During the upcoming Jewish holiday of Sukkot, 23 members of parliament from countries throughout Europe, Africa and Latin America will join Israeli officials in celebrating the unity of Jerusalem at the Israel Allies Foundation Jerusalem Chairman’s Conference. The MPs serve as Chairs and/or members of the Israel Allies Caucus in their local parliaments. They will meet with leading Israeli government representatives, including ministers.
In order to gain a better understanding about the history Jerusalem, the MPs will take a geopolitical tour of Jerusalem in which they will visit the Qalandia checkpoint, the lookout post at the Tomb of Samuel, Tel El Ful, and Mount Scopus, among other places.
A special panel will be held on issues related to the sites, hosted by Israeli Knesset members who serve as members in the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus.
This will be the first time that such a large and influential delegation of MPs tour Hebron, visiting the Cave of the Patriarchs, Hebron Museum in Beit Hadassah and the Tel Rumeida neighborhood.
Among those attending the conference is European Parliament member Bas Belder, who serves as the Chairman of the Israel Allies Caucus in the European Parliament. MEP Belder is also The Vice-Chairman of the delegation for the relations between the European Parliament and Israel.
Italian Senator Lucio Malan, who earlier this year passed a bill prohibiting Holocaust denial is also participating, as is MP Kees van der Staaij, who passed a bill in The Netherlands preventing the funding of BDS organizations; and MP Kenneth Meshoe from South Africa who strongly opposes the claim that Israel is an apartheid state.
There will also be MPs from the following countries at the conference: Denmark, Finland, Latvia, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Greece, Portugal, Brazil, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Chile, and Malawi.
The Israel Allies Foundation (IAF) is an umbrella organization that coordinates the activities of 35 pro-Israel caucuses in parliaments throughout the U.S., Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia and Australia. The organization aims to promote communication and information sharing between parliamentarians and legislators around the world who share a belief that the State of Israel has the right to exist in peace, within secure borders.
The IAF Jerusalem Chairman’s Conference is sponsored by the World Jewish Congress and The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.
During the conference, the MPs will also present a signed resolution to Deputy Minister Michael Oren, stating their support for Jerusalem as the eternal and undivided capital of Israel. They will also make efforts to endorse this idea in their home countries upon their return, according to the Israel Allies Foundation.
Finally, a building in Jerusalem where every visitor can see and feel the history and archaeology of the Land of Israel is taking shape right in front of our very eyes. The archaeology campus currently under construction will allow the general public access to Israel’s archaeological heritage by revealing the enormous variety of national treasures that were discovered in archaeological excavations, as well as the methods of exposing these national treasures in laboratories.
Israel Hasson, Director-General of the Israel Antiquities Authority, on Sunday unveiled the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel, currently under construction on Museum Hill in Givʽat Ram, between the Israel Museum and the Bible Lands Museum.
The campus will serve as an open, active house endeavoring to make the cultural heritage that belongs to all of us accessible to the general public: millions of archaeological treasures of the societies and religions that lived in Israel which were excavated and that will be excavated in the future. The campus will be home to visitors from Israel and abroad, and an educational center for students who will be able to see firsthand the exciting finds that were left for them by those who lived here hundreds and thousands of years ago.
The ceremony inaugurating the public wing of the campus will be attended by the Prime Minister and donors during the Sukkot holiday, and the building will be open to the public in about a year.
According to Hasson, “Just a small hop, skip and a jump over to the archaeology campus will allow every one of us to make a gigantic leap back in time, to the history of mankind and the country. The IAA is this generation’s guardian of the cultural assets of the past. The heritage belongs to all of the public, and it is our obligation to share with everyone the treasures that were safeguarded until now in the storerooms. On this campus, visitors will be able to take part for the very first time in the fascinating process of archaeological conservation that up till now was carried out behind-the-scenes, and experience firsthand the rich past of the country, as it takes shape before their eyes. The campus will be an attraction for tourists from Israel and abroad, and a home for anyone who wants to know where he comes from and where he is going.”
The total construction cost of of construction, about $105 million, comes from twenty-six donors as well as the State of Israel.
Display cabinet dedicated to new discoveries presents the story of the shipwreck in Caesarea harbor that was laden with a cargo of magnificent bronze statue fragments intended for recycling. Photographer: Ardon Bar-Hama
The campus, which covers an approximate area of 360 acres, is a unique gem designed by architect Moshe Safdie, symbolizing the archaeological excavation process – a tensile “transparent” roof that is the first of its kind in the country and simulates the tent-like canopies used to shade archaeological excavations, directing rainwater to a pool situated in a courtyard below, and creating a flowing cascade of water. Three levels descending like the strata in an archaeological excavation, contain courtyards, impressive display galleries, dedicated, climate controlled housing centers, and paths that overlook the laboratories and hundreds of thousands of artifacts housed in the campus, as well as the National Library for the Archaeology of Israel.
The inaugural exhibition in the campus will focus on and illuminate the diversity of the work of the professionals engaged in the worlds of archaeology and conservation.
Fascinating mosaics, many of which have never been displayed before, will be revealed for the first time within the framework of the archaeology campus. Photographer: Ardon Bar-Hama
The first exhibition in the display cabinet dedicated to new discoveries will present the story of the shipwreck in the Caesarea harbor, which was laden with a cargo of magnificent bronze statue fragments intended for recycling. From this exhibit one can learn a great deal about the world of marine archaeology, among other things, how the archaeologists excavated the artifacts underwater.
The exhibitions are spread throughout the building and deal with a variety of subjects.
In the huge housing center for the National Treasures visitors will walk on a suspended bridge while watching an audiovisual exhibit that will be projected on hundreds of thousands of artifacts.
The eastern rooftop of the campus is dedicated to mosaics, many of which have not been seen before and will be revealed to the public for the first time. The impressive el-Hammam mosaic from Bet Sheʽan was removed from the site in 1934, and only now, 82 years later, will visitors have an opportunity to see it. A magnificent mosaic depicting the biblical story of Samson carrying the gate of Gaza on his back after the Philistines tried to kill him (Judges 16:3) was exposed by Jody Magness at Huqoq and will also be presented on the rooftop. A large nave of a Byzantine church with a colorful mosaic in it that was excavated by Shlomo Kol-Yaʽakov east of Ramla was restored in its entirety in one of the open courtyards of the campus.
At the National Campus for Archaeology visitors will get a behind-the-scenes view of how the experts conserve antiquities in laboratories that will be visible to the public. Credit: Shai Halevi, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority.
Hundreds of 7,000-year-old artifacts are exhibited in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery, revealing the Chalcolithic culture, which is surprising in its complex social system, the development of new production technologies and its extensive trade relations. Prominent among the artifacts: a painstakingly restored wall painting from Ghassul that was probably situated in a cultic chamber, statuettes, sculpted stands, clubs and scepters as well as the rare wooden bow and sandal from the Cave of the Warrior.
A special gallery in the campus focuses on ancient glass, and lumps of raw glass and hundreds of vessels are on exhibition (from the furnace to the masterpieces), describing the glass industry in the country and the ancient world, and the extensive distribution of these vessels in tombs some two thousand years ago. The precious glass vessels were buried as funerary offerings together with the deceased, in the belief that they would accompany the deceased to the next world.
The National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel is home to the World Center for the Dead Sea Scrolls, including the conservation center where the scrolls undergo conservation, a climate-controlled housing center for more than 15,000 scroll fragments, a library dedicated to the subject, and a gallery for the exhibition of the complex methods used by the five IAA Dead Sea Scrolls conservators – the only people in the entire world that are officially authorized to touch these 2,000 year old scrolls.
At the National Campus for Archaeology visitors will get a behind-the-scenes view of how the experts conserve the Dead Sea Scrolls. Credit: Clara Amit, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority.
Other parts of the campus include the National Library for the Archaeology of Israel, which will be one of the largest in the Middle East, an auditorium where conferences, lectures, and movies in the field of archaeology can be held and shown, the administration offices of the IAA, a café and archaeological exhibits integrated on landscaped rooftops designed by landscape architect Barbara Aronson, which will enhance the area’s scenery.
The National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel will be inaugurated on October 19 in a ceremony attended by the Prime Minister. It will be streamed live on the IAA Facebook page. The historic inauguration event will mark the importance of preserving Israel’s archaeological, spiritual and cultural heritage and will express gratitude to the donors who through their generosity made possible the construction of the campus.
The Palestinian Authority on Sunday afternoon issued a call to shut down shops in the Old City of Jerusalem and a general strike, in honor of the the martyrdom of Jerusalem terrorist Mesbah Abu Sabih, a PA Tweet revealed.
The PA Tweet
A post by the Shehab news agency reads: “The Martyr Mesbah Abu Sbih carried out the shooting in occupied Jerusalem which killed a cop and an Israeli settler and wounded 6 others. He was killed in a surprise ambush.”
A poem has been posted in his memory on Facebook, reading: “The lamp (mesbah in Arabic) illuminated the darkness spread over Jerusalem / And his rifle reaped a harvest of the bastards / His extinguished fire protects the homes of Jerusalem.
Mesbah Abu Sabih, 39, the terrorist who killed two Israelis and wounded six on Sunday morning in Jerusalem, was supposed to start serving a four-month prison sentence for attacking a policeman in 2013, according to a social network post he published on Friday, NRG reported. He was arrested before the High Holidays and released only a week ago, after being issued a restraining order to stay out of Jerusalem.
Abu Sabih, who was shot dead after a shootout with police, wrote in his post that his life was “worthless” if he wasn’t able to enter the Al Aqsa Mosque, as per his restraining order.
Last year, Abu Sabih was indicted on eight counts of incitement to violence and terrorism, and eight counts of supporting a terror organization.
Among other things, he wrote: “Your holiday is our might and victory and opportunity. 19 of your soldiers were kiled. Oh, killers of children, the most cowardly, contemptible and base soldiers. The Kassem heroes pushed your heads in the dirt of kassem and of the resistance soldiers, Allahu Akbar, Praised Be Allah. … The soldier who was damaged from the fireworks, lost his hearing, huh huh huh, and received burns on his neck, huh huh huh … Beware of fireworks, they’re very dangerous. We wish our children good health, and the enemy humiliation, deafness, burns and blindness.”
Police released the identity of the shooter in Sunday morning’s terrorist attack at Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem. He is Mesbah Abu Sabih, 39, a resident of Silwan, a mixed neighborhood on the outskirts of the Old City of Jerusalem. Forty Jewish families live in the Silwan, which is majority Arab. During the 1948 Israeli War of Independence, the neighborhood fell under Jordanian occupation.
Baruch Marzel, a Boston-born Orthodox Jew, told 0404 News Sunday morning that in Jerusalem there never was and never will be peaceful coexistence with the Arabs.
Speaking moments after the shooting attack by an Arab terrorist that wounded eight, two critical, at Ammunition Hill, Marzel sid, “In Jerusalem there never was and never will be coexistence, as long as tens of thousands of terrorists and murderers are living here. As long as we don’t use weapons to care of soft terrorism — the hard terrorism will continue. It’s a miracle we don’t see attacks like this one every hour.”
Marzel, who lives in Hebron with his wife and nine children, is a leader of the Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) party. A follower and spokesman for the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, Marzel is routinely described by the mainstream Israeli media as “extreme right-wing activist.” In 2015 he ran for the Knesset but failed to get in.