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Israel Builds A Modern Highway and Finds an Ancient Village

Pablo Betzer, IAA District Archaeologist for Judah, with a coin from the Year Four of the Great Revolt. By Vladimir Niihin, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Pablo Betzer, IAA District Archaeologist for Judah, with a coin from the Year Four of the Great Revolt. By Vladimir Niihin, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Highway expansions can result in traffic jams, and in Israel it can turn into archaeology as well. That’s what happened to a recent project, after an Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) inspector found pottery shards during the Highway 1 project, a discovery that has since led to the uncovering of an entire settlement from nearly 2,000 years ago.

An IAA press release said the discovery included a hoard of coins described as “rare.” It included bronze coins from the first Israeli revolt against the Romans in the First Century CE, which ultimately resulted in the destruction of the Second Temple. The announcement was timely, as the IAA unveiled the find on Tisha B’av—the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, which commemorates that Temple’s calamity, among other tragedies. … Continue Reading

Nearly 5,000 Trucks Enter Gaza Via Israeli Crossing during January

February 26, 2013 Human Interest, IDF, Peace and Conflict

More than 140,000 tons of goods were imported into the Gaza Strip via the Israeli crossing with the coastal enclave during January alone, Israel’s Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday. A total of 4,991 trucks carried those shipments into Gaza, just one month after Israel approved the transfer of 20 trucks per day of building materials for the private sector. In December, 60 trucks and busses were also allowed into Gaza.

The Israeli statement said the private sector building supplies and trucks were permitted into Gaza “against the backdrop of the calm existing in the Gaza Strip and the ongoing dialogue with Egypt since the end” of the last Gaza-Israel conflict. … Continue Reading

Israeli Hospital Helps Save Gaza Kids

September 24, 2012 Human Interest, News

The Israel-Gaza situation has involved many lives hanging in the balance, but for several Palestinian children the Israelis are tipping scales in their favor. The kids, suffering from kidney disease, are currently getting “lifesaving therapy” from Rambam Medical Center in Israel, according to a hospital press release.

Almost as significantly, the hospital and an Israeli company are providing a treatment to bring home, enabling the young people to live closer-to-normal lives. … Continue Reading

Treating Terror Victims Highlights Israeli Medical Seminar

Photo Courtesy of Pioter Fliter-RHCC.

Terrorism is a very real concern for Nepal, so the head of one of the country’s trauma center’s traveled to Israel to learn from experts on dealing with terror casualties. Israel’s Rambam Medical Center hosted medical professionals from 20 countries last week for a two-week seminar on treating trauma victims, the ninth annual such course.

Buland Thopa, the head of a new level-one 200-bed trauma center in Nepal, sounded grateful for the lessons. A Rambam press release quoted him as saying, “In Nepal, there are numerous sources of trauma. In recent years, a major cause has been terror, as the country has been in a state of political chaos. We must also deal with natural disasters like flash floods, landslides and avalanches.” … Continue Reading

US, Israel Wish Iranians ‘Happy New Year’

In what is becoming a tradition, the Israeli and US presidents issued messages to the Iranian people for the Persian Nowruz new year. Shimon Peres and Barack Obama also addressed the Persian people as separate from the government in Tehran. “I call on the Iranian people. It is still not too late to change the corrupt regime and return to your glorious Persian heritage,” Peres was quoted as saying in a release from his office. “The Iranian people have a brilliant heritage of culture and values, not bombs and missiles.” … Continue Reading

Israel Offers Humanitarian Aid to Repressed Syrians

With humanitarian concerns making headlines in Syria as the Bashar al-Assad regime continues its brutal crackdown on his opposition, needy Syrians received an offer of aid from a unique source: Israel. The two states have been in a state of war for decades, but the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) contacted the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) about sending aid to Syria nonetheless.

Israel has sent humanitarian assistance and rescue teams to nations facing crisis around the world, while citizens of enemy states have received medical care in Israel as well. In addition, Israel and Syria have arranged for transfers of apples across the border to benefit the Druze community that have connections to both countries. … Continue Reading

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