Tag Archive for History

New prehistoric human between Homosapien-Neanderthal found in Israel

Hebrew U of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University researchers found skull, jaw and teeth remains of a new type of ‘Homo’ who lived in Israel some 130,000 years ago.



A new type of early human previously not known to scientists has been discovered in Israel, Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University researchers announced Thursday as their extraordinary findings appeared in the prestigious academic journal Science.

Researchers believe the new “Homo” species intermarried with Homo sapiens and was an ancestor of the Neanderthals.

The Nesher Ramla research team (Left to Right)- Prof. Israel Hershkovitz, Dr. Marion Prevost, Dr.

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WATCH: Israelis venture into Siberian tundra to record Tribal families’ histories

An Israeli delegation of MyHeritage’s Tribal Quest Expedition project documented 13 family trees, with information from over 3,000 people in the isolated communities of Siberia.



A delegation of the Israeli MyHeritage company recently returned from a monthlong stay with the remote Nenets tribe, an indigenous people of the Siberian arctic.

The journey was part of a Tribal Quest Expedition project, which sees MyHeritage members documenting the stories of the people they meet as a continuation of its mission “to preserve the family histories of remote tribes.”


“People living in remote locations with limited access to modern technology don’t have the tools to digitize their rich family histories, and they are often left unrecorded,” the Tribal Quest web page states.
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Israel’s Archeological council warns Western Wall mixed-prayer area will cause damage  


The ire of Israel’s Archeological Council was voiced in a letter warning of great damage to Western Wall heritage site, should the decision to expand the prayer area for Conservative, Reform & mixed-gender prayer be allowed at the planned designated area.

By Itay Blumenthal


Israel’s Archeological Council announced, in a letter that it sent on Monday to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that it greatly opposes what it called “the major damage to the archeological park at the foot of the Western Wall”, the place where the government decided last January to establish an expanded prayer area for Conservative, Reform and mixed-gender worship. Continue Reading »

February 25, 1799: Napoleon Entered the Holy Land Promising to Reconstitute Jewish Homeland


view videoOn this day 217 years ago: Napoleon entered the Holy Land,  promising that all Jews would be able to return to their homeland, in the ancient territory of the Israelites.


February 25, 1799, French leader Napoleon Bonaparte captured Gaza, subsequently moving north along the coastal plain and defeating Ottoman governor Jazzar Pasha’s troops at Jaffa and Haifa, before retreating back to Egypt after the siege on Acre.

An 1806 French print depicts Napoleon Bonaparte emancipating the Jews. – Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The online Jewish Virtual Library wrote that following the campaign in the Ottoman-ruled territory, the official newspaper of the French government “Le Moniteur Universel” published a manifesto declaring that Napoleon had promised that all Jews would be able to return to their homeland, in the ancient territory of the Israelites. Continue Reading »

Exposé: Joan Peters, a pro-Palestinian researcher, drastically changed her political views


While writing her opus “From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict Over Palestine”, Joan Peters, a devout pro-Palestinian researcher, seeks to shed light on historical facts that were hidden from her.

By Nadav Shragai


Imagine, if you will, the following scenario: An Obama administration official quits his job and devotes seven years of his life to writing a well-researched book that pulls the rug out from underneath his former boss regarding the Iranian issue. Then imagine that the book offers a sympathetic view of Israel that is factually based and that reveals information that was not previously known.
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Today 1949: Israeli & Transjordan at Rhodes, Agree on Armistice Lines for Jerusalem

Israeli and Transjordan negotiators meet on Rhodes to agree on historical Armistice Lines for Jerusalem.


RHODES – Israeli and Transjordan negotiators here today (March 16) reached an agreement on the delineation of armistice lines in the Jerusalem area, at the same tine, “considerable progress” was reported to have taken place during two long sessions today.

Detailed map - Jerusalem 1949 armistice lines and holy places

Detailed map – Jerusalem 1949 armistice lines and holy places
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Problems concerning Jerusalem’s daily life such as access to the Holy Places and the roads to the Mt. Scopus area and to Bethlehem were shelved for future deliberation and will probably be discussed by the local area commanders.

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Dore Gold’s Lessons from the Eisenhower debate

According to former President Nixon, Eisenhower said that the Suez Crisis was the biggest foreign-policy “blunder” of his administration. There is substantial evidence that Eisenhower came to renounce his own Suez policy.


By Dore Gold

Israel should stay clear of the internal American debate over the candidacy of former Senator Chuck Hagel to be the next defense secretary. The identity of the defense secretary can have profound implications for Israel, but this is an internal American decision. At the same time, it is impossible to ignore one aspect of this issue which touches on the history of U.S.-Israel relations. Recently, David Ignatius, one of the leading columnists of The Washington Post tried to compare Hagel’s worldview to that of President Dwight Eisenhower, who had to contend with the joint operation of Britain, France, and Israel against Nasser’s Egypt.

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Jews Celebrate Lag B’Omer This Week. – How was it commemorated 90 years ago?

Meron and tomb of Shimon BarYochai  (circa 1930)

Meron and tomb of Shimon BarYochai circa 1930

 Wednesday evening Jews around the world will celebrate Lag B’Omer, the end of a month-long mourning period when traditional Jews refrain from weddings or joyous gatherings.  The mourning remembers the thousands of students of Rabbi Akiva, a reknowned spiritual leader at the time of the Talmud.  They died in a great plague that ended on Lag B’Omer.


The tomb on the hill (enlarged)
The tomb on the hill (enlarged)
In Israel, Lag B’Omer is celebrated with bonfires, hikes along nature trails, and gatherings at the tombs of of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai in the Galilee town of Meron and of Shimon the Just (Hatzaddik) in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem.
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Revealed: The scandalous history of Judaism’s most precious book

Theft, espionage, corruption and a cover-up lasting decades — a new book by a Times of Israel reporter exposes the extraordinary saga of the uniquely revered, 1,100-year-old Aleppo Codex

The Aleppo Codex, the manuscript at the heart of a new investigation by a Times of Israel reporter, is arguably Judaism's most important book
The Aleppo Codex, the manuscript at the heart of a new investigation by a Times of Israel reporter, is arguably Judaism’s most important book
Anew book by a Times of Israel reporter reveals dramatic new information about the fate of a manuscript many consider Judaism’s most important book — the 1,100-year-old Aleppo Codex.

The manuscript — or the part of it that did not go mysteriously missing in the mid-20th century — is currently held alongside the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.  Continue Reading »