Tag Archive for Jewish history

Hachenburg cinema offers Germany’s AfD members free Schindler’s List screening

West German town cinema invites far-right ‘Alternative for Germany’ (AfD) members to view a free screening of Schindler’s List, marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27.
– A party representatives told SWR, “We find the fact that the AfD is being linked to the Holocaust … to be an unspeakable error.”

By Polina Garaev


A cinema in the West German town of Hachenburg will mark the International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27 with a screening of Steven Spielberg’s world-acclaimed film Schindler’s List. Viewers will be asked to pay €7 admission, but for those who show their Alternative for Germany (AfD) party membership card, entrance will be free. Continue Reading »

After Jerusalem, Western Wall, Temple Mount, Palestinians now turn to UNESCO to get Rachel’s Tomb


view videoThe Palestinians are trying to threaten Israel’s hold on Rachel’s Tomb by throwing pipe bombs & stones, as well as by fabricating a new history for the site by interjecting the identity of Bilal Ibn Rabah. And again, just as was done with Jerusalem, UNESCO is on their team solidifying their falsehoods into a reality.

By Nadav Shragai


As the argument over the muezzin bill in Israel heats up, security forces in the Bethlehem region and the outskirts of the Gilo neighborhood in Jerusalem seem bothered by one muezzin in particular: Bilal Ibn Rabah, an Ethiopian-Abyssinian who is recognized in Islamic tradition as a slave who served in the home of the Prophet Muhammad as the first muezzin to ever beckon believers for prayer five times a day. Continue Reading »

3 Palestinians arrested: More Jewish History Being Stolen by Palestinians


The 12-centimeter high sculpture of King Herod’s lover Mariamne, also known as Miriam in Hebrew, valued at nearly a million dollars, was confiscated by the Palestinian Authority who claim it as ‘Palestinian culture’.



The Palestinian Preventive Security Services (PPS) arrested Monday night three Palestinians who tried to smuggle an ancient statue of King Herod’s lover from the West Bank city of Tulkarm into Israel.


A statement released by the PPS following the incident read: “Based on intelligence information, security forces burst on Sunday into a home in Zeita, a village in north Tulkarm, and carried out a complicated security operation, during which they arrested three archaeologists and confiscated the statue.” 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 »

Op-Ed: Under UN guidelines Jews are indigenous to Israel, Palestinians are not


Those who argue “for Palestinian ‘indigenous rights’ are usually those who have little grasp of the history, and no understanding of the truth behind indigenous rights.”

By Ryan Bellerose


I am a Métis from Paddle Prairie Metis settlement. My father, Mervin Bellerose, co-authored the Métis Settlements Act of 1989, which was passed by the Alberta legislature in 1990 and cemented our land rights. I founded Canadians For Accountability, a native rights advocacy group, and I am an organizer and participant in the Idle No More movement in Calgary. And I am a Zionist.

Magdala stone with Menorah that was found in the Archaeological site inside the Migdal Synagogue area – Photo: Hanay

Indigenous status

To begin, let us acknowledge that there is no rule that a land can have only one indigenous people; it is not a zero sum game in which one group must be considered indigenous so that therefore another is not. 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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Hebrew University historian concludes: Jews are not descendants of Khazars

New study by professor of history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem finds no evidence that European Ashkenazi Jews are the descendants of Khazars, nor that Khazar subjects in the medieval kingdom converted to Judaism en masse. Past conclusions to the contrary, have no foundations in history.


The claim that today’s Ashkenazi Jews are descended from Khazars who converted in the Middle Ages is a myth, according to new research by a Hebrew University historian.

Khazars - AP

The ruins of an 11th-12th century house in Itil, a Silk Road city that served as the Khazar capital, in July 2005.

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Discovery of Europe’s oldest mikvah revived Sicily’s ancient Jewish communities

The discovery of this mikvah (Jewish ritual bath) was as revealing as it was serendipitous for the Jews in Syracuse. Forgotten for too long, they are coming back home.


An attractive island in the Mediterranean, Sicily has been a hub of migration routes for millennia. Jews are thought to have been part of the patchwork at least as early as the 1st century, after the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 AD.

The ancient mikveh baths uncovered in Syracuse (Amalia Daniele di Bagni)

The ancient mikveh baths uncovered in Syracuse, possibly the oldest in Europe. – Photo: Amalia Daniele di Bagni

At the end of the 15th century, Spain, which ruled in Sicily, expelled the Jews from its entire domain.

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Israel’s Deputy FM: PA President Should Learn Some History

Deputy Foreign Minister Elkin suggests a trip to Israel’s ancient Galilee Druze town might do PA leader’s understanding of history some good.

By Maayana Miskin


Deputy Foreign Minister Zev Elkin returned Sunday from a weekend in the Galilee, during which he visited the village of Pekiin, including the town’s ancient synagogue.

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas - Photo Mark Israel Sellem

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas – Photo Mark Israel Sellem

Elkin followed his visit with a post to Facebook suggesting that Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas might benefit from a similar trip.

“Next time that Abu Mazen [Abbas – ed.] argues that the Palestinians are the original inhabitants of the land, going back thousands of years, it should be recommended that he visit Pekiin,” Elkin wrote. Continue Reading »