80+1 » Jerusalem http://www.80plus1.org A Journey Around the World Thu, 25 Nov 2010 14:24:05 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.7.1 en hourly 1 Roman edifice found in Jerusalem http://www.80plus1.org/blog/roman-edifice-found-in-jerusalem http://www.80plus1.org/blog/roman-edifice-found-in-jerusalem#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2009 08:31:11 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://www.80plus1.org/?p=3588 Earlier this week, Israeli authorities announced the discovery of an ancient Roman mansion dating back to the year 300 CE. It was found in the City of David, south of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Other artifacts that scientists uncovered were…

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Earlier this week, Israeli authorities announced the discovery of an ancient Roman mansion dating back to the year 300 CE. It was found in the City of David, south of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Other artifacts that scientists uncovered were the sculpture head of a boxer and gem-laden earrings.

Dr. Doron Ben-Ami, the director of the excavation, told United Press International:

“Even though we do not have the complete dimensions of the structure, we can modestly estimate that its territory sprawls across about 1,000 square meters,” said Ben-Ami. “In the center there was a large garden which was enclosed by columns. Balconies revolved amid the rows of columns and rooms that bordered the garden. The rooms’ ceilings rose to the height of two stories and were covered by tile roofs.”

Despite the discovery, the Jerusalem Post also adds though, that “archeologists, Jewish new residents and veteran Palestinian residents vie for space on the crowded hillside.”

The paper notes:

Palestinians residents have protested the extent of excavations within the Silwan neighborhood, which is intertwined with the archeological park, claiming the digging has weakened the structural integrity of their houses and is being done for political, rather than archeological reasons.

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Israeli Foreign Minister wants 1941 Hitler photo circulated to counter world pressure http://www.80plus1.org/blog/israeli-foreign-minister-wants-1941-hitler-photo-circulated-to-counter-world-pressure http://www.80plus1.org/blog/israeli-foreign-minister-wants-1941-hitler-photo-circulated-to-counter-world-pressure#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2009 16:14:10 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://www.80plus1.org/?p=2462 Jews and Palestinians in Israel have been at each others’ throats basically since the British showed up and screwed everything up. It’s been an intractable struggle that’s been going on for the better part of a century.

The latest episode…

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Jews and Palestinians in Israel have been at each others’ throats basically since the British showed up and screwed everything up. It’s been an intractable struggle that’s been going on for the better part of a century.

The latest episode incarnation this week involves the US trying to get a Jewish-American hotel owner and “millionaire bingo magnate,” who is trying to turn his Shepherd Hotel (pictured) in East Jerusalem into a block of apartment buildings. The U.S. government is calling for a halt to the project, saying that it represents new settlement on the internationally-recognized Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem.

Irving Moskowitz, a longtime supporter of conservative Israeli and American politics and equally long contraversial agent provacateur, pulled the same stunt about 12 years ago — and has a longstanding relationship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

As if that weren’t weird enough, now, the Israeli foreign minister and ultra-nationalist, Avigdor Lieberman, is calling for a 1941 photograph to be circulated in Israel’s embassies around the world. The photo is of Adolf Hitler meeting with the then-grand mufti of Jerusalem, Amin al-Husseini, and presumably is meant to imply that Palestinians then and now were Nazi collaborators and perhaps have the same moral standing today as neo-Nazis.

Not surprisingly, the Agence France Presse is reporting that “[f]oreign ministry staff opposed the move.”

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Israeli newspaper uses poets, novelists to cover news http://www.80plus1.org/blog/israeli-newspaper-uses-poets-novelists-to-cover-news http://www.80plus1.org/blog/israeli-newspaper-uses-poets-novelists-to-cover-news#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2009 13:15:32 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://www.80plus1.org/?p=1560 Journalists are notorious for seeing the world through concise, tight, punchy language. This is part of a centuries-old tradition of how people can process information more quickly. However, one of the problems with this tradition — however well-intentioned — is…

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Journalists are notorious for seeing the world through concise, tight, punchy language. This is part of a centuries-old tradition of how people can process information more quickly. However, one of the problems with this tradition — however well-intentioned — is that can often become dry and predictable.

One week ago, the editor-in-chief of Ha’aretz, Israel’s largest Hebrew-language daily newspaper, replaced nearly all of his news writing staff with a team of 31 authors and poets.

According to an article in the Jewish-American magazine The Forward, the experiment achieved some surprising results:

Among those articles were gems like the stock market summary, by author Avri Herling. It went like this: “Everything’s okay. Everything’s like usual. Yesterday trading ended. Everything’s okay. The economists went to their homes, the laundry is drying on the lines, dinners are waiting in place… Dow Jones traded steadily and closed with 8,761 points, Nasdaq added 0.9% to a level of 1,860 points…. The guy from the shakshuka [an Israeli egg-and-tomato dish] shop raised his prices again….” The TV review by Eshkol Nevo opened with these words: “I didn’t watch TV yesterday.” And the weather report was a poem by Roni Somek, titled “Summer Sonnet.” (“Summer is the pencil/that is least sharp/in the seasons’ pencil case.”) News junkies might call this a postmodern farce, but considering that the stock market won’t be soaring anytime soon, and that “hot” is really the only weather forecast there is during Israeli summers, who’s to say these articles aren’t factual?

Alongside these cute reports were gripping journalistic accounts. David Grossman, one of Israel’s most famed novelists, spent a night at a children’s drug rehabilitation center in Jerusalem and wrote a cover page story about the tender exchanges between the patients, ending the article in the style of a celebrated author who’s treated like a prophet: “I lay in bed and thought wondrously how, amid the alienation and indifference of the harsh Israeli reality, such islands — stubborn little bubbles of care, tenderness and humanity — still exist.” Grossman’s pen transformed a run-of-the-mill feature into something epic.

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Jerusalem, Israel http://www.80plus1.org/places/jerusalem http://www.80plus1.org/places/jerusalem#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2009 07:14:48 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://90.146.8.9/80plus1/?page_id=138 Topic: Heritage
Schedule: Week 7 (July 29 - August 4)
Art Project: TaxiLink
School Project: BG/BRG Ramsauerstraße Linz
Partner School: Haifa, Israel

Jerusalem is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world – its history goes back over six millennia. The city, known…

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Topic: Heritage
Schedule: Week 7 (July 29 - August 4)
Art Project: TaxiLink
School Project: BG/BRG Ramsauerstraße Linz
Partner School: Haifa, Israel

Jerusalem is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world – its history goes back over six millennia. The city, known as Yerushaláyim in Hebrew and Al-Quds in Arabic, contains holy sites to three global religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism. While it serves as the capital of Israel, the city has been one of the flash points of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for over half a century – the city’s Eastern portion, known as East Jerusalem has been disputed for decades.

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