Remnants of a World War I Battle Found in Israel

While archaeologists working in Israel usually expect to come across objects from the biblical and talmudic eras, an excavation in the central part of the country uncovered something far more recent but still significant. Yori Yalon writes:

Remnants of a World War I battle between British and Turkish forces were discovered recently in an archaeological dig near [the city of] Rosh Ha’ayin. The findings, which include dozens of bullet casings, mortar shells, and military paraphernalia, were uncovered during an Israel Antiquities Authority dig carried out ahead of the paving of a road connecting Rosh Ha’ayin to the nearby Afek Industrial Park. . . .

The discovery that a battle had taken place at the site was made after a broken piece of insignia from a British beret was found. Bullets and casings from an Ottoman rifle were soon found nearby. . . .

Yossi Elisha, the director of the dig, [said], “These findings are evidence of one of the major battles that occurred in the land of Israel between British and Turkish forces in World War I.”

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The Democrats’ Anti-Semitism Problem Involves More Than Appearances

Jan. 22 2019

Last week, the Democratic National Committee formally broke with the national Women’s March over its organizers’ anti-Semitism and close associations with the Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. Also last week, however, the Democratic leadership gave a coveted seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee to the freshman congresswoman Ilhan Omar—a supporter of boycotts of Israel who recently defended her 2012 pronouncement that “Israel has hypnotized the world” to ignore its “evil doings.” Abe Greenwald comments:

The House Foreign Affairs Committee oversees House bills and investigations pertaining to U.S. foreign policy, and it has the power to cut American arms and technology shipments to allies. So, while the Democrats are distancing themselves from anti-Semitic activists who organize a march every now and then, they’re raising up anti-Semites to positions of power in the federal government. . . .

There is no cosmetic fix for the anti-Semitism that’s infusing the activist left and creeping into the Democratic party. It runs to the ideological core of intersectionality—the left’s latest religion. By the lights of intersectionality, Jews are too powerful and too white to be the targets of bigotry. So an anti-Semite is perfectly suitable as an ally against some other form of prejudice—against, say, blacks or women. And when anti-Semitism appears on the left, progressives are ready to explain it away with an assortment of convenient nuances and contextual considerations: it’s not anti-Semitism, it’s anti-Zionism; consider the good work the person has done fighting for other groups; we don’t have to embrace everything someone says to appreciate the good in him, etc.

These new congressional Democrats [including Omar and her fellow anti-Israel congresswoman Rashida Tlaib] were celebrated far and wide when they were elected. They’re young, outspoken, and many are female. But that just makes them extraordinarily effective ambassadors for a poisonous ideology.

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