When Jerusalem Stood between the Byzantine and Persian Empires

June 23 2021

In the 6th century BCE, Cyrus the Great famously conquered the Land of Israel, making possible the rebuilding of the Second Temple. Less well known is the Persian conquest of Jerusalem from the Byzantine empire, more than a millennium later. The invading Persian armies were even joined by a Jewish force eager to help wrest the Holy Land from Christian control. A recent study of a large cache of Roman coins, known as solidi, discovered in Jerusalem’s Givati parking-lot excavation several years ago, has revealed some rare evidence of this episode. David Hendin writes:

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More about: Ancient Persia, Archaeology, Byzantine Empire, Jerusalem, Jewish history

How Iran and Turkey Spread Their Propaganda to Young Americans

July 27 2021

During the past year, write Eitan Fischberger and Yosef Kuperwasser, both Tehran and Ankara have expanded their efforts to bring their views of the world to U.S. audiences—and these views tend to be anti-Zionist, anti-Semitic, anti-American, and deeply influenced by Islamism:

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More about: Academia, Anti-Zionism, Iran, Turkey, U.S. Politics