The Pilgrimage Road Excavation, Which Has Already Uncovered Much about Jerusalem’s History, Is No Threat to Arab Jerusalemites or to the al-Aqsa Mosque

July 12 2019

On June 30, David Friedman, the American ambassador to Israel, participated in a ceremony inaugurating an archaeological dig into an ancient road used by pilgrims visiting the Second Temple in Roman times. A New York Times article on the subject credulously reported that “Palestinians in the crowded East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan have complained that the walls of their homes were settling and cracking” because of prior excavations. This accusation has little basis, writes Nadav Shragai:

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More about: Ancient Israel, Archaeology, Jerusalem, New York Times, Palestinians

Reclaiming Secular Zionism’s Religiosity

Feb. 24 2021

A recent article in an Israeli political journal argued that anyone who wishes to revive Israel’s moribund left must stay true to its secular heritage and “take a stand against both religion and religious people.” But to Gershon Hacohen this claim rests on a profound misunderstanding. While it is true that David Ben-Gurion and other early leaders of the Zionist left were secular insofar as they were agnostic and did not observe halakhah, their ideology was deeply enmeshed with the Hebrew Bible and Jewish traditions:

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More about: David Ben-Gurion, History of Zionism, Labor Zionism, Religious Zionism