Responding to Terror



You have to hand it to the Palestinians – they sure can turn almost anything into a weapon of terror. And so begins a new phase in the terrorist war against Israel – one in which motor vehicles are the weapon of choice. Following the second vehicular terror attack in Jerusalem in two weeks, Palestinians starting posting cartoons of vehicles portrayed as rockets online and have termed the latest round of attacks against Jews the “Car Intifada.”

A dear friend of mine received a call on Wednesday. Her husband was on his way home in Jerusalem, when a car driven by a Palestinian terrorist rammed into his rear bumper. This is the second time in less than two weeks that someone I know has been a target of a terror attack.

Without a doubt, we…

Posted in: West Bank / Ami Farkas / Israel

Dead Sea Scrolls’ New Online Home

(Photo: Library of Congress)

(Photo: Library of Congress)

Found in the West Bank between 1946 and 1956, the Dead Sea Scrolls are a collection of nearly a thousand ancient texts of great biblical and historical importance. Among them are some of the earliest known manuscripts of parts of the Hebrew Bible. While these antiquities have been available online for a couple years, this week the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library unveiled an upgraded way to experience them. Those who visit the new website:

will be able to view and explore 10,000 newly uploaded images of unprecedented quality. The website also offers accompanying explanations pertaining to a variety of manuscripts, such as the book of Exodus written in paleo-Hebrew script, the books of Samuel, the Temple Scroll, Songs of Shabbat Sacrifice, and New Jerusalem.

Posted in: West Bank / bible / exodus

Palestinian Workers Back Scarlett Johansson

(Photo: wikicommons/ Paul Bird)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Paul Bird)

Scarlett Johansson’s endorsement of SodaStream in a Super Bowl ad has created quite a bit of controversy – including an international campaign to boycott the Israeli company and Ms. Johansson’s resignation as ambassador for Oxfam. The problem many have is that one of SodaStream’s factories operates in the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumim.

While those on the outside have raised concerns about Palestinian rights, The Christian Science Monitor reports that those who actually work at the factory – its Palestinian employees – side with the Jewish actress:

“I would love to work for SodaStream. They’re quite privileged. People look up to them … It’s not the people who want to boycott, it’s the officials.”

That’s a common refrain among the SodaStream workers …

Posted in: West Bank / Israel / palestinians