Ilan Ben Zion
Ilan Ben Zion
@AP #Jerusalem Writing on #food, #antiquity, #Mideast. Also bylines in @ft, @wsj, @archaeologymag, @jdforward etc @UofT alum, #rhodeisland diaspora RT≠anythingSource
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Israeli experts announce discovery of more Dead Sea scrolls

Israeli experts announce discovery of more Dead Sea scrolls

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/new-dead-sea-scrolls-israel-19844d3eb208190914182e78d9d79aacClick to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/new-dead-sea-scrolls-israel-19844d3eb208190914182e78d9d79aacClick to copyRelated topicsJERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli archaeologists on Tuesday announced the discovery of dozens of Dead Sea Scroll fragments bearing a biblical text found in a desert cave and believed hidden during a Jewish revolt against Rome nearly 1,900 years ago.The fragments of parchment bear lines of Greek text from the books of Zechariah and Nahum and have been dated around the...

March 16, 2021
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Sex abuse allegations pile up against Israeli rescue chief

Sex abuse allegations pile up against Israeli rescue chief

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/yehuda-meshi-zahav-sex-abuse-allegations-22fa8c47a86ffe5185d05fb541937846Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/yehuda-meshi-zahav-sex-abuse-allegations-22fa8c47a86ffe5185d05fb541937846Click to copyRelated topicsJERUSALEM (AP) — For decades, Yehuda Meshi-Zahav was one of Israel’s most recognizable faces, widely respected for founding an ultra-Orthodox rescue service that cared for victims of Palestinian attacks and bridged the divide between religious and secular Israelis.But in recent days, Meshi-Zahav has faced a growing list of accusers who...

March 16, 2021
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Gulf opens door to public Jewish life amid Israel ties

Gulf opens door to public Jewish life amid Israel ties

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/bahrain-israel-united-arab-emirates-persian-gulf-tensions-holidays-57e419d14131d13049ee2a92a6b3484fClick to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/bahrain-israel-united-arab-emirates-persian-gulf-tensions-holidays-57e419d14131d13049ee2a92a6b3484fClick to copyRelated topicsJERUSALEM (AP) — Half a year after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain established diplomatic relations with Israel, discreet Jewish communities in the Gulf Arab states that once lived in the shadow of the Arab-Israeli conflict are adopting a more public profile.Kosher food is now...

March 9, 2021
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Israel suspects Iran connection to Mediterranean oil spill

Israel suspects Iran connection to Mediterranean oil spill

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/israel-iran-persian-gulf-tensions-smuggling-environment-d7999a68942e2d4780cf6c9bb638e7c4Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/israel-iran-persian-gulf-tensions-smuggling-environment-d7999a68942e2d4780cf6c9bb638e7c4Click to copyRelated topicsJERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities said Wednesday that a Libyan-owned tanker suspected of smuggling oil from Iran to Syria was responsible for spilling tons of crude into the eastern Mediterranean last month, causing one of Israel’s worst environmental disasters. Over 90% of Israel’s 195 kilometer...

March 3, 2021
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Netanyahu accuses Iran of attacking Israeli-owned cargo ship

Netanyahu accuses Iran of attacking Israeli-owned cargo ship

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/israel-iran-persian-gulf-tensions-benjamin-netanyahu-gulf-of-oman-eff215fdcf6c1e53388c79067c57a592Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/israel-iran-persian-gulf-tensions-benjamin-netanyahu-gulf-of-oman-eff215fdcf6c1e53388c79067c57a592Click to copyRelated topicsJERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday accused Iran of attacking an Israeli-owned ship in the Gulf of Oman last week, a mysterious explosion that further spiked security concerns in the region.Without offering any evidence to his claim, Netanyahu told...

March 1, 2021
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Israel bought Syria vaccines from Russia as part of prisoner swap deal: reports

Israel bought Syria vaccines from Russia as part of prisoner swap deal: reports

Ilan Ben Zion, The Associated PressJERUSALEM --  Israel paid Russia $1.2 million to provide the Syrian government with coronavirus vaccines as part of a deal that secured the release of an Israeli woman held captive in Damascus, according to Israeli media reports on Sunday.The terms of the clandestine trade-off orchestrated by Moscow between the two nations remained murky. But the fact Israel is providing vaccines to Syria - an enemy country hosting hostile Iranian forces - drew criticism at home, and stands in contrast to Israel's refusal to provide significant quantities of vaccines to...

February 21, 2021
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Israel's ultra-Orthodox reject criticism, defy virus rules

Israel's ultra-Orthodox reject criticism, defy virus rules

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/pandemics-israel-weddings-coronavirus-pandemic-jerusalem-3d878012f21b061e244ccea43ba9e292Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/pandemics-israel-weddings-coronavirus-pandemic-jerusalem-3d878012f21b061e244ccea43ba9e292Click to copyRelated topicsJERUSALEM (AP) — Mendy Moskowits, a member of the ultra-Orthodox Belz Hassidic sect in Jerusalem, doesn’t understand the uproar toward believers like him.In recent weeks, ultra-Orthodox Jews have defied coronavirus restrictions by holding for beloved rabbis who died of COVID-19, celebrating large...

February 10, 2021
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Israel extradites woman wanted for sex crimes to Australia

Israel extradites woman wanted for sex crimes to Australia

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/israel-australia-crime-melbourne-sexual-abuse-by-clergy-360e654265ddf4fe0305ad626253a352Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/israel-australia-crime-melbourne-sexual-abuse-by-clergy-360e654265ddf4fe0305ad626253a352Click to copyRelated topicsJERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities on Monday extradited a woman wanted on 74 charges of child sex abuse in Australia, following a six-year legal battle that had strained relations between the two governments. Malka Leifer, a former teacher accused of sexually abusing several former students at a Jewish...

January 25, 2021
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With eye on Iran, Israel tests missile defence system

With eye on Iran, Israel tests missile defence system

Sign Inperson_outlinesearchedit_locationperson_outlinecloseedit_location This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. To orderpresentation-ready copies of Toronto Star content for distributionto colleagues, clients or customers, or inquire aboutpermissions/licensing, please go to: JERUSALEM - Israel’s Defence Ministry said Tuesday it conducted a series of successful live fire drills with its multi-range missile-defence system, providing protection against threats posed by arch-enemy Iran and its proxies along Israel’s northern and southern borders.Defence officials said it was...

December 15, 2020
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