Category Archives: Galilee

What Lies Behind (and Beneath) Israel’s JNF Forests? Nine minutes with Jonathan Cook | VIDEO

JNF, the Jewish National Fund, an international Zionist charity that today holds semi-governmental authority in Israel. Among the very earliest of Zionist entities, it was founded in 1901 for the purpose of buying and developing land for Jewish settlement in … Continue reading

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A Slice of History: The Zionist Commander Who Saved Nazareth

THIS STORY has intrigued me ever since I first heard it, especially having lived in Nazareth for 3-1/2 years of my Holy Land sojourn. One might wish it were a straight-out “feel good” story, but it’s not–history is never that … Continue reading

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Justice for Biram and Iqrit: A right-wing ideologue gets it (almost) right

I seldom subject myself to the offerings of commentator Moshe Arens when they appear periodically in Haaretz newspaper: Heartburn. He’s the sort of columnist — like peace-nik Gershon Baskin in the Jerusalem Post — invited in on occasion to demonstrate the … Continue reading

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Deck the Halls, Ring in the New. Or not…

Another straight-shooting piece by Nazareth-based journalist Jonathan Cook. It is reproduced below in full (including links to sources), without comment. The article is found on-line at Cook’s web-site HERE. <> <> <> The terror lurking in a Christmas tree Israel … Continue reading

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“Afghanistan” in Israel: Ultra-Orthodox severely damage Hamat Tiberias mosaic

Vandals attacked the ancient synagogue mosaic floor of Hamat Tiberias Monday night, causing severe and perhaps irreparable damage. The synagogue lies within a national park site on the southern outskirts of the modern city of Tiberias, on the western shore … Continue reading

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The Historic Valley Railway featured on a new Israeli stamp

This post began with a tiny postage stamp  — and then began to grow, finally encompassing bits of biblical history, the roll-out of a new interpretive center, and a major rail infrastructure project just getting underway here in Israel — plus links to … Continue reading

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Galilee ‘Trail Wars’ heat up — “Jesus” vs. “Gospel”

Much has already been written about the two Christian-oriented hiking routes through the Lower Galilee, one a private initiative and the other a project of the Israeli government, both starting (at different points) in Nazareth and ending at Capernaum, and … Continue reading

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