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2008-08-20 12:00:39

By DAVID BRINN For Zehava Ben, it's always been the most natural thing in the world. "I grew up listening to Arabic music - it was part of my life from an early age," the famed Mizrahi singer told The Jerusalem Post last week. "I knew all the words to Umm Kulthum's songs from the very beginning, she was huge" she added, referring to the late, legendary Egyptian singer known as the "Star of the East," who has remained a huge influence on every emerging oriental singer, despite her...

2008-08-19 12:00:35

By DANIEL GAVRON There is an element of time travel in attending the Upper Galilee chamber music festival in Kfar Blum, which ended last week. It feels as if it were taking place in a country that, for the most part, no longer exists. So for us veteran Israelis, the annual festival is much more than a week of music and drama. It is an escape to a more innocent era, a journey back into the friendly, cultured and tolerant environment of former years. For more than a week, there are...

2008-07-01 09:00:51

Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. (AMEX: ZN) of Dallas, Texas and Caesarea, Israel, announced that the company's geological team recently completed the processing of seven seismic lines (totaling over fifty two kilometers) acquired last winter and also the reprocessing of an additional ten seismic lines (of over one hundred and ten kilometers) in two prospective areas. The interpretation of the seismic data, coupled with geologic, gravity and magnetic data has resulted in the development of the...

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2008-06-18 06:10:00

EIN GEDI, Israel -- Southeast of Jerusalem, past fields of date palms, majestic Judean Desert mesas, a couple of security checkpoints and, if you're lucky, some goat-herding Bedouins sits one of the must-see destinations for any tourist in Israel. Glistening beneath a sun that shines about 330 days a year is the Dead Sea, the lowest place on Earth, which happens to also be one of the highest when it comes to restorative value. The healing and therapeutic powers of its mineral-rich water --...

2008-04-02 16:58:54

Dr. Oded Lipschits, from Tel Aviv University's Department of Archaeology, directs Ramat Rachel, an archaeological dig two miles from the Old City of Jerusalem. Until now archaeologists believed the site was a palace of an ancient Judean king, probably King Hezekiah, who built it around 700 BCE. But evidence points to foreign rule, says Dr. Lipschits, who believes the site was likely an ancient local administrative center - a branch office - of Assyrian rulers. "They were wise rulers," he...

2006-08-23 02:20:00

By Corinne Heller RAMAT RACHEL, Israel - Archaeologists in Israel have unearthed an ancient water system which was modified by the conquering Persians to turn the desert into a paradise. The network of reservoirs, drain pipes and underground tunnels served one of the grandest palaces in the biblical kingdom of Judea. Archaeologists first discovered the palace in 1954, a structure built on a six-acre (2.4 hectare) site where the communal Ramat Rachel farm now stands. Recent excavations...

2006-08-06 08:05:27

By Yehuda Peretz KFAR GILADI, Israel (Reuters) - Ten Israeli soldiers were killed when a Hizbollah rocket landed in a group of reservists in northern Israel on Sunday, the guerrilla group's deadliest single missile strike of the Lebanon war. The Magen David Adom ambulance service said 10 soldiers had been killed and nine wounded, four critically. The army confirmed reservists called up for duty for ground operations in southern Lebanon had been killed in the attack on the Kfar...

2006-07-31 12:30:02

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A Syrian-made bomb was detonated next to an Israeli army patrol road in the occupied Golan Heights, causing no casualties, an Israeli military source said on Monday. A military source said the overnight explosion was triggered apparently by the detonation of an anti-tank mine east of the Israeli settlement of Ein Zivan on the Syrian side of the Golan armistice line. Israel's Channel Two television quoted military sources as saying the blast in the Golan, which...

2006-06-22 04:41:13

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - The ruling Palestinian militant group Hamas urged European monitors to reopen Gaza's main international gateway after it remained shut on Thursday in the wake of Israeli security concerns. The Rafah crossing with Egypt has been closed since Wednesday when the Israeli army shut the nearby Kerem Shalom passage into the southern Gaza Strip over a security alert. Monitors use the passage to get to Rafah. Hamas has said it suspected Rafah was shut to...

2006-05-13 20:10:00

By Dean Yates KIBBUTZ METZER, Israel (Reuters) - Dropping the jeep into low gear, Doron Lieber powers up a rock-strewn track, past tall grass and thistle bushes. At the top of a hill, the long-time resident of this Israeli communal farm stops as a finished section of a barrier being built by the Jewish state in and around the occupied West Bank comes into view. On the other side lies the Palestinian village of Qaffin. When this part of the barrier was finished three years ago, it largely cut...