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A 2,000-year-old amethyst seal, bearing an engraving that depicts the Balm of Gilead or biblical persimmon plant, was found in Jerusalem, October 2021. Credit: Eliyahu Yanai/City of David.

Rare biblical ‘Balm of Gilead’ engraving found on 2,000-year-old seal in Jerusalem

The Israel Antiquities Authority announced on Thursday the discovery in eastern Jerusalem of an ancient amethyst seal bearing the first known depiction of the plant known as “Balm of Gilead.” The engraving on the 2,000-year-old...

The Shabbat Project: Step Inside

As we slowly navigate our way out of the coronavirus pandemic, there is an inspiring vision that can animate our journey. It’s a vision of kindness and compassion, comfort and connection, joy and relief....
Israeli NBA player Deni Avdija of the Washington Wizards, October 2021. Source: Screenshot.

Tipping off new NBA season, Deni Avdija is looking to put ‘Israel on the...

Deni Avdija took one look at all of the members of the Israeli media on the Zoom screen armed with questions and joked that he was worried he’d miss the Washington Wizards team flight...
A rally for slain French Jew Sarah Halimi, January 2020. Credit: Gerard Bottino/Shutterstock.

The baleful consequences of failing to deal with Islamist extremism

On both sides of the English Channel, the failure to grasp the nettle of Islamist extremism and the frightening consequences of that failure are sounding an urgent alarm for the whole of Western society. Last...

Anti-Israel Columnists Need to Stick to the Facts

Mary Christine-Bader, a defender of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, has a penchant for confusion. Try to make sense of the passage below. I sure can’t. “(Rep. Betty McCollum) pointed out that ‘innocent Palestinians who live...
A view of nuclear centrifuges at the Iran nuclear energy exhibition at the Islamic Revolution & Holy Defense Museum in 2018. Credit: Inspired by Maps/Shutterstock.

Three plans to deal with Iran’s nuclear program: Which one will go into effect?

The freshly appointed head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Mohammad Eslami, made a significant announcement on Oct. 10. Iran enriched more than 120 kilograms of uranium to the 20 percent level, he said—a...

Update on “Justice for Sarah Halimi”… Today’s “J’Accuse!”

The Wiesenthal Centre has monitored over the years countless antisemitic terrorist crimes in France, but especially the murder of Sarah Halimi. We denounce the travesty of the trial exonerating her killer and constantly urge French...

Innovative breast-cancer treatment uses anesthesia of nervous system around tumor

Researchers at the Technion‒Israel Institute of Technology have developed an innovative treatment for breast cancer based on analgesic nanoparticles that target the nervous system. The study, published in Science Advances, was led by Professor Avi...
A screenshot of Google Maps displayed the “Apartheid Wall” near Jerusalem. Source: Screenshot.

Google Maps removes ‘apartheid wall’ label from security barrier near Jerusalem

Google has announced that it has removed the label “Apartheid Wall” from a road adjacent to the security barrier on the outskirts of eastern Jerusalem. While it is unclear how it came about, the company...
Activist Cassandre Fristot holds an anti-Semitic sign with the names of Jews at a protest in Metz, France, against French protocols regarding the coronavirus, Aug. 12, 2021. Source: Twitter.

French teacher receives suspended jail sentence for agitating anti-Semitism

A teacher in France received a suspended jail sentence on Wednesday after raising an anti-Semitic sign at a demonstration over the country’s coronavirus health pass system. Cassandre Fristot received a six-month suspended prison sentence after...