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In 'Exceptional Move,' Holy Site Shut After Attack in Israel

3 gunmen, 2 officers dead in Jerusalem

(Newser) - Three Arab-Israelis launched an attack on a compound in Jerusalem that is one of the holiest sites for both Jews and Muslims, police say. Two officers were killed in the attack at the shrine, which Jews call Temple Mount and Muslims the Noble Sanctuary, per Reuters . It's the holiest... More »

Scientists Issue Dire Warning on Christ's Tomb

There could be a 'catastrophic' collapse if structural issues aren't remedied

(Newser) - Few places are more holy to Christians than what's thought to be Christ's tomb in Jerusalem, but scientists are now warning that there's a "very real risk" of collapse at the site. Researchers from the National Technical University of Athens say the Edicule, a shrine that... More »

5 Best Cities in the World for Culture

Kyoto tops the list

(Newser) - Looking for some culture in the new year? Travel + Leisure lists the 10 best world cities offering just that. The top five:
  1. Kyoto, Japan
  2. Rome, Italy
  3. Jerusalem
  4. Florence, Italy
  5. Paris, France
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Trump Tells Netanyahu of Major Shift If He's Elected

GOP nominee says he'd recognize the city as Israel's capital

(Newser) - Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump set up Sunday meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on the eve of their first big debate, the AP reports—and Trump, who met with Netanyahu first in New York City, made a big promise to the PM that would mark a "... More »

US Tourist Caught Allegedly Hunting Treasure Beneath Jerusalem

He may have been suffering from 'Jerusalem Syndrome'

(Newser) - A 19-year-old American tourist—who apparently can't wait for Indiana Jones 5 —was arrested after allegedly hunting for "mythical buried treasure" underneath Jerusalem last week, AFP reports. Officials say the suspect hid during closing time at Zedekiah's Cave—aka Solomon's Quarries—beneath the Muslim section... More »

Seal of Biblical-Era King Discovered

It's the first of its kind found by archaeologists

(Newser) - Archaeologists in Jerusalem say they've made a first-of-its kind discovery: the seal of an ancient Israelite king—one that may have been made by his own hand. Researchers digging in Old Jerusalem think the seal impression, or bulla, comes from King Hezekiah, who ruled in the 8th century BC,... More »

New Discovery Solves Centuries-Old Jewish Riddle

What archaeologists found under a parking lot is 'a dream come true'

(Newser) - More than 100 years of searching and 10 years of digging culminated in a find Jewish archaeologists are calling "a dream come true," LiveScience reports. The Greek ruler Antiochus IV Epiphanes—the "villain" of Hanukkah—built the Acra 2,000 years ago to exert control over Jerusalem,... More »

Scroll So Charred It Looks Like Charcoal Finally Read

1.5K-year-old scroll sat unreadable since being found in 1970

(Newser) - When a 1,500-year-old scroll was found in the ashes of an ancient synagogue on the shores of the Dead Sea just south of Jerusalem in 1970, it was so charred it resembled a piece of charcoal and was impossible to read or preserve. But now, thanks to the latest... More »

Workers Stumble on 2K-Year-Old Marvel in Jerusalem

Ancient aqueduct worked 'intermittently' until last century, experts say

(Newser) - Workers constructing a sewer line in East Jerusalem last month discovered a 2,000-year-old water-supply system that—think about this—worked fairly well until the last century, LiveScience reports. The 13-mile long Lower Aqueduct, which was fed by a spring south of Bethlehem and runs through four modern-day Jerusalem neighborhoods,... More »

Now Boehner's Going to Israel

Speaker said to be heading to Jerusalem for Bibi's 'victory celebration'

(Newser) - John Boehner's invite brought Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before Congress earlier this month, and now it looks like the visit will be reciprocated. The House speaker is heading to Jerusalem over the next couple of weeks to meet with the Israeli PM, with a gaggle of GOP lawmakers in... More »

Jerusalem Mayor Sees Stabbing, Tackles Attacker

Palestinian 18-year-old stabbed Jewish man

(Newser) - A Palestinian man with a knife stabbed a Jewish man in Jerusalem yesterday, only to be tackled by the mayor of the city, Reuters reports. After the attacker stabbed the victim—who wasn't badly hurt—he tried to attack other bystanders, but they fled. Mayor Nir Barkat and his... More »

'This Is Not How We Wanted to Welcome You to Israel'

4 victims of Paris terror attack buried in Jerusalem

(Newser) - "I am Charlie, I am Jewish, I am Israeli, I am French, I'm fed up." This was just one of the signs visible at a Jerusalem cemetery this morning as Israelis gathered to mourn four French Jews killed in last week's Paris terror attacks, the New ... More »

Museum: We've Found Possible Site of Jesus' Trial

The Tower of David in Jerusalem offers tours, too

(Newser) - Curious to see the possible site of Jesus' trial? The Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem has begun offering tours to the suspected remains of Herod's palace, where some say Jesus was tried and sentenced to death, the Washington Post reports. "There is, of course, no inscription stating... More »

Rare Tiger Devours Own Cubs at Zoo

Hana seemed to be taking good care of her 2 little ones, Jerusalem zoo officials say

(Newser) - Everything had been going so well, staff at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo claim. Hana, a rare Sumatran tiger, had given birth to three cubs on Nov. 17, and though one hadn't made it long past the birth, the other two seemed to be thriving and bonding with their mother,... More »

5th Victim Dies in Jerusalem Attack

It was like 'scenes from the Holocaust,' says one witness

(Newser) - One of the two police officers wounded while stopping this morning's brutal attack inside a Jerusalem synagogue has died of his injuries, reports CNN . That brings to five the number of people killed by two Palestinian cousins wielding axes, knives, and a gun. The previous four who died were... More »

Revenge Killing? Teen Found Dead, Jerusalem Erupts

Body of Palestinian 17-year-old found in forest

(Newser) - Tensions boiled over in Jerusalem today after the body of a Palestinian teenager reported kidnapped an hour earlier was found in a forest in the city. The death of 17-year-old Mohammed Abu Khudair is widely believed to be a revenge killing for the deaths of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers in... More »

Cairo Gets First Snow in 100+ Years

Storm brings winter to much of Middle East

(Newser) - Cairo saw a rare and wonderful sight today: Snow. Much of the Middle East has been blanketed by the white stuff in recent days thanks to a region-wide cold snap and winter storm. According to local news reports, Cairo hasn't gotten snow in more than a century, the LA ... More »

Archaeologists Uncover Jerusalem Treasure Trove

Says one archaeologist: I have never found so much gold in my life!'

(Newser) - A dig near Jerusalem's Temple Mount has paid off big time for a team of archaeologists from Hebrew University: They announced yesterday that they've uncovered a 1,400-year-old Byzantine-era treasure trove. Chief among the various gold and silver items recovered is a 4-inch solid gold medallion depicting a... More »

Activists Fume Over Quick Fix in Western Wall Gender Fight

Plaza offers site for mixed prayer

(Newser) - Jerusalem's Western Wall has been embroiled in controversy over prayer rules tied to gender, and the latest attempt at a solution is rubbing many the wrong way. Backed by the Israeli minister for Jerusalem, Naftali Bennett, a new, 4800-square-foot prayer plaza is meant to offer an equal-opportunity praying location,... More »

Archaeologists: We've Found King David's Palace

Site unveiled near Jerusalem

(Newser) - Archaeologists have made a discovery of Biblical proportions: They say newly excavated ruins near Jerusalem are "the best example to date of the uncovered fortress city of King David." Extensive digging has unveiled a pair of structures, one of which may have been a palace belonging to the... More »

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