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Israel Declares That Heinz Isn't Ketchup

Instead, it is tomato seasoning

(Newser) - Heinz may mean ketchup in America, but in Israel, it's now mere "tomato seasoning." The nation's health ministry has decreed that Heinz's version doesn't have enough "tomato solids" to qualify as ketchup and has downgraded it accordingly, reports the Times of Israel . The... More »

Palestinian Hunger Striker Suffers Brain Damage

Israeli court suspends detention of Mohammed Allan

(Newser) - A Palestinian lawyer who hasn't eaten in more than two months to protest his detention in Israel won a court victory today, though he's likely not aware of it. Mohammed Allen, 31, remains sedated in a hospital, and a medical exam shows that he has suffered brain damage... More »

French Baron's Long-Lost Ship Possibly Found —Off Israel

Baron de Rothschild shipped materials to his glass factory in Tantura from France

(Newser) - A mysterious, century-old shipwreck found 40 years ago off Israel's coast has been tentatively revealed to be a priceless find: the long-lost ship of a French baron, say Haifa University archaeologists. Baron Edmond James de Rothschild—who moved raw materials from France to a glass factory he constructed in... More »

Archaeologists Find Rare Writing, Then It Disappears

Inscriptions on plaster in ritual bath have now been sealed

(Newser) - Archaeologists digging for ruins ahead of a new construction project in Jerusalem made an incredible discovery—that immediately began to vanish. During the last hours of a "salvage excavation" two months ago, the Israel Antiquities Authority stumbled upon a 2,000-year-old ritual bath when a stone suddenly disappeared into... More »

Israel Arrests Suspected Jewish Extremists Without Charge

Crackdown in wake of deadly West Bank firebombing intensifies

(Newser) - Israel intensified its crackdown on Jewish extremists today, jailing two high-profile ultranationalist Israelis for six months without charge and arresting additional suspects in West Bank settlements. The crackdown comes after a deadly July 31 firebomb attack that killed an 18-month-old Palestinian boy and severely wounded his parents and brother. The... More »

Father of Toddler Killed in Firebombing Also Dies

Mother, brother still recuperating

(Newser) - The father of a Palestinian toddler killed in a firebomb attack last week in the West Bank has died of his wounds from the same incident. In addition to the deaths of 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh and his father Saed, the boy's 4-year-old brother and his mother remain seriously injured.... More »

Archaeologists Find the Gate to Goliath's Hometown

The city entrance is one of the largest ever found in Israel

(Newser) - An archaeological dig now in its 20th year has uncovered the entrance gate to Gath, the ancient Biblical city of the Philistines and onetime home of the giant Goliath. Before the king of Damascus destroyed it in 830 BCE, Gath was the largest city in the land for hundreds of... More »

Girl Stabbed at Gay Pride Parade Dies

Israeli teen succumbs to knife wounds

(Newser) - A teenage girl seriously wounded after an anti-gay extremist stabbed her and several others in last week's attack on Jerusalem's gay pride parade died yesterday. Shira Banki, 16, succumbed to her wounds, and her organs will be donated, a Hadassah Medical Center spokeswoman says. The girl was among... More »

Cops: Man Stabs People at Gay Pride Parade—Again

Six people are wounded in Jerusalem

(Newser) - An Ultra-Orthodox Jew stabbed six people at a gay pride parade today in Jerusalem, and the suspect turned out to be a familiar face—he'd just gotten out of prison for doing the same thing a decade ago, reports the Jerusalem Post . Police say Yishai Shlissel began randomly stabbing... More »

Spy Pollard Goes Free in November

Lawyers, Justice Department confirm

(Newser) - After 30 years in prison, convicted spy Jonathan Pollard will indeed go free this year. His lawyers and officials with the Justice Department have confirmed the news, which surfaced last week, reports CNN . Pollard, a former Navy intelligence analyst who got caught passing classified information to Israeli operatives, will go... More »

Huckabee: Obama Marching Israelis to 'Door of Oven'

POTUS candidate under fire for attack on Iran nuclear deal

(Newser) - It's no surprise that presidential candidate Mike Huckabee isn't happy with the recent Iran nuclear deal , but the rhetoric he used to make his point has prompted a call from the Democratic National Committee for an apology, the BBC reports. In an interview with Breitbart on Saturday, the... More »

Report: US to Release Israeli Spy Jonathan Pollard

Wall Street Journal says it could happen in weeks

(Newser) - The US is getting ready to release one of its most high-profile prisoners. The Wall Street Journal reports that Jonathan Pollard, the former Navy analyst who is serving a life sentence for spying on behalf of Israel, could be released in a matter of weeks. The 60-year-old was convicted in... More »

Where Was Jesus Baptized? UNESCO Weighs In

Debate continues as UN group picks Jordan side over West Bank locale

(Newser) - Addressing a long-simmering debate about whether Jesus Christ was baptized on the eastern or western side of the Jordan River, UNESCO has made its final decision, and the winner is … Jordan, not the West Bank in Israel, the AP reports. Despite a lack of strong archaeological evidence, the UN... More »

Hamas Has Held Israeli for Almost a Year: Officials

An Arab-Israeli is also reportedly being held, though it's unclear by whom

(Newser) - Israel said today two of its citizens are being held in the Gaza Strip—and it believes Hamas has had its hands on one of them for almost a year, the AP reports. An Israeli defense unit says that "credible intelligence" shows Avraham Mangisto, said by Israeli media to... More »

To Keep ISIS Out, Israel Plans a Fence

18-mile-long fence will be built along eastern border with Jordan

(Newser) - Israel's borders with Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt are protected by a fence. Now the country has approved a plan to build an 18-mile-long fence along its eastern border with Jordan that could help prevent Islamist extremists and migrants from entering the country. The fence, to run from Eilat to... More »

World Now Has Almost as Many Jews as Pre-Holocaust

Israeli think tank links rise to changing patterns of identification

(Newser) - The world's Jewish population is nearly as large as it was before the Holocaust, Israeli think tank Jewish People Policy Institute said in its annual report yesterday, putting that number at 14.2 million Jews. When factoring in individuals with one Jewish parent and others who identify as partially... More »

Israel Politician's Wife Posts Racist Obama Tweet

'Black and weak' joke does not go down well

(Newser) - As a well-known media personality in Israel and the wife of one of the country's most powerful politicians, Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes has a lot of Twitter followers—and a lot of people to offend when she does something like tweet a racist joke about another country's leader. "... More »

Scientists Reconstructing Ancient Jar Find a Mystery

The inscription dates back to the King David era

(Newser) - When archaeologists stumbled upon hundreds of shards of pottery at the Khirbet Qeiyafa biblical site near Jerusalem in 2012, they noticed letters in ancient Canaanite on some of the pieces and began the work of putting the 3,000-year-old jar back together. What they found was the inscription of a... More »

Israel Frees Pork-Eating Soldier

US-born man didn't realize sandwich would be a problem

(Newser) - The Israeli military has scrapped a punishment for a US-born Israeli soldier who had caused a stink by violating the military's kosher rules by eating a pork sandwich while in uniform. Earlier, the military said the soldier, whose name was not released, "violated rules and regulations," which... More »

Israel's Burning Man Torched Ancient Relics

Site of festival fire housed ancient flint tools

(Newser) - The Israeli Antiquities Authority says revelers at a Burning Man festival famous for its pyrotechnic spectacles have accidentally torched some remnants of prehistoric man. Archaeologist Yoram Haimi says organizers of Midburn, an Israeli affiliate of the Nevada carnival, burned a wooden temple Saturday on a hilltop scattered with flint tools... More »

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