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King Herod's Hallway Linked to 'Horrible' Gangrene

Reviled ancient ruler was too sick to use palace, experts say

(Newser) - Archaeologists have uncovered a corridor into Herod the Great's ancient palace but say the infamous king never really put the hallway to use, NBC News reports. In fact he turned Herodium, roughly 7 miles south of Jerusalem, into a burial monument when he fell horribly ill. "Surprisingly, during... More »

Ancient Well Hints at Undiscovered Village

Well was submerged under 16 feet of water

(Newser) - Slumbering some 16 feet below the surface of the Mediterranean is a 7,500-year-old well that may contain something more than water. Maritime archaeologists excavating in Israel uncovered the site in October; it's been dated to the pre-pottery Neolithic period, according to a press release from Flinders University. The... More »

Cave Find Suggests When Humans Figured Out Fire

Researchers in Israel say it happened about 350K years ago

(Newser) - As early human milestones go, it's as big as they get: the "invention" of fire. Or more precisely, the mastering of fire. Now archaeologists studying an ancient cave in Israel say they've figured out when humans managed the feat: about 350,000 years ago, reports Science . Researchers... More »

Israel: US Christian Plotted to Blow Up Holy Sites

Texas man Adam Livix allegedly targeted Muslim sites

(Newser) - An American Christian who passed himself off as an ex-Navy SEAL faces charges in Israel of trying to blow up Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, Israeli authorities say. Israeli police and the Justice Ministry identified the man as Adam Everett Livix, 30, from Texas. Police say he faces drug charges... More »

Chance Photo Leads to Alleged 'Cave of Skulls' Looters

Thieves sought ancient scrolls for local market, officials say

(Newser) - Trying to steal a comb is one thing—looting a 2,000-year-old comb from an ancient cave is quite another. Israel says it has apprehended a gang of thieves doing the latter from a Judean cave in the same region as the caves that once housed the Dead Sea Scrolls,... More »

Syria: Israeli Airstrikes Just Hit Us

Israel says it won't comment on 'foreign reports'

(Newser) - Israeli warplanes carried out two airstrikes today near Damascus, one near the city's international airport and a second outside a town close to the Lebanese border, Syria's state news agency said. SANA called the attack "an aggression against Syria" and said there were no reports of casualties.... More »

Hamas Terror Plot Foiled: Israel

Kidnappings, car bombings, attacks on stadium and railways said to be planned

(Newser) - Car bombings, kidnappings, and attacks on railway stations and Jerusalem's Teddy soccer stadium were just some of the items on Hamas' checklist, according to Israeli officials who today say they foiled a major West Bank terror plot by the group, the AP reports. The Shin Bet security service confirms... 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 »

3 Americans Killed in Israel Synagogue Rampage

Brit is dead, too; Israel will respond harshly, Netanyahu says

(Newser) - Two Palestinians armed with knives, axes, and guns stormed a Jerusalem synagogue today, killing four people before dying in a shootout with police, officials say. The dead included three dual US-Israeli citizens and one British-Israeli citizen, all of them rabbis, reports CNN . Israeli police called the incident a terrorist attack... More »

Sweden Nods to Palestinian State

And Israel is fuming about it

(Newser) - Sweden's new left-leaning government today recognized a Palestinian state—a move that comes during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel's plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem. As expected , the EU member became the third Western European nation, after Malta and Cyprus,... More »

US Infant Dies in Israel 'Terror Attack'

Israeli police: Hamas member plowed into crowd at train station

(Newser) - A Palestinian motorist with a history of anti-Israel violence slammed his car into a crowded train station in Jerusalem yesterday, killing a 3-month-old baby girl and wounding eight people in what police are calling a terror attack. The girl and her parents, who were injured in the attack, were US... More »

Home of Ancient Cult Found in Israel

Giant complex contains animal bones, face masks

(Newser) - Archeologists in Israel have discovered a 3,300-year-old complex where an ancient cult likely gathered, UPI reports. The complex, at a site known as Tel Burna, is made up of rooms surrounding a giant courtyard measuring 52 feet by 52 feet. It's not certain who the cult worshiped, but... More »

Scientist Trying to Resurrect King David's Wine

3K-year-old grapes could help Elyashiv Drori succeed in his quest

(Newser) - If a scientist in Israel is successful, we could someday taste the wine described in the Bible. In 2011, Elyashiv Drori sent students throughout Israel in search of wild grapes, which were tough to find in an area that saw alcohol banned for centuries under past Muslim rulers, the BBC... More »

Female Skeleton Casts Light on Ancient Earthquake

Archaeologists say temblor flattened Hippos in 363AD

(Newser) - Archaeologists investigating the remains of an ancient city overlooking the Sea of Galilee say they've found the best evidence yet of a devastating earthquake—one of two that leveled the Greco-Roman municipality, the Jerusalem Post reports. The University of Haifa researchers, who have been excavating Hippos for 15 years,... More »

Israel Downs Syrian Fighter Jet in Its Airspace

First such interception since 1980s: reports

(Newser) - Israel has shot down a Syrian fighter jet that entered Israeli airspace, Haaretz reports. The pilots appear to have parachuted to safety in the incident, which saw a Patriot missile hit the Sukhoi-24 jet over Golan Heights. It was the first time since the 1980s that Israel has shot down... More »

Israel: We Shot Dead Hamas Agent Who Killed 3 Teens

And another suspect wounded, military says

(Newser) - Israel says one of the Palestinian men responsible for kidnapping and murdering three Israeli teens has been killed, and another suspect seriously wounded. Both were Hamas operatives, the Israeli military said today, adding that they opened fire on security forces, which fired back, killing one and injuring the other. Hundreds... More »

Huge Monument Older Than Pyramids, Stonehenge Discovered

Ancient structure near Sea of Galilee said to be at least 5K years old

(Newser) - What's longer than a football field and probably older than much of Stonehenge as well as the Egyptian pyramids ? According to scientists, an ancient stone monument recently identified in Israel, LiveScience reports. The crescent-shaped structure just a few miles away from the Sea of Galilee is about 492... More »

Israeli Military: Protesting Vets Face 'Sharp' Discipline

Spokesperson decries actions of Unit 8200 vets

(Newser) - The 43 veterans of an elite Israeli intelligence unit who are refusing to serve, in protest of past treatment of Palestinians , are in hot water. They're being criticized by officials on both the right and the left, as well as hundreds of their colleagues, and the Israeli military yesterday... More »

Woman Plays Violin During Her Brain Surgery

Naomi Elishuv serenaded doctors with Mozart as they resolved tremor problem

(Newser) - Naomi Elishuv used to be a world-class violinist who played with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, but uncontrollable shaking caused by a neurological disorder called essential tremor forced her to stop playing 20 years ago, the Telegraph reports. She only recently learned of deep brain stimulation, the surgery that could... More »

Elite Israeli Vets Refuse to Serve Over Treatment of Palestinians

43 members of intelligence unit write open letter

(Newser) - The Israeli military has a new problem related to Palestinians, but this one comes from within its own ranks. Forty-three vets of a secretive intelligence unit have written an open letter to their superiors refusing to take part in any further action against Palestinians because of what they see as... More »

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