Feb 6, 2014
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Ultra-Orthodox Jews protest after funds cut in Israel conscription row

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(Israeli border policemen scuffle with ultra-Orthodox Jewish protesters during a demonstration in Jerusalem February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel blocked highways and clashed with police on Thursday in protest at a government decision to cut funds to seminary students who avoid military service.

Aug 1, 2013
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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man in Israel charged with spying for Iran

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(Members of Neturei Karta, a fringe ultra-Orthodox movement within the anti-Zionist bloc, pose with Turkish and Palestinian flags during a protest against Israel organized by Turkey’s pro-Islamic Felicity Party (SP) in Istanbul June 5, 2010. REUTERS/Murad Sezer )

A member of a fringe ultra-Orthodox Jewish group in Israel was charged in a Jerusalem court on Thursday with trying to spy for Iran. The man travelled to Berlin in 2011 and offered to collect information on Israel for Iranian embassy officials, Israel’s Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency said in a statement.

Jul 2, 2012
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Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial amends text on Pope Pius XII

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(An image depicting Pope Pius XII is displayed at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem April 15, 2007. REUTERS/Yonathan Weitzman)

Israel’s national Holocaust memorial has amended its account of Pope Pius XII’s actions during World War Two, after the original text upset the Vatican by implying he did too little to try to rescue Jews from the Nazis.

Mar 14, 2012
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Jerusalem trial fails to end the “brother of Jesus” burial mystery

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(Israel Antiquities Authority workers prepare ossuaries, found during an excavation in Jerusalem 27 years ago, for display in the Israeli city of Beit Shemesh February 27, 2007. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

The authenticity of a burial box purported to have been for the “brother” of Jesus Christ remained shrouded in mystery on Wednesday after a Jerusalem court acquitted an Israeli private collector of charges he forged the artifact.

Apr 12, 2011
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New Israeli film claims discovery of nails from Jesus’s cross

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(Filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici at a news conference in New York, February 26, 2007/Mike Segar)

Could two of the nails used to crucify Jesus have been discovered in a 2,000-year-old tomb in Jerusalem? And could they have mysteriously disappeared for 20 years, only to turn up by chance in a Tel Aviv laboratory?

Nov 15, 2010
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Gas in the Holy Land: energy prospecting with the Bible as guide

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Using the Bible as its guide, Texas-based energy company Zion Oil and Gas has searched for oil in the Holy Land for a decade. The company uses a map of the 12 ancient tribes of Israel and the biblical assertion – “the foot of Asher to be dipped in oil on the head of Joseph” – as an unlikely guide to help it decide where to drill. (Photo: A worker stands on an oil rig belonging to Zion Oil and  Gas in Karkur, northern Israel October 17, 2010/Nir Elias)

Sitting beneath an 18-storey rig in northern Israel, Zion’s CEO Richard Rinberg translates that reference by pointing to an area on the map where the territory of Asher – long and thin and shaped like a leg – once pushed into the land that belonged to Joseph’s sons.

Nov 8, 2010
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Israel charges imam with incitement against pope

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(Photo: Pope Benedict meets religious leaders in Nazareth, May 14, 2009, with many Muslim clerics in white and red turbans in the audience/Atef Safadi)

Israeli authorities have charged the imam of a mosque in Nazareth with inciting violence against Pope Benedict and supporting al Qaeda and “global jihad,” the justice ministry has said.

The indictment said Nazim Mahmoud Salim, who was arrested by police a month ago, led a group of about 2,000 worshippers, and had also preached at the flashpoint al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, Islam’s third holiest shrine.

Aug 9, 2010
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Israel Museum takes a new look at the history of the Holy Land

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A new Jerusalem exhibit displaying a million years of history in the Holy Land offers Bible buffs and skeptics alike a chance to say: “I told you so!”  The Israel Museum, fresh-faced after a three-year, $100 million upgrade, offers an unparalleled look into the development of monotheistic religions, while leaving plenty of room for both science and faith. (Photo: A statue of the Emperor Hadrian at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem July 20, 2010/Baz Ratner)

The museum’s more devout visitors may feel vindicated by a collection of three-thousand-year-old weapons used by ancient warriors in the Battle of Lachish, verifying the fighting as depicted in the Bible.  The scientifically minded can point to a set of 1.5 million year old bull horns on display around the corner, by far predating Earth’s creation as described by the book of Genesis.

Jan 19, 2010
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Out of the spotlight, Israel and Vatican negotiate holy sites

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Vatican flags raised outside Jerusalem's Old City before Pope Benedict's visit, 6 May 2009/Baz Rattner

There have been a series of significant and highly publicised events recently in Vatican-Jewish relations.

Nov 8, 2009
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High-flying drones and ocean-bottom tanks feature at Israeli water show

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Israeli companies will unveil this month an array of new technologies that will save and maximize use of the world’s most valuable resource… water.The systems range from a drone that flies 300 metres (900 feet) above ground to fight water leaks– described this week in a recent Reuters article on fighting global leakage – to a petroleum gas storage system that sits on the ocean floor. Arad Technologies’ water meter-reading drone takes off near Tel Aviv and then parachutes down after completing its flight. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen

  Water technology is one of the things Israel does best. Two thirds of the country is arid, and its first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, famously declared that Israel would only survive if it could “make the desert bloom”.Since then, Israeli companies have been pioneers in the field and many of of their developments have penetrated the global market.You can take a look at some of the more intriguing systems to be exhibited at the government-sponsored WATEC conference in Tel Aviv on Nov 17-19 by clicking here.