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Via TimesOfIsrael:

Jodi Magness, a professor of Early Judaism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her team found a stunning mosaic this summer depicting a group of elephants at the fifth-century synagogue in the Galilee village of Huqoq. The first section of the mosaic floor was found in the summer of 2012, revealing depictions of Samson setting the Philistine’s fields ablaze with the aid of unfortunate foxes. In 2013 a panel was revealed showing Samson carrying off the gates of Gaza.

synagogueMosaicBased on the other Mosaics found at the same  site, archaeologists postulated it represented the Maccabees facing off against the Seleucid Greeks, the wars commemorated in the Jewish holiday of Hannukah or possibly the panel telling the story of Alexander the Great’s legendary meeting with the Jewish high priest.

In Job 20:14 God calls the elephant “behemoth”. The mosaics appear to be scenes of the history of the area from the book of Judges (Samson) through the time of Alexander the Great.

1 Maccabees 6-7 Eleazar, one of Judah the Maccabee’s brothers sacrifices his own life to stop one of the war elephants of the Greeks. Many of the 5th and 6th century synagogues in the Galilee have post Biblical themes.

Read more about the stunning finds here.

And where are those “ancient palestinian” coins? Nowhere, because they don’t exist. Via FoxNews:

A 2,000-year-old trove of rare bronze coins from the Second Temple period was discovered in Israel, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced Tuesday. The discovery was made after pottery shards discovered several months ago, during construction to widen the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv Highway, led archaeologists to continue their excavation.

“The hoard, which appears to have been buried several months prior to the fall of Jerusalem, provides us with a glimpse into the lives of Jews living on the outskirts of Jerusalem at the end of the rebellion,” said IAA excavation directors Pablo Betzer and Eyal Marco. Inside a buried ceramic box researchers found 114 bronze coins dating to the fourth year of the Great Revolt by the Jews against the Romans. The discovery was announced on the Ninth of Av, the Hebrew date where Jews commemorate the destruction of the Second Temple.


U.S. tax dollars fund UNRWA officials now lobbying in Washington to obtain yet more money for an Jew-hating agency entwined with the rocket-launching, tunnel-digging rulers of Gaza.  Via WallStreetJournal:

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is one of the UN’s most perverse, destructive creations. In Gaza it essentially functions as Hamas’ handmaiden. During the clashes of recent weeks as Israel sought to stop rocket attacks by Hamas and to destroy its terror tunnels, UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl publicly condemned Israel, accusing the Israelis of “serious violation of international law.”

Hamas controls UNRWA’s staff unions in Gaza, where in 2012 a Hamas-affiliated slate swept 25 of 27 seats. The 30,000 staff on the payroll are almost all Palestinian. With a budget topping $1 billion, the agency’s welfare programs relieve Hamas of many of the costs of servicing the enclave it controls as its launchpad for terror.

In 2011 the agency opened an office in Washington run by two former U.S. government insiders: Matthew Reynolds, previously the State Department’s assistant secretary for legislative affairs, and Chris McGrath, previously a media-events director for Sen. Harry Reid. Thus, U.S. tax dollars fund UNRWA officials now lobbying in Washington to obtain yet more money for an agency entwined with the rocket-launching, tunnel-digging rulers of Gaza. The writer is journalist in residence with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Via CFR:

18% of the rockets fired by Hamas – about 600 rockets – were fired from schools, hospitals, mosques, and cemeteries. 14% of the rockets fired by Hamas actually fell inside Gaza. That’s more than 450 rockets.

Before Israel is blamed for every bit of damage done inside Gaza by rocket fire, a calculation must be made of the damage inflicted by Hamas itself.

More empirical evidence that proves that Hamas is lethally militaristic and institutionalizes homicide. Via PalWatch:

Hamas TV: Dress up like Jews
to execute suicide bombings 

PA TV: “She wraps her waist
with dynamite and explodes…

It is neither death… nor suicide…

It is Gaza’s way to declare its right to life.”

by Itamar Marcus

During the Gaza war, Hamas repeatedly broadcast a video promoting suicide attacks on Israeli civilians. The Hamas video shows a terrorist putting on a suicide belt and dressing up as a stereotypical, bearded Orthodox Jewish civilian, who is then sent to commit a suicide bombing.

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[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), 3 times: July 9, 27, and 30, 2014]


PA TV likewise broadcast a video during the war which could also be interpreted as encouraging suicide bombing. The video was based on a poem written by Mahmoud Darwish, the Palestinian national poet. While some literature analysts say the deeper meaning of the poem is a critique on suicide bombings, the words PA TV chose to include in its video clip seem to present suicide bombing positively – literally as an expression of life:


“She wraps her waist with dynamite

and explodes… It is neither death… nor suicide…

It is Gaza’s way to declare its right to life.”


The video demonizes Israel as an enemy targeting women and children and concludes that suicide terror will go on:

“She shall continue to explode. It is neither death nor suicide.”

This is in addition to Fatah’s explicit calls to launch missiles towards Israel, as reported by Palestinian Media Watch.

The following is from the text of the PA TV clip:

“She [Gaza] wraps her waist with mines and explodes,
It is neither death nor suicide.
It is Gaza’s way to declare its right to life
She scratched the enemy’s face
And repelled them from satisfaction with time, 

because time in Gaza is something else 

In Gaza the enemy could be victorious
The high sea could be victorious on an island.
They may cut down all her trees; they may break her bones
They could plant tanks in her children’s chests and women’s bellies and throw her into the sea, sand or blood
But she will never repeat the lies or say “yes” to the invaders; 

she will continue to explode
It is neither death nor suicide.
It is Gaza’s way to declare its right to life.”

[Excerpt from "Silence for Gaza" by Mahmoud Darwish,
Trans. Adib S. Kawar, Tlaxcala, Official PA TV, July 17, 2014]

By Alan M. Dershowitz and excerpts from Gatestone Institute:

How many times have you heard on television or read in the media that the Gaza Strip is “the most densely populated area in the world”? Repeating this statement, however, does not make it true. There are dense parts of Gaza, especially Gaza City, Beit Hanoun and Khan Younis, but there are far less dense areas in Gaza between these cities. Just look at Google Earth, or this population density map.

popCentersThe fact that these sparsely populated areas exist in the Gaza Strip raise several important moral questions: First, why don’t the media show the relatively open areas of the Gaza Strip? Why do they only show the densely populated cities? There are several possible reasons. There is no fighting going on in the sparsely populated areas, so showing them would be boring. But that’s precisely the point—to show areas from which Hamas could be firing rockets and building tunnels but has chosen not to. Or perhaps the reason the media doesn’t show these areas is that Hamas won’t let them. That too would be a story worth reporting.

Second, why doesn’t Hamas use sparsely populated areas from which to launch its rockets and build its tunnels? Were it to do so, Palestinian civilian casualties would decrease dramatically, but the casualty rate among Hamas terrorists would increase dramatically.


The law is clear: using civilians as human shields—which the Hamas battle manual mandates—is an absolute war crime. There are no exceptions or matters of degree, especially when there are alternatives. On the other hand, shooting at legitimate military targets, such as rockets and terror tunnels is permitted, unless the number of anticipated civilian casualties is disproportionate to the military importance of the target. This is a matter of degree and judgment, often difficult to calculate in the fog of war. The law is also clear that when a criminal takes a hostage and uses that hostage as a shield from behind whom to fire at civilians or police, and if the police fire back and kill the hostage, it is the criminal and not the policeman who is guilty of murder. So too with Hamas: when it uses human shields and the Israeli military fires back and kills some of the shields, it is Hamas who is responsible for their deaths.

The third moral question is why does the United Nations try to shelter Palestinian civilians right in the middle of the areas from which Hamas is firing? Hamas has decided not to use the less densely populated areas for rocket firing and tunnel digging. For that reason, the United Nations should use these sparsely populated areas as places of refuge. Since the Gaza Strip is relatively small, it would not be difficult to move civilians to these safer areas. They should declare these areas battle free and build temporary shelters—tents if necessary—as places of asylum for the residents of the crowded cities. It should prevent any Hamas fighters, any rockets and any tunnel builders from entering into these sanctuaries. In that way, Hamas would be denied the use of human shields and Israel would have no reason to fire its weapons anywhere near these United Nations sanctuaries. The net result would be a considerable saving of lives.

h/t Legal InsurrectionIsraelly Cool:

Italian journalist leaves Gaza, tells truth once free from Hamas retaliation

aerialPhotoYesterday one of the stories thrust into the mainstream media was nearly simultaneous explosions in a Palestinian neighborhood and at al-Shifa hospital.

The media immediately took the Hamas line that it was Israeli missiles. Later, the IDF stated that it had not fired on those locations, and that the explosions were misfired Hamas or Islamic Jihad missiles.

The media played it as he said, he said.

But an Italian journalist has just left Gaza and is telling the truth about what happened now that he needs not fear Hamas retaliation — Israel was right (h/t Israelly Cool):



More empirical evidence that proves that Hamas and Arab propaganda manages to ‘sell’ until someone legitimate comes along to deconstruct their mendacity.  Via Fox News Insider As seen on The Kelly File:

Brigitte Gabriel, who was used as a human shield when she was a child, was on “The Kelly File” On July 30, 2014 to discuss the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Gabriel said that between 1975 and 1976, she was used as a human shield in a bomb shelter.

“The Palestinians have perfected using children to win the world’s sympathy, and this goes back 30 years,” Gabriel said. “The Palestinians have perfected the propaganda war.”