Palestine in the ancient world was part of the region known as Canaan and, later, the region where the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah were located. Palestine is a designation of an area of land, which the Philistines occupied a very small part of (the Canaanites/Phonecians and the Israelites, among others, having established themselves in the area much earlier). The name `Palestine is thought to derive from either the word plesheth (meaning `root palash, an edible concocotion carried by migratory tribes which came to symbolize nomadic peoples) or as a Greek designation for the nomadic Philistines.

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Palestine — Ancient History Encyclopedia

Written on September 14th, 2014 & filed under Palestine Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has long ago become a shouting match over moral superiority. With seventy Israelis and more than two thousand Palestinians, most of them civilians, dead, the latest round of violence in Gaza, too, is being analyzed and discussed mostly on ethical grounds. But as fighting goes on, moral condemnation will likely do little to prevent the next round.

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Failure in Gaza

Written on September 2nd, 2014 & filed under Israeli History Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Anti-Semitism (also spelled antisemitism or anti-semitism[citation needed]) is prejudice against, hatred of, or discrimination against Jews as a national, ethnic, religious or racial group.[1][2] A person who holds such positions is called an “anti-Semite”. As Jews are an ethnoreligious group, anti-Semitism is generally considered a form of racism.[citation needed] While the conjunction of the units anti, Semite and ism indicates anti-Semitism as being directed against all Semitic people, the term was in fact coined in Germany in 1873 as a scientific-sounding term for Judenhass (“Jew-hatred”),[3] and that has been its normal use since then.[4] For the purposes of a 2005 U.S

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Anti-Semitism – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Area located on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean south of Lebanon and northeast of Egypt. The area known as Palestine has taken on different geographic and political connotations over time.

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Palestine: Definition from Answers.com

Written on August 26th, 2014 & filed under Palestine Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Pope Francis has invited the presidents of Israel and Palestine to the Vatican for prayers and talks early next month The Pontiff prayed at the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock – two of the holiest sites in Judaism and Islam He also visited a Holocaust memorial where he met several survivors of the Nazi regime and kissed their hands By Darren Boyle Published: 03:37 EST, 26 May 2014 | Updated: 12:55 EST, 26 May 2014 1,707 shares 214 View comments Pope Francis today continued his diplomatic initiative to revitalise the stalled Middle East peace process with a hugely symbolic gesture beside Judaism’s holiest site. Standing in front of the Western Wall, the Pontiff hugged his two friends, Argentine Rabbi Abraham Skorka and leader of the South American country’s Muslim Community, Omar Abboud.

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Pope Francis prays at Western Wall, leaving note for peace for Christians, Muslims and Jews

May 26, 2014 Pope Francis touches the stones of the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem’s Old City today. Reuters pic, May 26, 2014.Pope Francis today called for Christians, Jews and Muslims to “work together” for justice and peace on a visit to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam

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Today in news that is not shocking to anyone: the Anti-Defamation League released a statement criticizing Pamela Geller’s terrible anti-Islam Metro ads that compare Islam to Hitler. In a statement, David C

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The Anti-Defamation League Doesn't Like Pamela Geller's Anti-Muslim Ad Featuring Hitler, Naturally

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I am Jewish. You should study the religion before you think about converting.

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Why should I convert to Judaism? – Politics, Philosophy, and Religion

Written on May 20th, 2014 & filed under Judaism Tags: , , , , , , , ,

This week’s roundup of Good Reads includes the Rawabi planned community in the West Bank, on the trail of online scammers, the women of Shakespeare, why the city needs trees, rare footage of 1919 World Series. Hes the nephew of Munib al-Masri, sometimes called the Palestinian Rothschild and perhaps the worlds richest Palestinian

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Good Reads: From West Bank housing, to the Bards women, to baseballs first bets

Israel on Friday called for the United Nations to officially mark the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur, a day of atonement in September or October when Jews seek forgiveness by fasting and praying.

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Israel urges United Nations to mark Jewish holiday Yom Kippur