Pregnant Woman’s Remains at ‘King Solomon’s Mines’

Israeli Archaeologists Unearth Pregnant Woman’s Remains at ‘King Solomon’s Mines’


“King Solomon’s Pillars” in Israel’s Timna Valley. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

– In a find that has taken their field by surprise, Israeli archaeologists have unearthed the 3,200-year-old remains of a pregnant woman at the ancient copper mines in southern Israel’s Timna Valley.

“It is very rare to find human remains in Timna, and it is the first time we find a woman,” Tel Aviv University archaeologist Erez Ben-Yosef, who has led a team at the excavation site since 2012, told Haaretz.

According to archaeologists, the woman was in the first trimester of her pregnancy when she died and was buried near an ancient Egyptian temple, close to what archaeologists later named “King Solomon’s Mines,” where it is believed that the site was controlled by the biblical king.

The woman, who anthropologists believe was likely in her 20s, was found with two tiny glass beads that likely link the body to the Egyptian temple. The temple, which was dedicated to the goddess Hathor, is believed to have been used from the 13th to 12th centuries B.C., when the area was under Egyptian control.

The beads “could indicate that she was an Egyptian woman who had traveled there to be a cultic singer or musician for the goddess Hathor,” suggested Deborah Sweeney, an Egyptologist at Tel Aviv University, Haaretz reported.

At the same time, archaeologists expressed surprise that they uncovered human remains at all, as it was the first time they found such remains since 1964.

“There are no water sources in Timna and it is very inhospitable, so no one ever settled there permanently,” Ben-Yosef said. “Home was close to water sources, and people only came for brief expeditions during the winter to mine copper.”

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‘Thanks to the arrest we were able to help more girls’

‘Thanks to the arrest we were able to help more girls’

Eliran Aharon

Cofounder of anti-assimilation group says organization received spike in calls after her husband’s arrest.

Anat GopsteinEliran Aharon

The cofounder of the Lehava anti-assimilation group blasted police Tuesday, following the arrest of her husband earlier this week and efforts by police to block his release to house arrest.

Police arrested more than a dozen Lehava activists Sunday morning, including the group’s chairman, Bentzi Gopstein. Authorities say the activists were taken into custody as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations the group threatened Israeli Arab men who were involved romantically with Jewish women.

Nevertheless, the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court released all 15 activists, including Gopstein, freeing him to house arrested despite police efforts to extend his arrest.

On Tuesday, Gopstein’s wife and Lehava cofounder Anat Gopstein spoke with Arutz Sheva regarding her husband’s arrest and the subsequent spike in interest for the organization.

“Israel Police are hounding my husband obsessively, psychotically,” said Anat.

“This time they accused him during interrogation of telling a [Jewish] girl that it was a bad idea to date an Arab.”

Anat lamented that while Israel once recognized that intermarriage and assimilation are serious threats to the future of the Jewish people, addressing either is now deemed politically incorrect, even as the state continues to support efforts to curb intermarriage abroad, via the Jewish Agency.

“In Israel today, fighting assimilation is considered racism – and that [view] is precisely what we’re trying to combat.”

“I think that it shouldn’t be just us fighting assimilation, the State of Israel needs to get involved as well. In the Diaspora, the Jewish Agency deals with assimilation, but here in Israel its considered racist, and anyone who tries to deal with it gets arrested.”

Despite the difficulties caused by the arrests, Anat noted that there was a silver lining for Levaha. The arrests and wave of news reports created free publicity for Lehava, leading to a dramatic increase in calls to the organization.

“Overall, we want to thank the police. Organizations spend a lot of money on advertising, but just yesterday we received 16 referrals regarding girls who, unfortunately, are dating Arabs, and their families are calling for help. We’re the ones who come and give them that assistance.”

“Usually we get around 5 to six new cases every day, but since the arrest its gone up to 16.”

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Israeli Task Force to Stop Flow of European Aid to Palestinian Terrorists

Israeli Task Force to Stop Flow of European Aid to Palestinian Terrorists and United with Israel Staff

Israel is building a task force to stop money intended for welfare from being used to promote Palestinian terror.

MK Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin, who is spearheading the task force. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

The Knesset is in the process of setting up a special task force designed to ensure that money donated by European Union (EU) countries to the Palestinian Authority (PA) for welfare purposes will not be funneled to terrorists or their families.

The project is the brainchild of Member of Knesset (MK) Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin, who received approval from Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein.

Nahmias-Verbin brought six other Israeli lawmakers on board, including MKs Amir Ohana, Haim Jelin, Merav Ben-Ari, Shuli Mualem-Rafaeli, Yaakov Margi (Shas) and Oded Forer, all from different political parties.

“Figures we have collected show that every month, some 4.5 million euros in EU funds are divided among those who carried out terrorist attacks against Israel and the families of terrorists,” Nahmias-Verbin told Israel Hayom.

“It’s hard to convince Israelis—on the right or the left – that the Palestinians want to promote the peace process as long as donations from countries throughout the world, especially Europe, are transferred to murderers rather than benefiting the Palestinian population,” she added.

An Incentive for Murder
Ignoring demands by the US and several European countries to stop rewarding terror, the PA in 2017 is actually increasing these expenditures significantly.

According to Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), the PA’s publicized 2017 budget shows an increase in funding for salaries to terrorist prisoners of 13 percent from NIS 488 million ($135 million) in 2016 to NIS 550 million ($158 million), with payments to families of “martyrs” increasing by 4 percent from NIS 660 million ($183 million) to NIS 687 million ($197 million).

In total, the PA’s direct terror-funding expenditures in 2017 reached NIS 1.237 billion ($355 million)

According to PA law, the more heinous the act of terror committed, the greater the reward.
Israel says that these stipends encourage terror. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called the payments “an incentive for murder.”

“Terror has become a comfortable business for families,” said Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon. “This encourages violence.”

In a joint appearance with PA head Mahmoud Abbas in May, President Donald Trump said that “peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded.”

Days earlier, an adviser to Abbas called Trump’s request to end the payments to terrorists “insane.”

In July, PA head Mahmoud Abbas pledged not to stop paying the salaries. “Even if I will have to leave my position, I will not compromise on the salary of a martyr, Shahid, or a prisoner, as I am the president of the entire Palestinian people,” he declared.

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Nasrallah: Saudi Arabia inciting Israel to attack Lebanon

Nasrallah: Saudi Arabia inciting Israel to attack Lebanon

Elad Benari

Hassan Nasrallah / Reuters

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday that Saudi Arabia had declared war on Lebanon and Hezbollah, accusing Riyadh of detaining Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and forcing him to resign.

In a televised speech quoted by Haaretz, Nasrallah also claimed that Saudi Arabia is inciting Israel to strike Lebanon, and his group is watching carefully for any Israeli attempts to use the crisis to begin hostilities against Lebanon.

At the same time, he also said Israel is being cautious and unlikely to make such a move.

“Let us say things as they are: the man is detained in Saudi Arabia and and forbidden until this moment from returning to Lebanon,” Nasrallah said, in reference to Hariri’s resignation last Saturday, which he described as an “unprecedented Saudi intervention” in Lebanese politics.

“It is clear that Saudi Arabia and Saudi officials have declared war on Lebanon and on Hezbollah in Lebanon,” he said, adding that Lebanon’s government was still legitimate and had not resigned and claiming that Hariri’s “forced” resignation is unconstitutional because it was done “under duress.”

Nasrallah then went on to claim that Saudi Arabia was encouraging Israel to attack Lebanon. While an Israeli attack could not be ruled out entirely, he said, it was unlikely partly because Israel knew it would pay a very high price.

“I warn them against any miscalculation or any step to exploit the situation,” he was quoted as having said.

“Today we are more confident and feeling stronger in the face of any threat,” added Nasrallah.

Hariri, whose father held the same position and was assassinated in 2005, on Saturday unexpectedly announced his resignation in a broadcast from the Saudi capital.

He cited the “grip” of Hezbollah ally Iran on the country, and also said he feared for his life.

Since then, reports have surfaced that Saudi Arabia has been holding Hariri against his will.

Nasrallah’s remarks are not the first time that he has claimed there are links between Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Last year, he blasted Saudi Arabia for its alleged “normalization with Israel.”

“Saudi Arabia has taken advantage of the ailing Arab situation, only to build relations with Israel. The price will be at the account of the Palestinians,” he warned.

Those comments came after Hezbollah was blacklisted as a terrorist organization by Gulf states – a move which, Nasrallah claimed, was connected to Arab states’ desire to normalize ties with Israel.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)

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