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Israel Press Review of 27/08/2016
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 27/08/2016

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  • Oldest Hebrew mention of Jerusalem found on rare papyrus from 7th century BCE

A rare, ancient papyrus dating to the First Temple Period — 2,700 years ago — has been found to bear the oldest known mention of Jerusalem in Hebrew, the Times of Israel reports.

The fragile text, believed plundered from a cave in the Judean Desert, was apparently acquired by the Israel Antiquities Authority during a sting in 2012 when thieves attempted to sell it to a dealer. Radiocarbon dating has determined it is from the 7th century BCE, making it one of just three extant Hebrew papyri from that period, and predating the Dead Sea Scrolls by centuries.

The Israel Antiquities Authority’s Eitan Klein said the dating of the papyrus had been confirmed by comparing the text’s orthography with other texts from the period.

The slip of papyrus, which was formally unveiled by the IAA on Wednesday, measures 11 centimeters by 2.5 centimeters (4.3 inches by 1 inch). Its two lines of jagged black paleo-Hebrew script appear to have been a dispatch note recording the delivery of two wineskins “to Jerusalem,” the Judean Kingdom’s capital city. The full text of the inscription reads: “From the female servant of the king, from Naharata (place near Jericho) two wineskins to Jerusalem.”

Ahituv also said it was significant that the text features the “Yerushalem” spelling of the city’s name that is more commonly found in the Bible. There are only four instances in the bible, he noted, of Jerusalem being spelled “Yerushalayim,” with an additional letter Yod, the way it is pronounced in modern Hebrew.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


  • Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO summoned to Jerusalem following new resolution

Israel on Wednesday summoned its UNESCO envoy Carmel Shama-Hacohen to Jerusalem for consultation following the latest resolution on the status of Jerusalem passed earlier in the day, the i24 news website reports.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation passed a resolution on Jerusalem's Old City that ignores the site's Jewish history, two weeks after a similarly-worded resolution was approved in a move criticised by Israel as an attempt to erase Jewish ties to Jerusalem.

The resolution passed with eight votes in favour, two against, and eight abstentions in a secret ballot.

The resolution by the UNESCO committee was on keeping the Old City on its list of world heritage sites in danger – a resolution that, like the previous one, refers to key sites only by their Islamic names.

Sources in Jerusalem said that the result was better for Israel in a much more difficult assembly than last year. Fewer counties supported and more countries changed their vote to abstention.

Click here to read the full article in i24


  • Israeli soldier wounded by gunfire on Lebanon border

An Israeli soldier was lightly wounded by gunfire from Lebanon on Wednesday, Ha’aretz reports.

Israel Defence Forces said a group of soldiers working on defences at the border was fired upon from a vehicle passing on the Lebanese side, near the northern Israeli town of Metula.

The soldier was hit by shrapnel and was lightly hurt. He was evacuated to hospital in Safed. The soldiers, members of the Golani infantry brigade, returned fire with their personal assault rifles. 

Click here to read the full article in Ha’aretz

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