Tel Beth Shemesh archaeological site

Israelite Holy Sites Desecration Traced to Palestinians’ Muslim Ancestors

Tel Aviv University archaeology researchers have discovered unprecedented desecration of Israelite holy sites 3,100 years ago, possibly by Philistines, who the Palestinian Authority say are the original Palestinians. The researchers uncovered a unique 11th-century BCE sacred compound at the site of Tel Beth-Shemesh, west of Jerusalem. The newly discovered sacred complex at the site of […]

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Is Turkey Leaving the West?

by Daniel Pipes The Washington Times February 6, 2013 N.B.: Washington Times title: “Trading Europe for the Shanghai Five Turkey dissembles over joining the EU” Recent steps taken by the Government of Turkey suggest it may be ready to ditch the NATO club of democracies for a Russian and Chinese gang of authoritarian states. Here […]

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“Israel Paid Off Bulgaria”: FT Journo Tweets Conspiracy Theory

February 6, 2013 12:39 by Simon Plosker Conspiracy theories involving Israel are the usual fare of anti-Semitic Arab media or neo-Nazi websites. Iranian claims that Israel itself was responsible for the  deaths of five Israelis in a bus bombing last summer at Bulgaria’s Burgas airport are unsurprising. What is shocking, however, is the following tweet from […]

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Conspiracy Theories Triumphant in Turkey

by Daniel Pipes February 4, 2013 updated Feb 5, 2013 Cross-posted from National Review Online, The Corner I wrote in The Hidden Hand, my 1996 book surveying conspiracy theories in the Middle East, that Turkey and Israel stand out as the only two Middle Eastern countries where leaders are fully accountable to electorates, where the […]

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Obama State Dept Funds Biased Education Report: Claims Palestinian Textbooks Rarely Demonize Israel

Israel’s Education Ministry has rejected the findings of a study funded by the U.S. State Department that determined that Palestinian textbooks rarely demonize Israel or incite hatred against the Jewish people and that both sides use the texts to present children and students with a one-sided view of their conflict. “Dehumanizing and demonizing characterizations of […]

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Ahmadinejad Marks First Visit to Cairo of Iranian President in Over 30 Years Due to New Islamist Govt

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Cairo on Tuesday, marking the first visit of an Iranian president to Egypt in over thirty years. Egypt’s Islamist President Mohamed Morsi welcomed Ahmadinejad at Cairo airport as he disembarked from the plane, Egyptian television footage showed. Ahmadinejad, who is the first Iranian president to visit Egypt since the […]

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