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Artifact Unearthed in Bethlehem Linked to Pontius Pilate

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30 Nov 2018 (All day)
Artifact Unearthed in Bethlehem Linked to Pontius Pilate
The Israel Exploration Journal published research this week on a ring, unearthed in 1968 by archeologists excavating the site of ancient Herodium, near Bethlehem. The ring was stamped with an inscription which archeologists believe mark it as the property of Pontius Pilate, Roman Prefect of Judea from 26-36 AD and primarily remembered for the role he played in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The Greek inscription on the ring, which the team of archeologists examining it believe is of a type used in common daily tasks such as stamping an official seal in wax on a sealed document, includes the Greek inscription “Of Pilate” [πιλατο]. The name was not common during the time and the location where the ring was unearthed was likely used by the Romans as an administrative center where official business would have been conducted, lending credence to the theory linking the ring to the infamous Roman prefect.

The research into the ring was led and produced by Malka Hershkovitz and Prof. Shua Amorai-Stark, and was co-authored by Gideon Foerster, Yakov Kalman, Rachel Chachy and Porat.

Iran Accused of Violating Weapons Export Ban
Brian Hook, the U.S. Special Representative for Iran, held a press conference in Washington DC on Thursday to display fragments of weapons and military equipment found on battlefields in Afghanistan, Bahrain and Yemen which originated in Iran, which is banned from exporting such weapons by several UN Security Council resolutions. "The Iranian threat is growing, and we are accumulating risk of escalation in the region if we fail to act," Hook said.

Here is the video of Hook’s presentation



Here is a video about Iran published by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs



IDF Unit Wins UN Accreditation
The IDF Home Front Command’s Search and Rescue Brigade made history this week through its acceptance into the United Nations’ International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG). The unit successfully completed a comprehensive set of tests, following which it “was accredited and joined a small and prestigious international community of rescue units around the world,” the IDF’s Spokesperson’s Unit said.

Israel Somberly Marks International AIDS Day
Rambam Medical Center in Haifa issued a somber report to mark International AIDS Day on Thursday, including statistics showing that rates of HIV infection continue to increase in Israel while still being far below levels in most other Western countries. The study added that the majority of newly diagnosed infections occur in immigrant communities from Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union.

"Today, there are new drugs, groundbreaking treatments, comprehensive studies and completely new treatment concepts that make the disease chronic and treatable,” said Dr. Eduardo Shachar, director of the AIDS Institute at Rambam. ”But to our regret, there are groups in the population who operate out of complacency, shame or are unaware of treatment available.” 

Here is a video about what YOUR Embassy in Jerusalem is doing to protect Israeli civlians amidst regional tensions

 

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