The coins likely belonged to Europeans trying to flee from Mamluk conquest of the Holy Land.
The West Bank is normally considered the focus of religious Zionist aspirations. So why are some Israeli settlers moving back to mixed Arab-Jewish towns like Akko?
Rumor has it that the Jews kicked the Arab population out of the old city of Akko. But if that’s true, why are there so many people here speaking Arabic, Tuvia Tenenbom asks.
Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas told a visiting group of Knesset members on Thursday that an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement will mean an end to Palestinian demands from Israel, and that Palestinians did not aim to return to “Haifa, Acre and Safed.” As the British Guardian newspaper reported:
Until recently, if you told someone you were going to visit Acre (known by most Israelis as Akko), you would probably have been asked, “What happened, did you lose something there?” or would have received a recommendation to try the delicious hummus at the Hummus Said restaurant.
Israel’s northern city of Acre, housing archeological treasures from two distinct time periods, is undergoing a renaissance. Recent archeological excavations paved the way for a host of new sightseeing wonders in the Old City of Acco (Acre) on the northern Mediterranean coast of Israel. Acco’s heyday was in the 13th century, as revealed by a dig under the 18th century Ottoman city that uncovered huge rooms of a dense Crusader town. Two areas have been completely excavated: The refectory, a large arched dining hall; and the Knight’s Hall, a series of rooms that may have been a hospital. Ottoman Sultan Ahmad Al-Jazzar, or “Ahmad the Butcher,” decided in the late 18th century to build on top of the Crusader City. Among the buildings of that era that remain are his Citadel, which infamously housed many prisoners over the next two centuries. Plans are afoot to develop the sites of Acre’s Old City, including a restaurant at the Refectory, a new museum and a new luxury hotel. Downloads: Video: Streaming No Narration - www.megaupload.com Streaming With Narration - www.megaupload.com Hi Res No Narration - www.megaupload.com Hi Res With Narration - www.megaupload.com Docs: Intro: www.megaupload.com Script - www.megaupload.com Please credit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel for any use of these videos.
Earlier this week, Martin Fletcher wrote about stories he’s covered for NBC’s London bureau and about choosing a title for his book. His newest book, “Walking Israel: A Personal Search for the Soul of a Nation,” is now available. His blog posts are being featured this week on The Arty Semite courtesy of the Jewish Book Council and My Jewish Learning’s Author Blog series. For more information on the series, please visit: