Palestine’s Jewish community faced death and destruction at the hands of Ottoman ruler Ahmed Jamal Pasha during World War One. Then, Germany stepped in.
Egypt and Syria appear to be falling apart in similar ways. But J.J. Goldberg explains why one crisis (Egypt) is political while the other (Syria) is sectarian, making it much less solvable.
Aron Rodrigue and Sarah Abrevaya Stein talk about their new book which looks back at the Jewish life in the Ottoman port town of Salonica.
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.
In 1882, the first commercial winery in Israel in about two thousand years was established in the town of Zichron Yaakov, by a group of some 200 Jewish family from Romania. Today, the Carmel vineyards produce award-winning wines which rival the world’s best labels. Newly discovered historical records from the winery’s early days tell the tale of how a European-style enterprise survived in pre-state Palestine despite the Ottoman empire’s rampant corruption and difficult living conditions. Download links (copy/paste to browser): Streaming video: www.megaupload.com Download: www.megaupload.com Script: www.megaupload.com