Kolmar Park is named for the street it is on. Neighbors want it to honor poet Gertrud Kolmar, who died in 1943 in the Auschwitz concentration camp.
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Right-wing activist Aryeh King is playing the race card in his campaign for Jerusalem city council, promising to clean the capital’s parks of Arabs and lower the volume on mosques.
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A new treasure has been discovered at the Davidson Archeological Park in Jerusalem’s Old City… At the foot of Robinson’s Arch, on the southwestern wall that surrounded the ancient Second Temple , steel bars guard the entrance to an even older find… Archeologist Eli Shukrun — the site director from the Israeli Antiquities Authority — took us deep underground to see what his team stumbled upon while digging for other things. 15 meters down, we walked through what archeologists believe is an ancient Herodian tunnel… Shukrun stops at hole and begins to climb down a ladder…it leads to this enormous ancient water reservoir…it can hold more than 66000 gallons of water…or 250 cubic meters… The reservoir’s plaster and the design indicate it’s 3000 years old… Archeologists believe this reservoir was a public one, used during what the bible describes as King Solomon’s Temple. It was built in 986 BCE and destroyed in 586 BCE by the Babylonians. Finding artifacts from that time period is extremely rare after more than 2500 years of new construction. Archeologists used to believe that during the First Temple period, about 1000 before the common era, the inhabitants of Jerusalem would go further south to the Gihon spring for their main source of water. But now the discovery of this water reservoir, so close to where the Old Temple stood, has changed that picture… Pilgrims, local residents, Temple workers — any and all of them could have used what this public …
London’s spectacular summer of sports was brought to a close with a stunning display of fireworks over the Olympic Park and Stadium on Sunday. Coldplay and an all-star support cast brought the curtain down on the most-watched and best-attended Paralympic Games of all time, ending a six-week-long festival of sport in the British capital that began with the hugely successful Olympics.
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California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in three northern California counties on Wednesday (August 22) after a wildfire that has already destroyed 50 buildings advanced with 75-foot flames on a tiny community at the doorstep of a national park. Firefighters scrambled to head off the so-called Ponderosa Fire, which had already scorched 24000 acres (9700 hectares), before it reached the outskirts of Mineral, a community of less than 200 people just south of Lassen National Volcanic Park.
Israel’s biblical work animals are making a digital blip at a theme park near Nazareth. Donkeys at the Kfar Kedem park are being outfitted with wireless routers so tourists can surf from the saddle during a 25-minute ride through the hills of southern Galilee. Site Manager Menachem Goldberg says he hopes the technology will allow younger generations to connect to ancient life in the area, and then share it with their friends on the Web. One New York couple seemed happy they able to stay connected while getting around on one of the world’s oldest means of transportation. Judie Scherr, New York tourist: “I think it’s great to be able to be away yet to be connected. To be able to send pictures and have other people experience what you are experiencing and this allows us to have free wi-fi which many places don’t have.” Peter Scherr, New York tourist: “We actually get internet access on the donkeys. So, I’m not, I don’t miss any news. I send pictures back to my family while I’m having fun on the donkeys. While they probably won’t make a comeback as a way to get around the Middle East, these digital donkeys seem to have a leg up on the competition when it comes to internet roaming.
Mleeta resistance museum, not far from Lebanon’s border with Israel, is a multi-million dollar theme park run by Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah. Complete with real military equipment and barbed wire, the park is a bid to win the public relations battle that has been waging between the Islamist militant organisation and the state of Israel for the past couple of decades. The martyrdom-inspired amusement park is situated on the site of a former militant stronghold and so-called ‘dead zone’, where Israeli planes would reportedly dump all surplus ammunition after returning from bombing raids against Hezbollah. The park aims to teach visitors Hezbollah’s version of its own history and ideology, circumnavigating what it considers media bias in favour of Israel. Hezbollah’s media campaign has so far included its own TV channel called al-Manar, which until recently was accessible via an iPhone application. On a tour around the park, visitors can visit a real bunker used by Hezbollah operatives to launch attacks against Israel, and can spy out the remains of an Israeli outpost by looking through the barrel of a gun. Outside, displays show graves and uniforms of Israeli soldiers as well as Merkava tanks and the guns used by militants. Despite being labelled a terrorist organisation by Israel and many Western nations, Hezbollah is hoping to gain international support by promoting a new “resistance tourism.” The group was founded in the 1980s in opposition to Israel’s presence in …