The Samaritans from the Bible are still around. They number around 800 and are descendants of the ancient Israelites who remained in the land of Israel during the Babylonian captivity. They view mainstream Judaism as altered and only accept the Samaritan Pentateuch from before the captivityโ€ฆ
The Swoon Hypothesis says Jesus did not die on the cross. He fell unconscious and woke up later. Early proponents say Jesus pretended to die, using drugs given by Luke, and revived later by Jospeh. This was to appear a spiritual Messiah and get Israel to abandon the idea of a political Messiah.โ€ฆ
With Vatican permission, Israel sent a team from their antiquities authority to search the Vatican for the lost menorah of the Holy Temple. While it was likely destroyed by the Romans, some believed the Vatican had it hidden in Vatican City. Israel's team searched but came back empty handed.โ€ฆ
2000 year-old seeds were discovered in Israel around 1965 and were held in storage for the next 40 years. After they were planted, a tree that has been extinct for 1800 years and has seeds that are larger than those of both modern cultivated date palms and wild plants sproutedโ€ฆ
The oldest Jewish state in the world isn't Israel: it's Birobidzhan, the Jewish Autonomous Oblast in Russia, founded in 1934.โ€ฆ
Ariel Sharon, the 11th prime minister of Israel, suffered the hemorrhagic stroke that resulted in his being permanently incapacitated on 4 January 2006, the day before the date scheduled for a heart surgery that would have saved his cardiovascular system.โ€ฆ
In Jewish religious law the husband must grant a 'get' in order for a couple to be recognised as officially divorced. Some men refuse to do so and rabbinical courts in Israel have the power to sentence a husband to prison to compel him to grant his wife a get.โ€ฆ
Armageddon refers to and is derived from Megiddo "mount", specifically its Hebrew name "Har Megiddo". It is not actually a mountain, just a small hill in Israel.โ€ฆ
There was an independent Jewish kingdom between the years of 325 to 1627 in Ethiopia, 321 years before Israel's foundationโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Anna Creek Station, the largest Cattle Station in Australia, which at 23,677 Square KM is larger than Israel.โ€ฆ
Since the Gulf War in 1991, when Israel was attacked by Iraqi Scud missiles, all homes in Israel are required to have a reinforced security room, Merkhav Mugan, impermeable to chemical and biological substances.โ€ฆ
A man named Clyde Lott in Nebraska has been breeding red cows and sending them to Israel since the early 1990's in hopes of a pure red heifer being born there. It's prophesied that such an event will prompt the construction of the Third Temple and ultimately the Second Coming of Jesus.โ€ฆ
The Mongols had a battle in Israel against the Mamluks (Egypt) and was the first permanent defeat for the Mongolsโ€ฆ
When Adolf Eichmann was tried in Israel for his actions in the Holocaust, it was necessary to modify Israeli law to allow a team of foreign lawyers to defend him, since no Israeli lawyer would.โ€ฆ
The first countries to elect females as the head of government were in Asia - Sri Lanka in 1960, India in 1966, and Israel in 1969. The first European country to elect a female head of government was the United Kingdom, in 1979โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Israel Keyes, a serial killer who had no preferred victim type and never killed in the same area twice. For one murder, he flew to Chicago and rented a car to get to Vermont, then used a murder kit heโ€™d hidden two years earlier. When shopping, he kept his phone off and only paid in cash.โ€ฆ
The father of the sixth President of Israel moved to Ireland, learned fluent Irish Gaelic, became Irelandโ€™s first chief rabbi, supported the First Dรกil and the Irish Republicans during the Irish War of Independence, and became close friends with ร‰amon de Valera.โ€ฆ
As a defensive measure Israel installed an underwater pipe system to pump flammable crude oil into the Suez Canal, thereby creating a sheet of flame. On the eve of the Yom Kippur War, teams of Egyptian frogmen blocked the underwater openings with concrete before launching their attackโ€ฆ
Sir David Lean's 1948 film adaption of Oliver Twist was banned in Israel for Sir Alec Guinness's performance as Fagin, which it considered too anti-Semitic. Egypt banned it for portraying Fagin too sympatheticallyโ€ฆ
The Azerbaijani village of Qฤฑrmฤฑzฤฑ Qษ™sษ™bษ™ is the world's only all-Jewish town outside Israel and the USA, and is considered to be the world's last surviving shtetl. Alongside Azerbaijani and Russian, residents also speak Judeo-Tat, the traditional language of the Mountain Jewsโ€ฆ
In 1969 France embargoed Israel while navy ships sold to Israel were still in France. The Mossad set up a fake oil company which bought the ships from France and covertly sailed them to Israel. Upon discovering this the French defence minister ordered an air strike to sink them but was overruledโ€ฆ
Milton Rubenfeld, the father of Paul Reubens(who played Pee-Wee Herman) flew for the Royal Air Force and U.S. Army during World War II, later becoming one of the five founding pilots of the Israeli Air Force in Israel's War of Independence.โ€ฆ
Cannabis and Frankincense were discovered at the "holy of holies" of a shrine at Tel Arad in the Beer-sheba Valley, Israel. newsroom.taylorandfrancisโ€ฆ
There are around 35,000 archaeological sites in Israel, a country the size of New Jerseyโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Air Sinai - a highly secretive paper airline flying unmarked EgyptAir jets between Cairo and Tel Aviv. It was established as part of the 1979 Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty, but the animosity between Arabs and Israelis following the Intifada resulted the airline 'hiding' its operations.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Moses of Crete, who in about 470 persuaded the Jews of Crete to walk into the sea, as Moses had done, to return to Israel. The results were disastrous and he soon disappearedโ€ฆ
In Israel it is mandatory for all citizens to serve in the military for 24-32 months.โ€ฆ
Jews were forbidden by the Rabbinate from walking under the Arch of Titus in Rome, which was built in 81 AD to commemorate the Roman victory in the first Jewishโ€“Roman War in Judea. The ban was lifted in 1948 with the establishment of the state of Israel.โ€ฆ
Israelโ€™s El Al airline puts missile jamming devices on their jet airlinersโ€ฆ
Three Israeli brothersโ€”Ramy, Muzher, and Shadde Badirโ€”managed to set up an extensive phone and computer fraud scheme in Israel in the 1990s, despite all of them being born blind.โ€ฆ
There are 5 countries without a written, codified constitution: New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada, Israel and Saudi Arabia. They rely instead on a conjunction of separate documents and precedents for legal decision-making.โ€ฆ
In 1938 William Cooper led a delegation of the Australian Aboriginal League to the German Consulate in Melbourne to hand over a petition protesting the โ€œcruel persecution of the Jewish people by the Nazi government of Germany.โ€ 70 years later Israel planted 70 trees in remembrance of the protestโ€ฆ
Between 1967 and 1989 East Germany sent a massive amount of arms to ANYONE at war with Israel - to the tune of three quarters of a million Klashnikovs, 120 MiG fighters, 180,000 anti-personell mines, 235,000 grenades; 25,000 RPG launchers; and 25 million cartridges of varying sizes.โ€ฆ
The Uzi submachine is named after the inventor, Uziel Gal. Gal designed the weapon in 1948 and in 1951 it was officially adopted by the Israel Defense Forces. Gal did not want the weapon to be named after him but his request was ignored.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the 1947 NYC smallpox outbreak, which was stopped through aggressive public health policy led by health commssioner Dr. Israel Weinstein, leaving only 12 infected and 2 deadโ€ฆ
Today I learned about the Yellow Fleet. During the Israel-Egypt 6-Day-War, a group of 15 ships was trapped in a war-zone for 8 years (1967-1975) in the Suez Canal. While trapped the crews met regularly, socialized & founded an association for mutual support. They even issued postage stamps recognized worldwide.โ€ฆ
In 1952, West Germany agreed to reparations and paid Israel 3.45 billion deutsche marks, or more than $7 billion in todayโ€™s dollars for psychological trauma, for offense to Jewish honor, for life insurance, and for time spent in concentration camps.โ€ฆ
When it became apparent that Israel was going to win the 1978 Eurovision Singing Contest, Jordanian TV stopped the live broadcast, showed a picture of daffodils, and later announced that Belgium had won.โ€ฆ
Until 2000, Palestinian president Yasser Arafat received from Israel the VAT tax receipts on goods purchased by Palestinians directly to his personal accounts at Bank Leumi, in Tel Avivโ€ฆ
There is a second Jewish territory in the world in addition to Israel: the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, a small part of Russia in the far south-east near Japan/China/North Koreaโ€ฆ
Despite being thin and athletic, serial killer Israel Keyes got lap band surgery in his late 20s, presumably so he could go for prolonged periods without eating during his murder spreesโ€ฆ
The ethnic Samaritans of the Bible still exist in modern-day Israel. They number about 820 people and still practice a distinctly ancient form of Judaism.โ€ฆ
In 1988, Israel Kamakawiwoสปole called a studio at 3am and asked if he could record because he had a good idea. The studio owner said yes even though he already closed the studio. 15 minutes later he recorded Israel playing his ukelele and recorded "Over the Rainbow" in one take.โ€ฆ
On November 21, 2012: Following a cease-fire ending fighting with Israel, celebratory gunfire in the Gaza Strip killed a man and wounded three others.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Yellow Fleet, fifteen ships that were stuck in the Suez Canal for eight years from 1967 to 1975 owing the dispute between Egypt and Israel. In that time, the crews formed a mutual aid association, a yachting club, and a postal serviceโ€ฆ
In 1965 South Africa gave Israel 100 tonnes of uranium in exchange for just 30 grams of tritiumโ€ฆ
Goldfinger was banned in Israel after it was reported that the actor playing Goldfinger, Gert Frรถbe, was a former member of the Nazi party. The ban was lifted when it was discovered he helped to hide two Jews in his basement during the war.โ€ฆ
John Henry Patterson, the engineer famous for killing the Tsavo lions was, while Protestant, the leader of the first all Jewish military unit in WWI and is a celebrated person in Israel todayโ€ฆ
Mickey Marcus, Israelโ€™s first modern military general was killed by his own men because he forgot the password when being asked by a sentry.โ€ฆ
The Persian empire was founded by Cyrus the Great. Cyrus first conquered the Median Empire in 550 BC and then went on to conquer the Lydians and the Babylonians. Under later kings, the empire would grow to where it ruled Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, and Turkey.โ€ฆ

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