Rare coin from Second Temple era discovered in Jerusalem’s Old City

Abir Sultan/Flash90A coin dating from the time of the Jewish Second Temple on display at the Davidson Center near the Old City in Jerusalem, November 11, 2009.

Mentions of the Tyrian shekel are frequently found in ancient texts, but only a few coins have been unearthed

Israeli archeologists and conservationists working in Jerusalem’s Old City found a rare silver coin, believed to have been used during the pilgrim festivals of Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot to pay the Temple tax, the Tower of David Museum announced on Monday. 

The ancient artifact known as the Tyre coin, or the Tyrian shekel, was first unearthed in the 1980s, subsequently lost, and recently found again during restauration and conservation work carried out by the museum at the 2000-year-old citadel.

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Israel warns citizens they could be targeted by Iran, as outbound tourism renews

NSC advises caution following bombing at New Delhi embassy, names recent Gulf partners UAE and Bahrain among countries risky for Israelis

Passengers seen at the Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv on March 8, 2021. (Flash90)

The National Security Council issued a travel advisory Monday, warning that Iran may still try to attack Israelis overseas, amid increased international travel following Israel’s rapid vaccination drive.

In the advisory, the NSC said that Iranian officials had threatened to attack Israeli targets over the last few months, adding that Iran had already conducted a bombing attack near the Israeli embassy in India in January.

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Israel’s political instability hampering tighter cooperation with US — experts

More than the potential election of a leader Biden is politically at odds with, it’s the continued uncertainty that stymies the US president’s ability to expand ties, analysts say

Then US Vice President Joe Biden on his way to speak to the press at the residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, March 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Debbie Hill, Pool)

Ahead of last week’s elections in Israel, a senior US official was asked if Washington would prefer an extension of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rule or that a new lawmaker to replace the longtime leader.

The official, who spoke to The Times of Israel on condition of anonymity, went with the diplomatic answer, insisting US President Joe Biden would work well with whoever forms the next coalition.

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Google reelected Obama in 2012 as a “thank you” for letting the company become a monopoly

by: Ethan Huff

(Natural News) Nearly a decade ago, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had in its possession overwhelming evidence that Google was engaged in illegal market distortion and other monopolistic behavior. The agency chose to do nothing, however, due to pressure from Barack Obama, whom Google handily rewarded for the favor by reelecting him.

 

The FTC could have put an end to Google’s reign of terror against free speech and free markets back in 2012 had Obama not interfered with the process. All the censorship, election rigging, and advertising manipulation would have ceased had the FTC been encouraged to do its job.

Instead, Obama goaded the FTC to turn a blind eye to Google’s crimes. Leaked documents obtained by Politico show that the FTC closed its investigation into Google in early 2013, right when Obama was beginning his second term.

William Kovacic, a former FTC chair under President George W. Bush, pored through the more than 300 pages of leaked documents and determined that his former agency overlooked or ignored “what many experts and regulators would consider clear antitrust violations.”

Kovacic says the specificity of the issues outlined in the documents are truly “breathtaking,” which makes the FTC do-nothing response to it all the more disturbing.

“In short, where we find ourselves today – with Google as the primary filter of the world’s information, engaging in a network of exclusionary contracts and anti-competitive conduct, and subject to an antitrust lawsuit led by the Department of Justice and joined by 48 state attorneys general – could have, and should have, been avoided,” writes Rachel Bovard for The Federalist.

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New York’s Andrew Cuomo lifts nursing home restrictions allowing families to visit once again as embattled governor fights scandals on several fronts

 The embattled governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has finally lifted COVID-19 visitation restrictions at state nursing homes.

The restrictions had been in place since the start of the pandemic last year.

Persistently high rates of COVID-19 had left the majority of the state’s nursing homes off limits to visitors, despite relaxed guidance meant to help reopen them.

Until this week, under state and federal rules, they could admit visitors only if they had no new infections among either patients or staff for 14 days.

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SEC filing points to Fidelity on creating a bitcoin ETF

by Thetaos

I think this is big enough news to warrant a post even if it deals with bitcoin as it deals with one of the largest brokerages in the world and also would allow people with normal investments accounts (IRAs) to gain easy exposure to bitcoin.

Take a look at the following filing

www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1852317/000119312521092598/d133565ds1.htm

FD Funds Management LLC the sponsor of the fund; Fidelity Service Company, Inc. serving as administrator. FD Funds Management LLC lists the Address as Fidelity’s headquarters in Boston.

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Israeli Embassy to UAE celebrates first Passover seder

Ambassador Eitan Na’eh tweets a rather straightforward answer to the age-old Passover question: ‘What is different this night?’

The Israeli Embassy to the United Arab Emirates held its first Passover seder Saturday night, and Ambassador Eitan Na’eh proudly shared a moment from the festive evening online.

Na’eh tweeted a video of participants singing the song “Ma Nishtana,” traditionally sung by the youngest attendant of the seder, which asks “What is different this night from other nights?”

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