21 August 2017 - 30 Av 5777 - ל' אב ה' אלפים תשע"ז
Arts & Culture
Liquor bottles belonging to WW1 British soldiers E-mail

An unexpected discovery was made recently in an archaeological excavation by the Israel Antiquities Authority in the vicinity of Ramla.

Archaeologists were astounded to find a fascinating reminder from the First World War that included, among other things, hundreds of liquor bottles that are 100 years old. They were found near a building where British soldiers were garrisoned during the war.

According to Ron Toueg, excavation director on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, “The written historical evidence regarding the soldiers’ activities in the British army in Israel usually consists of ‘dry’ details, such as the number of soldiers, direction of attack, and the results of the battle. The discovery of this site and the finds in it provide us with an opportunity for a glimpse of the unwritten part of history, and reconstruct for the first time the everyday life and leisure of the soldiers. We exposed a building whose upper part was not preserved, which was apparently the foundations of a barracks.”

“This structure was used for agricultural purposes in the Ottoman period, and during WWI the British converted it for military use and soldiers were housed in it. Inside the building we discovered dozens of uniform buttons, belt buckles, parts of riding equipment, and other artifacts that were the property of the British soldiers. The building caught fire and collapsed for a reason which at this point is unclear. The place where the soldiers discarded debris was revealed just a few metres from the building. We were surprised to discover that along with broken crockery and cutlery there was an enormous number of soft drink and liquor bottles,” added Toueg.

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Israel – the land of creation and creativity E-mail

Israel’s Embassy in the Philippines joined hands with Asia Tours in March in an event dedicated to Israel as the “land of creation and creativity” – an open invitation to all Filipinos to enjoy Israel’s diversity.

Four hundred guests packed the main hall of Makati ShangriLa for this unique celebration. Guests included Senator Cynthia Villar, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry president George Barcelon, Israel Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines president Itamar Gero, Philippine Airlines president Jaime Bautista, Turkish Airlines country manager Erhan Balaban, Cathay Pacific country manager Robin Bradshaw, hundreds of travel agents, and special friends from the Filipino consular corps and business sector.

Among the special guests who made the evening unique were singer Gary Valenciano, X-Factor Israel 2014 winner Rose Fostanes, Nicole Laurel Asensio, Ryan Tamondong, and a Filipino dance group dancing Israeli folk dances.

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Bach in Jerusalem Festival 2017 E-mail

The Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra presented the 2nd Bach in Jerusalem Festival from 20 to 25 March.

A highlight of the programme was a performance of Bach’s Mass in B minor, with leading soloists from Israel and Germany, conducted by Andrew Parrott. The programme also included orchestral and chamber concerts, free outdoor concerts, family concerts, masterclasses, an international symposium, and an exhibition featuring the treasures of Bach House in Eisenach, Germany. There was also a bell concert from the YMCA Tower Bell, which the public enjoyed during the evenings.

Other notable events in the festival included cantatas by Bach, performed by soprano Einat Aronstein; the Ricercar Ensemble from Belgium; a family concert, Boom, Crash, Bach with clown Fyodor Makarov, and an international symposium about Bach.

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