Articles written by: Mike Billings

Discovered cuneiform reveals Babylonian slave trade in biblical Samaria

Discovered cuneiform reveals Babylonian slave trade in biblical Samaria

A cuneiform fragment discovered at Tel Mikhmoret on the Mediterranean coast north of Netanya in the 6th century BCE. The Akkadian text, studied by Prof. Ira Spar, Prof. Samuel M. Paley and Prof. Robert R. Stieglitz, was published in the current edition of the Israel Exploration Journal. Stieglitz and Paley were involved in ongoing excavations at the site between 1979 […]

From hectares to ‘hasbara‘: In the Jordan Valley, coexistence beats BDS

From hectares to ‘hasbara‘: In the Jordan Valley, coexistence beats BDS

In the Jordan Valley, the desert is blooming. Just ask David Elhayani, the newly reelected head of the Jordan Valley Regional Council. Before becoming council head in 2009, Elhayani built an eight-hectare oasis of spices in the harsh, arid desert. Since 2009, he has focused on preserving an environment of peace, where Israelis and Palestinians can work side by side, […]

A happening Hanukkah – What to do over the eight-day holiday in Jerusalem

A happening Hanukkah – What to do over the eight-day holiday in Jerusalem

Keeping your kids entertained during can be a challenge, but I have some great ideas your whole family will enjoy in Jerusalem. SPECIAL EVENTS Marching with World Jewry – All Together Now – Hanukkah Parade March of Solidarity with Diaspora Jewry. Participate in the march as a spectator or register to hold a float. Expecting over 5,000 marchers – soldiers, […]

Researchers at TAU discover giant black hole outside Milky Way

Researchers at TAU discover giant black hole outside Milky Way

A group of astronomers working in collaboration with researchers at Tel Aviv University have discovered clouds of gas revolving around a black hole that make up the center of the 3C 273 quasar, relying upon earlier measurements made at the Florence and George Wise Observatory in 2000. Prof. Hagai Netzer of TAU‘s School of Physics and Astronomy worked with a […]

Israel-based Sirin Labs unveils ‘world‘s first blockchain smartphone‘

Israel-based Sirin Labs unveils ‘world‘s first blockchain smartphone‘

Sirin Labs, a Tel Aviv-based mobile cybersecurity start-up, announced Thursday the commercial launch of Finney, the "world‘s first ultra-secure blockchain smartphone." After , the company advanced into the manufacturing and production phase after raising $157.8m in crowdfunding. Be the first to know – Priced at $999 and endorsed by global brand ambassador Lionel Messi, Finney‘s price tag is considerably lower […]