Vts 01 1 T The Diary of Anne Frank Act 1

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VTS 01 1 T THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK ACT 1, A Raisin In The Sun Act III, Little girls from annie, 2014 Holiday Dance Show, Otto Frank, father of Anne, Auschwitz …

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Amnesty International accuses Hamas of torturing, killing …

Posted By on May 29, 2015

File – In this March 30, 2015 file photo, a Palestinian girl walks next to destroyed houses, in the Shijaiyah neighborhood of Gaza City. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)

Amnesty International accused Hamas militants Wednesday of abducting, torturing, and carrying out summary executions of Palestinians during last year’s conflict in the Gaza Strip.

The report, the last of four released by the human rights group detailing events during the fighting, said that at least 23 Palestinians were shot and killed by Hamas, which rules Gaza, while dozens more were arrested and tortured. Amnesty said those targeted were either political rivals of Hamas, including members of the Fatah party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, or people the militant group had accused of cooperating with Israel.

The report detailed one particularly brutal spate of violence, which took place this past Aug. 22.

“In one of the most shocking incidents, six men were publicly executed by Hamas forces outside al-Omari mosque … in front of hundreds of spectators, including children,” the report said. Hamas had announced the men were suspected “collaborators” who had been sentenced to death in “revolutionary courts,” the rights group added.

“The hooded men were dragged along the floor to kneel by a wall facing the crowd, then each man was shot in the head individually before being sprayed with bullets fired from an AK-47,” the report said of the August incident.

In one section of the report, testimony from the brother of Atta Najjar, an ex-Palestinian Authority policeman imprisoned since 2009 and killed by Hamas last August, described the violence done to him in captivity.

“His arms and legs were broken … his body was as if youd put it in a bag and smashed it … His body was riddled with about 30 bullets,” the brother was quoted as saying. “He had slaughter marks around his neck, marks of knives … And from behind the head – there was no brain. Empty … It was difficult for us to carry him … He was heavy, like when you put meat in a bag; no bones. His bones were smashed. They broke him in the prison.”

The report also revealed that Hamas used abandoned areas of a hospital in Gaza City to detain, question, and torture captives, even as other parts of the facility “continued to function as a medical centre [sic]”.

Hamas used the war to “ruthlessly settle scores, carrying out a series of unlawful killings and other grave abuses,” Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa director, charged. “These spine-chilling actions, some of which amount to war crimes, were designed to exact revenge and spread fear across the Gaza Strip.”

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Israeli planes strike Gaza after rocket lands in Ashdod – Al …

Posted By on May 27, 2015

The Qassam Brigades confirmed that they had fired five experimental rockets into the sea [Getty Images]

The Israeli air force has carried out four strikes on targets in the besieged Gaza Strip hours after a cross-border rocket landed in the city of Ashdod.

The planes targeted training camps belonging to the Islamic Jihad in Rafah, Khan Yunis and Gaza City, witnesses said. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian group Hamas, confirmed that they had fired five experimental rockets into the sea, but one of them had landed by mistake in the southern Israeli city.

The Israeli army said it struck “four terror infrastructures in the southern Gaza Strip” in response to the firing of the rocket.

“The reality that Hamas’ territory is used as a staging ground to attack Israel is unacceptable and intolerable and will bear consequences,” military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said in a statement.

Tuesday’s rocket was the third fired from Gaza since the ceasefire ending Israel’s50-day war on Gaza in the summer of 2014. About 2,200 Palestinians, most of them civilians, and 73 on the Israeli side, most of them soldiers, were killed in the war.

Two mortar bombs were also fired at Israel since September, according to the Shin Bet internal security agency,

Wednesday’s air strikes were the third since the end of the 2014 conflict.

Source:Al Jazeera and agencies

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Surreal – Review of Anne Frank House (Anne Frankhuis …

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It is difficult to describe the emotional spectrum of a visit to the Anne Frank House. It’s as though you are transported back through time to experience just a minute fraction of what the family must have endured in that actual house. The visit, for us, was a bitter sweet journey which underlined the futility and waste of war and man’s inhumanity towards his fellow man. Do we never learn…..? A visit here will send your mind into overdrive. Anyone who has a heart will be stirred into an emotional roller coaster irrespective of age, gender, ethnicity, religious beliefs – or lack of them – or nationality.

Contrary to what many reviews say, you will find it more than difficult to get hold of ‘direct entry, no queueing tickets’ unless you are prepared to book at least a couple of months in advance. We went to Amsterdam virtually on the spur of the moment and although we attempted to get the ‘jump the queue’ advance purchase tickets through the internet, we just couldn’t find any. However, a visit late afternoon meant we only queued for about 45 minutes. It was well worth it.

This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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The Golan Heights – Welcome to Israel | Official…

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The Golan Heights, Israels mountainous northern region, is one of the most beautiful and most traveled parts of the country.

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The Golan Heights, Israel

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The Golan Heights

Geologically, the Golan Heights are a plateau and part of a volcanic field that extends northeast almost to Damascus. The entire area is scattered with inactive volcanic cones. Mount Hermon is in the most northern point of Golan Heights but is geologically separate from the volcanic field.

History In biblical times, the Golan Heights was referred to as “Bashan;” the word “Golan” apparently derives from the biblical city of “Golan in Bashan” (Deuteronomy 4:43, Joshua 21:27). The area was assigned to the tribe of Manasheh, although the tribe of Dan is also associated with the Golan.

In the First Temple Period (953-586 BCE), the area was contested between the northern Jewish Kingdom of Israel and the Aramean Kingdom, based in Damascus. In the late 6th – 5th centuries BCE the region was settled by returning Jewish exiles from Babylonia.

The Golan Heights, along with the rest of the region, came under the control of Alexander the Great in 332 BCE and his successors, the Greeks. In the mid 2nd century BCE, Judah Maccabee and his brothers came to the aid of the local Jewish communities when these areas came under attack by their non-Jewish neighbors. Judah’s grandnephew, the Hasmonean King Alexander Jannai, later added the Heights to his kingdom. In those days, the Golans chief city was Gamla. The Jews of Gamla joined their brothers in the Great Revolt against Rome in the 1st century CE, but the revolt failed and the city fell into Roman hands in 67 CE.

The Jewish presence on the Golan Heights was renewed in 1886-1887, when Jews from Tzfat purchased lands in the Golan, and in 1891, when Baron Rothschild purchased approximately 18,000 acres of land there. New Jewish immigrants to Israel established five small communities on these lands, but in 1898 the Turks forced them to leave. Almost 50 years later, in 1947, the lands were seized by the Syrian army.

Although most of the Golan Heights were included within Mandatory Palestine when the Mandate was formally granted in 1922, Britain relinquished the area to France in the Franco-British Agreement in 1923. The Heights became part of Syria upon the termination of the French Mandate in 1944.

After the 1948-1949 War of Independence, the Syrians built extensive fortifications on the Heights, from where they shelled civilian targets in Israel and launched terrorist attacks. Over 140 Israelis were killed and many more were injured in these attacks between 1949 and 1967; heavy property damage was also inflicted.

During the 1967 Six Day War, in response to Syrian attacks, the IDF captured the Golan Heights in just over 24 hours of intense fighting. Nearly all of the Golan’s Arab inhabitants fled as a result of the war; four Druze villages remain, three on the slopes of Mt. Hermon and one in the northern Golan.

Almost immediately after the war, Israel renewed the Jewish presence on the Golan. Kibbutz Merom Golan was founded in July 1967, at the initiative of kibbutzim in the nearby Upper Galilee and Hula Valley. By 1970, there were 12 Jewish communities on the Golan.

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Golan Heights News – Breaking World Golan Heights News …

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News about Golan Heights, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.

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By DIAA HADID

More than a dozen European foreign ministers want products made in Israeli settlements to be labeled differently from those made in Israel.

By THOMAS ERDBRINK

The leader of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Mohammad Ali Jafari, issued his condemnation of Israel after Gen. Mohammad Ali Allahdadi was killed in Syria.

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Golan Heights Winery – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Posted By on May 27, 2015

The Golan Heights Winery (Hebrew: ) is an Israeli winery located in Katzrin, built on the site of an agricultural village from the Mishnaic period in the Golan Heights. It is Israel’s third largest winery.[2] In 2012, Golan Heights Winery was named New World Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.[3]

The Golan Heights Winery is jointly owned by eight Israeli settlementsmoshavim and kibbutzim, which also supply the grapes. Its first vintage was released in 1984. Production in 2008 reached 6 million bottles a year, 30% of which was exported.[4]

The Golan Heights winery markets brands under the Golan, Yarden and Gamla labels and is the parent company of Galilee’s Galil Mountain Winery. Golan sources its grapes from sixteen vineyards in the Golan Heights and one vineyard in the Upper Galilee. The chief winemaker is Napa native Victor Schoenfeld.[5]

The winery employs 110 people and incorporates sophisticated technology using pneumatic membrane presses, must chiller and computer-controlled cooling of stainless steel tanks. The winery also has an elaborate “experimental winery” for research and quality control of new wines and improvement of existing lines.[6]

Traditional vinification techniques include barrel-fermented Chardonnay, Methode traditionelle sparkling wines, carbonic maceration for light reds and maturation in French and American oak barrels for premium red and white wines.[6]

The Golan Heights Winery is credited with starting the “quality revolution” in Israeli wine, creating a brand identity for the country’s vintages, spurring the creation of new wineries and motivating existing wineries to improve the quality of their wines. Michal Neeman, director of the Israel Export & International Cooperation Institute’s food and beverage division, describes the role of the winery as crucial: “Everyone agrees that they were the first winery to produce excellent wine. Then came the boutique wineries, then the medium-sized, and then the large ones. There were a lot of other factors as well, but when you pinpoint the revolution, it started at Golan Heights.”[1]

In partnership with Entav of France, the winery is developing disease-resistant clones and the worlds first insect-free mother block and nursery.[7]

A number of Golan Heights wines were marketed by Systembolaget, Sweden’s state-owned monopoly alcohol retailer, as “Made in Israel” on shelves and in the sales catalogue. Following customer complaints and consultation with Sweden’s foreign ministry, Systembolaget changed the shelf labelling to read, “Made in Israeli-occupied Syrian territories.”[8] However this prompted complaints from Annelie Enochson and officials in Israel.[8][9] Systembolaget’s solution was to remove all reference to the product’s country of origin on shelves and in catalogues, classifying the wine as of “other origins.”[10]

The winery has won worldwide acclaim and awards at the most prestigious festivals, including wine shows in France.[11] Golan Heights Winery was named Best Foreign Winery at the Prague Trophy 2008 international wine competition. At a ceremony on January 16, 2009, the winery received the award after winning seven medals at the competition.[12] In 2011, Golan Heights Winery won the Gran Vinitaly Special Award as the best wine producer at the 19th International Vinitaly Wine Competition in Italy. The winery earned two Grand Gold Medals for its 2009 Yarden Chardonnay Odem Organic Vineyard and its 2008 Yarden HeightsWine.[13] Its 2004 Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon was the first wine from Israel to be listed on the Wine Spectator Top 100.

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CIA – The World Factbook: Syria

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Introduction :: SYRIA

Following World War I, France acquired a mandate over the northern portion of the former Ottoman Empire province of Syria. The French administered the area as Syria until granting it independence in 1946. The new country lacked political stability and experienced a series of military coups. Syria united with Egypt in February 1958 to form the United Arab Republic. In September 1961, the two entities separated, and the Syrian Arab Republic was reestablished. In the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, Syria lost the Golan Heights region to Israel. During the 1990s, Syria and Israel held occasional peace talks over its return. In November 1970, Hafiz al-ASAD, a member of the socialist Ba’th Party and the minority Alawi sect, seized power in a bloodless coup and brought political stability to the country. Following the death of President al-ASAD, his son, Bashar al-ASAD, was approved as president by popular referendum in July 2000. Syrian troops – stationed in Lebanon since 1976 in an ostensible peacekeeping role – were withdrawn in April 2005. During the July-August 2006 conflict between Israel and Hizballah, Syria placed its military forces on alert but did not intervene directly on behalf of its ally Hizballah. In May 2007, Bashar al-ASAD’s second term as president was approved by popular referendum. Influenced by major uprisings that began elsewhere in the region, antigovernment protests broke out in the southern province of Dar’a in March 2011 with protesters calling for the repeal of the restrictive Emergency Law allowing arrests without charge, the legalization of political parties, and the removal of corrupt local officials. Since then, demonstrations and violent unrest spread to nearly every city in Syria with the size and intensity of protests fluctuating. The government responded to unrest with a mix of concessions – including the repeal of the Emergency Law, new laws permitting new political parties, and liberalizing local and national elections – and military force. However, the government’s response has failed to meet opposition demands for ASAD resignation, and the government’s ongoing violence to quell unrest and widespread armed opposition activity has led to extended clashes between government forces and oppositionists. International pressure on the ASAD regime has intensified since late 2011, as the Arab League, European Union, Turkey, and the United States expanded economic sanctions against the regime. In December 2012, the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces, commonly referred to as the Syrian National Coalition, was recognized by more than 130 countries as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people. Peace talks between the Syrian Opposition Coalition and Syrian regime at the UN sponsored Geneva II conference in 2014 failed to produce progress toward a resolution of the conflict. Unrest continues in Syria, and according to the United Nations, the death toll among Syrian Government forces, opposition forces, and civilians has reached 220,000. As of 2015, the conflict has displaced 11.6 million people, including 7.6 million people internally, making the situation in Syria the largest humanitarian crisis worldwide.

Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Lebanon and Turkey

35 00 N, 38 00 E

Middle East

total: 185,180 sq km

land: 183,630 sq km

water: 1,550 sq km

note: includes 1,295 sq km of Israeli-occupied territory

slightly more than 1.5 times the size of Pennsylvania

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Bank of the West – Official Site

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Deposit and loan products offered by Bank of the West, Member FDIC. Wireless carriers may charge fees for text transmissions or data usage. Message frequency depends …

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