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Cook Islands RM Images Photos Pictures

Sat, 02 Nov 2013 03:07:02 GMT

(image) Cook Islands Rights Managed Images Photos Pictures from photo assignment on location travel photography by the photojournalist Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye



Cook Islands Royalty Free Images Photos Pictures

Fri, 01 Nov 2013 22:56:26 GMT

(image) Cook Island photo gallery of royaltt free images, photos and pictures from Rarotonga and Aitutaki lagoon photographed on travel assignment by the on location and photojournalist Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye



Mount Zion Jerusalem Israel

Fri, 09 Apr 2010 23:21:29 GMT

(image) Mount Zion is an elevation west of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Jewish scriptures apply the term Mount Zion to the Temple Mount or the City of David, both located on this elevation. For Jews the term Zion became a synecdoche referring to the entire city of Jerusalem and the Land of Israel. Photo by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye



Judea Desert-Israel

Fri, 09 Apr 2010 23:06:49 GMT

(image) Judea or Juda is the name given to the mountainous southern part of the historic Land of Israel or Eretz Yisrael , an area now divided between Israel and the West Bank (itself partly under Palestinian Authority administration and Israeli military rule).The name Judea is a Greek and Roman adaptation of the name Judah, which originally encompassed the territory of the Israelite tribe of that name and later of the ancient Kingdom of Judah. The area was the site of the Hasmonean Kingdom and the later Kingdom of Judah, a client kingdom of the Roman Empire. In modern times, the name Yehudah may be used by Hebrew speakers to refer to a large southern section of Israel and the West Bank, or in the combined term Judea and Samaria, as the alternative name for the West Bank. Geographically, Judea is a mountainous and arid region, much of which is considered to be a desert. It varies greatly in height, rising to an altitude of 1,020 m (3,346 ft) in the south at Mount Hebron, 19 miles (30 km) southwest of Jerusalem, and descending to as much as 400 m (1,312ft) below sea level in the east of the region. Major urban areas in the region include Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Gush Etzion (including Beitar Illit and Efrat), Jericho and Hebron. Photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye



“Scarlet South” Festival

Sat, 06 Feb 2010 09:16:27 GMT

(image) The Western Negev has been in the news almost daily, as it has been the focus of constant Qassam missile attacks from bordering Gaza. Local regional councils and other organizations, including KKL-JNF decided that it was time for people to experience other facets of this fascinating region. The month of February, which in Israel is already the end of winter, provided a perfect opportunity to visit the south. The name chosen for this month-long "festival" is the catchy Darom Adom – “Scarlet South” – since red anemones are in flower everywhere, covering the western Negev’s expanses in breathtaking scarlet carpets. Other attractions include open-air markets selling local produce such as cheeses and boutique wines, cycling and various activities for all age groups. Hikes through the unique natural landscape of this region were organized by KKL-JNF. We joined such a hike, enjoying the perfect weather and feasting our eyes on the seemingly never-ending wildflowers and natural vistas. Photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye



Ashdod Photos

Sat, 16 Jan 2010 11:04:38 GMT

(image) Ashdod is the fifth-largest city in Israel, located in the Southern District of the country, on the Mediterranean coast. Ashdod is an important regional industrial centre. The Port of Ashdod is Israels largest port accounting for 60% of the country's imported goods.The first documented settlement in Ashdod dates to the Canaanite culture of 17th century BC,making the city one of the oldest in the world. Ashdod is mentioned thirteen times in the Bible. During its history the city was settled by Philistines, Israelites, Byzantines, Crusaders and Arabs. Modern Ashdod was established in 1956 on the sand hills near the site of the ancient town, and incorporated as a city in 1968. Being a planned city, expansion followed a main development plan, which facilitated traffic and prevented air pollution in the residential areas.Ashdod is the fifth largest city in Israel. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye



Israel Sea of Galilee

Mon, 21 Dec 2009 02:24:35 GMT

(image) The Sea of Galilee, also Lake of Gennesaret, Lake Kinneret or Sea of Tiberia located near the Golan Heights, is the largest freshwater lake in Israel, and it is approximately 53 km (33 miles) in circumference, about 21 km (13 miles) long, and 13 km (8 miles) wide. The lake has a total area of 166 km², and a maximum depth of approximately 43 m (141 feet).At 209 metres below sea level, it is the lowest freshwater lake on Earth and the second-lowest lake in the world (after the Dead Sea, a saltwater lake) The Kinneret is situated deep in the Jordan Great Rift Valley, the valley caused by the separation of the African and Arabian Plates and is fed partly by underground springs although its main source is the Jordan River which flows through it from north to south. Consequently the area is subject to earthquakes and, in the past, volcanic activity. This is evident by the abundant basalt and other igneous rocks that define the geology of the Galilee region..Photo by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye



Israel Haifa Photos

Mon, 21 Dec 2009 02:12:51 GMT

(image) Haifa is the largest city in northern Israel, and the third-largest city in the country.Haifa has a mixed population of Jews and Arabs. The Arab population used to be predominantly Christian, while some of the Jewish population arrived from Russia.It is also home to the Bahá'í World Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Haifa, built on the slopes of Mount Carmel, has a history dating back to Biblical times. Today, the city is a major seaport located on Israel's Mediterranean coastline in the Bay of Haifa.Photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye



Israel Sdot Negev Regional Council

Mon, 21 Dec 2009 00:31:39 GMT

(image) Sdot Negev Regional Council Negev Fields Regional Council), formerly known as Azata Regional Council is a regional council in the north-western Negev desert in the South District of Israel. Established in 1951, it covers two kibbutzim, 12 moshavim and two communal settlements. Its population is around 6,700 Israeli people. Photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye



Deruze Israel Pictures

Thu, 17 Dec 2009 11:40:42 GMT

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The Druze , deruz or duruz, duruz, druzim are a religious community found primarily in Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan, whose traditional religion is said to have begun as an offshoot of Islam, but is unique in its incorporation of Gnostic, neo-Platonic and other philosophies, similar to other followers of Ismaili Shi'a Islam. Theologically, Druze consider themselves an Islamic Unist, reformatory sect. The Deruze call themselves Ahl al-Tawhid People of Unitarianism or Monotheism or al-Muwaidn Unitarians, Monotheists. Photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye




Israel Herzliya

Tue, 06 Oct 2009 09:51:16 GMT

(image) Herzliya located on the central coast of Israel. It is part of the Tel Aviv District. Named after Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism. Herzliya covers an area of 26 km². Within its municipal boundaries is Herzliya Pituah, one of Israels most upscale neighborhoods, home to many ambassadors and foreign diplomats.Some of Israel's most expensive homes and finest beaches are located in Herzliya Pituah, a neighborhood on the western side of Herzliya. Herzliya Pituah is a sought-after venue for high-tech companies, and its marina, many restaurants and entertainment spots have turned this part of Herzliya into a vibrant hub of Israeli nightlife. Photos by Rafael Ben-Ari Chameleons Eye



Hebron-Israel Photos

Thu, 10 Sep 2009 13:14:32 GMT

(image) Hebron ,Hevron, is the largest city in the West Bank, located in the south, 30 kilometers south of Jerusalem. It is home to some 166,000 Palestinians,and over 500 Israelis. Hebron lies 930 meters (3,050 ft) above sea level. Located in the Palestinian territories and the Biblical region of Judea, it is the second holiest city in Judaism, after Jerusalem. It is locally well-known for its grapes, figs, limestone, pottery workshops and glassblowing factories. It is also the location of the major dairy product manufacturer, al-Junaidi. The old city of Hebron is characterized by narrow, winding streets, flat-roofed stone houses, and old bazaars. Hebron is home to Hebron University and the Palestine Polytechnic University. The most famous historic site in Hebron sits on the Cave of the Patriarchs. Although the site is holy to Judaism, Christianity and Islam also accept it as a sacred site, due to scriptural references to Abraham. According to Genesis, he purchased the cave and the field surrounding it from Ephron the Hittite to bury his wife Sarah, subsequently Abraham Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob and Leah were also buried in the cave (the remaining Matriarch, Rachel, is buried outside Bethlehem). For this reason, Hebron is also referred to as 'the City of the Patriarchs' in Judaism, and regarded as one of its Four Holy Cities. Over and around the cave itself churches, synagogues and mosques have been built throughout. The Isaac Hall is now the Ibrahimi Mosque, while the Abraham Hall and Jacob Hall serve as a Jewish synagogue. In medieval Christian tradition, Hebron was one of the three cities, the other two being Juttah and Ain Karim, that boasted of being the home of Mary's cousin, Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist and wife of Zacharias, and thus possibly the birthplace of the Baptist himself. Photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye



Israel-Netivot Photos

Wed, 26 Aug 2009 06:50:36 GMT

(image) Netivot is a city in the Southern District of Israel in Israel. According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), at the end of 2007 the city had a total population of 25,600. It was founded in 1956 as a development town along with Sderot to the north, and Ofakim to the south. Netivot attracts a number of mainly Sephardi Jewish pilgrims, who come to pray at the tomb of a Moroccan-born tzaddik and kabbalist Baba Sali (died 1984) who is buried there. Photo by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye



Israel-Golan Heights

Wed, 26 Aug 2009 06:44:40 GMT

(image) The Golan Heights-Anti-Lebanon Mountains and remains a highly contested land straddling the borders of Syria and Israel. Two-thirds of the area is currently governed by Israel. The United Nations,theUnited States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, the Arab League, the International Committee of the Red Cross, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch consider the Golan Heights to be territory occupied by Israel and not part of Israel proper. Israel has controlled most of the Golan since the Six Day War in 1967. In 1981, Israel passed the Golan Heights Law, which extended Israeli law and administration throughout the Israeli controlled territory, a move which was condemned by the United Nations Security Council in its motion 497 The overwhelming majority of the international community supported the Security Council in this and have continued to do so. For example, in 2008 a plenary session of the United Nations General Assembly voted by 161-1 in favor of a motion on the "occupied Syrian Golan" that reaffirmed support for Security Council motion 497.Photo by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye



Israel-Beit Shearim Photos

Mon, 17 Aug 2009 22:51:54 GMT

(image) Beit She'arim, also known as Beth Shearim, is the archeological site of a Jewish town and necropolis. The site is part of the Beit She'arim National Park, which borders the town of Kiryat Tiv'on on the northeast and is located close to the modern moshav of Beit Shearim. It is situated 20 km east of Haifa in the southern foothills of the Lower Galilee. The park is managed by the Israel Nature and National Parks Protection Authority. Beth She'arim was discovered by accident in 1936 by the Jewish watchman Alexander Zaïd, who was sent to live in the area while guarding the lands of the Jewish National Fund.In the 1930s and 1950s it was excavated by Benjamin Mazar and Nahman Avigad.Most of the remains date from the 2nd to 4th century CE. A large number of individuals was buried in the more than twenty catacombs of the necropolis. Geographical references in inscriptions on the walls of the catacombs reveal that the necropolis was used by people from the town of Beit She'arim, from elsewhere in Galilee, and even from cities as far away as Palmyra and Tyre. Together with the images on walls and sarcophagi, the inscriptions show that the necropolis was used mainly, or only, by Jews. According to the Jerusalem Talmud Beit She'arim is the burial place of Rabbi Judah haNasi (Rabbi Judah the Prince), the head of the Sanhedrin. This is believed to be a major reason for the popularity of the necropolis in Late Antiquity. One of the catacombs (nr. 14) has been identified as Rabbi Judah's burial site. Photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye



Israel-Mount Tabor and Izrael Valley

Mon, 17 Aug 2009 22:43:32 GMT

(image) Mount Tabor is located in Lower Galilee, at the eastern end of the Jezreel Valley, 17 kilometres (11 mi) west of the Sea of Galilee. In Christianity It is believed by many to be the site of the Transfiguration of Christ and in Judaism site for the battle between Barak and the army of Jabin, commanded by Sisera. It is also known as Har Tavor, Itabyrium, Jebel et-Tur, and the Mount of Transfiguration. The Church of Transfiguration is locatet at the summit, which is divided into Greek Orthodox (northeast) and Latin Catholic (southeast) areas. Two Arab towns are located at its base: Shibli-Umm al-Ghanam (east) and Daburiyya (west) as well as a Jewish community called Kfar Tavor. Photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye



Israel-Tel Megiddo

Mon, 17 Aug 2009 22:37:48 GMT

(image) Tel Megiddo is a hill in modern Israel near the Kibbutz of Megiddo, known for its historical, geographical, and theological importance. In ancient times Megiddo was an important city state. It is also known alternatively as Tel Megiddo (Hebrew) and Tell al-Mutesellim (Arabic). Megiddo is a tel (hill or mound) made of 26 layers of the ruins of ancient cities in a strategic location at the head of a pass through the Carmel Ridge, which overlooks the Valley of Jezreel from the west. The name Armageddon mentioned in the New Testament derives from Har Megiddo meaning Mount of Megiddo. Photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye



Jerusalem -The Old City Photos

Tue, 04 Aug 2009 02:57:16 GMT

(image) The Old City of Jerusalem or Yerushalim, HaIr HaAtika ,al-Balda al-Qadimah is a 0.9 square kilometre (0.35 square mile) area within the modern city of Jerusalem Israel. Until the 1860s this area constituted the entire city of Jerusalem. The Old City is home to several sites of key religious importance: the Temple Mount and its Western Wall for Jews, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Christians, and the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque for Muslims. Traditionally, the Old City has been divided into four quarters, although the current designations were introduced only in the 19th century. Today, the Old City is roughly divided into the Muslim Quarter, the Christian Quarter, the Jewish Quarter and the Armenian Quarter. The Jewish Quarter of the Old City was largely destroyed by Jordan following the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, but was later restored by Israel following the Six Day War. In 1980, Jordan proposed the Old City to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. It was added to the List in 1981.In 1982, Jordan requested that Jerusalem Israel will be added to the List of World Heritage Sites in danger.Photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



Sexual Assault-Illustration Photos

Thu, 30 Jul 2009 02:18:39 GMT

(image) Rape, also referred to as sexual assault, is an assault by a person involving sexual intercourse with or sexual penetration of another person without that persons consent. The rate of reporting, prosecution and convictions for rape varies considerably in different jurisdictions. The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (1999) estimated that 91% of U.S. rape victims are female. In one survey of women, only two percent of respondents who stated they were sexually assaulted said that the assault was perpetrated by a stranger. When part of a widespread and systematic practice, rape and sexual slavery are recognized as crimes against humanity and war crimes. Rape is also recognized as an element of the crime of genocide when committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a targeted ethnic group.Photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye



Ashkelon Archaeological Park Photos

Fri, 24 Jul 2009 09:45:06 GMT

(image) The Archaeological Park with two magnificent coffins from the Roman Period (on Ha-Gefen Street in the Afridar neighborhood). Photo by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye



Ashkelon Academic College Photos

Fri, 24 Jul 2009 09:42:44 GMT

(image) Ashkelon Academic College Campus was founded in the year 2000 as an extension of an existing satellite college of Bar-Ilan University which was established as an initiative of Bar-Ilan University management in 1965. For 35 years Bar-Ilan University has overseen Bachelor Degree studies in various fields and recently the College was also integrated into the Israeli higher education system. In 2003 the Council for Higher Education (MALAG) granted the College permission to conduct independent courses and soon afterwards it was awarded the title of an Israeli Institute for Higher Education, awarding Bachelor degrees in fields as diverse as Economics and Management, Economics and Logistics, Economics and Banking, Social Work, Criminology, Sociology& Anthropology, Psychology, and Computer Science as well as other fields operating within the framework of Bar-Ilan University. Photo by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye



Ashkelon Promenade

Fri, 24 Jul 2009 09:06:11 GMT

(image) Ashkelon promenade and Holiday Inn Hotel, located on a cliff which overlooks the Medterranean sea are in danger of falling over the cliff as it slowly collapses.Photo by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye



Israel Ashkelon National Park

Fri, 24 Jul 2009 08:53:29 GMT

(image) Ashkelon National Park, on the southern Mediterranean coast, encompasses history and heritage thousands of years old. Ashkelon was a thriving commercial center whose star rose highest in the Roman period, and the park showcases impressive remains from that period, among them marble and granite columns and capitals, the Roman basilica and statues of the goddesses who were the patrons of the city.In the northeastern part of the park is its most outstanding find: the Middle Bronze Age gate, with the earliest arch in the world, dating to approximately 1800 BCE.The park also contains a system of about 60 wells of different types and borders on a beautiful beach, open during swimming season.The view from massive ancient glacis, topped by the ruins of a wall from the Fatimid era (mid-12th century) in the eastern part of the park, takes in the park, the dunes to the south and the modern city of Ashkelon. Photo by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



Israel Hit by Heat Wave

Sun, 19 Jul 2009 11:05:53 GMT

(image) Local people swim in the Mideteranian Sea to cool off summer heat in Israel. Photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye



Tiberias Tabariya, Israel

Mon, 22 Jun 2009 16:13:15 GMT

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Tiberias tabariyya is a town on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, Lower Galilee, Israel. It was named in honour of the emperor Tiberius. Photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye




Hasbani River-Israel

Mon, 22 Jun 2009 15:57:40 GMT

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The Hasbani River Nahal Snir, also known as Snir Stream within Israel, is a tributary of the Jordan river. The Hasbani River derives most of its discharge from two springs in Lebanon, the Wazzani and the Haqzbieh, the latter being a group of springs on the uppermost Hasbani. The Hasbani runs for 25 miles in Lebanon before crossing the border and joining with the Banias and Dan Rivers at a point in northern Israel, to form the River Jordan. For about four kilometers downstream of Ghajar, the Hasbani forms the border between Lebanon and northern Israel. Photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye




Mount of Beatitudes - Israel

Mon, 22 Jun 2009 15:55:20 GMT

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In Christianity, the Mt. of Beatitudes -meaning blessed or happy are blessings from Jesus recorded in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew and the Sermon on the Plain in Luke. The blessings in Luke refer to external situations while those in Matthew refer more to spiritual or moral qualities. The mountain is topped by a Catholic chapel built in 1939 by the Franciscan Sisters with the support of the Italian ruler Mussolini. The building which was constructed by the noted architect Antonio Barluzzi is full of numerical symbolism. In front of the church, the symbols on the pavement represent Justice, Prudence, Fortitude, Charity, Faith and Temperance. Inside the church hangs the cloak from Pope Paul VI's visit in 1964. Photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye




Capernaum- Kfar Nahum- Israel

Mon, 22 Jun 2009 15:49:20 GMT

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Capernaum or Kfar Nahum, Nahums village was a settlement on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. The site is a ruin today, but was inhabited from 150 BC to about AD 750.The town is mentioned in the New Testament: in the Gospel of Luke it was reported to have been the home of the apostles Peter, Andrew, James and John, as well as the tax collector Matthew. In Matthew 4:13 the town was reported to have been the home of Jesus himself. According to Luke 4:31-44, Jesus taught in the synagogue in Capernaum on the sabbath days. In Capernaum also, Jesus allegedly healed a man who had the spirit of an unclean devil and healed a fever in Simon Peter's mother-in-law. According to Matthew 8:5-13, it is also the place where a Roman Centurion asked Jesus to heal his servant. A building which may have been a synagogue of that period has been found beneath the remains of a later synagogue. Photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye




Dan River-Israel

Mon, 22 Jun 2009 15:40:11 GMT

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The Dan River is the largest tributary of the Jordan river, whose source is located at the base of Mount Hermon. The river is so named after the Canaanite city of Laish, which was captured by the Tribe of Dan during the Judges period. Until the 1967 Six Day War, the Dan River was the only source of the river Jordan wholly within Israeli territory. Its flow provides up to 238 million cubic meters of water annually to the Hulah Valley. In 1966 this was a cause of dispute between water planners and conservationists, with the later prevailing after three years of court appeals and adjudication. The result was a conservation project of about 120 acres (0.49 km2) at the source of the river called the Tel Dan Reserve. Photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye




Kursi-Israel

Mon, 22 Jun 2009 15:34:21 GMT

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Kursi, Israel is the ruins of a Byzantine Christian monastery and now an Israeli national park.The site is located east of the Sea of Galilee on the bank of a river bed descending from the Golan Heights. It is significant to many Christians and Jews because it has been identified by tradition as the site where Jesus healed two men possessed by demons (Matthew 8: 28-33). The ruins of the monastery were first unearthed by road construction crews, and the major excavation took place between 1971 and 1974 run by Vassilios Tzaferis for the Israel Antiquities Authority. Photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye




Yardenit- Baptism Site in Israel

Mon, 22 Jun 2009 15:29:17 GMT

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Yardenit is a popular Baptism site. Here, the water flows into the Jordan River, eventually flowing into the Dead Sea located more than 100KM to the south. This site is believed by some traditions to be the actual site where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist (Matthew 3: 13 :Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John). Many Christian pilgrims stop at this site and perform baptism ceremonies, normally in small groups and accompanied by the group's pastor. It is a remarkable and charming site - and should not be missed. Location: The site is located at the southern exit of the Sea of Galilee, just behind the gate of the Dam that is used on rainy winters to lower the level of the lake. The baptism site has a large parking lot, convenient dressing rooms, stairway to walk down into the waters, a restaurant and a shop. Photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye




Rosh Pinna-Israel

Mon, 22 Jun 2009 15:07:17 GMT

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Rosh Pinna is a town (local council) of approximately 2,500 people located in the Upper Galilee on the eastern slopes of Mount Kna'anin, the Northern District of Israel. The town was founded in 1882 by thirty immigrant families from Romania, making it one of the oldest Zionist settlements in Israel. Rosh Pinna was officially recognized in 1953. Photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye




Ancient Beit Shean-Israel

Mon, 22 Jun 2009 14:31:57 GMT

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Beit Shean, Beesan), Beisan or Bisan is a city in the North District of Israel which has played an important role historically due to its geographical location at the junction of the Jordan River Valley and Jezreel Valley. It has also played an important role in modern times, acting as the regional center for the numerous villages in the Beit Shean Valley Regional Council. Beit She'an's location has often been strategically significant, as it sits at the junction of the Jordan River Valley and the Jezreel Valley, essentially controlling access from the interior to the coast, as well as from Jerusalem to the Galilee. Its name is believed to derive from the early Canaanite house of tranquility. Photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye




Nazareth-Israel

Mon, 22 Jun 2009 14:27:47 GMT

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Nazareth ,Natzrat or Natzeret, is the capital and largest city in the North District of Israel. It is the most important city for Israel's Arab citizens who make up the majority of Nazareth's population. In the New Testament, the city is described as the childhood home of Jesus, and as such is a center of Christian pilgrimage, with many shrines commemorating biblical associations. Photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye




Ramat Negev Regional Council-Israel Tourism

Fri, 05 Jun 2009 09:46:05 GMT

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Ramat Negev Regional Council Mo'atza Ezorit Ramat Negev, lit. Negev Heights Regional Council) is a regional council in the Negev desert in Israel. The largest regional council in the country, its headquarters is located on Highway 40 between Mashabei Sadeh and Tlalim. Ramat Negev contains many tourist sites, particularly archaeological ruins including the ancient incense route cities of Avdat, Haluza, Nitzana, Shivta (three of them now a World Heritage site), as well as some of the Makhteshim. Kibbutzim: Mashabei Sadeh, Retamim, Revivim, Sde Boker, Tlalim. Moshavim: Be'er Milka, Kmehin. Communal settlements: Ashalim, Ezuz, Merhav Am, Midreshet Ben-Gurion, Nitzana, Nitzanei Sinai. Photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye




Mimouna in Israel

Thu, 04 Jun 2009 14:18:33 GMT

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Mimouna is a traditional North African Jewish celebration held the day after Passover. It marks the start of spring and the return to eating chametz, i.e., leavened bread and bread by-products, which are forbidden throughout the week of Passover. Some believe the source of the name is Maimon, the father of the Rambam, Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon, and the Mimouna marks the date of his birth or death. In Israel, the Mimouna has become a popular annual happening featuring outdoor parties, picnics and BBQs. After settling in Israel, Jewish immigrants from North Africa celebrated the Mimouna with their families. In 1966, it was introduced as a national holiday, and has been adopted by other ethnic groups, mainly in the Mizrahi sector.The celebration begins after nightfall on the last day of Passover. Moroccan and Algerian Jews throw open their homes to visitors, after setting out a lavish spread of traditional holiday cakes and sweetmeats. One of the holiday favorites is Mufleta.[1] The table is also laid with various symbols of luck and fertility, with an emphasis on the number "5," such as 5 pieces of gold jewelry or 5 beans arranged on a leaf of pastry. Over the last few decades, the Mimouna has become a public relations tool for Israeli politicians, who use it as an opportunity to mingle with the masses and drum up public support. Photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye




Einot Zokim-Ein Feshka

Mon, 22 Dec 2008 23:36:34 GMT

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Einot Zokim or Ein Feshka is a blooming desert oasis on the shore of the Dead Sea where freshwater springs tumble down from the hills, creating gleaming pools and a reserve full of wildlife. Lush and expansive, full of tamarisk, papyrus, oleander and pools of crystal water, Ein Feshka was used by the late king Hussein of Jordan as a private playground in the 1950s and early ’60s. Photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.




Qasr el Yahud Baptismal Site

Mon, 22 Dec 2008 23:33:13 GMT

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Sunday 14 December, 2008 - Pilgrims visiting the Holy Land this Christmas can add Qasr el Yahud Baptismal Site to their pilgrimage. The historic site is where John the Baptist baptized Jesus. It is also the site where Joshuah led the Children of Israel across the River into Canaan the Promised Land and latter day Israel. Located south of Jerusalem on the road to the Dead Sea - the redeveloped Qasr el Yahud baptismal site on the Jordan River. The venues are to be officially dedicated at ceremonies this week and are designed to encourage pilgrim tourism to Christian sites in the Dead Sea area. Qasr el Yahud is the third most important pilgrim site of in the Holy Land after Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye




Pilgrims in the Holy Land - Good Samaritan Church

Mon, 22 Dec 2008 23:26:20 GMT

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Sunday 14 December, 2008 - Pilgrims visiting the Holy Land this Christmas can add Good Samaritan Church to their pilgrimage. The Museum of the Good Samaritan is about halfway on the main road between Jerusalem and the Jericho. It is housed in a restored Turkish building that was once a wayside inn for overnight travelers to the Dead Sea and north along the Jordan Valley to Tiberias at the Sea of Galilee. The venues are to be officially dedicated at ceremonies this week and are designed to encourage pilgrim tourism to Christian sites in the Dead Sea area. Photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.




Bedouin-Wind of Change

Sun, 14 Dec 2008 22:27:39 GMT

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In Israel, tens of thousands of Arab Bedouin fear that the Israeli government wants to seize land they say belongs to them and to put an end to their traditional nomadic lifestyle. The Israeli Arab Bedouin are 160,000 Israeli citizens, who live in what are called "unrecognized villages" that don't appear on any maps and don't get basic public services such as electricity and running water. Many Bedouin worry that their traditional pasture lands will be taken for development projects and their livelihoods will be wiped out. Photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye




Jerusalem Ramparts Walk

Sun, 14 Dec 2008 22:08:59 GMT

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The towering surrounding walls of the Old City an impressive union of medieval and Middle Eastern architectural features, is among Jerusalem's most striking features. The walls were commissioned by Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, who invested heavily in the development of Jerusalem during the 16th century. The wall roughly follows the outline of the ramparts surrounding ancient Roman Jerusalem.The Old City is home to several sites of key religious importance: the Temple Mount and its Western Wall for Jews, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Christians, and the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque for Muslims. The Old City has a total of 11 gates, but only seven are open : Jaffa, Zion, Dung, Lions’ [St. Stephen's], Herod’s, Damascus [Shechem] and the New).Visitors wishing to find an elevated view of Jerusalem will be pleased to discover one of the Old City's nearly-hidden treasures: the Ramparts Walk. Accessible either from behind the Tower of David across from Jaffa Gate or from Damascus Gate, the Ramparts Walk winds along the top of the walls, affording stunning views of Yemin Moshe and west Jerusalem, several major Old City Christian churches including the Church of the Dormition, a rare glimpse inside the cloistered Armenian Quarter, the Valley of Hinnom, the Judean Desert and more. The Damascus Gate section allows rampart walkers to observe the bustle of the Arab market, the verdant splendor of the Garden of Gethsemane and its churches, the ancient graveyard on the Mount of Olives and splendid Moslem homes inside the Moslem Quarter. The Jaffa Gate path ends near the Dung Gate, and the Damascus Gate path ends at St. Stephen's Gate. The section of wall along the Temple Mount is, for obvious reasons, off limits to tourists. Photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye




New Israel Photo Tours Website Launched

Tue, 09 Dec 2008 04:01:14 GMT

Check out our new Israel Photo Tours website. Israel Photo Tours offers one-on-one private photography workshops and lessons in Israel with the aim to help any photographer capture great images of Israel in a relaxed atmosphere.

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Mamila-Alrov Quarter

Fri, 07 Nov 2008 11:30:44 GMT

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Mamilla was an early neighbourhood constructed outside Jerusalem's Old City west from the Jaffa Gate, and now refers to Alrov Quarte, the $400 million commercial and housing district developed in selected parts of the Real Estate area. Mamilla was originally established in the late 19th century as a mixed Jewish-Arab central business district. Between the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and the 1967 Six-Day War, it was located along the armistice line between the Israeli and Jordanian-held sector of the city. It went into decline after many of its buildings were destroyed by Jordanian shelling. After 1967, the government approved an urban renewal project for Mamilla. Land was apportioned to residential and commercial zones, including hotels and office space, in what was to become one of the longest and most costly development plans in the history of modern Jerusalem. Most of the plan was finally realized by the summer of 2007 with the opening of its major mall and entertainment components.All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye




King Solomon's Mines in Israel

Wed, 15 Oct 2008 08:22:04 GMT

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Timna Valley Park is a National Park in the Negev desert of Israel, located approximately 30km north of Eilat. The Park is noted for its natural sandstone formations, including King Solomons Pillars, the Mushroom, Arches and the Sleeping Lion-The Egyptian Sphinx. It includes what are believed to be the oldest Copper mines in the world, dating back to at least 4000 BC and worked almost continuously by (among others) the Egyptians, Romans, Nabateans and Ummayads. Rock carvings, including the Chariots, and ancient inscriptions are visible as well as mining shafts, the remains of ancient copper furnaces and a temple dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Hathor. Photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye




Places

Mon, 25 Aug 2008 09:09:01 GMT

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Israel Images, Israel Pictures and Israel Photos of Israel.Israel Images gallery contain pictures and photos of places and landmarks in Israel. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye




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Mon, 25 Aug 2008 08:57:20 GMT

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Bahai Shrines in Israel Chosen as World Heritage Sites

Tue, 15 Jul 2008 05:49:07 GMT

The Bahai Temple and gardens in Haifa, Israel on Monday July 14, 2008. The resting places of Baha\'u\'llah and the Bab in Acre and nearby Haifa, Israel have been designated World Heritage sites by UNESCO on July 8, 2008. Considered the two most sacred sites for Baha\'is, the shrines of the founders of the Baha\'i Faith. The shrines are noteworthy for the formal gardens that surround them, blending design elements from many cultures. In addition to Baha\'i pilgrims, they attract hundreds of thousands of visitors and tourists every year. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.




Tel Aviv at 100

Fri, 20 Jun 2008 05:18:14 GMT

Tel Aviv at 100 Tel Aviv 100 - The Centennial Celebration. April 2009 will mark the 100th anniversary of the city of Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv is the economic, cultural and academic capital of Israel. The city will celebrate this milestone with worldwide events reflecting Tel Aviv’s unique place in the history of the Jewish people, as the first Hebrew city established in more than 3000 years and the manifestation of the modern Zionist dream. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye




Israel at 60

Wed, 09 Apr 2008 03:55:49 GMT

In May 2008, Israel will celebrate its 60th birthday, a significant milestone that deserves special recognition and provides a great opportunity to celebrate its achievements and beauty. Events, programs and activities throughout the year are planned in Israel to commemorate this special birthday. All photo by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



Ashdod Sand Dune

Tue, 08 Apr 2008 15:28:17 GMT

Ashdod Nitzanim Sand Dune Park is a psammosere ecosystem located close to the city of Ashdod on the Israeli Coastal Plain near the Mediterranean sea. It is located south of Tel Aviv and represents the landscape on which most of modern-day Israel was constructed on by pioneers following various Aliyah's and the Establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. Photo by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



Israel Air Force Images

Sun, 06 Apr 2008 13:19:08 GMT

The Israeli Air Force -IAF; Hebrew: Zroa HaAvir VeHahalal, Air and Space Arm , commonly known as Hel HaAvir, Air Corps is the air force of the Israel Defense Forces. The current Commander in Chief is Aluf Elyezer Shkedy. The Israeli Air Force has approximately 1000 aircraft. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye



Israel Gay Pride Event

Sun, 06 Apr 2008 11:12:42 GMT

After weeks of protests, petitions and security preparations the Jerusalem gay pride parade went ahead under heavy guard as Jerusalem Police deployed over 7,000 officers to protect the 2,000 participants of the Gay Parade. Some 20 rioters were arrested after protesting against the parade. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



BIBI NETANYAHU:I ACTED FOR THE STATE OF ISRAEL

Sun, 16 Mar 2008 17:34:51 GMT

(image) Benjamin Netanyahu In first public response to reports about his 'splurge visit' to London during Second Lebanon War, Likud chairman denies accusations, says his political adversaries are behind publications On Sunday March 16 2006.According to a Channel 10 investigative report, Netanyahu and his wife, Sarah, spent huge sums of money on their hotel stay, restaurants, theater shows and shopping during their six-day visit to London. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



PALESTINIAN KASSAM ATTACK ON ISRAEL; ONE PERSON WOUNDED

Thu, 06 Mar 2008 17:06:17 GMT

(image) Sderot, Israel - Thursday 06, March 2008. One person suffered from a moderate head wounds after shrapnel from a rocket fired by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip hit a home in Sderot and caught fire on Thursday evening. Another person was lightly wounded and several others were treated for shock during the incident. A second rocket landed in a nearby neighborhood, hitting a gas canister and subsequently setting a house on fire. Firefighters extinguished the blaze. This was the second home in the city to sustain a direct hit throughout the day, during in which eight Kassam rockets in total were fired into the Southern reigon. Four people were treated for shock in the earlier incident. Meanwhile, four mortar shells fired from the Gaza Strip hit open fields near Ein Hashlosha. Gunfire was also heard in the area. The farmers working the fields returned to their homes, but no casualties or damage were reported. Photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



IDF OPERATION IN GAZA

Tue, 04 Mar 2008 13:07:42 GMT

(image) After a six-day IDF warm winter operation in the Gaza Strip, IDF forces withdrew from Gaza on Monday, ending a three-day offensive that left more than 100 Palestinians dead. During the fighting, Givati force collected weapons, Qassam launchers, and arrested 70-80 Palestinians. In total, Givati suffered two dead and eight injured in the Warm Winter operation. Six of those wounded are still hospitalized. Most of those lightly injured in the activities contributed to fight with their units. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



DEFENSE MINISTER VISITS VICTIM KASSAM SCENE

Wed, 27 Feb 2008 17:16:09 GMT

(image) Defense Minister Ehud Barak, leader of the Labour Party came to visit Sapir and the scene where a Kassam killed an Israeli Man earlier today in Sapir College, Sderot Israel on Wednesday February 27, 2008. One person was killed, several were wounded and many were treated for shock Wednesday as least 50 Qassam rockets slammed into the western Negev town of Sderot and surrounding communities. The 47-year-old man called Roni Yechiah was apparently in a car, parked next to Sapir College on the outskirts of Sderot, which was hit by a Qassam. He suffered lethal shrapnel wounds to the chest. The rocket barrage occurred hours after an Israel Air Force strike killed five Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip who were apparently planning a large scale terrorist attack against Israel after having been trained in Iran and Syria. Palestinian officials said two more people, including a civilian, were killed in a second IAF airstrike carried out immediately after the Qassam attack against Sderot. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



GRAD MISSILE ATTACK ON ASHKELON CITY

Wed, 27 Feb 2008 13:52:56 GMT

(image) One of several Grad type missiles fired into Ashkelon City, Israel on Wednesday February 27, 2008. Earlier in the day a rocket hit a poultry factory in an industrial zone and a several hours later a rocket struck just outside a Carlsberg beer facility. Several rockets landed in the city of Ashkelon, with one rocket landing near the Barzilai hospital's helicopter pad. One man was wounded from a rocket that landed in a residential street in the city. At least one person was killed, several were wounded and many were treated for shock Wednesday as least 40 Qassam rockets slammed into the western Negev town of Sderot and surrounding communities. The 47-year-old man called Roni Ichyea was apparently in a car, parked next to Sapir College on the outskirts of Sderot, which was hit by a Qassam. He suffered lethal shrapnel wounds to the chest. The rocket barrage occurred hours after an Israel Air Force strike killed five Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip who were apparently planning a large scale terrorist attack against Israel after having been trained in Iran and Syria. Palestinian officials said two more people, including a civilian, were killed in a second IAF airstrike carried out immediately after the Qassam attack against Sderot. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



ISRAELI STUDENT KILLED IN MASSIVE KASSAM ATTACK

Wed, 27 Feb 2008 13:51:09 GMT

(image) Sderot, Israel - Wednesday February 27, 2008. At least one person was killed, several were wounded and many were treated for shock Wednesday as least 40 Qassam rockets slammed into the western Negev town of Sderot and surrounding communities. The 47-year-old man called Roni Ichyea was apparently in a car, parked next to Sapir College on the outskirts of Sderot, which was hit by a Qassam. He suffered lethal shrapnel wounds to the chest. The rocket barrage occurred hours after an Israel Air Force strike killed five Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip who were apparently planning a large scale terrorist attack against Israel after having been trained in Iran and Syria. Palestinian officials said two more people, including a civilian, were killed in a second IAF airstrike carried out immediately after the Qassam attack against Sderot. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



ISRAEL MEDICAL AND SECURITY CREW PREPARE FOR THE NEXT MASS ROCKET ATTACK

Wed, 27 Feb 2008 02:21:19 GMT

(image) Israeli Medical teams in Barzilai Hospital, Ashkelon city in South Israel are practicing a mass casualty scenario in Ashkelon city caused by a rocket attack on the city on Tuesday February 26, 2008. Hundreds of Medical staff in Ashkelon's hospital staged a rocket attack and suicide bomber exercise, simulating varied attacks in an operation meant to demonstrate lessons security, rescue forces and medical personnel including doctors, surgons, and emergency crew previously learnt. In the one-day operation, which involved hundreds of staff from the hospital were to respond to a mass simulated emergency situation where many civilians were wounded from the rocket attack. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



GAZA PROTEST OF ISRAELI SIEGE YIELDS DISAPPOINTING TURNOUT

Mon, 25 Feb 2008 11:35:43 GMT

(image) Thousands of soldiers idle as fears of Palestinian border breach prove unfounded at Nativ Ha'asra/Nachal Oz on Monday February 25, 2008. A Palestinian attempt to draw international attention to Israel's siege on the Gaza Strip yielded a disappointing turnout Monday, with a few thousand, rather than the expected tens of thousands, forming a human chain of protest. The protesters, many women and children and many holding Palestinian and Hamas flags, turned out for the start of what organizers said they hoped would be a peaceful protest involving some 50,000 people. About 5,000 people, many of them schoolchildren and university students, formed a human chain outside the town of Beit Hanun, about six kilometers from the border. The protesters were to supposed to run the length of the 40 kilometer-long Gaza Strip, from the Rafah border to the Erez crossing. The crowd hoisted banners in English and Arabic, saying "End the siege of Gaza now," and "Your siege will not break our will". After the protest ended, some 2,000 Hamas loyalists marched to a checkpoint several kilometers away from Erez. However, Hamas police blocked the main road leading to the Erez checkpoint and called on loyalists to obey the law. About 50 youths briefly approached Erez and threw stones and burned tires near the crossing, witnesses said. The army said border police fired in the air and dispersed the crowd. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



BOY MODERATELY-SERIOUSLY HURT IN KASSAM STRIKE ON SDEROT

Mon, 25 Feb 2008 11:35:19 GMT

(image) Sderot - Monday February 25, 2008. A 10-year-old boy was badly wounded on Monday when a Qassam rocket fired by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip struck an underground shelter in the Negev town of Sderot. Palestinian militants fired five rockets at southern Israel on Monday, three of which hit residential areas in Sderot. The boy suffered a serious wound to his shoulder and was rushed into surgery. The Magen David Adom rescue services said the boy's arm had been partially severed. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



DAROM ADOM - A CELEBRATION OF BLOSSOMING ANEMONES IN THE NEGEV

Sat, 23 Feb 2008 14:05:22 GMT

(image) Israelis enjoy the sun and flowers at the Adom Darom festival in the fields of Kibbutz Bitronot Ruchama in South Israel on Saturday February 23, 2008. Spring is almost here again and with it the Darom Adom (Red South) festival, the northern Negev's annual celebration of blossoming anemones, culinary attractions and recreation for the entire family. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



10,000 SHABBAT SHOPPERS HEAD TO SDEROT

Fri, 22 Feb 2008 08:49:45 GMT

(image) More than 10,000 people from northern and central Israel traveled to Sderot on Friday to carry out their Shabbat shopping and show their solidarity for the residents of the beleaguered town. Hundreds of cars headed to the rocket-hit town from meeting points in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and Ra'anana. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



BEYONCE, SHAKIRA, CHRISTINA AND ENRIQUE CREATE VIDEO CLIP FOR SDEROT ISRAEL

Wed, 20 Feb 2008 08:40:32 GMT

(image) Gad Elbaz, an Israeli singer that wrote the song "children of the world" is singing the song with children in Sderot on Wednesday February 20, 2008. Hundreds of children from Sderot cooperated with American songwriter and producer Rudy Perez along with some of the most famous latin American singers including Beyonce Knowles, Christian Aguilera, Shakira and Enrique Iglesias to produce a song written by Israeli singer Gad Elbaz about the Kassam struck southern Israeli town which has constantly come under fire in the last few years by barrages of Kassams fired from Gaza Strip. The song entitled "children of the world" creates awareness of their suffering and to empathize with the town. The project was initiated the American Jewish community. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



NINE KASSAM ROCKETS HIT SOUTHERN ISRAEL, 10 PEOPLE HURT

Mon, 18 Feb 2008 15:23:02 GMT

(image) Damage to a garage next to a house in Sderot on Monday February 18, 2008. At least 10 people suffered shock after a Qassam rocket hit Sderot Monday evening. One woman sustained mild injuries while attempting to take cover. The rocket landed in a local yard, causing some damage to a nearby building. The Popular Resistance Committees and Islamic Jihad's military wing, the al-Quds Brigades, claimed responsibility for the Qassam fire. The rocket barrages at the western Negev were ongoing throughout the day. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



BUCKY BAXTER

Mon, 18 Feb 2008 10:20:10 GMT

(image) American Musician Bucky Baxter is playing the pedal steel guitar in Israel on Friday January 25, 2008. William "Bucky" Baxter is an American multi-instrumentalist from New Jersey. Over the years Baxter has worked with super-talented artists such as Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams, Steve Earle, R.E.M., Elton John, the Rolling Stones and the Beastie Boys. In studio, or while performing live, Baxter has played steel guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, dobro and organ as well as other instruments. Baxter played with Bob Dylan for 8 years during the Never Ending Tour. He has recently produced a new album entitled "The Moonshine Sessions" with Philippe Solal at Baxter"s rural Three Trees Studios which will be released 25th February 2008. Photo by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



HATIKVA PARTY SUPPORTS SDEROT

Fri, 15 Feb 2008 10:03:00 GMT

(image) Professor Aryeh Eldad a parliament member and leader of Hatikva party is giving a speech to supporters and members of Hatikva on Friday 15 February 2008. Hatikva - The Zionist Party and their supporters held a meeting in a vineyard in Sderot to present a new plan to give support the residents of Sderot and the surrounding settlements and to show sympathy towards them. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



REPRESENTATIVES FROM GERMANY VISIT SDEROT

Fri, 15 Feb 2008 10:02:41 GMT

(image) Representatives from Germany - a government member, a city mayor and important businessmen arrived to experience Sderot's life where they visited a kindergarten and viewed damage from kassams with the intention to donate money to the cities residents on Friday 15 February 2008. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



DIPLOMATIC CORPS VISIT SDEROT

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 11:47:03 GMT

(image) 60 foreign ambassadors visited Sapir in Sderot - the Sha'ar Hanegev educational campus which constantly comes under attack by Kassam rockets on Wednesday February 13 2008. Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni today hosted the foreign ambassadors and diplomatic corps serving in Israel on a visit to South Israel. There they met with Brig. Gen. Moshe Tamir, commander of the IDF Gaza Division, and Col. Nir Peres, head of the Coordination and Liaison Administration. After this briefing, Foreign Minister Livni said: "The situation in the region is unbearable, and the threat of terror from Gaza is growing larger from year to year. The problem is not only the Kassam rockets, but also the strengthening of the terror organizations. Israel must act to reduce these threats. Even if there is a lull in the shooting - don't let this quiet deceive you. The terror organizations are growing in strength, and planning for the future must be based on an understanding of this threat in the present." All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



KASSAM ROCKET HITS HOUSE IN SDEROT

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 11:46:27 GMT

(image) Damage to an apartment cause by a Kassam rocket fired from Gaza strip on Wednesday February 13 2008. A Kassam rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit a apartment building in Sderot on Wednesday afternoon. Several people were treated for shock as a result of the attack, and the house sustained damage. Another rocket landed in an open field outside the town. The Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for firing the rockets, saying it was retaliation for the assassination of Hizbullah terror chief Imad Mughniyeh in Damascus on Tuesday night. Earlier Wednesday, two Kassams fired from the Strip landed in open areas in the western Negev. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



BUSINESSES AND FACTORIES IN SDEROT ARE STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE

Mon, 11 Feb 2008 13:22:57 GMT

(image) Businesses and factories in Sderot are struggling to survive under the constant barrage of Qassam as customers are afraid to come and shop or work On Monday Feb 11 2007. The streets are empty not because people are working but because people are closed in their homes as kassams slam into the town. 80% of businesses in Sedrot suffer from non-arrival of employees and costumers according to the Manufactures Association of Israel which is slowly causing more and more businesses in the town to close down. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye



2 BROTHERS, 8 AND 19, SERIOUSLY HURT IN KASSAM STRIKE IN SDEROT

Sat, 09 Feb 2008 15:53:06 GMT

(image) Two brothers were seriously hurt by a Kassam rocket in Sderot on Saturday February 9, 2008. Two Sderot residents, brothers aged eight and 19, were seriously wounded Saturday evening when a Qassam rocket struck the backyard of a home in the city. The two were rushed to Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon with the 8-year-old suffering serious wounds to the lower extremities. The boys' mother and another brother were brought to the hospital suffering shock. The rocket that wounded the brothers was one of three that hit the rocket-weary city Saturday evening. Three additional rockets were fired into southern Israel earlier Saturday, causing no casualties or damage. The armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, Al-Quds Brigade, claimed responsibility for Saturday evening's Qassam attack. Also Saturday, the Israel Air Force targeted four Qassam rocket-launching squads in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, following a barrage of 30 rockets on Friday that pounded southern Israeli communities. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



ISRAELI SLEEP APNEA SYNDROM TREATMENT

Wed, 06 Feb 2008 07:58:28 GMT

(image) A special dental appliance is a new treatment for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Sleep apnea means "cessation of breath." It is characterized by repetitive episodes of upper airway obstruction that occur during sleep, usually associated with a reduction in blood oxygen saturation. In other words, the airway becomes obstructed at several possible sites. The upper airway can be obstructed by excess tissue in the airway, large tonsils, and a large tongue and usually includes the airway muscles relaxing and collapsing when asleep. Another site of obstruction can be the nasal passages. Sometimes the structure of the jaw and airway can be a factor in sleep apnea. The risks of undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea include heart attacks, strokes, impotence, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure and heart disease. In addition, obstructive sleep apnea causes daytime sleepiness that can result in accidents, lost productivity and interpersonal relationship problems. The severity of the symptoms may be mild, moderate or severe. The new appliance advances the lower jaw a little bit forward and by doing so it shifts the base of the tongue forward. This action enlarges the upper airway diameter, allowing a better flow of air and easy breathing during sleep. The new treatment is a great solution for people with severs sleep apnea who cannot tolerate treatment with CPAP or people who failed surgery. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



ISRAELI PRESIDENT SHIMON PERES TORAH BOOK

Wed, 06 Feb 2008 02:23:24 GMT

(image) Israeli President Shimon Peres (L) touches a Torah Scroll dedicated in his name by a local from Sderot during an inauguration ceremony on February 5, 2008 before presenting it to a synagogue in the southern Israeli town. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye



PALESTINIANS SNIPERS SHOOTING TOWARDS ISRAELI FARMERS

Wed, 06 Feb 2008 02:21:55 GMT

(image) An Israeli farmers from Kibbutz Nir Oz taking a cover near the field where a Palestinian sniper shoot towards them while working. Tuesday Feb 05, 2008. Palestinian Snipers from Gaza strip shooting toward Israeli farmers along the Israeli Gaza border on a daily bases in attempt to kill and terrorize the Israeli settlers. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



TREATMENT FOR CHILDREN OF SDEROT

Tue, 05 Feb 2008 14:26:48 GMT

(image) Aviad Cohen, a four year old boy from Sderot is hugging a hush puppy toy that he received today in his kindergarten on Tuesday evening February 5 2008. Children of Sderot received in thier kindergarten today, hush puppy toys given by the Israeli Education Minister which experts beleive will help them with anxiety and stress they feel when the warning alarm against Kassam rockets is sounded and they need to take cover. They will have something to look after and care for during this time. The town of Sderot and the western Negev as a whole have been subjected to barrages of rockets launched by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip for over seven years. In the last several months, more children have been in need of more extended care in order to prevent the development of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Since May, an additional 105 children, 70 percent of whom are now in need of extended psychological treatment, have been identified as suffering from trauma. Between 75 percent and 94 percent of Sderot children aged 4-18 exhibit symptoms of post-traumatic stress which includes problems sleeping and concentrating. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



SIX PEOPLE WOUNDED IN ROCKET BARRAGE ON SDEROT

Tue, 05 Feb 2008 14:26:19 GMT

(image) Six people were wounded and several suffered from shock on Tuesday evening February 5 2008 as ten Kassam rockets hit Sderot. IAF strike killed six Hamas terrorists in the southern Gaza Strip. One of the rockets hit a house, moderately wounding a 14-year-old girl and lightly wounding two other people. The house itself was also reported to be heavily damaged. Power outages occured in some parts of the city, apparently a result of one of the rockets hitting electricity infrastructure. The latest barrage came shortly after seven Hamas operatives were killed in an IAF strike on a Hamas post in the Gaza Strip. The rockets were fired at Sderot precisely during the time that President Shimon Peres was meant to be visiting the area. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



15-METER-LONG WHALE SPOTTED IN ASHKELON HARBOR

Sun, 03 Feb 2008 09:12:56 GMT

(image) A 15-meter-long whale was seen in Ashkelon harbor in Southern Israel on Sunday February 3, 2008. The whale died a few hours later due to deep wounds to its head and tail. It took two cranes to remove it from the harbor. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



MARCHING FOR SDEROT RESIDENTS

Fri, 01 Feb 2008 09:00:16 GMT

(image) Alon Elmakais, a resident of Kiryat Shmona who a year and a half ago, suffered from Katyushas fired from Lebanon, finished his two week/350-km march today which started from the top of Israel in Kiryat Shmona and finished in the Kassam ridden town of Sderot at the bottom of Israel. He marched in sympathy for the residents of Sderot marching an average of 25-km per day. Sderot residents welcomed him with open arms and thanked him for his support. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



STORMY WEATHER IN ISRAEL

Thu, 31 Jan 2008 08:27:34 GMT

(image) A short break in the Stormy weather in Israel when a rainbow in the cloud appear in the sky on Wednesday Jan 30 2008.Rainbows are optical and meteorological phenomena that cause a spectrum of light to appear in the sky when the Sun shines onto droplets of moisture in the Earth's atmosphere. The droplets of moisture take the form of a multicolored arc, with red on the outer part of the arch and violet on the inner section of the arch. More rarely, a secondary rainbow is seen, which is a second, fainter arc, outside the primary arc, with colors in the opposite order, that is, with violet on the outside and red on the inside. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye



ZAKA VOLUNTAIRES GIVING AWAY WARM BLANKETS AND HEATERS FOR POOR ISRAELI PEOPLE AND FAMILIES

Wed, 30 Jan 2008 04:42:32 GMT

ZAKA voluntaries giving away warm blankets and heaters for poor people and families in Ashkelon as part of a preventing operation against the stormy weather in Israel arriving on Wednesday Jan 30 2007.The stormy weather is expected to continue with snow in places that are more than 700 meters above sea level - possibly even including the Negev hills. On Wednesday evening, the snow may extend to lower areas as well, such as the Carmel and Nazareth hills. Strong winds, ranging in force from 50 to 100 kilometers an hour, were also expected to continue Wednesday with unseasonably cold temperatures. The bad weather was expected to continue through Thursday, but will start clearing up on Friday. ZAKA is humanitarian voluntary organizations, coordinating nearly 1000 volunteers responding to tragic incidents in Israel Members of ZAKA, most of whom are Orthodox Jews, assist ambulance crews, aid in the identification of the victims of terrorism, road accidents and other disasters, and where necessary gather body parts and spilled blood for proper burial. They also provide first aid and rescue services, and help with the search for missing persons. ZAKA was involved in helping forensic teams in Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, and Indonesia in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, where they were nicknamed "the team that sleeps with the dead" because of their willingness to work around the clock. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye. [...]



ISRAEL STUDENTS SAY NO! TO NEW COWL POWER STATION

Tue, 29 Jan 2008 07:49:41 GMT

(image) Israeli Students say No! To new cowl power station in Ashkelon on Monday Jan 28 2008.The protesters are claiming that it would be cleaner and better for our society to use solar technology instead of building a new cowl power station near the populated city. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye



QASSAM ROCKET VICTIMS

Tue, 29 Jan 2008 07:47:55 GMT

(image) A Qassam rocket victims family from Sderot is still living in a temporary residency in small hotel room in Ashkelon on Tuesday Jan 29 2007.The family home was damaged by a Qassam rocket that was fired from the Gaza Strip and directly hit their home in sderot and caused a severe damage on 13 of December 2008. The wife a 40-year-old woman was moderately wounded from the impact of the strike. Her injuries were inflicted primarily as a result of the force of the rocket's impact. Several other family members suffered from shock and still having a medical treatment but cannot return back to their home as the Israeli government refusing to pay the full amount of money that is necessary for a proper protected house. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



BUCKY BAXTER VISITS ISRAEL

Sat, 26 Jan 2008 13:30:48 GMT

(image) American musician Bucky Baxter is visited the Kassam ridden town of Sderot in Israel on Friday January 25, 2008 to show his support to the residents. William "Bucky" Baxter is an American multi-instrumentalist from New Jersey. Over the years Baxter has worked with super-talented artists such as Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams, Steve Earle, R.E.M., Elton John, the Rolling Stones and the Beastie Boys. In studio, or while performing live, Baxter has played steel guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, dobro and organ as well as other instruments. Baxter played with Bob Dylan for 8 years during the Never Ending Tour. He has recently produced a new album entitled “The Moonshine Sessions” with Philippe Solal at Baxter’s rural Three Trees Studios which will be released 25th February 2008. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



ARAB MKS PROTEST BLOCKADE AT EREZ CROSSING

Tue, 22 Jan 2008 13:04:28 GMT

(image) Israeli Arab demonstrators protest the siege on Gaza and clash with right-wing activists at Erez crossing, Israel on Tuesday January 22, 2008. Hundreds of Arab demonstrators protested the Israeli siege on Gaza on Tuesday, clashing with right-wing activists at the Erez crossing, as Border Guard officers attempted to separate them. Some 300 representative of the "committee for lifting the blockade on Gaza", including members of Balad and the Islamic Movement, arrived at the Erez crossing and declared that they would try and transfer food to the Palestinian residents. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



THE SULTANOF OMAN

Mon, 21 Jan 2008 04:42:01 GMT

(image) Images photos and pictures of Oman or The Sultanate of Oman .Oman is a country in southwest Asia, on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It borders the United Arab Emirates on the northwest, Saudi Arabia on the west, and Yemen on the southwest. The coast is formed by the Arabian Sea on the south and east, and the Gulf of Oman on the northeast. The country also contains Madha, an exclave enclosed by the United Arab Emirates, and Musandam, an exclave also separated by Emirati territory. All photos by Chameleons Eye



BILLIONAIRE GIVES SDEROT YOUTH VACATION FROM ROCKETS

Wed, 16 Jan 2008 14:02:33 GMT

(image) Children are being evacuated from the city of Sderot by bus on Wednesday January 16 2008. Russian billionaire Arkadi Gaydamak on Wednesday has decided to fund buses to Jerusalem and accommodation for kids and youths between the ages of 13 and 20 from Sderot, because of Wednesday's barrage of some 50 Kassams and mortar shells which hit the city. Gaydamak has already taken such actions in the past; last May, he funded the "evacuation" of a few hundred Sderot residents to a Beersheba hotel. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



IDF OPERATION IN GAZA

Tue, 15 Jan 2008 15:10:35 GMT

(image) Israel Defense forces are conducting a small operation on Tuesday, January 15, 2008. Four residents of Sderot were lightly injured on Tuesday while Israel Defense Forces operation killed at least 19 Palestinians in ground and air raids on Gaza City. Also on Tuesday, an Ecuadorian volunteer working in the fields of Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha near Gaza was shot and killed by a sniper belonging to Hamas' armed wing following the IDF raids. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



QASSAM ROCKET LANDS IN SOUTHERN ASHKELON NEIGHBORHOOD

Tue, 15 Jan 2008 15:08:51 GMT

(image) Palestinians launched a Qassam rocket this afternoon that hit the city of Ashkelon, in Southern Israel causing damage to a road on January 15, 2008. No reports of injuries or damage. Five Qassam rockets and five mortar rounds have landed in the western Negev since this morning. There were no injuries in any of the incidents. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



4 WOUNDED AS KASSAMS HIT SDEROT

Tue, 15 Jan 2008 15:07:32 GMT

(image) Damage to a house in Sderot on Tuesday, January 15, 2008. Four people were wounded, two moderately and two lightly, as two Kassam rockets scored direct hits on houses in the town Tuesday evening. The rockets were part of a volley of seven rockets. Amongst the wounded was a seven-year old girl, and a woman who was hurt by shrapnel from a different rocket in a nearby house. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



ISRAEL KIBBUTZ VOLUNTEER KILLED BY HAMAS SNIPER

Tue, 15 Jan 2008 15:03:38 GMT

(image) A foreign volunteer in a western Negev kibbutz who was killed on Tuesday morning, January 15, 2008 when he was shot by a Palestinian sniper. The 20-year-old man from Ecuador, was working in a potato field in Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha, near the central Gaza Strip, about 100 meters from the perimeter fence, as an Israel Defense Forces operation killed at least 15 Palestinians in ground and air raids on Gaza City. An emergency team was called to the scene and took the man, who was in serious condition, to the kibbutz infirmary, where he died of his wounds. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



WALKING CONDOMS PRESENT A FAREWELL GREETNG TO PRESIDENT GEORGE W BUSH

Sun, 13 Jan 2008 03:00:48 GMT

(image) "Walking" Condoms present a farewell greetings to President George W Bush as he departs Jerusalem Friday morning Nov 11 2008.This unusual farewell comes as a genuine Israeli HIV/AIDS activists appreciation of the President's initiatives to support African countries in the fight against AIDS through PEPFAR (President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief ) and other funding mechanism.President Bush decided and the American people have committed $48.3 billion across 10 years to fight HIV/AIDS aimed at: Treatment for 2.5 million people; Prevention of more than 12 million new infections; and Care for more than 12 million people, including 5 million orphans and vulnerable children.This is a lesson other nations – including Israel – could learn from. The Jerusalem AIDS Project is the leading Israeli non-profit organization focusing on HIV prevention among young people in Israel and in 27 developing countries. JAIP is also a focal point on Male Circumcision for HIV prevention.All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye



BUSH ARRIVES IN ISRAEL FOR FIRST PRESIDENT VISIT

Wed, 09 Jan 2008 10:09:18 GMT

(image) U.S. President George W. Bush arrived in Israel early Wednesday afternoon, for a visit that will seek to advance peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. "We seek lasting peace. We see a new opportunity for peace here in the holy land and for freedom across the region," Bush said during the official welcoming ceremony at Ben-Gurion International Airport, where he was greeted by President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Photo by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



KASSAM, QASSAM ROCKET FIRED FROM GAZA STRIKES SDEROT

Sat, 05 Jan 2008 12:31:43 GMT

Qassam rocket fired from Gaza strikes Sderot, damaging homes and cars on Saturday Nov 05 2008. .Seven Qassam rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip at the western Negev town of Sderot on Saturday evening, one of which damaged several homes and cars.One man suffered from shock, and was taken to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon for treatment.Palestinian rocket fire into Israel continued Saturday, a day after a Qassam hit the yard of a house in Sderot and the Israel Defense Forces killed two Hamas militants in the northern Gaza Strip.Advertisement A Qassam rocket struck an open field in the western Negev on Saturday morning, causing no injury or damage. Several hours earlier, Palestinian militants fired a mortar shell at IDF troops near the Gaza border fence. No one was injured in the incident, either.Palestinians in Gaza launched seven Qassam rockets at the western Negev on Friday, one of which struck the yard of a home in the town of Sderot, causing damage. Israel Radio reported that a 14-year-old boy was lightly injured and subsequently evacuated to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon.All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye [...]



A KATYUSHA ROCKET FIRED BY PALASTINIANS MILITANT

Thu, 03 Jan 2008 16:25:51 GMT

(image) A Katyusha rocket fired by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip on Thursday morning Nov 03 2007.It struck in an open field in northern Ashkelon, the furthest distance a rocket has struck yet.The rocket was identified as a Grad-type Katyusha, 122 milimeters in diameter, according to Army Radio. Militants acquired the rocket from Iran and have used the type before in attacks on Israel.All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye



NO! TO NEW COWL POWER STATION IN ASHKELON

Mon, 24 Dec 2007 07:36:40 GMT

(image) Ashkelon residents with the support of Greenpeace and other green organizations from all over Israel protesting outside Rotenberg Power Station, Ashkelon on Monday December 24 2007.The protesters are claiming that it would be cleaner and better for our society to use solar technology instead of building a new cowl power station near the populated city. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye



GAZA STRIKES TO CONTINUE

Fri, 21 Dec 2007 06:32:56 GMT

(image) IDF Special forces operating along Israel and Gaza strip border on Friday 21 December 2007 .A Hamas militant was killed Friday morning in by Israel Defense Forces fire in the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis on Friday, the Palestinian Islamist group and medical workers said. The IDF Spokesman's Office, however, said it was not aware of any exchange of fire in the area. The IDF has said it would continue its attacks against militants in the Gaza Strip despite calls by the Hamas leadership for a possible temporary calm. Defense officials say the heavy pressure on the militants is making progress, and there will be room to consider a change to the offensive only if Hamas imposes on other militant factions a moratorium on Qassam rocket attacks.All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye



2007 ISRAEL IN PICTURES

Wed, 19 Dec 2007 06:47:16 GMT

(image) Welcome to Chameleons Eye Israel Pictures of the Year 2007 Gallery. Here you’ll find our collections of the best images from 2007. A lot happens in 365 days. As we reach the end of another year, it’s time to reflect on the events and milestones of 2007 in Israel. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



SOUTH ISRAEL ON HIGH ALERT FOR TERRORISM ATTACKS

Tue, 18 Dec 2007 12:38:11 GMT

(image) A Kassam is being fired from Gaza Strip towards Israel on Tuesday December 18, 2007. Magen David Adom has raised their alertness level to emergency status B - just one level below its highest state of alert due to Tuesday's Qassam and mortar shells barrage in the western Negev. Following the IDF operations, Islamic Jihad spokesman in the Gaza Strip Abu Hamza hinted that his organization would carry out suicide attacks in Jewish towns in the Gaza periphery in retaliation. Earlier, in an e-mail sent to reporters, Islamic Jihad said it would retaliate for its losses with suicide attacks inside Israel, threatening "a wave of martyrdom operations." All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.



TODDLER HURT AFTER KASSAM HITS HOME

Mon, 17 Dec 2007 13:39:32 GMT

(image) Father and son stand in the area of their house where a Kassam hit yesterday in Kibbutz Zikim damaging their house and wounding their toddler in the face on December 18, 2007. After a near-miss at one western Negev kibbutz over the weekend, Kibbutz Zikim was less fortunate Sunday when a rocket landed directly under the window of a kibbutz residence, causing extensive damage and hurting a three-year-old boy. Both mother and son were evacuated to Ashkelon's Barzilai Medical Center, where the boy was treated for scratches to his face and Katzir was treated for shock. Their house has a "secure room," Katzir said, but she hadn't heard any alarm sounded alerting her to take cover. All photos by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.