Israel has wild boars aplenty. But where did they come from? A new genetic study has determined that burning question: It turns out their forefathers were brought over from Europe, probably in biblical times by the Philistines, Israeli scientists say.
Genetically, Israel’s boars stand out from endemic populations in Syria, Turkey and Egypt, says the study published Monday in Scientific Report.

Israel has wild boars aplenty. But where did they come from? A new genetic study has determined that burning question: It turns out their forefathers were brought over from Europe, probably in biblical times by the Philistines, Israeli scientists say.

Genetically, Israel’s boars stand out from endemic populations in Syria, Turkey and Egypt, says the study published Monday in Scientific Report.

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 There is growing concern among security officials in Israel that cells associated with al-Qaida could carry out terrorist attacks against Israel from Syria. 
In recent weeks, growing involvement of al-Qaida operatives in the fighting against the Syrian army has been noted. Extremist Islamists identified with various factions of the global jihad movement, including al-Qaida, currently number several thousand across Syria, and they are taking part in the fighting all over the country. Some are fully cooperating with the rebels’ Free Syrian Army, but some officers from the opposition forces contend that the Islamist activists will endanger Syria’s future following the fall of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

There is growing concern among security officials in Israel that cells associated with al-Qaida could carry out terrorist attacks against Israel from Syria.

In recent weeks, growing involvement of al-Qaida operatives in the fighting against the Syrian army has been noted. Extremist Islamists identified with various factions of the global jihad movement, including al-Qaida, currently number several thousand across Syria, and they are taking part in the fighting all over the country. Some are fully cooperating with the rebels’ Free Syrian Army, but some officers from the opposition forces contend that the Islamist activists will endanger Syria’s future following the fall of Syrian President Bashar Assad.




FRAMED / Alex Levac’s photo of the week
Beit Yanai, February 2012

FRAMED / Alex Levac’s photo of the week

Beit Yanai, February 2012

'The Artist'

Haaretz’s editor-in-chief Aluf Benn says PM’s planned trip to Washington will be the most fateful of his political career. The two leaders will go head-to-head on the question of how to – and who will – stop Iran. Read more.

Would Israel dare attack Iran without the go-ahead from the U.S.?

Any talk of military action against Tehran is taking place in the shadow of this November’s U.S. elections. But if Israel does strike, ordinary civilians will be leading the aerial attack. Read more.

Illustration by Amos Biderman

Illustration by Amos Biderman

Sacha Baron Cohen, as The Dictator, announces he had ‘triumphed over the Zionist snakes of Hollywood’ and will attend the Oscars on Sunday.

Begin’s Legacy: The man who transformed Israel

He was the first prime minister from the Israeli right, and the first to represent the disenfranchised ‘Second Israel.’ Two decades after his death, with the longest-serving Likud coalition in power, Haaretz writers probe the complex and conflicted character of Menachem Begin. Read more.

'Who buys a car from an Arab?'

Sayed Kashua’s confessions of a used-car salesman

“Hi, it’s about the car, is it still available?”

Unfortunately it was. More than four months after placing the ad, the car was still for sale; in fact, the ad was more pertinent than ever before. I had forgotten about placing it altogether, and developed a fondness for the old car out of an understanding that our fates were intertwined. Every once in a while I would get a phone call from “a customer who saw your ad”; a couple of times customers who sounded serious promised to be in touch the next day to schedule a time to see the car, but never called back. Read more.



FRAMED / Alex Levac’s photo of the week
 Tel Aviv, February 2012

FRAMED / Alex Levac’s photo of the week

Tel Aviv, February 2012