Ali Aboutaam Presents One of the Most Important Early Greek Coins in Existence

Exhibition is on display at 6, rue Verdaine, Geneva, Switzerland.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / ACCESSWIRE / March 17, 2023 / Classical masterpieces are on display by Ali Aboutaam of Phoenix Ancient Art at its main gallery, which is located in the center of Geneva’s old town. He is showcasing a variety of antiquities that combine artistic excellence, historical intrigue, and the enthusiasm of the famous collections that they once belonged to. Several of these artifacts have provenance as early as the 18th century and were frequently published up until the present.

Ali Aboutaam – Kraay and Hermer Potidaea Coin
Silver coin of Poseidon on Horseback, Potidaea (modern day Cassandrea), a Chalcidian city, circa 540-520 B.C.

Ali Aboutaam says: “I am excited to be holding in my hand one of the most important early Greek coins in existence: the coin is from Potidaea (modern day Cassandrea), a Chalcidian city in Northern Greece, which contrary to other Chalcidian cities, was founded by the Corinthians, not the Euboeans. It shows the earliest representation of Poseidon on horseback on coinage from around 540-520 B.C. We can see the letter ‘P’ under the horse for “Potidaea”, and Poseidon, holding his trident, is riding a very noble and archaic styled horse. This can be compared to the best of Corinthian black figure pottery, also dated to the same period. If we turn to the reverse, it shows a triangular incuse which is extremely rare on archaic Greek coinage, as it would otherwise typically be squared. This coin is in excellent condition, and as far as we know, it is unique. It had belonged to some of the most important collectors of Greek coins, including the Jameson collection, and has been published several times, notably in the famous Kraay & Hirmer book (Greek Coins) with a big enlargement. Kraay & Hirmer’s 1966 publication is an important reference for the most beautiful ancient Greek coins from private collections and museums.”

Alongside the exquisite coin of Poseidon is a lovely Hellenistic cornelian gem portraying the same god. The juxtaposition of the two miniature masterpieces from 400 years apart is extraordinary. And from 2000 years earlier, visitors can see an outstanding Cycladic marble idol among the display: a treat for contemporary creative tastes.

The exhibition is on display at 6, rue Verdaine in Old Town, Geneva, until the end of June 2023.


With galleries in New York City (Electrum) and Geneva, Switzerland, Phoenix Ancient Art is one of the world’s leading dealers in rare and exquisite antiquities with a focus on Greek and Roman, Near Eastern and Egyptian art. Its works of art have been acquired by world-class museums around the world, as well as by private collectors. Phoenix Ancient Art is a second-generation family business that was founded by Sleiman Aboutaam in 1968 and continues today under the leadership of his sons, Ali and Hicham Aboutaam.

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Weather: Low-pressure cold front affects Palestine bringing temperature down and heavy rain

A low-pressure cold front is expected to affect Palestine today causing temperature to plummet and paving the way to partly cloudy to cloudy and relatively cold conditions in the daytime, particularly in the mountains, and cold conditions in the night. Sporadic rain showers are expected mainly in the north, gradually intensifying during the night and spreading to the centeral and southern districts, according to the Palestinian Meteorological Department (PMD).
Winds are southwesterly to westerly, moderate to active, and sea waves are medium to high.
Temperature in the capital, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem is expected to reach a high of 16°C and a low of 7°C and in Ramallah and Hebron a high of 15°C and a low of 6°C. In Jericho, the Dead Sea, and the Jordan Valley temperature is expected to reach a high of 25°C and a low of 13°C, while it is expected to reach a high of 21°C and a low of 10°C in Gaza and the coastal areas.
The low-pressure cold front continues to affect the region tomorrow, Sunday, causing the temperature to further plummet and approach 5°C below the seasonal average and paving the way to cloudy and cold conditions, particularly in the mountains. Sporadic rain, thunderstorms, and possibly hail are expected in most districts.
A further drop in temperature is expected on Monday to become 7°C below the seasonal average as the cold and rainy conditions continue to prevail, particularly in the mountains. Sporadic rain showers, thunderstorms, and hail are expected during the day.
A rise in temperature is expected for Tuesday, but remains 3°C below the seasonal average with a chance of sporadic rain in some districts, said the PMD, which warned people against flash floods in low areas and valleys, slippery roads and low horizontal visibility.

Source: Palestine News & Information Agency

Palestine to demand at Sharm al-Sheikh meeting an end to Israel’s continuous aggression

Hussein al-Sheikh, Secretary General of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said today that a ranking Palestinian delegation, which is going to participate tomorrow in a meeting to be held at the Egyptian Red Sea resort city of Sharm al-Sheikh with regional and international presence, is going to demand an end to Israel’s continues aggression in the occupied territories.
He said in a tweet that the Palestinian delegation is going ‘to defend the rights of our Palestinian people to freedom and independence, and to demand an end to this continuous Israeli aggression against us and to stop all measures and policies that violate our blood, land, property and sanctities.’
The meeting at the Egyptian resort town is a follow-up to last month’s meeting at the Jordanian Red Sea port city of Aqaba attended by the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Egypt, Israel and the United States, which discussed easing the tension in the occupied Palestinian territories following Israel’s large military escalation into the Palestinian cities that so far resulted in the killing of 86 Palestinians, including 18 children, two elderly men, and one woman, and the injury of many others.
While participants in the Aqaba meeting agreed to take steps to calm down the situation before the advent of the holy Muslim fast month of Ramadan, expected to start on Thursday, tension nevertheless remained high in the occupied Palestinian territories as Israel continued in its almost daily raids and killing of Palestinians.

Source: Palestine News & Information Agency

Newspapers Review: Israeli army’s killing of a young Palestinian near Ramallah focus of dailies

The Israeli army killing last night of Yazan Omar Khasib, 23, near Ramallah was highlighted on the front page of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies published today – al-Quds, al-Hayat al-Jadida, and al-Ayyam.
Following are the main headlines of these dailies.
Al-Hayat al-Jadida:
A martyr from Qaffin at the entrance to al-Bireh, and dozens of injuries in the West Bank
Fatah: The statements of Hamas leaders are an open incitement to internal strife and a call to repeat the bloody coup
The European Union calls for an urgent and transparent investigation into the killing of Omar Awadin
Smotrich continues his fascist delirium: “There is no Arab state in the Land of Israel”
The prisoners continue their mutiny against the occupation prison administration
The Turkish Foreign Minister to visit Egypt today after 10 years of cut in relations
Poll: Democrats in the United States sympathize more with our Palestinian people
Poll: The majority of Israelis see civil war as a possible scenario
Blinken on the protests in Israel: Reforms require consensus
The signing of agreements between Beijing and Moscow this week ushers a new era in the relations between the two countries
A martyr by the occupation bullets north of al-Bireh, and injuries during the suppression of the Friday marches
Settlers cut down olive trees and demolish stone chain walls in Husan
Israeli channel: Dozens of warnings of armed operations
Israeli site: The army will beef up its presence in the West Bank and Jerusalem during Ramadan
The occupation authorities refuse to freeze the decision to demolish Jubb al-Dib school
The European Union calls for an investigation into the killing of Awadin in Jenin
Ni’lin: Israeli turns over the body of Sufian al-Khawaja and his funeral is today
Two Israelis charged with attempting to set fire to a mosque near Tel Aviv
The International Criminal Court issues an arrest warrant against Putin over the invasion of Ukraine
Blinken: Reforms in Israel require consensus
Russia threatens: fighters sent to Ukraine from Western countries will be destroyed
Poll: Majority of American Democratic voters sympathize with the Palestinians
100 Israeli officers are threatening to stop serving
A martyr for allegedly attempting to carry out a stabbing attack
Israel said it found a drone near the border with Lebanon
The prisoners continue their mutiny for the 32nd day
The International Criminal Court issues an arrest warrant against Putin over the invasion of Ukraine
Smotrich is heading to implement the “decisive plan” to annex the West Bank
American companies want their employees to return to work from the offices

Source: Palestine News & Information Agency

OIC Committee of Six on Palestine considers launching global action to end the Israeli occupation

During the meeting of the ‘Committee of Six on Palestine’, held yesterday in Nouakchott, Mauritania, the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Hissein Brahim Taha, highlighted the need for Member States to present written and oral statements and provide financial contributions in order to support the rights of the Palestinian people and end the Israeli colonial occupation, being illegal and illegitimate under international law and United Nations resolutions.
He stressed the OIC’s unwavering position with regard to the cause of Palestine and the holy city of Jerusalem, calling for joining efforts and building on the positions of countries adhering to the values of justice and the principles of international law.
For his part, Palestine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Malki delivered a statement in which he highlighted the grave situation in the occupied Palestinian territories as a result of the escalation of Israeli crimes, attacks and violations against the Palestinian people, their land, and their sanctities.
The OIC Committee of Six on Palestine, which met on the sidelines of the 49th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC Member States in Nouakchott, welcomed the United Nation General Assembly’s adoption, at its 77th session, of a resolution requesting an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice on the nature of the Israeli colonial occupation of the land of the State of Palestine, including the Jerusalem, and the legal implications of this situation for all countries and for the United Nations.
The Committee also called on the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to exert all efforts to ensure that Israel, the occupying power, fully complies with the provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention in the occupied Palestinian territories, including Jerusalem.
This is in addition to supporting Palestinian efforts in the international arena toward achieving justice, providing international protection for the Palestinian people and asserting their legitimate rights, holding the Israeli occupation accountable for its persistent crimes and violations, and launching a political process, under multilateral international auspices, conducive to ending the Israeli occupation and realizing the establishment of the independent State of Palestine on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital.
The members of the Committee of Six on Palestine include Pakistan, Senegal, Guinea, the State of Palestine, Malaysia, and the OIC General Secretariat.

Source: Palestine News & Information Agency

Israeli occupation forces target agricultural lands and fishermen’s boats in the Gaza Strip

The Israeli occupation forces today targeted agricultural lands and fishermen’s boats in different areas of the besieged Gaza Strip.

WAFA correspondent reported that the Israeli military stationed along the border fence with Gaza opened fire and shot smoke bombs at lands east of the town of al-Qarara, northeast of Khan Younis, in the south of the Gaza Strip, east of the city of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, and east of the town of Jabalia in the north, forcing farmers to leave their lands in fear for their lives.

The Israeli navy also opened fire toward fishermen’s boats sailing off the seashore of the town of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip, without any injuries reported.

The occupation forces regularly target agricultural lands near the border fence in the eastern Gaza Strip and fishing boats along the Gaza Strip coast to prevent hard-hit Gaza farmers and fishermen from making a living.

Source: Palestine News & Information Agency

Amnesty urges Hyundai CE to end link with Israeli war crimes in Masafer Yatta

Hyundai Construction Equipment (Hyundai CE) must take immediate action to prevent its products’ involvement in demolitions in Masafer Yatta region, south of the occupied West Bank, Amnesty International said in a recent report.

The organization documented five instances where Israeli occupation forces used excavators manufactured by Hyundai CE to raze Palestinian property in Masafer Yatta, an area of the occupied West Bank where some 1,150 Palestinians are at imminent risk of forcible transfer. The demolitions in question displaced at least 15 Palestinians, including six children, and constitute war crimes under the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Amnesty International said it wrote to Hyundai CE with its findings, and asked it to explain what human rights due diligence procedures it had undertaken to prevent its products being used by Israeli forces to commit violations in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT).

According to the organization, Hyundai CE stated that it was not ‘engaged in Israeli settlement activities’, but did not provide details on due diligence, nor did the company address Amnesty International’s concerns about the Israeli military’s use of Hyundai CE products to carry out demolitions in Masafer Yatta. Amnesty International also wrote to EFCO Ltd (EFCO), Hyundai CE’s sole distributor in Israel, but at time of publication had received no response.

‘Palestinians in Masafer Yatta are living in a state of constant dread – watching the horizon for the arrival of Israeli forces, and the excavators which mean the end of life as they know it. Some residents have already seen the Israeli military use excavators to demolish the homes of their neighbours and rip out essential village infrastructure – excavators which bore Hyundai’s logo,’ said Mark Dummett, Head of Business and Human Rights at Amnesty International.

‘Hyundai CE must act urgently to end its products’ involvement in forcible transfer and unlawful home demolitions. These violations help maintain Israel’s apartheid system and are crimes under international law – no business should be linked to or benefiting from them. We are calling on Hyundai CE to cut ties with its Israeli distributor EFCO, until EFCO has taken concrete steps to ensure Hyundai CE products are not being used to commit human rights violations.’

According to Amnesty International, Hyundai CE has failed to conduct proper human rights due diligence on its business operations in Israel.

Amnesty International called on Hyundai CE to suspend distribution of its products in Israel through EFCO, until the latter commits to conducting human rights due diligence, and until it ensures that end users do not employ Hyundai CE machinery for unlawful activities.

Source: Palestine News & Information Agency

Settlers attack Palestinians, deny them access into their lands near Hebron

Extremist Israeli settlers today assaulted Palestinians in the village of Al-Tuwani in Masafer Yatta area, south of Hebron in the occupied West Bank, and blocked their access into their own lands, according to local sources.

Mohammad Rabaee, head of the Al-Tuwani village council, told WAFA that a group of army-guarded Israeli settlers assaulted Palestinian civilians near the village and blocked their access into their own lands, a week after Israeli settlers cut off scores of centuries-old olive trees in the village belonging to local Palestinian farmers.

He added that over the past 10 years, Israeli settlers have cut off more than 700 olive trees for colonial settlement construction purposes.

Over 600,000 Israeli settlers live in Jewish-only settlements in the occupied West Bank in violation of international law, mainly the Fourth Geneva Convention which states that the occupying entity may not resettle its civil population into the land of the occupied.

Source: Palestine News & Information Agency

Israeli police officers assault Palestinian youths in Jerusalem

Israeli occupation forces today brutally assaulted a number of Palestinian youths in occupied Jerusalem, causing injuries to some of them, according to local sources.

In the Old City of Jerusalem, a Palestinian young man identified as Ibrahim Abu Sneneh sustained cuts in the face after being brutally beaten up by Israeli police officers.

In the meantime, Israeli police forces stormed Jabal Al-Mukaber neighborhood, provoking tensions with the local residents, during which Israeli police officers brutally assaulted and beat up several Palestinian youths with the butts of their rifles.

Meanwhile in the neighborhood of Sur Baher, a young Palestinian identified as Mahdi Abu Hamed was arrested by the Israeli occupation forces.

Source: Palestine News & Information Agency

Four Palestinians injured by Israeli gunfire in Ramallah

Four Palestinians were injured by Israeli gunfire today during confrontations with the Israeli occupation forces in the town of Ni’lin and the neighboring village of Nabi Saleh, to the west of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian security sources.

In Ni’lin, Israeli occupation soldiers fired live shots and teargas at Palestinian protesters during confrontations in the town, injuring three of them by live shots in their limbs and causing many cases of suffocation from gas inhalation.

In the nearby village of Nabi Saleh, confrontations erupted in the village between Palestinian anti-colonization protesters and the Israeli occupation army, and at least one Palestinian was reported injured from Israeli gunfire.

Source: Palestine News & Information Agency

Israeli occupation forces demolish two shacks east of Jerusalem

Israeli occupation forces demolished two Palestinian-owned shacks today in the village of Az-Za’ayyem, to the east of occupied Jerusalem, displacing their residents, according to local sources.

WAFA correspondent said Israeli bulldozers knocked down two shacks sheltering two Palestinian households with 11 family members in total, the majority of whom are children, under the pretext that the two shacks are built without a permit.

The owners of the two shacks were identified as Odeh Saidi and Hamza Saidi.

Israeli occupation authorities frequently demolish homes of Palestinians in Area C of the West Bank, under full Israeli control, under the pretext of construction without Israeli permission.

Israel’s ultranationalist Minister of National Security Itamar Ben-Gvir has pledged he will continue demolishing Palestinian homes even during the upcoming holy month of Ramadan, reversing a decades-long Israeli policy of avoiding these demolitions during the holy month.

Source: Palestine News & Information Agency

Child injured by Israeli gunfire near Jenin

A Palestinian child was injured by Israeli gunfire today in the village of Faqqu’a, to the northeast of Jenin in the occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian security and local sources.

Qusai Murad Shehadeh, 15, was shot and injured in his leg by Israeli occupation soldiers as he approached the Israeli segregation barrier, which is adjacent to the village.

Israeli occupation soldiers usually do not hesitate to open fire at Palestinian civilians under the pretext of security, even when posing no danger to their lives.

Source: Palestine News & Information Agency