from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • An ancient city of southwest Palestine on the Mediterranean Sea. Inhabited as early as the third millennium BC, it was a seat of worship for the goddess Astarte.


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  • That is why Gaza exists: because the Palestinians who lived in Ashkelon and the fields around it – Askalaan in Arabic – were dispossessed from their lands in 1948 when Israel was created and ended up on the beaches of Gaza.

    Matthew Yglesias » Why They Fight

  • In fact, as one article I read the other day said, the fact that Ashkelon is being targeted by Hamas rockets is ironic – because Ashkelon was in fact settled by Palestinians until they were driven out by the 1948 Israeli terror attacks against Palestinians.

    Matthew Yglesias » Why They Fight

  • I met Koubi at his home on the beach in Ashkelon, just a short drive north of the border with the Gaza Strip, in whose prisons he worked for much of his career.

    The Dark Art of Interrogation

  • Ashkelon is cut off with the remnant of their valley: how long wilt thou cut thyself?

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi)

  • Consider what is now called Ashkelon, which is an Israeli town built on the ruins of Al-Jura.

    Palestine Blogs aggregator

  • I was also in a town called Ashkelon which is just on the other side, about 10 miles away from that northern Gaza border and I was at a high school today where one of those rocks had landed.

    CNN Transcript Jul 5, 2006

  • A woman and her young daughter were seriously wounded, along with another child, said Leah Malul of Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon.

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • We're zooming in on Gaza, and then I'm going to show Ashkelon, which is one of the Israeli cities that has been hit repeatedly by rockets from Hamas.

    CNN Transcript Jan 4, 2009

  • Such an upgrade could give Hamas an unlimited supply of rockets for targeting the Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon, which is 17 kilometers from Gaza and has 110,000 residents, military analysts said.

    Palestinians improving range of Kassams...

  • We are getting reports now of a rocket being fired from Gaza and fired into the city of Ashkelon, which is the south district of Israel, population about 117,000 people.

    CNN Transcript May 14, 2008


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