the Anakim or the Refaim, the giants of the Bible, returning to
Israel today? There are only two periods of recorded history when
giants were reported in Israel; In biblical days from the time of
the Flood to the ascension of King David and since 1993 in modern
The case for the return of giants to Israel is strong. In fact, what
characterizes the current Israeli UFO wave from others in the world,
is the shere abundance of physical evidence left behind by the
visitors. Consider the first incident to usher Israel into the UFO
On the evening of Sept. 28, 1987, a
27 year old auto mechanic, Ami Achrai was driving just south of
Haifa when he saw what he thought might be a helicopter in distress
hovering just above the sands of Shikmona Beach on the Mediterranean
Sea. He stopped his car and to his utter amazement saw a disc-shaped
craft which emitted a bright red flash before disappearing.
5200-year-old monument believed by
some to have been built by the biblical giants
Two days later he returned
to the site with a ufologist the police referred him to, Hadassah Arbel.
What they discovered remains one of the most lasting proofs ever left by a
UFO of its physical existence. The flash emitted by the craft burned its
image into the sands of Shikmona Beach. A fifteen metere ellipsoid disk
was burnt black into the sand but what was more interesting was what
wasn't burned. In the vegetation which wasn't burned was a clear image of
the pilot of the craft facing a control board.
Examing the Shikmona Beach burnt
later I sent samples of the burnt sand to the television show
Sightings which subjected it to laboratory tests. The sand seemed to
melt in the heat of the camera light. The reason later discovered
was the sand particles were covered by a low melting hydrocarbon
material. The laboratory could find no natural or human explanation
for the phenomenon.
Ami Achrai's incident was followed by a repeat performance on June
6, 1988 when a similarly shaped craft was once again burned into the
sands of Shikmona Beach, about 100 yards north of the first site.
This was followed by the most spectacular display of all. On April
27, 1989, two teenagers witnessed a UFO explode into thousands of
shards over Shikmona Beach.
By now, Israeli ufologists
were prepared to handle the latest incident more scientifically. The beach
was strewn with burning white metal which was cool to the touch. The metal
even glowed in water. When picked up, the shards turned into a white ash.
Scientists from the Technion Institute of Technology tested the site and
found that magnetism was 6000 times higher than the surrounding area. The
shards were found top be very pure magnesium.
hundred yards above Shikmona Beach is a biblical shrine called
Elijah's cave. Here Elijah preached and here or somewhere nearby in
the Carmel Mountains, Elijah challenged the Canaanites to a duel of
Gods. Two bulls were tethered and the gods were beseeched to roast
them. Naturally, baal failed the Canaanites but Elijah's God sent a
ray of light from heaven which cooked the bull on the spot. This ray
must have been similar to the kind of beam which burned the sands of
Shikmona Beach into a saucer shape.
Within the Cave of Elijah is an ancient drawing of something that
was the spitting image of the craft burned into the sands below. The
Sightings team decided the image "was a coincidence. Maybe it
was a bat." When Michael Hesemann filmed the drawing he left
certain it was a match for the burned sand pictures.
Crew from Sightings
film Kadima circle
Although the cave drawing's meaning is in
dispute, the fact of the modern UFO- burned inscriptions is not. Something
unique occurred at Shikmona Beach. Alien craft decided to leave souvenirs
there at least three times. By doing so, they revealed the dimensions of
their craft and apparently pilot, as well as their construction material.
These were not crop circles nor were they formed the same way. A very
different message was left on Shikmona Beach's sands.
After the UFO explosion, there was a hiatus of UFO activity until 1993
broken only once in late 1991 over the village of Sde Moshe, some five
miles from Kadima. There, after two straight nights of having the inside
of his house lit up by an unexplained craft hovering above it, Eli Cohen
captured the responsible UFO on videotape. Several minutes of the tape
were filmed after daybreak making the result a most clear and convincing
record of a UFO.
It seems the visitors were merely scouting the Kadima area in 1991 but
they returned in force in 1993. And this time, the occupants of the crafts
did more than merely hover in the sky.
In the early morning of April 20, Tsiporet Carmel's house glowed from
within. She stepped outside and saw what she thought was a new fruit silo
built outside her back yard. But then she saw the silo add a second storey
to itself. Ten yards to the side of this magical silo, Tsiporet saw a
seven foot tall being wearing metallic overalls. Its head was covered in a
what looked like a beekeeper's hat. Tsiporet said, "Why don't you
take off your hat so I can see your face?" The being answered her
telepathically, "That's the way it is."
This was Israel's first publicized close encounter with an alien being.
Tsiporet could easily have been made an object of ridicule but for the
fact that a crop circle 4.5 metres in diameter was found exactly where she
had seen the craft. Within the circle were shards of a material later
found to be a very pure silicon. I add, Israel's ufologists are divided
over the veracity of the silicon because there was a prankster loose in
However, within ten days, two more circles were found just outside
Tsiporet's back yard. This time, they were soaked with a red liquid and
this fluid would be a constant feature of upcoming landing circles. It was
tested by the National Biological Laboratory in Ness Tziona and found to
be composed mostly of cadmium.
This was the end of Tsiporet's incidents. Now the visitors concentrated on
two other woman in their late thirties living on Hapalmach Street. The
first was a Russian immigrant Mara. Strange forces shook her house so hard
they caused the outside airconditioning unit to fall out of its casing
into the house. Voices called to Mara in her childhood nickname.
Eventually she decided the house was haunted and she moved far from Kadima.
Shosh Yahud is the treasurer of the town of Kadima. She is down to earth
and wants as little to do with her UFO experience as possible. In May, she
awoke to see a seven foot, round faced being in silvery overalls circling
her bed as if "floating on his shoes." The creature assured her
he was not there to harm her and she became relaxed. After a few minutes
the being floated through her wall outside.
Shosh thought she had dreamed the incident until she looked out her wondow
in the morning and saw a 4.5 meter crop circle in her backyard. The
ufologists descended on her home and discovered the silicon and cadmium
within the circle.
Next, in June, it was Hannah Somech's turn to be visited by a giant.
Hannah lives in Burgata, three miles from Kadima. She was startled to see
her dog go flying across the kitchen into a wall. She stepped outside to
investigate and her way was stopped by an invisible force. She then saw a
seven foot, round-faced being in metallic overalls examining her pickup
truck. She said to it, "What did you do to my dog?" It answered
telepathically, "Go away. I'm busy. I could crush you like an ant if
I wanted to. Go back to your husband."
Needless to say, a 4.5 meter circle crushed out of the grass was later
found in Hannah's back yard. Within, the grass was soaked with red liquid
By the end of the summer, the credible reports of giants roaming the land
persuaded the normally staid television station Channel One, to broadcast
a one hour program on the subject. Tsiporet and Shosh appeared as well as
the ufologists who had examined the circles of Kadima. To the apparent
shock of the host, the viewing audience believed the advocates of alien
landings. The result was two more witnesses coming out into the open.
Both were women in their late thirties who lived within ten miles of each
other south of Tel Aviv. Clara Kahonov of Holon was most reluctant to be
quoted but acknowledged that she had seen a giant being.
Batya Shimon of Rishon Letzion saw far more than one. In early July, two
seven foot tall, bald creatures beamed themselves into her seventh floor
apartment. They told her telepathically not to be frightened and she
immediately relaxed. She then felt they had "friendly faces."
They roamed her home, "floating on their shoes" dusting her
shelves with a yellow, foul- smelling powder. One being saw her son's
aquarium, became very excited and called his colleague over. After a few
minutes, they beamed themselves outside. The next night at 3am, a dozen
giants visited Batya arriving and leaving the same way.
I have had extensive conversations with the contactees and there is much
in common with their stories. That is fit subject for a separate lecture.
In short, all were the same age, all were white collar workers, three have
been haunted since their encounters telepathically, all their men slept
through the encounters, two had mysterious pregnancies etc. But the core
commonality is that these women did not know each other and separately
described the same seven foot tall, bald, round-faced giants.
And if absolute proof that giants were about in Israel was needed, it came
in December in the village of Yatzitz, twelve miles east of Rishon Letzion.
The giants had opened a new axis after Kadima, a triangle of twenty miles
linking Rishon Letzion, Holon and Yatzitz.
Herzl Casatini, the village security chief and his friend Danny Ezra were
sharing conversation when they heard an explosion and felt Ezra's house
shake. Herzl opened the door and stood face to face with a nine foot tall
creature in metallic clothes whose face was hidden in "a haze."
He shut the door and called the police. They arrived and discovered deep
boot tracks in the hard mud. The tracks sunk 35 centimeters into the
ground meaning whoever made them had to have weighed, literally, a ton.
Thinking there might have been a terrorist incursion, the army was called
Military trackers were totally stumped. The tracks carried on for 8
kilometers. The heel dug in only 5 cm. meaning whatever made the tracks
was walking almost on tip-toes. If you can call it walking. Sometimes the
distance between tracks was twelve feet, meaning the intruder was a world
record holding broad jumper weighing about a ton.
The Yatzitz incident confirmed, even to the deepest skeptics, that giants
were indeed sighted and they left proof that was nearly impossible to
dispute. The best the Israeli authorities could come up with to explain
the tracks was they were left by an unknown cult. It would have to be very
unknown for records of cults whose ceremonies include dressing as giants
and leaving miles of unidentifiable tracks are undoubtedly quite rare.
After Yatitz, giant sightings were reported in Ramat Hasharon, Rehovot and
Afula. And 1996 became a vintage year for UFO evidence gathering with a
good dozen craft filmed. Two incidents stand out. In August, a UFO was
filmed over three nights with professional equipment at Kibbutz Hatzor.
The results include a closeup of what appear to be rows of square-shaped
vents on the craft. In December, a Netanya household reported constant
contact with small greys, the first such report from Israel. The witnesses
backed up their claims with an abundance of physical evidence, including
stones that melt ice immediately without a known energy source.
The Israeli UFO experience is unique and very complicated. I have touched
on just one aspect of it; but it is vital to understanding the Israeli
puzzle. Of the seven best documented close encounters with alien beings
provably connected to UFOs, six involved giants. These giants were
determined to leave evidence of their arrival in the form of
cadmium-imbued landing circles, miles of impossible boot tracks and
deliberate communication with witnesses. Indeed, the abundant evidence
more than indicates that there are giants roaming Israel today.
As there were 5,000 years ago and they also left proof of their existence.
The giants were descended from the nefilim, literally the fallen ones. In
ancient time, entities fell on Israel from the heavens and later became
the mortal enemies of the Hebrew nations.
One giant king was Og of Bashan. The bible records that his bed was
thirteen feet long. Bashan's territory included the Golan Heights. Sitting
on the Golan Heights is the Israeli version of Stonehenge. Called Gilgal
Refaim, the Circle of the Refaim or giants in English, this site consists
of five concentric rings whose beauty can only be appreciated from above.
Unfortunately, there was supposedly no way for the simple nomads of 5000
years ago to see the circles from above.
The site is enormous. The outside circle has a diameter of 159 meters and
over 37,000 tons of rock went into the construction of the complex. Two
openings in the circles may have been used to measure the solar solstice
and the rising of Sirius in 3000 BCE.
The fact remains that Israeli archaeologists are totally mystified by the
Gilgal Refaim. No other complex built in the Middle East resembles it and
it predates the pyramids by over 500 years. The indigenous nomads of the
time did not engage in this kind of megalith building, so outsiders were
probably the builders. According to the Bible, the only outsiders living
on the Golan Heights back then were giants.
Maybe it's a longshot, but no one has come up with a better explanation
for Israel's current UFO wave. I believe the ancient giants may be coming
home. I conclude on a somber note. The biblical giants were God's enemy
and Israel's armies were the means to their utter destruction. There is a
legitimate reason to contemplate the recent rearrival of giants in Israel
with a good measure of dread.
Chamish is preparing a book on the subject of UFOs in Israel.
Copyright © 1999 by Barry Chamish