by Barry Chamish
RETURN OF THE GIANTS?
Are 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 airtight. The giants
thoughtfully chose reliable
contactees as witnesses, allowed their
craft to be filmed and left in their wake ample physical evidence.
In fact, what characterizes the current Israeli UFO wave from others
in the world, is the sheer abundance of physical evidence left
behind by the visitors. Consider the first incident to usher Israel
into the UFO age.
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.
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 meters ellipsoid disk was burnt
black into the sand but what was more interesting was what wasn’t
In the vegetation which wasn’t burned
was a clear image of the pilot of the craft facing a control board.
Shikmona Beach 1
Shikmona Beach 2
Examing the Shikmona
Beach burnt image
Seven years 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
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 to be very pure
Two 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
When Michael Hesemann filmed the drawing he left certain it
was a match for the burned sand pictures.
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
“Why don’t you take off your hat so I can see
The being answered her telepathically,
“That’s the way
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 meters 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 Kadima.
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
This was the end of Tsiporet’s
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 air-conditioning unit to fall out of its casing into the
house. Voices called to Mara in her childhood nickname.
she decided the house was haunted and she moved far from Kadima.
Crew from Sightings
at Kadima Circle
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
Shosh thought she had dreamed the incident until she looked out her
window 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 cadmium.
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
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 3 AM, a dozen giants visited Batya arriving and leaving the
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 in.
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
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 close-up 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.
The Circle of the
Giants - Gilgal Refaim
monument believed by some to have been built by the biblical giants,
Unfortunately, there was supposedly no
way for the simple nomads of 5000 years ago to see the circles from
The cite 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 long-shot, 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 re-arrival of giants in Israel with a good
measure of dread.