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View: Stunning Mosaic Found at Ancient Galilee Synagogue

Via TimesOfIsrael:

Jodi Magness, a professor of Early Judaism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her team found a stunning mosaic this summer depicting a group of elephants at the fifth-century synagogue in the Galilee village of Huqoq. The first section of the mosaic floor was found in the summer of 2012, revealing depictions of Samson setting the Philistine’s fields ablaze with the aid of unfortunate foxes. In 2013 a panel was revealed showing Samson carrying off the gates of Gaza.

synagogueMosaicBased on the other Mosaics found at the same  site, archaeologists postulated it represented the Maccabees facing off against the Seleucid Greeks, the wars commemorated in the Jewish holiday of Hannukah or possibly the panel telling the story of Alexander the Great’s legendary meeting with the Jewish high priest.

In Job 20:14 God calls the elephant “behemoth”. The mosaics appear to be scenes of the history of the area from the book of Judges (Samson) through the time of Alexander the Great.

1 Maccabees 6-7 Eleazar, one of Judah the Maccabee’s brothers sacrifices his own life to stop one of the war elephants of the Greeks. Many of the 5th and 6th century synagogues in the Galilee have post Biblical themes.

Read more about the stunning finds here.

2,000-Year-Old Trove of Ancient Coins Found in Israel

And where are those “ancient palestinian” coins? Nowhere, because they don’t exist. Via FoxNews:

A 2,000-year-old trove of rare bronze coins from the Second Temple period was discovered in Israel, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced Tuesday. The discovery was made after pottery shards discovered several months ago, during construction to widen the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv Highway, led archaeologists to continue their excavation.

“The hoard, which appears to have been buried several months prior to the fall of Jerusalem, provides us with a glimpse into the lives of Jews living on the outskirts of Jerusalem at the end of the rebellion,” said IAA excavation directors Pablo Betzer and Eyal Marco. Inside a buried ceramic box researchers found 114 bronze coins dating to the fourth year of the Great Revolt by the Jews against the Romans. The discovery was announced on the Ninth of Av, the Hebrew date where Jews commemorate the destruction of the Second Temple.


Jewish Archaeology vs. Leftist Anthroplogy

There seems to be a persistent factor driving the far left to embrace Islam: their effort to replace the objective discipline of archaeology with an ahistorical, subjective, and postmodern form of anthropology. They can’t declare all cultures equally valid when those damned “tomb raiders” – like the Muslim Waqf – keep digging up proof to the contrary, so they lend as much support as they have to a culture dedicated to destroying all evidence of other religions, in the hope that they can be manipulated into destroying all objective history as well, leaving only their subjective pseudo-science.

That’s one of the reasons why there was such little outrage when Muslims destroyed the Bamiyan Buddha statues in Afghanistan.

The fact is, if archaeology and its artifacts are not a legitimate argument for the Jewish people to be able to live near, in, and amongst their holy sites, and the left wants to embrace Islam with their perverted form of anthropology, then I say let’s go at it.  Let’s look at Islamic anthropology.

Let’s learn more about the archetypal Jew hatred from the “sacred” Islamic texts, sira, and Sunni historiographical accounts, which include Koranic verses labeling Jews as enemies of Islam (5:82), and disobedient slayers of their own prophets who suffered justifiable abasement (2:61), including, for some, transformation into apes and pigs (5:60).

If Jews can’t live in their own land, near their Holiest Temple, amongst their forefather’s tombs, at the base of their holy mountains, close to the cemeteries where they buried their dead, the rivers with which they watered their animals, and in the villages from which they were exiled and to which they have returned, then we have every damn right to deconstruct the left’s arguments that Islam is peaceful and that the “occupation” is the cause of all the strife in the world.

The leftists and Jew-haters can’t have it both ways.

Palestinian Mythology: “Israel is monstrous soldier eating the Dome of the Rock Mosque”

Via PMW:

Israel is monstrous soldier
eating the Dome of the Rock Mosque

Cartoon repeats PA libel
that Israel is planning
to destroy Jerusalem mosques

PLO official: Israel wants
to “erect what they call ‘the Temple’ over Al-Aqsa”
Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

One of the libels continuously repeated by the PA is that Israel is planning to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and everything else on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem – in order to build what the PA refers to as the “alleged Temple.”


Official PA TV reiterated this libel when it broadcast on its show Circle of Events a cartoon from the Jordanian newspaper Al-Dustur, which  depicts Israel as a monstrous soldier gorging on the Dome of the Rock Mosque, while a Hamas activist holding a flag with the word “Land” and a Fatah activist holding a flag with the word “Day” commemorate the Palestinian Land Day. [Official PA TV, March 30, 2014]

Similarly, on the same day, Chairman of the Political Committee of the Palestinian National Council (the legislative body of the PLO) Khaled Mismar accused Israel of scheming to tear down the Al-Aqsa Mosque:


 “Now they want to divide up the Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., the Temple Mount Plaza). Furthermore, they want to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and erect what they call ‘the Temple’ over Al-Aqsa.” [Official PA TV, March 30, 2014]

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Palestinian Media Watch has reported on similar cartoons in the PA media depicting Israelis and Jews eating the mosques.

PMW has documented that PA leaders repeatedly spread this libel, which not only demonizes Jews and Israelis but  also serves the purpose of denying Jewish history in the land in general and in Jerusalem in particular.

PMW recently reported that top PA religious leaders deny Jews the right to pray at the Western Wall. The highest religious authority in the PA, Mufti Muhammad Hussein, repeated this when he responded to what he called Israel’s “attempt… at lay[ing] hands on the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque… [and] in addition to the threat of destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque to establish the alleged Temple on its ruins.” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 26, 2014]

Muslim Clerics Call to Destroy Egypt’s Great Pyramids

Waiting for the outrage from liberals, Jew-haters, the UN, NGOs, guardians of historical antiquity, Barack Hussein Obama, the Brits, Egyptians, non-Islamists, the Presbyterian Church, the Methodist Church, palestiniasts, Hanan Ashwari, the Human Rights Council, Israeli leftists, Jewish frauds, Mahmoud Abbas, museum curators, Egyptologists, Samantha Power, the Vatican, and others, but nope, I am not hearing a single peep.  Via FrontPageMag:

According to several reports in the Arabic media, prominent Muslim clerics have begun to call for the demolition of Egypt’s Great Pyramids—or, in the words of Saudi Sheikh Ali bin Said al-Rabi‘i, those “symbols of paganism,” which Egypt’s Salafi party has long planned to cover with wax.    Most recently, Bahrain’s “Sheikh of Sunni Sheikhs” and President of National Unity, Abd al-Latif al-Mahmoud, called on Egypt’s new president, Muhammad Morsi, to “destroy the Pyramids and accomplish what the Sahabi Amr bin al-As could not.”

Mahmoud Abbas to Netanyahu: “You are incidental in history.”

More on the fabricated entity that calls itself “palestine”.  Via PMW:

The PA held official events in Ramallah and in Gaza to mark the day the Palestinian Authority mourns the creation of the State of Israel, called “nakba” – “catastrophe” day. Mahmoud Abbas’s speech in Gaza was delivered in his name by his advisor and representative. In the speech Abbas denied that Jews have a history in the Land of Israel and claimed a fictitious 9000 year-old Palestinian history dating back to 7000 BCE, which he said made Palestinians “the owners of history.”Abbas’s words taunted PM Benjamin Netanyahu, as the representative of Israel:

“Oh, Netanyahu, you are incidental in history; we are the people of history. We are the owners of history.”

It should be noted that Abbas’s taunting Netanyahu about history is a brazen distortion of known facts. Judean/Israeli history in the Land of Israel dates back thousands of years, and is documented by ancient Jewish and non-Jewish sources, and corroborated by numerous archeological finds, from Hebrew coins to Jewish ritual baths. The Kurkh Monolith, for example, an Assyrian document from the reign of King Shalmaneser III (859-824 BCE), includes the words: “King Ahab of Israel sent 2,000 chariots and 10,000 soldiers.”

Read the full article on the fabricated entity that calls itself “palestine” here.

Palestinian Revisionism Is the Only Obstacle to Peace

More mythology from the fabricated entity which calls itself “palestine”.  Via JP:

# The recent Palestinian Authority report stating that the Western Wall has no religious or historical significance to the Jewish people is sadly yet another attempt at political historical revisionism. As the recent UNESCO report on Jewish sites in Judea and Samaria exposed, the Palestinian rejectionist narrative is foisted on the international agenda and is supported by an automatic majority in multilateral forums.

# The PA Ministry of Information claims on its website that “according to the Jewish Encyclopedia, published in 1917, the Western Wall became part of the Jewish religious tradition around the year 1520 AD, as a result of Jewish immigration from Spain, after the Ottoman conquest the year 1517.” In fact, the entry in the Jewish Encyclopedia of 1917 provides historic references to the Western Wall from antiquity and certainly before the Arab invasion, conquest and occupation of the Middle East.

# The recent UNESCO report that Rachel’s Tomb near Jerusalem is the Bilal ibn Rabah Mosque is an even greater scandal. It also disposes of hundreds of years of Muslim tradition. According to an Ottoman document found by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, in 1830 the Turks issued a firman (royal decree) that gave legal force to Rachel’s Tomb being recognized as a Jewish holy site.

# In 2000, talks between former Prime Minister Ehud Barak and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat at Camp David in the presence of U.S. President Bill Clinton broke down over similar historical revisionism. After Barak had made an overly generous offer about splitting sovereignty of the Temple Mount, Arafat claimed that he could not concede an inch of this “Islamic territory” because the Jewish Temple never existed.

# While the Palestinians claim to be the original residents of our land, history and fact stand in their way. While the majority of the Jewish people had to endure a two millennia exile from our land, the stones of our Temple, the burial sites of our forefathers, our ritual baths, ancient cisterns and synagogues remained. And 2,000 years of foreign occupation and attempted negation of Jewish history could not prevent the return of the aboriginal people to our land.

# The real obstacle to peace is Palestinian rejection of Israel and the self-determination of the Jewish people. The PA brainwashes its people to disallow Israel’s legitimacy and falsifies Jewish, Christian and Muslim history in the process. This rejectionism has been at the heart of every failed peace effort for more than 70 years. Palestinian hate and intolerance, more than all the other issues combined, will doom the region to many more years of conflict.

CBS “60 Minutes” Joins the Arab Propaganda Bandwagon on Jerusalem


* Lesley Stahl’s segment of CBS News’ “60 Minutes” on October 17, entitled “Controversy in Jerusalem: The City of David,” demonstrated how to promote Arab political propaganda with shoddy and partisan journalism. Stahl characterized as “controversial” Israel’s publicizing of archeological findings of Israelite history in Jerusalem, discredited the field of biblical archeology, and dismissed archeological excavations as something run by a “settler organization.”

* While she questions the existence of King David (“There’s actually no evidence of David, right?”), it is unlikely she would ever challenge Palestinians about the existence of Mohammed, or question Christians about the existence of Jesus, based on lack of direct archeological proof of those individuals. Her approach, of course, supports attempts by Arab and Muslim leaders to erase any evidence of Jewish history in Jerusalem.

* Nor did she note that City of David archeologists, who are respected internationally for their scholarly contributions to the field, carry out their work under the auspices of the well-regarded Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) under strict protocols. She also calls it political “indoctrination” to teach Jews about their historical roots in Jerusalem.

* Furthermore, she portrays Silwan as an area that does or should belong to Arabs, failing to report that there was a community of Yemenite Jewish families in Silwan as early as 1882 in the neighborhood known as Kfar HaShiloach, and additional Jewish families from various countries joined them in the following years. In the early 1900s Baron de Rothschild bought several acres of land there for the Jewish community.

* Silwan’s Jewish residents lived in the area until they were forced out by Arab attacks in the late 1920s. The City of David, situated in the Silwan valley, is still 60% Jewish-owned and it is perfectly legal to buy homes there. To Ms. Stahl and CBS, the only obstacle to peace is Israel’s commitment to its Jewish roots in Jerusalem.

Israeli Archaeologists Find Ancient Fortification in Jerusalem

Via AP:

This image made available by Israel’s Antiquities Authority Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009 shows part of a a 3,700-year-old fortification wall discovered in Jerusalem. Archaeologists have discovered a 3,700-year-old wall in the City of David, part of the earliest fortification construction on such a large scale ever found in Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority said Wednesday. The 26-foot high wall is believed to have been part of a protected passage used by the Biblical Canaanites that led from a fortress on top of a hill to a spring. Ronny Reich, director of the excavation and a professor of archaeology at the University of Haifa, said the discovery marks the first time such “massive construction” before the time of King Herod was found in the oldest parts of the city. (AP Photo/IAA)

Archaeologists digging in Jerusalem have uncovered a 3,700-year-old wall that is the oldest example of massive fortifications ever found in the city, the Israel Antiquities Authority said Wednesday.

The 26-foot-high wall is believed to have been part of a protected passage built by ancient Canaanites from a hilltop fortress to a nearby spring that was the city’s only water source and vulnerable to marauders.

The discovery marks the first time archaeologists have found such massive construction from before the time of Herod, the ruler behind numerous monumental projects in the city 2,000 years ago, and shows that Jerusalem of the Middle Bronze Age had a powerful population capable of complex building projects, said Ronny Reich, director of the excavation and an archaeology professor at the University of Haifa.

The wall dates to the 17th century B.C., when Jerusalem was a small, fortified enclave controlled by the Canaanites, one of the peoples the Bible says lived in the Holy Land before the Hebrew conquest. The kingdom thought to have been ruled from Jerusalem by the biblical King David is usually dated to at least seven centuries later.

A small section of the wall was first discovered in 1909, but diggers have now exposed a 79-foot portion, and Reich believes it stretches much further. Reich said budget constraints related to the global financial crisis put an end to the excavation, at least for now.

“The wall is enormous, and that it survived 3,700 years — this is, even for us, a long time,” Reich said. It was remarkable that a fortification of this kind was not dismantled for later building projects, he said.

Israeli archaeologists discover ancient quarry

This archaeological discovery illustrates the veracity of the Jewish Bible and deconstructs the historical revisionism that is at the heart of palestinianism and the manufactured entity known as “ancient Palestine”. Via AP:

Israeli archaeologists have uncovered an ancient quarry where they believe King Herod extracted stones for the construction of the Jewish Temple 2,000 years ago, the Israel Antiquities Authority said Monday. The archaeologists believe the 1,000-square-foot (100-square-meter) quarry was part of a much larger network of quarries used by Herod in the city.

The biggest stones extracted from the quarry would have measured three yards (meters) long, two yards (meters) across, and two yards (meters) high.

The archaeologists said the size of the stones indicates they could have been used in the construction of the Temple compound, including the Western Wall, a retaining wall that remains intact and is Judaism’s Holiest Site.

This image made available by Israel's Antiquities Authority ...

Mon Jul 6, 9:36 AM ET

This image made available by Israel’s Antiquities Authority Monday, July 6, 2009 shows workers at the excavation site of an ancient quarry in Jerusalem. Archaeologists in Jerusalem have uncovered an ancient quarry where they believe the Bible’s King Herod extracted stones for the construction of the Jewish Temple 2,000 years ago, the Israel Antiquities Authority said Monday.

(AP Photo/IAA, Assaf Peretz)