Skip to comments.Ancient Synagogue Discovered in Ramallah Area
Posted on 02/07/2006 5:15:26 AM PST by SJackson
Three weeks ago, Israeli police found a mosaic floor in an Arab car. The Antiquities Authority has confirmed that the floor be belongs to a previously undiscovered synagogue in the Ramallah area.
Researchers from the Israeli Antiquities Authority believe that the mosaic formed part of an ancient synagogue floor because it contained depictions of Jewish symbols, such as the base of a menorah (a seven branched candelabrum), a lulav (palm branch), and dates.
Another, no less interesting feature of the mosaic, are the words Shalom (peace) on Israel which are inscribed on it. At first, researchers thought the thieves had stolen the mosaic floor of an ancient Jericho synagogue, known as the Shalom on Israel synagogue, because if has the same inscription.
But after some checking, the researchers learned that the Jericho synagogue, located in an area subject to the jurisdiction of the PA, was intact and in place. The inevitable conclusion was that the newly discovered mosaic was from an as yet undiscovered ancient synagogue.
Researchers surmise that the synagogue is located somewhere in the Ramallah area, because the two suspects in the car where the mosaic was found, are from Shuafat, a north Jerusalem neighborhood bordering Ramallah.
The precise location of the synagogue can only be guessed at, because areas, such as Ramallah, which are controlled by Palestinian Authority security forces, are off-limits to Jews. Jews who attempt to visit or do research in those areas are at risk of being kidnapped or killed.
Ironically, the Shalom on Israel synagogue in Jericho is also off-limits to Jews, despite a specific provision of the Oslo accords that guarantees Jewish access to the site.
During the First and Second Temple periods, the Ramallah area was at the heart of the Jewish commonwealth, so the possibility of an undiscovered synagogue in the area came as no surprise to antiquities researchers.
Like many archeological discoveries, this one was revealed entirely by accident, when border police stopped and searched a suspicious vehicle. When they saw the mosaic, police knew they were on to something unusual, and immediately called in a special unit, whose job is to investigate the theft of antiquities. That unit turned the mosaic over to the Antiquities Authority.
Despite the security obstacles, the Antiquities Authority said it will attempt to use undercover means to discover the exact location of the synagogue.
I'll bet it was there before old Mo flew to heaven on his winged pig, or whatever it was.
Kewl! Ancient synagogue discovered in area muslims claim was always muslim. Yet another proof the Jews were there first!
All the muslims should get out of the formerly jewish and christian lands.
Wow! Of course, the PA says the Jews never occupied Israel at any time until 1948.
How about a squadron of B-52's to "shake" the rubble.
The wind blew, the shi'ite flew, and there stood Mad Mo'!
Woo Hoo! Iraq has always had a Jewish population, i.e the gardens of Babylon are there. If I recall correctly this is where Daniel saw the writing on the wall.
I agree. I'd like to see all of the Egyptian squatters that call themselves "Palestinians" shipped home at gunpoint. For that matter, I'd like to see Greater Israel restored, including the formerly Jewish cities of Mecca and Medina.
Then the Israelis should confiscate the Saudi oil fields as compensation for 1400 years of Muslim oppression. I'd much rather buy my oil from Israel than from the howling Mahometan head choppers. Drive them all into the desert, there to live out their squalid lives in the tents of their grandfathers, never again allowed to set foot in the civilized world on pain of death.
I'm alright with that.
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Ironically, the Shalom on Israel synagogue in Jericho is also off-limits to Jews, despite a specific provision of the Oslo accords that guarantees Jewish access to the site.What a huge surprise.
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true story: The first chapters of the Koran describe how Mohommoose was told by an 'angel' to write the book, and he said he couldn't , so the angel squeezed it out of him...
This explains the steaming pile of excrement they base their belief on
Could be, but this is not in Iraq; it's near Jerusalem.