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Pictures Show Historic Damascus Synagogue Destroyed
Times of Isreal ^ | May 28, 2014

Posted on 05/27/2014 11:36:19 PM PDT by nickcarraway

After numerous reports of damage from civil war, Jobar’s Eliyahu Hanabi Synagogue ‘flattened’ in attack on capital’s suburb

A historic synagogue on the outskirts of Damascus was reportedly destroyed amid fighting in Syria’s civil war.

Earlier reports from 2013 variously indicated that the centuries-old synagogue was destroyed and intact amid fighting between pro-Assad and Syrian rebel forces..

Opposition leaders said Syrian army forces flattened the more than 400-year-old Eliyahu Hanabi Synagogue in an attack over the weekend — part of a months-long bombardment of the suburb of Jobar — and also may have destroyed thousands of Jewish artifacts, The Daily Beast reported.

The synagogue was damaged by a mortar shell in 2013. It stopped functioning as a Jewish house of worship more than a century ago.

In December 2013, Syrian opposition sources said they were protecting the synagogue 24 hours a day. They also said the Torah scrolls had been removed from the synagogue for safe-keeping, but would be returned if and when it was safe to do so.

Before Syria’s civil war, the synagogue reportedly housed thousands of religious and cultural treasures, including century-old Torah scrolls, historical texts, dishes and ancient Judaica. It was not clear how many of those were in the building when it was destroyed.

According to the Daily Beast, the synagogue was a destination for Jewish pilgrims and was said to have been built atop the cave where the Prophet Elijah hid from his persecutors. Local Arab leaders took over the synagogue building in the 19th century.

After Israel was established, the building was used as a school for Palestinian refugees.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: damascus; middleeast; syria

1 posted on 05/27/2014 11:36:19 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Jews in Damascus?...... Why?.. Are they stupid?..


2 posted on 05/28/2014 1:34:07 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: nickcarraway

Why can the raghead barbarians destroy a synagogue in Syria but we couldn’t even ENTER a mosque in Iraq.


3 posted on 05/28/2014 2:18:00 AM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: nickcarraway

Fools may have sealed the fate of the oldest inhabited City in the world.


4 posted on 05/28/2014 5:25:23 AM PDT by exPBRrat
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5 posted on 05/28/2014 7:08:07 AM PDT by SJackson (the Democrats take back control, we don’t make (this) kind of naked power grab, J Biden)
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To: nickcarraway

“the centuries-old synagogue was destroyed AND intact”

How can it be both?


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To: exPBRrat
Fools may have sealed the fate of the oldest inhabited City in the world.
Isaiah 17:1 Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

It's not a question of "if", only "when".

HF

8 posted on 05/28/2014 8:27:30 AM PDT by holden
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To: nickcarraway
was destroyed and intact

Does anyone proofread anymore?

9 posted on 05/28/2014 9:29:53 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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