Assad forces flatten Syria’s oldest synagogue


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The more than 400-year-old Eliyahu Hanabi Synagogue was hit by a mortar shell in 2013. It stopped functioning as a Jewish house of worship more than a century ago.

Haaretz

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

Opposition leaders said Syrian army forces flattened the more than 400-year-old Eliyahu Hanabi Synagogue in an attack — 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 had been damaged by a mortar shell in 2013. It stopped functioning as a Jewish house of worship more than a century ago.

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.

  1. #1 by John Campbell on 05/28/2014 - 9:34

    Good.

  2. #2 by NLG on 05/29/2014 - 9:34

    Oy vey! Maybe they’ll build a few more in India.

  3. #3 by bigcree1 on 05/29/2014 - 9:34

    Good! Great news. More to come, hopefully.

  4. #4 by kittie kittie on 05/29/2014 - 9:34

    Josh Rogin skipped all coursework related to journalistic integrity. Pity, honest people are underemployed while propagandists are fully employed.

  5. #5 by aj on 05/29/2014 - 9:34

    What the hell? Satan got his hands full? How could this happen?

  6. #6 by kittie kittie on 05/29/2014 - 9:34

    I am against intentionally destroying or neglecting ANY culturally important artifact. I imagine Assad did not intentionally destroy any culturally important building or contents and believes he is custodian of some of the world’s most important cultural sites. Syria allows Turkey to guard the Tomb of Suleyman Shah located in Aleppo. Sure Assad has problems with Israel and Zionists, but there is no reason to believe he would intentionally desecrate any religious icon.

    I think Rogin is full of it.

  7. #7 by SEARCHLIGHT on 05/29/2014 - 9:34

    I dont’t understand what does it have to be of any importance, that a satanic synagogue, was destroyed, first of all it has already been established by those that are supposed to be awake, that these KHAZARS, are not even, HEBREWS, OF THE BIBLICAL BLOOD LINE.

    THESE PARAITES ARE THE ONES THAT WERE KICKED OUT OF THE REAL GOD ORDER MADE TEMPLE UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF KING SOLOMON, those criminal parassites were already called the MONEY CHANGERS, IDENTIFYED BIBLICALY BY OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST.

    But even by the time, that JESUS CHRIST CAME TO EARTH, GOD THE FATHER HAD ALREADY STOPED TALKING TO THE ORIGINAL BIBLICAL HEBRES, OVER 490 YEARS, BEFORE HIS COMMING, BY NOW 2 MULLENIUM AFTER THE CRUSIFIXITIONM GOD HAS NOT TALKED TO EVEN THE ORININAL HEBREWS FOR THAT LONG PERIOD OF TIME, SINCE THE CONDITIONS PLACED BY GOD THE FATHER, WAS THAT UNLESS, THE HEBREW WERE TO ACCEPT AND BELIVE THE MESSAGE THAT JESUS CAME TO EARTH TO TEACH, AND ACCEPT HIM AS THEIR MESSAIAH, THEY WERE NEVER HEAR HIM AGAIN.

    SINCE THE OBJECTIVE OF CHRIST DYING FOR ALL THE ONES THAT BELIVED IN HIM WERE TO RECIVE HIS HOLY SPISRIT, WITHOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT NO MAN CAN GET TO KNOW WHO THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERS IS, THE SPIRIT OF GOD IN A MAN;S HEART IS THE ON;Y ONE THAT CAN TEACH THE SPIRIT OF MAN OF WHAT GOD REQUIRES OF HIM AS AN INDIVIDUAL.

    THE DAYS WHEN GOD WOULD SPEAK THROUGH A MAN LIKE MOSES OR ANY OF HIS PROPHETS STAYED BACK UNDER THE OLD CONTRACT (Old Testament) that is why satan who knows God, better than any man with out the HOLY SPIRIT, REJOYCES, of all the stupid questions and interpretations that a RELIGIOUS MAN CLAIMS “GOD SAID SO”,

    sATAN KNOWS THAT AND RECOGBISES ALSO WHEN A REAL BELIVER KNOWS GOD AND THERE IS NOTHING HE CAN DO TO SCREW UP HUS LIFE UNLESS GOD HAS A TEACHING LESSON THAT THE BELIVER NEEDS TO EXPERIENCE AND BECAUSE OF HARD HEADNESS, OR BEEDN TO BUISY REGARDING THE THINGS OF THE WORLD, GOD PERMITS SATAN TO SCREW THE MANS LIFE BUT ONLY TO THE LEVEL THAT GOD GIVES SATAN PERMISION, OTHERWISE, GOD ALWAYS PROTECTS HIS OWN FAMILY AGAINST ANY THING AND EVERY THING,

    IT IS THROUGH SUFERING THAT MANY TIMES A MAN GETS TO DEPEND ON GOD MORE THAN IF IT HAD NO NEEDSM WHEN A MAN HAS NO NEEDS SO HE THINKS IS BECAUSE HE BELIVES TO HIMSELF BEEN A GOD, AND GOD LETS THEM BELIVE THAT UNTIL HE SEES THEM COLAPSM AND ASK GOD FOR HELP.

    AS AN INVISIBLE GOD HE WANTS HIS CHILDREN TO LEARN TO TRUST IN HIM EVEN W3HEN WE CAN’T SEE HIS HAND AT WORK, THAT IS WHY IS CALLED THAT THE BELIVER LIVES HIS LIFE BY FAITH NOT BY MONEY, MONEY IS SATANS DEPENDANCE, THAT IS WHY THE PARASITE JEWS BELIVE MORE IN SATAN AND EVEN WORSHIP HIM AND THAT IS WHY HE GIVES THEM ANY THING THEY WANT, TO KEEP THEM AWAY FROM GOD HIMSELF.

  8. #9 by Goy Power on 05/30/2014 - 9:34

    Searchlight,

    Havent you heard the zio-Filth’s latest concoction to retain their genetic superiority in the face of DNA tests proving the Khazars are Mongol Turks with no relation to semites?
    “When they converted it changed their DNA, and they [magically] became jews”. Not kidding, that is a line I recently heard from one of the Chosen

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