Vandals Damage Ancient Monk´s Mill Site in Galilee (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Chana Ya´ar 05/06/12)
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Apparent anti-Israeli vandals damaged an ancient archaeological site
featuring a monk´s mill this weekend in the northern part of the
The site, known as the “Monk´s Mill,” dates back about 500 years ago.
It was a flour mill, used for making bread by Christian monks who
lived in the area´s monasteries around the present village of
Inside the ruins of the building, officials from the Kishon Drainage
and Streams Authority found shreds of Israeli flags that were ripped
and burned. The building´s walls, doorposts, windows and entryways
were damaged, officials said. The site, which is a highly important
archaeological and tourist site, is visited by thousands of Israelis
First settled by the Hasmoneans in 2 B.C.E., this area served as the
Roman capital of the Galilee through the reign of King Herod.
Tzippori is where Rabbi Yehudah HaNassi later developed the written
Mishnah in the second centurey C.E.-- the codification of up-to-then
Oral Jewish Law that later was further expanded upon by Rabbinic
Sages, in the extensive commentary-filled volumes of the Gemarah. The
two texts together comprise the Talmud, the compendium of the Oral
Law of the Torah.
A police complaint has been filed. No suspects have yet been
identified, although it is believed that Arab and Druze youths from
surrounding villages may have been behind the vandalism, but it is
still not clear what the motivation for the attack might have been.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/06/12)
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