Swastikas sprayed on ancient synagogue near Jericho (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Itamar Fleishman Published: 05.25.12, 13:08)
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Worshippers discover Palestinian flags, ´Palestine is ours´ slogans
in synagogue in Naaran
Swastikas, Palestinian flags and "Palestine is ours" slogans were
spray-painted on the ancient synagogue in Naaran near Jericho
Public Diplomacy Minister Yuli Edelstein condemned the act and
remarked it was no wonder the Palestinians desecrate an ancient
synagogue "after destroying and desecrating Temple Mount remnants."
The Minister added, "The incident reaffirms the belief that Jewish
holy sites must be under Israel´s sovereignty."
The ancient synagogue in Naaran was built in the Sixth Century and
attracts both worshippers and pilgrims. The compound contains an
ancient mosaic and archeological treasures.
On Friday, a group of worshippers was shocked to find that the site
had been vandalized. "I was shocked to see the destruction," said Dr.
Yoel Elitzur who led the group. "It turns out that general values of
respect for antiques mean nothing to these savages. The site must be
placed under Jewish control as soon as possible."
Members of a group organizing visits to the site expressed outrage
over the vandalism and lack of Jewish security at the synagogue.
"The historic mosaic is an important testament of our people´s
history. A people that do not guard their past have no future. If the
IDF is incapable, we will protect the synagogue with our bodies."
Other elements in the Right said that the incident could cause an
escalation. MK Michael Ben Ari (National Union) called on the Shin
Bet and Israel Police "to treat the desecration of the synagogue as
if it were a mosque otherwise the government will inspire a series of
Price Tag acts." (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/25/12)
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