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Israel unveils new synagogue in Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa

Israel unveils a new synagogue in Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa [PeaceMakers International Motorcycle Ministries/Facebook]

The Israeli authorities today unveiled a new Jewish synagogue under the Al-Buraq Wall – known to Jews as the Western Wall – in occupied East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

“Following 12 years of construction, the new synagogue was opened on Monday evening,” the Heritage Foundation of the Western Wall, an Israeli governmental body, said in a statement.

“The unique design of the prayer hall combines rare art and unique lighting, creating a wonderful contrast between ancient and modern,” the statement read.

In recent years, Islamic institutions in East Jerusalem have lodged repeated protests over excavations being carried out by the Israeli authorities under the flashpoint mosque compound.

In a statement, Sheikh Ekrema Sabri, head of Jerusalem’s Supreme Islamic Council and a former Al-Aqsa imam, stressed that the Al-Buraq Wall was a component of the Al-Aqsa’s western wall.

“The wall is part of our Islamic heritage and will remain so until Judgment Day,” Sabri said.

Read: Israel to allocate $50m to explore foundations of alleged Temple

“The Israeli occupation has no claim on Jerusalem’s heritage,” he added. “This new synagogue… doesn’t have any historical roots.”

“All new construction by the [Israeli] occupation authorities in Jerusalem is illegitimate and lacks a historical basis,” Sabri said, adding the holy city “cannot be partitioned”.

In October 2016, UNESCO voted on a resolution which denied any Jewish connection to Al-Aqsa Mosque and Al-Buraq Wall in occupied Jerusalem.

Tension has mounted in the occupied territories since US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on 6 December, drawing condemnation from across the world. Yesterday the United Nationals Security Council voted 14 to one against Trump’s decision, however due to the US power of veto a resolution could not be passed against his unilateral move.

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  • Fasdunkle

    “In October 2016, UNESCO voted on a resolution which denied any Jewish connection to Al-Aqsa Mosque and Al-Buraq Wall in occupied Jerusalem.”

    No such vote was taken

    • abu antar

      Correction. There was a vote, chaired by Turkish chairperson. It passed 10 for/8 against. Resolution 40COM 7A.13, entitled “Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls”.It stated that temple mount/Haram Al Sharif, is“a Muslim holy site of worship.”
      It ignores the rest of historical significance.
      The year 610 CE is year 0.

  • Helen4Yemen

    There are only 26 genetic groups in the world. What is #22 “European Jewish”?

    That is code for Khazar, is it not? If it is not, please tell me what else it is.

    Africa………………………………Europe
    1 Africa North ………………… 14 Iberian Peninsula
    2 Africa South-Central …….. 15 Great Britain
    Hunter Gatherers ……………. 16 Italy/Greece
    3 Africa Southeastern ……….17 Ireland
    4 Benin/Togo …………………..18 Europe East
    5 Cameroon/Congo ………….19 Europe West
    6 Ivory Coast/Ghana ……….. 20 Scandinavia
    7 Mali …………………………….. 21 Finland/Northwest Russia
    8 Nigeria ………………………… 22 European Jewish
    9 Senegal ……………………….Pacific Islander
    America …………………………. 23 Polynesia
    10 Native American …………. 24 Melanesia
    Asia ……………………………….West Asia
    11 Asia East …………………….25 Caucasus
    12 Asia Central ………………. 26 Middle East
    13 Asia South

    • kirby1

      Hi Helen,

      FYI
      Israel “Palestine” in the 1800s – massive Arab immigration following Jews’ return = the true origin of the (today’s) so called “Palestinians”
      How odd that such last names as al-Masri (the Egyptian,), al-Djazair (the Algerian), el-Mughrabi (the Moroccan), al-Yamani (the Yemenite) and even al-Afghani are so common among those claiming to be “Palestinians.”

      Today’s Palestinians are immigrants from many nations: “Balkans, Greeks, Syrians, Latins, Egyptians, Turks, Armenians, Italians, Persians, Kurds, Germans, Afghans, Circassians, Bosnians, Sudaneese, Samaritans, Algerians, Motawila, Tartars, Hungarians, Scots, Navarese, Bretons, English, Franks, Ruthenians, Bohemians, Bulgarians, Georgians, Syrians, Persian Nestorians, Indians, Copts, Maronites, and many others.” (DeHass, History, p. 258. John of Wurzburg list from Reinhold Rohricht edition, pp. 41, 69).

      There are villages populated wholly by settlers from other portions of the Turkish Empire in the 19th century. There are villages of Bosnians, Circassians, and Egyptians. -Parkes, James William, History of the Peoples of Palestine, Hammondsworth, Great Britain, 1970, p. 212.
      There are very large contingents from the Mediterranean countries, especially Armenia, Greece, and Italy, Turkomen settlers, a fairly large Afghan colony, Motawila, immigrants from Persia, tribes of Kurds, a Bosnian colony, Circassian settlements, a large Algerian element, Sudanese… -Encyclopedia Brittanica, 1911 ed

      • Saleh Mazin

        No, Palestine was there longer than that. Google “Jund Filastin” that is the map of Palestine when Abu Bakar al Siddiq and Umar ibn al khattab were the Islamic Caliphate rulers.

        • kirby1

          FYI: Jund Filastin was one of the military districts ruled by a foriegn entity, a far cry from a independ state.

    • דניאל עזרן

      european jews are ashknzi jews.
      mizrahi jews are arab jews
      we are all jews :0

    • WhiteEagle

      A ‘priest’ gene was discovered by genetic researchers when they checked up on the gnome of those of Jewish descent that had as a last name Cohen and its variants.

      • Helen4Yemen

        So you are telling me that you do not dispute these folks

        listed below have ZERO% Middle Eastern DNA but the

        “Cohen” have Israelite connection? How do you explain

        why these folks have ZERO% Middle East genes?

        Here are samples of what the Ashkenazi DNA results look like:
        1) Larry David…………. 97.8% Ashkenazi … 99% European
        2) Bernie Sanders…… 97.7% Ashkenazi … 99% European
        3) Alan Dershowitz….. 98.5% Ashkenazi … 99% European
        4) Tony Kushner……… 97.5% Ashkenazi … 99% European
        4) Tony Kushner……… 97.5% Ashkenazi … 99% European
        5) Neil Gaiman……….. 99.6% Ashkenazi … 99% European
        Source: https://worldpeace365.wordpress.COM/2017/12/27/ashkenazi-dna-99-european/

      • scorpion

        Keep trying, genetics and archaeology makes you look more of a fool each time you post White Turkey!

  • DEADP00L

    They put a new synagogue is an old roman sewage system…. LOL stupid Zionists.Only they would call that a synagogue. The only thing ancient about that place is literally feces and garbage.

  • Twixtwilight

    So is that a sphere (earth) inflamed as the altarpiece focus?

  • scorpion

    Senior Israeli archaeologist casts doubt on Jewish heritage of Jerusalem
    A senior archaeologist at Tel Aviv University has cast doubt on the alleged Jewish heritage of Jerusalem. Israel Finkelstein’s claims have been made in the face of official Israeli and biblical claims to the occupied city.

    Professor Finkelstein, who is known as “the father of biblical archaeology”, told the Jerusalem Post that Jewish archaeologists have found no historical or archaeological evidence to back the biblical narrative on the Exodus, the Jews’ wandering in Sinai or Joshua’s conquest of Canaan. On the alleged Temple of Solomon, Finkelstein said that there is no archaeological evidence to prove it really existed.

    • Joe in Australia

      There’s no actual doubt that the First Temple (“Temple of Solomon”) existed. There isn’t any known archeological evidence at present, because there are no archeological digs on the Temple Mount and (assuming later construction didn’t scrape the site clean) there would be several layers of construction on top of it. So that claim is technically correct, but misleading.

      Finkelstein is a Minimalist, but even he has moderated his views in recent years. He still doesn’t believe the Exodus occurred, but I understand he’s willing to accept a larger pre-exilic cultural and literary life than he formerly did. None of that has anything to do with Jerusalem, though, and characterising his views as “doubt[ing] the alleged Jewish history of Jerusalem” is preposterous and intentionally misleading, and he would be the first to tell you so.

      • Eileen Kuch

        The 1st Temple (Temple of Solomon) did exist, Joe, but was destroyed by the invading Babylonians around 586 BC. It wasn’t until a few centuries later that after having been freed from captivity, the Jews returned to a devastated Jerusalem and rebuilt the city and finished it off with the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple in the same spot. This temple lasted until 70 AD, when the Romans under Titus destroyed the Biblical city and the 2nd Temple, leaving it all leveled into the ground, so that nothing of the city and temple were left, save for 3 towers.
        This is the reason Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is null and void .. Biblical Jerusalem had ceased to exist in 70 AD when it was totally obliterated by the Romans. Trump can’t move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, either, for the same reason.
        Even the so-called Western Wall was destroyed .. What’s being used as the Western Wall for Orthodox Jews to venerate is actually a part of the Roman Fortress of Antonia. When modern Zionist Israel was founded in 1948, Tel Aviv was made its capital; and it’s still Israel’s capital today.

        • WhiteEagle

          Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, the site of Lord YHWH’s Mt Zion, and he has not relinquished his title of same, no matter how many or few of the Hebrew of the original blood lines remain (as ‘the Remenant’). No man can own God. No invader can claim the city for their own , no matter how much they attempt their sacralige of building their own churches, temples and mosques upon/atop Israel’s old holy grounds. Disagree with me if you will, but read Revelations. It is to MT Zion that YHWH returns (not Allah), and to MT Olive that Jesus will set his feet on, and rescue those of Jerusalem by creating a valley they can flee though, when the armies of the world seek to destroy the faithful once again. Jerusalem, under Christ, (not the Rothschilds or NWO oligarchs) will become the Capital of the world and of all people then.

          • scorpion

            Yawn! Clutching at fairy tales with zero evidence!

        • scorpion

          The Jews were never in captivity, where is your proof other than a belief in myths and fairytales?

      • scorpion

        No doubt, why? Has he told you that?

        • Joe in Australia

          This is a pretty basic question, but essentially:
          1) We have masses of contemporary evidence that Jerusalem was a Jewish city at the time the Assyrians conquered it;
          2) Similar societies in the region had temples;
          3) We have archeological finds from the period that include depictions of a temple or of altars;
          4) Consequently, it can be presumed that there was a Jewish temple in Jerusalem.
          5) The Temple Mount is a logical place for a temple adjacent to the city, and in fact has been continuously used for religious sites for 2000+ years;
          6) The Biblical books also describe the first Temple as being located on the Temple Mount;
          7) Consequently, since we can be pretty sure there was a Jewish temple, and since all logic and historical accounts place it on that site, it would take a really solid bit of evidence (say, finding ruins of a Jewish temple near Jerusalem but not on the Mount) to sway the scholarly consensus.

          That being said, I guess you could quibble about it being “the temple of Solomon” rather than just the temple *ascribed* to Solomon. If so, fine, whatever.

    • WhiteEagle

      The Biblical narrative of the Exodus? Several of the old encampments have been found as has the crossing at the Red Sea where the remenants of Egyptian chariots have been discovered and documented on film. Sounds to me like the Professor is becoming senile?

      • scorpion

        Oh really, wouldn’t that have created a worldwide news story?

        Nothing has been found! However, if one is looking for news of an important scientific or historical discovery, World News Daily Report is not the place to look. WNDR is fake news site whose disclaimer notes that the site’s articles are satirical in nature.

        From the same website: On 20 February 2014, the World News Daily Report web site published an article positing that a 200-million-year old dinosaur egg had recently hatched in a Berlin museum due to the effects of a malfunctioning heating unit.

        Perhaps you should check your sources before you make yourself look stupid and disparage a true professional. Maybe you should change your name to White Turkey?

  • Were Jews allowed to construct synagogues when Jerusalem was controlled by the Arabs?

    • Joe in Australia

      Mostly not. During some periods (especially under the Jordanian occupation) they weren’t even allowed to live in Jerusalem. Under the Ottomans they were, but only with permission that was rarely granted.

      • Akidahamad

        Now the indigenous people of Palestine are denied permission to construct homes (let alone mosques and churches) by the invaders of their land; yet the entity occupying Palestine is often referred to by the West as the only “democratic state” in that region.

        • Joe in Australia

          There are lots of churches and mosques in Israel, built by people of all ethnicities. They’re mostly not built by the indigenous people, obviously, because most of them are Jews.

          • Akidahamad

            The indigenous people of that land are of Phoenician extract — not Jews (definitely not European Jews. I recommend that you read Shlomo Sand’s books — particularly THE INVENTION OF THE LAND OF ISRAEL).

          • Joe in Australia

            Shlomo Sand is more of a historiographer than a mainstream historian, and he’s particularly weak when it comes to historical data.

            Indigeneity is a poorly defined term, especially when it comes to parts of the Old World that have experienced multiple waves of conquest and migration. The foundational Israelite story certainly says that they conquered the land and replaced the culture of earlier inhabitants (though Biblical Minimalists would say that the Israelites *were* those earlier inhabitants!) which would mean that their culture was not indigenous, vis-a-vis those Canaanites (not Phoenicians as such).

            But, the foundational Palestinian story also identifies with a shared culture and religion that conquered the region from the preceding cultures and inhabitants. Therefore, it’s not indigenous with respect to the Jewish inhabitants of Israel, who have cultural and historical continuity reaching back at least several thousand years. This doesn’t mean that one group is right and one group wrong, but the indigenous cultural relationship to the land which formed it must be respected.

            Incidentally, for all the criticism of treating Ashkenazi Jews as indigenous:
            1) the Europeans they lived amongst treated them as indigenous to then-Palestine;
            2) it’s basically impossible to distinguish between them and other Jewish groups, because of frequent mixing; and
            3) there are Palestinian families of recent African, Turkish, Egyptian or even Circassian origin, so it’s not like anyone can afford to be too rigid about indigineity.

  • Well, let us hope that this place will not be targeted by future extremists.