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Historic Damascus Synagogue Looted and Burned

Society & Culture  (tags: Synagogue, Damascus, Syria, looted, holy sites, historical sites )

- 1876 days ago -
The 2,000-year-old Jobar Synagogue in the Syrian capital of Damascus was looted and burned to the ground. Synagogues in the Old City of Jerusalem fell to the same fate during the Jordanian occupation 1948-1967.

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Alexa R (319)
Monday April 1, 2013, 12:31 pm
How very sad .. i quote:

"The Jobar synagogue was built atop a cave that, according to tradition, was used by the prophet Elijah to conceal himself from prosecution. The synagogue is said to have been built by Elijah's successor, the prophet Elisha, and repaired during the first century by Eleazar ben Arach.

Six World Heritage sites in Syria were damaged by the Syrian civil war from shelling and open fire between regime forces and rebel fighters. The fighting left historic buildings, archaeological sites and residential areas in ruins. "

Barbara K (60)
Monday April 1, 2013, 1:00 pm
How sad when old sites are destroyed, thanks for the posting, my friend.

Christeen A (368)
Monday April 1, 2013, 1:13 pm
Very bad news.

. (0)
Monday April 1, 2013, 1:45 pm
What a tragedy.

Winn A (179)
Monday April 1, 2013, 1:56 pm
What a terrible loss.

Stephen Brian (23)
Monday April 1, 2013, 2:10 pm
The degree to which I am not surprised may astound the casual observer.

Sandi C (98)
Monday April 1, 2013, 2:27 pm
nothing surprises me anymore. what a tragedy.

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Monday April 1, 2013, 2:38 pm
This is horrible!! Man is going insane!! There is no value left for some if they ever knew value!!

Suzanne L (99)
Monday April 1, 2013, 2:49 pm
Very sad news that places so ancient and special are being destroyed by present conflict.

pam w (139)
Monday April 1, 2013, 3:19 pm
They're demonstrating what they value....and what they disrespect.

What a culture!

Elke H (97)
Monday April 1, 2013, 3:48 pm
This hurts everyone. All the historic places belong to everyone. I don't understand why that is so difficult to get. Thanks for posting!

Russell R (87)
Monday April 1, 2013, 3:49 pm
muslims want to wipe out all of the past and let history begin with moham, leaving that black box intact. To wipe out all signs of Jewish Culture. That is their mission. The Prophets, Jesus and the Apostles were all muslims! What happened to the Commandment "Thou Shall Not Kill!?" or, should I say, what part of it do they not understand. It was moham that made it alright as long as it was done in the name of "allah!" As far as I am concerned, the "devil" made him do it! Satan's power on Earth! Moham, the spawn of Satan!

Gloria picchetti (304)
Monday April 1, 2013, 5:03 pm
Very bad news.

Helen Porter (39)
Monday April 1, 2013, 5:22 pm

Bitter is the tragedy.

Judith Hand (55)
Monday April 1, 2013, 6:11 pm
Noted and read; solemnly sad, thanks.

Lynn Squance (235)
Monday April 1, 2013, 7:10 pm
The synagogue is one of 6 world heritage sites in Syria that have been damaged or destroyed and that is truly sad to hear because such sites represent history, tradition and culture. And at this point no one knows who actually did the looting and destruction, but such will happen during war. Extensive damage to churches, synagogues and mosques was done all over Europe, North Africa and the Pacific region during WWII. The same has been done over the centuries, quite common during the Crusades. But to me, even more disturbing, are the deaths of over 70,000 men, women and children, most of whom have been "caught in the crossfire" between Assad forces and rebels. Walls can be rebuilt, bodies cannot.

Please don't make this incident into an anti-Islam rant. This I think, is about the evil of men against other men. Both sides are saying the other did the looting and destroying. Maybe there is a third faction trying to 'stir the pot'. We just don't know. But there is no doubt that the destruction is very sad. I hope, when the synagogue can be rebuilt, that they take pieces of the old synagogue and embed them within the structure in some fashion.

Unnikrishnan Sasidharan (44)
Monday April 1, 2013, 8:07 pm
sadly noted

P. L. Neola (21)
Monday April 1, 2013, 8:49 pm
It might be time for the members of Jewish synagogues to start secretly hiding their religious relics and items, especially their torah, in the homes of their trusted members. I believe I heard once that some Torahs were worth well over $40,000 in the United States and can be easily damaged in minutes!

During some civil wars, some museum curators had to hide large quantities of museum pieces from the constant flow of looters breaking into or simply entering into war ravaged museums. Later, after the war, after collecting enough donations for rebuilding the museums, and after rebuilding the museums, the curators would produce large numbers of undamaged pieces of treasures for exhibition in the new museums.

Unfortunately, it is impossible to preserve ancient buildings during any kind of war.

John B (185)
Monday April 1, 2013, 9:07 pm
Thanks David for posting the link to the article and to Alexandra for the heads up on this posting. Sad that such an historic and wonderful religious site has been destroyed. Read and noted. Thanks also to Lynn for her very thoughtful comment.

P. L. Neola (21)
Monday April 1, 2013, 9:11 pm
Well, I cannot restore the Damascus synagogue; however, I can share an article of one of the very first American synagogues that survived the American Revolution and the Civil War.


Giana P (398)
Monday April 1, 2013, 10:29 pm
It's very sad. Man destroys everything in his wake in his violence, and it doesn't matter what the value of this destruction is. Syria is being destroyed....

David E (139)
Monday April 1, 2013, 10:55 pm
I am not so sure that the looting and burning was solely due to war:

Islamic Disregard for the Heritage of Others

The Taliban's destruction of ancient Buddhist cultural treasures in the Bamian Valley of Afghanistan during 1998 should have sounded a warning throughout the world over radical Islam's disregard for the religious heritage of others. The Taliban's extremism was partly a result of the influence of their guest, Osama bin Laden, and their Saudi Wahhabi paymasters more generally.2

Israel has witnessed a similar and more widespread pattern of actions by Islamists in support a pre-eminent, if not exclusive, Islamic claim to the Holy Land:

In Nazareth, Muslim zealots have sought since 1997 to construct a large mosque that would dwarf the Christian Basilica of the Annunciation.3

On October 7, 2000, after constant attacks by Palestinian mobs, the Jewish holy site of Joseph's Tomb in Nablus (Shechem) was sacked and burned, and later converted into a mosque. Five days later, the ancient Shalom Al Yisrael synagogue in Jericho was sacked and burned by Palestinians.4

Rachel's Tomb at the Jerusalem-Bethlehem border has come under repeated Palestinian sniper attack.

In April 2002, Palestinian Tanzim gunmen from Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement took over the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and controlled the site for weeks at gunpoint.

However, the activities by the Muslim Waqf and the Israeli Muslim movement on the Temple Mount represent an unprecedented attempt to deny any legitimacy to the ancient Jewish heritage in Jerusalem.

After September 2000, the Muslim Waqf closed off the Temple Mount entirely to any archeological oversight by the Israel Antiquities Authority. Then, in order to complete new underground mosques at the site, it removed to city garbage dumps some 13,000 tons of rubble from the Temple Mount that included archeological remnants from the First and Second Temple periods.

The intention is to turn the entire 36-acre Temple Mount compound into an exclusively Muslim site by erasing every sign, remnant, and memory of its Jewish past, including the destruction of archeological findings that are proof of this past.

In a country where construction projects may be held up for months out of concern for the preservation of antiquities, the free hand given the Muslim Waqf to destroy Jewish artifacts at Judaism's holiest site is hard to comprehend.

Randall Redmon (1)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 3:03 am
that is what happens when a war breaks out

Teresa W (782)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 4:38 am
very sad

federico b (47)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 9:19 am
Tutto questo veramente triste.

Patricia Gal (103)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 5:36 pm
Such a shameful act. That violence and hatred is not acceptable. They will serve punishment & penance be sure of that.

MmAway M (505)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 5:11 am
Thank you David for posting this and Alex for the forward. Nothing is sacred anymore.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 6:47 am
sadly noted

Many Feathers (139)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 6:51 am
Shameful Morons

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 6:54 am
very very sad......

Alexander Werner (53)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 2:51 pm
Just another example of a primitive barbarism, displayed by Islamists so frequently and everywhere, from Afganistan to Serbia to Timbuktu to Aleppo...


Birgit W (160)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 3:22 pm

Caroline S (78)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 1:36 am
It's always sad when old sites are destroyed, very sad.

Maggie Kearns (7)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 1:29 pm
So sad and disheartening.:(

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Friday April 5, 2013, 2:37 am

Kerrie G (116)
Friday April 5, 2013, 5:05 am
Very sad :( Noted, thanks.

Lynn Geth (185)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 4:13 pm
What a horrible piece of news. It seems nothing in the world is sacred anymore. This is a travesty of the worst kind.
To Russell R., who said "The Prophets, Jesus and the Apostles were all muslims!", I beg to differ. Before turning to Christianity, the Prophets, Jesus and the Apostles were all Jewish.

Devon Leonar (54)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 1:45 am
Horrible horrible horrible senseless wanton destruction, and to a structure so ancient as well as sacred is so barbaric ans tragic. Extremism in ALL it's forms is dangerous....! Alexandra this is a sad story.

Joy Wong (103)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 3:19 am
Sadly noted, thanks for sharing.

. (0)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 8:50 am
These idiots are destroying their own history. What a terrible thing to do to their children. There will be nothing left to show how creative and accomplished their ancestors were. They seem determined to destroy everything they can.

Jay S (116)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 9:58 am
Only those who know nothing about Islam, and naively assume it is like other religions in teaching peace and non-violence would believe this desecration had nothing to do with Islam, just the war. But Mohammed taught hatred and violence toward Jews: "Bukhari:V4B52N176 "Allah's Apostle said, 'You Muslims will fight the Jews till some of them hide behind stones. The stones will betray them saying, "O Abdullah
(slave of Allah)! There is a Jew hiding behind me; so kill him."'"

This is only one of the hateful verses against Jews in Islamic scripture which has more hate verses against Jews than are found in Hitler's 'Mein Kampf'. Where is all the Liberal outrage over Islamic hate? Is it all just because of ignorance? Perhaps. We used to think much the same thing until we read the Qur'an and Sunnah and started studying Islam 5 years ago. We aren't naive about it any more.

All Muslims may not be hateful toward Jews. Many Muslims don't have a clue what Islam really teaches any more than most of you do, and few have ever even read the qur'an, let alone the Sunnah, but Islam clearly teaches and condones hate against all non-Muslims and that no non-Muslims can ever be treated as equals with Muslims nor any religion treated equally with Islam - Allah forbids it.

So quit trying to defend this cult of hate and start caring about its victims.
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