Construction at new settlement damages archaeological sites?

I was quite horrified today reading this item at Ma’an News.

About Ma’an News:   Launched in 2005, Ma’an News Agency (MNA) publishes news around the clock in Arabic and English, and is among the most browsed websites in the Palestinian territories, with over 3 million visits per month. Considered the main source of independent news from Palestine, MNA has become the first choice for online information for many Palestinians, and is also attracting a growing international readership and interest from prominent international news organizations and agencies.

It’s not what we would term a ‘news site’. How they can claim is

“also attracting a growing international readership and interest from prominent international news organizations and agencies,”

is totally beyond me. I think most of their news is invented. Like the following

 A Palestinian researcher who monitors settlement activities in Salfit, Khalid Maali, pointed out Tuesday that three major archeological sites were damaged as a result of construction work in the area.

Khirbet al-Shajarah (Tree Hamlet), Mughur al-Shams (Sun Caves) and Deir Samaan, he said,

“sustained major damage.”

Maali highlighted that Israeli antiquities authorities carried out excavations in Khirbet al-Shajarah a few years ago “and stole antiquities.” The area contains a large number of ancient wells, walls and huge rock engravings.

I couldn’t quite believe what I was reading. I posted this.

 “What irony. Suddenly the Arabs are concerned about damage to archaeological sites. Who destroyed the entire Jewish section of the Old City of Jerusalem? Who has caused major damage to the ancient Harbour of Gaza? Who makes a habit of building mosques atop religious sites of other religions. Check Jerusalem, check Hebron, check Shechem, Cordoba and more. What a joke and what lies. Israel spends a great deal of money preserving its history, it wouldn’t be destroying it.”

Then to be confronted with these comments later.



By now there are probably more

My replies aren’t online yet and knowing Ma’an, if the truth is posted it rarely sees the light of day. It’s a common occurrence. Insults and rude comments are ‘apparently ‘ against their TOS, but if it’s directed against Israel or someone defending Israel it seems to be alright.

Why is there constant disbelief in what anyone who supports Israel says or what Israel herself says?

I posted that there is archaeological evidence of Jews inhabiting the area since the 7th century BCE. I asked if they had any knowledge of their Bible and the Old Testament.

Israel as defined in Numbers 34 and Ezekiel 47

Numbers 34
1   And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

2   Command the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land of Canaan; (this is the land that shall fall unto you for an inheritance, even the land of Canaan with the coasts thereof:)

3   Then your south quarter shall be from the wilderness of Zin along by the coast of Edom, and your south border shall be the outmost coast of the salt sea eastward:

4   And your border shall turn from the south to the ascent of Akrabbim, and pass on to Zin: and the going forth thereof shall be from the south to Kadeshbarnea, and shall go on to Hazaraddar, and pass on to Azmon:

5   And the border shall fetch a compass from Azmon unto the river of Egypt, and the goings out of it shall be at the sea.

6   And as for the western border, ye shall even have the great sea for a border: this shall be your west border.

7   And this shall be your north border: from the great sea ye shall point out for you mount Hor:

8   From mount Hor ye shall point out your border unto the entrance of Hamath; and the goings forth of the border shall be to Zedad:

9   And the border shall go on to Ziphron, and the goings out of it shall be at Hazarenan: this shall be your north border.

10   And ye shall point out your east border from Hazarenan to Shepham:

11   And the coast shall go down from Shepham to Riblah, on the east side of Ain; and the border shall descend, and shall reach unto the side of the sea of Chinnereth eastward:

12   And the border shall go down to Jordan, and the goings out of it shall be at the salt sea: this shall be your land with the coasts thereof round about.

G-d promised more to Abraham.

Genesis 15:18

On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying,

“To your descendants I have given this land,
From the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates:

Exodus 23:31

And I will set thy bounds from the Red sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee.


The term “Land of Israel” is a direct translation of the Hebrew phrase ארץ ישראל (Eretz Yisrael). The term “Eretz Yisrael” was a holy term, vague as far as the exact boundaries of the territories are concerned but clearly defining ownership.

The name “Israel” first appears in the Tenach – Hebrew Bible as the name given by G-d to the patriarchJacob (Genesis 32:28). Deriving from the name “Israel”, other designations that came to be associated with the Jewish people have included the “Children of Israel” or “Israelite”.

The first definition of the promised land calls it “this land”. (Genesis 15:13–21) The land is promised to Abraham’s descendants at (Genesis 17:8) while in Deuteronomy 1:8, it is promised explicitly to the Israelites. Wikipedia

Israel as given to Abraham
Map showing an interpretation of the borders of the Promised Land, based on the scriptural verses in Genesis 15. Israel as given to Abraham

The Land of Israel (Hebrew: אֶרֶץ יִשְׂרָאֵל ʼÉreṣ Yiśrāʼēl, Eretz Yisrael) is a name for the territory roughly corresponding to the area encompassed by the Southern Levant (also known in English as Land of Canaan, Palestine, the Promised Land, or simply the Holy Land).

The definition of the limits of this territory varies between biblical passages, specifically Genesis 15, Exodus 23, Numbers 34 and Ezekiel 47.

Elsewhere in the Bible, this land is often referred as “from Dan to Beersheba“.

With all this evidence, how can these pro-Palestinian ‘Zionist’ haters claim we are the interlopers and destroying their history to create our own

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  1. MNA is yet another propaganda outlet of the many so beloved by the entire Arab world. Just look at the proliferation of programmes spreading blood libels, like how Jews use the blood of Christian children to bake their matzos. We know that books like Protocols of the Elders of Zion and Mein Kampf are best sellers in Arab countries, and that conspiracy theories become facts if they are anti-Israel and anti-Semitic.

    It’s worrying though, as this propaganda seems to become mainstream among influential groups in Western countries; the media, academia and vapid celebrities lap it all up and help to proliferate the lies.

    Anyone with half a brain would know that Israelis have a huge respect for archological finds and do their utmost to preserve them. Anyone with half a brain also knows that Arabs and Islam generally does their utmost to destroy the ancient artefacts of any non-Muslims. There are numerous examples, but the destruction of the ancient Buddhas of Afghanistan is one which stands out in my mind

  2. The history of Islam is peppered with examples of important sites being destroyed because they are un-Islamic. Islam claims these as their own. Jerusalem is a classic example.
    In 637AD when Caliph Umar entered Jerusalem and told bishop Sophronius he would build a shrine to Mohammed on the Holy mountain, Sophronius exclaimed “Surely that is the abomination that desolates as spoken by the prophet Daniel”.
    When Umar stood on the Holy mountain, a Jewish convert to Islam called Ka’b took off his shoes saying it was holy ground. Caliph Umar admonished him saying it was not holy to Islam.
    Circa 688AD, Caliph Abdul al-Malik built the abomination called the Dome of the Rock which has stood there for over 1300 years as a symbol of Islamic oppression.
    The intellectual godfather of Wahhabism, ibn Taymiyya (d.1328) stated that neither Mohammed nor any of the rightly-guided caliphs worshipped there so to call the temple mount holy to Islam is to “Judaise Islam”. Islam perpetuates this lie about Jerusalem to de-legitimize Israel and take ownership.
    It is insane that the Waqf control access to the temple mountain and deny Jews and Christians unlimited access.
    Can you imagine Islam allowing Jews to control access to Medina because they were there before Mohammed arrived in 622AD?

    Some other examples:
    In 642AD when Amr ibn al-As captured Alexandria, he was instructed to burn down the classic library by Umar using this twisted logic “if what is in the library agrees with the contents of the Qur’an, then it is redundant. And, if the contents of the library do not agree with the Qur’an, then such contents are heretic”.
    The same argument was used by the Moghul invader of India in 1193 when he burned down the seven storey library in Nalanda because it did not contain a Quran.
    In 785AD the Visigoth cathedral of St Vincent was converted into a mosque, the Mesquita, which is what Muslims claim their outstanding achievement in Cordoba, Spain.
    Likewise on 29 May 1453, when Mahmet II finally conquered Constantinople after three days of killing, raping and looting, the grandest cathedral in Christendom, the Hagia Sofia, was converted into a mosque.
    There are so many examples as Islam continues its relentless march to obliterate other cultures and religious symbols.

    Apart from claiming Jerusalem as their Islam’s third holiest site, it now claims the cave of Machpelah in Hebron as its fourth holiest site. PA chairman, Mahmoud Abbas claims Rachel’s tomb is built on a mosque and is hence an Islamic holy site.
    The church of Nativity in Jerusalem and also Bethlehem are claimed as heritage sites for “Palestinians”.
    The list is endless, but the message is that a relentless campaign is underway of lies and deception to destroy our heritage and culture.
    Remember the famous words of Mohammed “War is deceit” [Bukhari vol 4 book 52 no.268]

  3. geoff dickson

    It seems even MKs believe that Jews contaminate the Temple Mountain!

    Reported by Arutz Sheva on Sunday 22 September 2013
    Jews have no right to visit the Temple Mount, and should be prevented from “contaminating” the holy site, a Member of Knesset has argued.

    MK Ahmed Tibi (Ra’am Ta’al) spoke against allowing Jews to visit the Temple Mount, which is also the site of the Al-Aqsa mosque. The area is the holiest place on earth according to the Jewish religion.

    Tibi was particularly outraged by the possibility that police may restrict Muslim worshipers in order to allow Jews to visit the holy site during the holiday of Sukkot.

    Jews are still not allowed to pray at the holy site.

    The decision to let Jews visit during Sukkot is part of a gradual plan with the ultimate goal of sharing the holy site equally between Muslims and Jews, he warned, adding that Muslims must not accept such an arrangement.

    “The Al-Aqsa mosque is a place of prayer for Muslims alone. Period! Not for others,” Tibi declared.

    “The police think defending the Al-Aqsa mosue is ‘disturbing the peace.’ We think it is sacrifice and defending the most holy places to us, which are under attack from the right and from Jewish extremists who want to take away our rights,” he continued.

    “We repeat: the occupation of Al-Aqsa by the Crusaders was long, but it ended, the same was true of the British Mandate, and the same will be true of the Israeli occupation of Al-Quds [Jerusalem] and Al-Aqsa,” he said.

    In a televised interview with Arab media, Tibi can be heard saying he is “confident” that the Israeli “occupation” of Jerusalem will end, “and our voice will rise up here at the Al-Aqsa mosque, and we won’t let these people [Jews] contaminate it.”

    • I read this last night and felt quite ill.

      Even though I am Jewish, I just don’t get the mindset of Jewish people in general. I don’t understand why on university campus’ in Israel it’s permitted to hold nakba rallies etc. Can’t say I am with this ‘free speech’ thing 100%, especially when it goes against the State.