Monday, July 09, 2012

Breathtaking Samson Mosaic Discovered in Byzantine Era Galilee Synagogue

A monumental synagogue building dating to the Late Roman period (ca. 4th-5th centuries C.E.) has been discovered in archaeological excavations at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee. The stunning work of art, made with tiny colored stones much finer than those normally found in mosaics of that era, depicts the Biblical story of how Samson harrassed the Philistines by tying torches to the tails of foxes and setting them to run through Philistine field crops. (Judges 15:4-5) Read more about it at the Israel Antiquities Authority website.

Of course, Palestinians will probably react to the find by claiming it is a mosque, even though the synagogue predates the birth of Mohammed by a century or two. If you think I am exaggerating, witness the reaction of Hamas to the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Kotel, the Western Wall, which is the foundational wall of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, constructed by Herod or one of his heirs during renovations around the beginning of the Commone Era.

President Putin was clearly moved by his visit, stating, ""Here, we see how the Jewish past is etched into the stones of Jerusalem." Hamas and its minions were apopletic. As reported by Israel National News:


Attorney Zahi Najidat, spokesman for the Islamic Movement in "the Palestinian Interior" (i.e. – the state of Israel), denounced Putin for allegedly siding with Israel, and mentioned Russia's support for Bashar Assad "who is slaughtering his own countrymen."
The Al Aqsa Institute issued a statement to the press in which it said: "We tell Putin and people like him that the Al-Buraq Wall is exclusive Muslim Waqf property, is an inseperable part of the blessed Al Aqsa Mosque and non-Muslims have no rights at this wall or at the blessed Al Aqsa Mosque, and all historic facts and international documents stress the fact that the Al Buraq Wall is Islamic…" "We stress that every stone in the Al Aqsa Mosque and its buildings shows is evidence that it is Islamic and every stone in Al Quds is testimony to Al Quds's Muslim and Arabic nature."


Now if the Kotel, built between 10 B.C.E. and 20 B.C.E, is Arabic and Islamic, even though it predates the Muslim Arab conquest of Palestine by over six centuries, can there be any doubt that the so-called Huqoq synagogue must also be a mosque? As for that Hebrew writing clearly visible in the mosaic, it was no doubt inserted in place of the original Arabic by the Zionist archaeologists.

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