2,000-year-old Synagogue looted, burned in Damascus

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The 2,000-year-old Jobar Synagogue in the Syrian capital of Damascus , one of the oldest in the world was looted and burned to the ground, Jerusalem Post reported on Monday.

The Syrian army loyal to President Bashar Assad and rebel forces are blaming each other for the destruction of the historic synagogue, according to reports on Sunday.

The rebels said the Syrian government looted the synagogue before burning it to the ground, Israel Radio reported Sunday.

The government said the rebels burned the synagogue and that  the Zionist agents stole its historic religious items in an operation that had been planned for several weeks, Al-Manar Television of Lebanon’s Hezbollah reported, citing the Arabic Syria Truth website.

The Zionist agents were assisted by the Jordanian Kingdom, Turkish militias, the so-called “Free Syrian Army” and al-Nosra front of al-Qaeda which controls the area, Al-Manar Television quoted Truth website as saying.

Jobar Synagogue  damascusAl-Manar also reported that sources claimed that a Zionist commandos unit composed of 15 members landed in Damascus earlier this week and removed rare items from the temple known as “Eliahoo.” The operation was carried out with the help of Islam Brigades militia, noting that the Zionist commandos were divided into 5 teams in order to get out of Syria through five different directions. The commandos were reportedly of Arab origin, Iraqi, Moroccan and Lebanese, and were dressed in Islamist jihadists’ uniforms, the sources claimed

The Jobar Synagogue is located in the suburb of Jobar, Damascus. It was built in commemoration of the biblical prophet Elijah, and has been a place of Jewish pilgrimage for many centuries.

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.

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34 responses to “2,000-year-old Synagogue looted, burned in Damascus”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    Fortunate that modern methods can record things, and at least tourists, and historians, have pictures from better times – in a land slowly being flattened.

    1. Prophettttt Avatar
      Prophettttt

      Constantin7,
      As a matter of fact, the Syrian government had just finished restoring this synagogue . The project took more than two years of work,and it was completed two years ago.
      These fanatics are just sick criminal. more than fourteen hundred years of Islamic rules,including the capital of more than one Khelafa ,and no one touched these historic Jewish sites;and all of the sudden these criminals want to rewrite the laws of Islam.Do they know Islam more than Muaaweiah,and the Umaweieen? Omar refused to pray in a church because He did not want Mualims,one day,to claim the church because it is place where Omar prayed.

      1. libnan1 Avatar

        Solution: The world would be a much better place to live in if you can convert all Sunnis to Shia. i frankly think this is the way it’s going.

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar
          5thDrawer

          Happy thought Libnan? Like the Catholic/Protestant rift … a few hundred years later?
          Immediate problem …. people on top who call themselves ‘supreme’. 😉
          And I’m not going to mention the Irish. :-)))

      2. Constantin7 Avatar
        Constantin7

        You’re right Prophettt, this tragedy is just an example of what I am afraid of what is going to happen in Syria. Already a historic church in Homs was completely destroyed. There are so many others in Damascus, Saydnaya and Maaloula, add to that Shiaa shrines (like Sit Zainab which I visited once and was thrilled with the Islamic architecture and decoration), and so much history and culture including Souk al Hamediye, the Ommeyad Mosque and the Damascus Museum…..what a shame ! I am just shocked and very sorry for this meaningless destruction….

        1. AntiFSA!! Avatar
          AntiFSA!!

          Wow Constantin, you have shocked me. For the first time you have not blamed the Syrian Government. And you have not tarnished all Muslims with the same brush. Good for you.

          1. Constantin7 Avatar
            Constantin7

            AntiF SA,
            FYI, These terrorists are Muslims and these muslims believe deeply and very honestly in their heart that they did a very good deed to please GOD. This act of these terrorists is JIHAD, if they had died doing it they truly believe that they would end up in paradise with 72 virgins and rivers of wine ! So this minority of extremist muslims believe that this deplorable act, in any human standard, is a GOOD ACT, is a GOD PLeasing ACT.
            I wonder from where they learned that killing innocents and detroying churches and synagogues is a GOD pleasing act !!?? Can you answer this question ? Or do you want me to answer it ? 🙂
            These terrorists are in Syria today as a reaction to another terrorist who does not want to leave power AT ANY COST. So this terrorist attracted these terrorists, and hence the killing, the fire, the destruction and the spiral to the Abyss…. as evil feeds on evil.

          2. AntiFSA!! Avatar
            AntiFSA!!

            Constantin, first of all, lets get one thing straight, they are not Muslims. A real Muslim would never do what these animals are doing. Now don’t feed that bullshit that the Prophet (PBUH) has ever preached these type of killings. If this is what you truly
            believe then that just shows your real stupidity. You seem to forget all the atrocities the Church has committed over the years, The church has also buried mosques, killed innocent people and acted in the very same way these terrorist are acting. I for one don’t blame the religion the church represents, rather the animals that run it. No true religion whether it be Christens, Muslims, Judaism or what ever, preachers hate or preachers burning any religious shrine or pray house.

            As for Basher being a terrorist. I think i will leave that one alone. You don’t like him and I can respect that. But don’t insult my intelligence and tell me that he is acting like these animal are acting

          3. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            Right, Anti … not a terrorist … 2 years ago he simply arrested troublemakers … housed them in comfortable prisons with 3 meals a day … put them on OPEN trials with the ‘free press’ present and produced the evidence to show they wished to undermine ‘the state’ which everyone loved. Sure not a terrorist … although the word ‘despot’ comes to mind.
            Which they all become, until they reach the bottom of Constantin’s pit of evil … free of life.

        2. Prophettttt Avatar
          Prophettttt

          Every time I criticized the so called Syrian opposition, and every time I said that the militarization of the rightful Syrian revolution was wrong,and every time I said that those takferi and salafis are dangerous groups who will take the region back to the stone age, I was attacked and accused of being an Assad regime supporter and apologist.
          They hijacked the Syrian revolution and turned it into a destructive war,with the support of Arab dictators and the so called modern world. The more militant this revolution became , the more I feared their success. I think most Syrian people feel this way .
          It is sad that Syrians have to choose between dictatorships- who still respected and protected the rights of people to believe or not believe-and the savages and takfeeri groups. I still think most Syrians would choose Assad regime over these savages who claim to be Muslims.

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            Yes, it IS sad Prophet … savagery in ALL of the 2+ years.
            Unfortunately beginning with ‘the state’ of Assads – but the idiots piled into the country after that for sure – like dogs in heat looking for something more than a bone and trying to create their own despotic kingdoms. Who now are ‘the people’ and where have they fled to?

        3. 5thDrawer Avatar
          5thDrawer

          Add Timbuktu to the list …. Muslim History trashed.

  2. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    Fortunate that modern methods can record things, and at least tourists, and historians, have pictures from better times – in a land slowly being flattened.

    1. Prophettttt Avatar
      Prophettttt

      Constantin7,
      As a matter of fact, the Syrian government had just finished restoring this synagogue . The project took more than a two of work,and it was completed two years ago.
      These fanatics are just sick criminal. more than fourteen hundred years of Islamic rules,including the capital of more than one Khelafa ,and no one touched these historic Jewish sites;and all of the sudden these criminals want to rewrite the laws of Islam.Do they know Islam more than Muaaweiah,and the Umaweieen? Omar refused to pray in a church because He did not want Mualims,one day,to claim the church because it is place where Omar prayed.

      1. libnan1 Avatar

        Solution: The world would be a much better place to live in if you can convert all Sunnis to Shia. i frankly think this is the way it’s going.

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar
          5thDrawer

          Happy thought Libnan? Like the Catholic/Protestant rift … a few hundred years later?
          Immediate problem …. people on top who call themselves ‘supreme’. 😉
          And I’m not going to mention the Irish. :-)))

      2. Constantin7 Avatar
        Constantin7

        You’re right Prophettt, this tragedy is just an example of what I am afraid of what is going to happen in Syria. Already a historic church in Homs was completely destroyed. There are so many others in Damascus, Saydnaya and Maaloula, add to that Shiaa shrines (like Sit Zainab which I visited once and was thrilled with the Islamic architecture and decoration), and so much history and culture including Souk al Hamediye, the Ommeyad Mosque and the Damascus Museum…..what a shame ! I am just shocked and very sorry for this meaningless destruction….

        1. AntiFSA!! Avatar
          AntiFSA!!

          Wow Constantin, you have shocked me. For the first time you have not blamed the Syrian Government. And you have not tarnished all Muslims with the same brush. Good for you.

          1. Constantin7 Avatar
            Constantin7

            AntiF SA,
            FYI, These terrorists are Muslims and these muslims believe deeply and very honestly in their heart that they did a very good deed to please GOD. This act of these terrorists is JIHAD, if they had died doing it they truly believe that they would end up in paradise with 72 virgins and rivers of wine ! So this minority of extremist muslims believe that this deplorable act, in any human standard, is a GOOD ACT, is a GOD PLeasing ACT.
            I wonder from where they learned that killing innocents and detroying churches and synagogues is a GOD pleasing act !!?? Can you answer this question ? Or do you want me to answer it ? 🙂
            These terrorists are in Syria today as a reaction to another terrorist who does not want to leave power AT ANY COST. So this terrorist attracted these terrorists, and hence the killing, the fire, the destruction and the spiral to the Abyss…. as evil feeds on evil.

          2. AntiFSA!! Avatar
            AntiFSA!!

            Constantin, first of all, lets get one thing straight, they are not Muslims. A real Muslim would never do what these animals are doing. Now don’t feed that bullshit that the Prophet (PBUH) has ever preached these type of killings. If this is what you truly
            believe then that just shows your real stupidity. You seem to forget all the atrocities the Church has committed over the years, The church has also buried mosques, killed innocent people and acted in the very same way these terrorist are acting. I for one don’t blame the religion the church represents, rather the animals that run it. No true religion whether it be Christens, Muslims, Judaism or what ever, preachers hate or preachers burning any religious shrine or pray house.

            As for Basher being a terrorist. I think i will leave that one alone. You don’t like him and I can respect that. But don’t insult my intelligence and tell me that he is acting like these animal are acting

          3. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            Right, Anti … not a terrorist … 2 years ago he simply arrested troublemakers … housed them in comfortable prisons with 3 meals a day … put them on OPEN trials with the ‘free press’ present and produced the evidence to show they wished to undermine ‘the state’ which everyone loved. Sure not a terrorist … although the word ‘despot’ comes to mind.
            Which they all become, until they reach the bottom of Constantin’s pit of evil … free of life.

        2. Prophettttt Avatar
          Prophettttt

          Every time I criticized the so called Syrian opposition, and every time I said that the militarization of the rightful Syrian revolution was wrong,and every time I said that those takferi and salafis are dangerous groups who will take the region back to the stone age, I was attacked and accused of being an Assad regime supporter and apologist.
          They hijacked the Syrian revolution and turned it into a destructive war,with the support of Arab dictators and the so called modern world. The more militant this revolution became , the more I feared their success. I think most Syrian people feel this way .
          It is sad that Syrians have to choose between dictatorships- who still respected and protected the rights of people to believe or not believe-and the savages and takfeeri groups. I still think most Syrians would choose Assad regime .

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            Yes, it IS sad Prophet … savagery in ALL of the 2+ years.
            Unfortunately beginning with ‘the state’ of Assads – but the idiots piled into the country after that for sure – like dogs in heat looking for something more than a bone and trying to create their own despotic kingdoms. Who now are ‘the people’ and where have they fled to?

        3. 5thDrawer Avatar
          5thDrawer

          Add Timbuktu to the list …. Muslim History trashed.

  3. Constantin7 Avatar
    Constantin7

    What a shame, a historic synagogue that reflected the tolerance of the Syrians and their open-mind. This time I do believe the government’s version of this deplorable event, because this synogogue remained intact for 2000 years and specifically for the last 40 years with the present regime, only the extremists among the rebels would want to destroy this synagogue, the regime does not have any interest in this act…. and then they say they respect all other religions….and Ahlu al-kitab.

    1. Persistent Avatar
      Persistent

      Those are the same minded terrorists who demolished the “Buddhist” temple and every pre-Islamic statue in Afghanistan, the same terrorists who are killing count of innocent civilians in Iraq daily and frequently in Pakistan, the same terrorists who are responsible for the NY and the London terror attacks, the same terrorists who hit the Blackhawk in Somalia and the USS Cole at the Aden port in Yemen. Whomever is cheering for their victory in Syria, better be careful for what you wish for, God forbid that they win, because each and everyone of us who doesn’t share their sick, twisted, wicked and backward mentality is a target and will be next on their hit list. So let’s not hide behind our finger and call them for what they really are “Scumbag Terrorists”.

  4. Constantin7 Avatar
    Constantin7

    What a shame, a historic synagogue that reflected the tolerance of the Syrians and their open-mind. This time I do believe the government’s version of this deplorable event, because this synogogue remained intact for 2000 years and specifically for the last 40 years with the present regime, only the extremists among the rebels would want to destroy this synagogue, the regime does not have any interest in this act…. and then they say they respect all other religions….and Ahlu al-kitab.

    1. Persistent Avatar
      Persistent

      Those are the same minded terrorists who demolished the “Buddhist” temple and every pre-Islamic statue in Afghanistan, the same terrorists who are killing counts of innocent civilians in Iraq daily and frequently in Pakistan, the same terrorists who are responsible for the NY and the London terror attacks, the same terrorists who hit the Blackhawk in Somalia and the USS Cole at the Aden port in Yemen. Whomever is cheering for their victory in Syria, better be careful for what you wish for, God forbid that they win, because each and everyone of us who doesn’t share their sick, twisted, wicked and backward mentality is a target and will be next on their hit list. So let’s call them for what they are “TERRORISTS”.

  5. I doubt that it was still a working place of worship. In May 2012, it was reported that only 22 Jews still lived in Syria, all of them elderly and living in Damascus, in a building adjoining the city’s only functioning synagogue which I believe is the Franji synagogue. A sad end for an ancient community which numbered 30,000 in 1948 and

    My guess is the synagogue, if not destroyed by accident, was destroyed by the Syrian opposition which is strongly connected to the Muslim Brotherhood rather than Assad’s forces. The regime survives by persuading the various minorities, especially the Alawites , that they are in danger should the rebels take over. Attacking a minority would only undermine Assad with the others.

  6. I doubt that it was still a working place of worship. In May 2012, it was reported that only 22 Jews still lived in Syria, all of them elderly and living in Damascus, in a building adjoining the city’s only functioning synagogue which I believe is the Franji synagogue. A sad end for an ancient community which numbered 30,000 in 1948 and

    My guess is the synagogue, if not destroyed by accident, was destroyed by the Syrian opposition which is strongly connected to the Muslim Brotherhood rather than Assad’s forces. The regime survives by persuading the various minorities, especially the Alawites , that they are in danger should the rebels take over. Attacking a minority would only undermine Assad with the others.

  7. dateam Avatar

    Between 2004 and 2008, for example, al-Qaida claimed responsibility for 313 attacks, resulting in the deaths of 3,010 people. And even though these attacks include terrorist incidents in the West — in Madrid in 2004 and in London in 2005 — only 12 percent of those killed (371 deaths) were Westerners.
    If this is true then whats to become of anyone else?

  8. dateam Avatar

    Between 2004 and 2008, for example, al-Qaida claimed responsibility for 313 attacks, resulting in the deaths of 3,010 people. And even though these attacks include terrorist incidents in the West — in Madrid in 2004 and in London in 2005 — only 12 percent of those killed (371 deaths) were Westerners.
    If this is true then whats to become of anyone else?

  9. Btru2u Avatar

    this is a definate false flag attack

  10. Btru2u Avatar

    this is a definate false flag attack

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