Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Israeli-Jew Destroyers Bulldoze Byzantine Church

I recently just stumbled upon this stunning news about Israel bulldozing a Byzantine church in Palestine:

GAZA, July 20, 2005, (WAFA)- Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities (MTA) revealed Wednesday that Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) destroyed a very important archeological site south of Gaza.

Director General of MTA, Dr. Moin Sadeq, told WAFA that Israeli troops razed yesterday (Tuesday) a site of huge remains of Byzantium Church, close to the shore of Deir Albalah City, south of Gaza.

Sadeq expressed his worry as Israelis may destroy more archeological sites before their withdrawal from Gaza, mentioning that one of the Israeli outpost, north of Gaza, locates on a Byzantium "Church of Baptist Bishop John" established in 550 AD.

This blatant example of Jewish hatred for Orthodox Christianity, has thus far gone unreported by any press agencies outside Palestine.

For a picture gallery/slideshow of the remains of this Byzantine church, follow this link.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The swines, I am not in the least surprised. Where is the quid pro quo ?

4:14 AM  
Blogger Hellenian said...

What's just as terrible is that -- as far as I know -- even Orthodox Christian news agencies haven't reported on this event which should be making headlines.

Anyway, regarding the last paragraph of the article in which the "Church of Baptist Bishop John" is mentioned as possibly being looted by Israelis, the "Jerusalem Post" (link: http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1121825994288) confirms that Israeli authorities are indeed considering on dismantling mosaics from the church in question -- a well-preserved 1,461-year-old Orthodox church -- as well as from other (religious) archeological sites as they withdraw from Gaza. Here's the relevant excerpt:

"Palestinian archaeologists say they fear that when Israel withdraws from Gaza it will also take priceless archeological artifacts. Israeli officials have acknowledged this is a possibility.

"A military installation in the northwestern tip of the Gaza Strip surrounds a sixth century Byzantine church, discovered in 1999 by an Israeli archaeologist. The well-preserved 1,461-year-old church, which measures 13 by 25 meters, has three large and colorful mosaics with floral-motifs and geometric shapes. Nearby is a Byzantine hot bath and artificial fishponds.

"The most impressive mosaic is a multi-colored medallion at the entrance to the church. Its inscription says that the church was called St. John (after John the Baptist) and its foundations were laid in 544. It also praises Victor and Yohanan, the mosaic's donors."

6:31 PM  
Blogger iranianforaryans said...

The Jews are not only doing this for monetary gain, and to further wreck Palestinian nationhood, but also as a desire to annihilate the Christian and Muslim heritage of "Greater Israel".

If Muslims and/or Christians wrecked an historic synagogue and looted it, we wouldn't hear the end of this "anti-Semitic" vandalism. It would serve as further "proof" of the Arabs' inhumanity and barbarism.

7:17 PM  

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