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1,600-year-old mosaic at Israeli synagogue damaged

There are 8 comments on the WHIO story from May 29, 2012, titled 1,600-year-old mosaic at Israeli synagogue damaged. In it, WHIO reports that:

In this handout image taken by Israel's Antiquities Authority on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, in northern Israeli city of Tiberias , shows a 1,600-year-old badly damaged mosaic.

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“Liberty & Justice For All”

Since: Aug 11

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#1 May 29, 2012
Vandals smash 1,600-year-old mosaic at synagogue in Tiberias, Israel

JERUSALEM (AP)-- Vandals badly damaged a rare 1,600-year-old mosaic in the northern Israeli city of Tiberias that formed the floor of an ancient synagogue, smashing parts to rubble and scrawling graffiti, antiquity officials said Tuesday.

Experts suspect extremist Jews who object, sometimes violently, to excavations they claim involve ancient grave sites. There was no claim of responsibility. Police are investigating.

Guards found the damage on Tuesday morning, said archeologists involved in the site.

The mosaic, dating 400 years after the birth of Jesus, was one of the best preserved and beautiful of its period, according to archaeologists.

It featured illustrated zodiac signs and the traditional symbolism of a fourth-century synagogue: ritual candelabras and palm fronds. The synagogue's ruins, including its ancient mosaic floor, were in a fenced-off area of a national park in Tiberias, next to the Sea of Galilee.

It listed the names of the synagogue's chief patrons in ancient Hebrew, Latin and Greek.

Israel Antiquities Authority deputy director Uzi Dahari said a fringe group of ultra-Orthodox Jews were suspected of causing the damage, much of it irreversible. Dahari said the graffiti scrawled across parts of the archaeological site and previous threats against the Antiquities Authority suggested they were the perpetrators.

Photographs issued by the Antiquities Authority showed parts of the mosaic floor reduced to gray chunks of rubble. Other photographs showed blue spray paint scrawled over the mosaic, covering ancient Hebrew and Greek letters spelled out in blue, red and beige tiles. Graffiti was also scrawled along rock walls beside the mosaic. Perpetrators also punched a hole in the mosaic between two candelabras.

"On every grave, a site," one neatly written Hebrew slogan said.

Dahari and other archaeologists said it referred to constant accusations by a tiny Jewish hard-line group that the Antiquities Authority was digging up Jewish graves. Disturbing Jewish graves is a deeply offensive act for devout Jews.

Archeologists said they have found similar graffiti on other sites. The Hebrew word for "site" is also shorthand for an archaeological site, as in English.

An archaeologist who frequently works in the Galilee area, Gilad Kinamon, said ultra-Orthodox Jews frequently turned up to his sites to demonstrate against his work.

"It was the best of Jewish art of its time, of the late Roman and early Byzantine period," said Dahari. They ... destroyed what was in front of them without thinking," he said.

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Ayreshire

Rio Rancho, NM

#2 May 29, 2012
ezdzit wrote:
Vandals smash 1,600-year-old mosaic at synagogue in Tiberias, Israel
JERUSALEM (AP)-- Vandals badly damaged a rare 1,600-year-old mosaic in the northern Israeli city of Tiberias that formed the floor of an ancient synagogue, smashing parts to rubble and scrawling /M/ML_ISRAEL_DAMAGED_ANTIQUITI ES?SITE=WIJAN&SECTION=EURO PE&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT
El Sicko is at it again!! EdtheZIT the Paid HamasARAT Sock Puppet is BEST known by the language the JEW HATING, Israel HATING moron uses THOUGHOUT TOPIX hiding out in a MUslim Country:
Depraved sexual insults, bile, bigotry, threats, disinformation and character assassination. That’s right: I’m talking about “Anti-Jewish, anti=Israel, HamasaRAT Sock puppet trolls" who infect the Internet with Pro-Hitler, Pro-Nazi, Pro-Hamas, Anti-Jewish and anti-Israel propaganda.
The Internet, though, is the latest, some might say the greatest, propaganda playground, and Hamas cannot cope with factual, passionate, well-documented stories that expose its war crimes and unrepentant criminality.
If you’ve come across Hamas Sock Puppets like these morons, on-line or otherwise, you have learned that no amount of reasoned argument or intellectual maturity has any effect.
That’s because the Hamas PAID PROPAGANDISTS don't care if they come across as ignorant, obnoxious, nasty or inane.
Ayreshire

Rio Rancho, NM

#3 May 29, 2012
ezdzit wrote:
Vandals smash 1,600-year-old mosaic at synagogue in Tiberias, Israel
JERUSALEM (AP)-- Vandals badly damaged a rare 1,600-year-old mosaic in the northern Israeli city of Tiberias that formed the floor of an ancient synagogue, smashing parts to rubble and
Experts suspect extremist Jews???? Getting a little desperate aren't you clown?? And while EdtheZit Diaper Head is taking the time to post lying filthy rants against THE Jews and Israel, why don't we all take the opportunity to see this...?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab-Israeli_pea...
Freedom

Halifax, UK

#4 May 31, 2012
ezdzit wrote:
Vandals smash 1,600-year-old mosaic at synagogue in Tiberias, Israel
JERUSALEM (AP)-- Vandals badly damaged a rare 1,600-year-old mosaic in the northern Israeli city of Tiberias that formed the floor of an ancient synagogue, smashing parts to rubble and scrawling graffiti, antiquity officials said Tuesday.
Experts suspect extremist Jews who object, sometimes violently, to excavations they claim involve ancient grave sites. There was no claim of responsibility. Police are investigating.
Guards found the damage on Tuesday morning, said archeologists involved in the site.
The mosaic, dating 400 years after the birth of Jesus, was one of the best preserved and beautiful of its period, according to archaeologists.
It featured illustrated zodiac signs and the traditional symbolism of a fourth-century synagogue: ritual candelabras and palm fronds. The synagogue's ruins, including its ancient mosaic floor, were in a fenced-off area of a national park in Tiberias, next to the Sea of Galilee.
It listed the names of the synagogue's chief patrons in ancient Hebrew, Latin and Greek.
Israel Antiquities Authority deputy director Uzi Dahari said a fringe group of ultra-Orthodox Jews were suspected of causing the damage, much of it irreversible. Dahari said the graffiti scrawled across parts of the archaeological site and previous threats against the Antiquities Authority suggested they were the perpetrators.
Photographs issued by the Antiquities Authority showed parts of the mosaic floor reduced to gray chunks of rubble. Other photographs showed blue spray paint scrawled over the mosaic, covering ancient Hebrew and Greek letters spelled out in blue, red and beige tiles. Graffiti was also scrawled along rock walls beside the mosaic. Perpetrators also punched a hole in the mosaic between two candelabras.
"On every grave, a site," one neatly written Hebrew slogan said.
Dahari and other archaeologists said it referred to constant accusations by a tiny Jewish hard-line group that the Antiquities Authority was digging up Jewish graves. Disturbing Jewish graves is a deeply offensive act for devout Jews.
Archeologists said they have found similar graffiti on other sites. The Hebrew word for "site" is also shorthand for an archaeological site, as in English.
An archaeologist who frequently works in the Galilee area, Gilad Kinamon, said ultra-Orthodox Jews frequently turned up to his sites to demonstrate against his work.
"It was the best of Jewish art of its time, of the late Roman and early Byzantine period," said Dahari. They ... destroyed what was in front of them without thinking," he said.
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Jews will be jews..
Ayreshire

Rio Rancho, NM

#5 May 31, 2012
Freedom wrote:
<quoted text> Jews will be jews..
Folks, this is an excellent example of why you should not do drugs!!

“Liberty & Justice For All”

Since: Aug 11

United States of America

#6 May 31, 2012
Freedom wrote:
<quoted text> Jews will be jews..
The ultra orthodox vandals probably didn't want the world to find out about the discovery of occult zodiac signs in a 1600 year old synagogue. Not good for Judaism's image...
Freedom

Halifax, UK

#7 May 31, 2012
Ayreshire wrote:
<quoted text>Folks, this is an excellent example of why you should not do drugs!!
Having read your posts I agree,, You should keep off them, NUTTER!

Since: May 12

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#8 Jun 15, 2012
I couldn't imagine how beautiful it was.

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