Sunday, August 19, 2012

Jewish Archaeological Evidences in Israel

Modern Israel is the renewal of the Jewish State in the Land of Israel, the birthplace of the Jewish people. Archaeological evidence shows that the Jewish people began developing its distinctive religion and culture some 4,000 years ago in Israel. For millennia, the Jewish people have had an unbroken physical presence—whether Israel existed as a sovereign state or under foreign domination.

Archeological research in Israel reveals that the country is the home of the spiritual heritage of the great monotheistic religions. Above all it clearly reveals the historical link between the Jewish people, the Bible and the Land of Israel.

Uncovering the remains, buried in the soil, constitute the physical link between the past, the present and the future of the Jewish people in its country.

This unbroken chain of history can be observed at sites all over the country; in the biblical cities of Hatzor, Megiddo, Gezer, Shomron, Be’er Sheva, and Dan; in the cities of the Second Temple period – Tiberius, Sepphoris (Tsippori), Gamala – and the fortresses of Masada and Herodion, where the Jews fought for freedom; in the Judean Desert near the Dead Sea, where the remains of the Essenes’ spiritual center were uncovered, and the Dead Sea Scrolls, including the earliest copies of books of the Bible were found.

There are 20,000 recognized sites of antiquity in Israel that are protected by law. Every year, dozens of sites from every period of history and in all parts of the country are excavated. Licenses to excavate are issued to expeditions – from Israel and abroad – by the Israel Antiquities authority, which is entrusted with the preservation of the country’s antiquities.

Let's us examine few of them:

Muslims Destroy Jewish Archaeological Evidences in Israel:

From 1948-1967, the Jordanian authorities and military forces engaged in what was described as "calculated destruction" in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City.

Artifacts from the First Temple Period (ca. 960-586 BC) were destroyed when the thousands of tons of ancient fill from the site were dumped in the Kidron Valley and Jerusalem's municipal garbage dump, making it impossible to conduct archaeological examination. The Waqf was accused of trying to destroy evidence of Jewish remains.

Not one Israeli government since the Independence War has done anything to end this archaeological and religious atrocity that is leading to the delegitimization of the Jewish religious, historical and legal claim to Jerusalem and all of Israel.

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