Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Burnt Coins Discovered Near Temple Mount

Archaeologists have found a cache of coins that bore char marks from the fires that consumed the Bet HaMikdash, the Holy Temple almost 2000 years ago. Associated Press reports as follows on the electrifying discovery.

Jerusalem - Israel displayed for the first time today a collection of rare coins charred and burned from the Roman destruction of the Jewish Temple nearly 2,000 years ago.

About 70 coins were found in an excavation at the foot of a key Jerusalem holy site. They give a rare glimpse into the period of the Jewish revolt that eventually led to the destruction of the Second Jewish Temple in A.D. 70, said Hava Katz, curator of the exhibition.

The discovery comes at a time when Muslims in the Holy Land are attempting to rewrite history by claiming that the Temple never existed. World Net Daily reported as follows on one of many such claims that has become the official Hamas party line in its attempt to drive every Jewish man, woman and child from the Holy Land.

"JERUSALEM – The Jewish temples never existed, and Jews have no historic connection to Jerusalem, declared chief Palestinian justice Sheik Taysir Tamimi today.

Tamimi condemned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for stressing in Europe this week the long Jewish connection to Jerusalem.

Tamimi claimed "all Jewish rabbis and extremist organizations" as well as Netanyahu are lying when they state Jerusalem was a historically Jewish city.

He called such claims "baseless and untrue."

Jerusalem is an Arab and Islamic city and it always has been so," he said.

Contradicting finds from scores of archeological digs, Tamimi claimed all of Israel's archaeological work since 1967 has not proven "that Jews ever had a history or presence in Jerusalem, or that their ostensible temple had ever existed."

Such claims are not a dry academic discussion but an attempt to delegitimise the entire Jewish presence and claim to the Holy Land. Rewriting the past is indeed an effort to twist the future. Indeed the Wakf, the Islamic religious authority in charge of the Temple Mount has been doing extensive renovations in a manner that destroys Jewish artifacts and structures buried at the site of the Temple Mount and the mosque that was later built upon it. reports as follows on the efforts of the Wakf to obliterate evidence of a historic Jewish presence on the Temple Mount.

JERUSALEM � Islamic authorities using heavy machinery to dig on the Temple Mount � Judaism's holiest site � have been caught red-handed destroying Temple-era antiquities and what's believed to be a section of an outer wall of the Second Jewish Temple.

"WND today obtained a photograph of a massive trench the Waqf, the Muslim custodians of the Temple Mount, have been blasting around the periphery of the holy site purportedly to replace 40-year-old electrical cables for mosques on the Mount. The Waqf has steadfastly denied they found or destroyed any Jewish antiquities during their dig. n view in the picture, which was obtained in conjunction with Israel's Temple Institute, are concrete slabs broken by Waqf bulldozers and what appears to be a chopped up carved stone from Jewish Temple-era antiquity."

Heinrich Heine once said, Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings.” Attempting to silence the earth itself, to make the land and its secrets party to deceit must surely be put in the same category as the burning of books.

When Jerusalem was under Jordanian control, urinals were put up against the Western Wall. Ancient tombstones were used for paving. Synagogues were razed. There are calls today to internationalise Jerusalem. It is under Israeli control more international than it has been in centuries. Historic sites have been maintained. Access to all people has been assured as never before. The destruction of artifacts and the falsification of the past is nothing compared to what Hamas and al Fatah will do if given control of Jerusalem. As long as Israel is in control of the Holy city and the Holy Land, the world will continue to know of its secrets. The alternative is too grim to contemplate.


What might bring peace to the Holy Land? Perhaps the answer is to be found among the Arabs of Judaea and Samaria. Many believe that there are large numbers who are really of Jewish ancestry and may indeed be Jewish according to Jewish law. To learn more, check out the following link. It would be wonderful if they could be reunited with the Jewish people.

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