In Search of the Physical Traces of the Two Destructions of Jerusalem

July 31 2020

Not only have archaeologists uncovered ample evidence of the sacking of the ancient Jewish capital by the Romans in 70 CE, which led to the razing of the Second Temple, they have also found signs of a catastrophe that struck the city some 600 years earlier—when the Babylonians destroyed the First Temple along with the rest of Jerusalem. Joel Uziel, who was involved in many of the relevant excavations, explains these discoveries and others in an overview of the archaeology of ancient Jerusalem. (Interview by Amanda Borschel-Dan. Video, 51 minutes. A text summary and pictures can be found at the link below.)

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Hamas Is Winning the War for Palestinian, and Israeli Arab, Hearts and Minds

While many in the West seem to think the current fighting in Israel is about housing policy, or human rights, or the selective blockade of the Gaza Strip, the rhetoric of Palestinian leaders and on Palestinian social media makes clear that it is in fact about al-Aqsa mosque. This should come as no surprise: fabricated claims that “al-Aqsa is in danger” have been used to provoke anti-Jewish violence for a hundred years. In this particular case, explains Haviv Rettig Gur, both Hamas and Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party exploited the claim in their rivalry for Palestinian hearts and minds:

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More about: Al-Aqsa Mosque, Hamas, Israeli Arabs, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict