Israel razes Christian ancient site in Jerusalem
August 2010 , http://rofto.net/en/2010/08/israel-razes-christian-ancient-site-in-o-jerusalem
Father Atallah Hanna, the Greek orthodox patriarchate of occupied Jerusalem, said the Israeli municipal council in the holy city demolished and obliterated Christian ancient monuments dating from the Byzantine era in the Ein Kerem area. “We strongly condemn this heinous crime committed against the Christian antiquities in Ein Kerem, which is the birthplace of Saint John the Baptist and his family, and where Virgin Mary lived plenty of the time,” father Hanna stressed.
The Israeli municipal council in coordination with the authority of antiquities and the ministry of tourism is now building illegal stores on the ruins of Christian monuments discovered in a piece of land adjacent to the spring of Virgin Mary (Mary’s well). Lawyer Qais Naser, a specialist in planning and building law, said that the Israeli ministry of tourism and the municipal council in Jerusalem refused to keep the Christian historical site. Naser affirmed that the Israeli excavations revealed an important Christian ancient site related to the spring of the Virgin Mary, but the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) insisted on demolishing it and building stores in its place.
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Sightseeing Tour in Jerusalem, by Desert Ecological Tours
We spend the first day covering the major sights of the Old City of Jerusalem. Beginning on the Mount Of Olives and exploring all the major sites within the city walls.
The second day take we get well off the beaten track and visit sights outside the city walls, we tour the best of Jerusalem's scenic countryside in the area of the picturesque village of Ein Karem (Biblical Judah and birthplace of John the Baptist). We walk through its woodlands and explore its hidden gems of natural beauty and historic importance. We find here the Church of John the Baptist and Mary's well. Making our way back to central Jerusalem we tour one of Israel's most important sites, the haunting Holocaust memorial of Yad Vashem.