Day after day, proof after proof after proof. No Islamic history in Jerusalem. Time to remove the Dome; it is occupying Jewish land. And while we are at it, perhaps the Organization of the Islamic Conference can, as Bat Ye'or suggested, express its regrets for over a millennium of jihad wars, land expropriations, enslavements, and humiliations of the conquered non-Muslim populations on three continents.
That could jump start the healing process. In the meantime, perhaps the jihad could remove its teeth from Israel's neck.
Given its location just outside the Holy Temple - where untold numbers of Jews regularly immersed before entering - the newly-revealed pool is among the largest ever discovered in Jerusalem.
The mikveh was found at the site known as the Western Wall Tunnels, which has long been under excavation and study by the Israel Antiquities Authority, with the support of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation.
Archaeologist Alexander Ohn, the director of the dig, explains: “It is interesting to note that in the middle of the first century, changes were made in the grand structure. It was no longer used for public administrative purposes, and in its western wall a large mikveh was installed – with 11 steps descending into the immersion pool. It appears that Jerusalem was growing at this time, and with it the need to provide a solution for the increasing numbers of people who came en masse to Jerusalem, especially on the pilgrimage festivals (Passover (Pesach), Pentecost (Shavuot), and Tabernacles (Sukkot)). Ritual immersion in a mikveh and precise observance of the laws of purity were an inseparable part of Jewish life at this time; the importance of a mikveh, especially in this location, was great.”
Parts of the mikveh had been uncovered in the past, but now another hall – one of three – has been revealed. The structure was built of smooth stone hewn in a particularly intricate manner, with high-quality decorations and architectural style. Its importance can be determined by the fact that it is similar to other luxurious structures built by King Herod such as the Temple Mount, the Machpelah Cave, and one in Elonei Mamreh.
UPDATE: And then there's this.............
Biblical patriarch ID'd in hieroglyphs, depiction of cow linked to pharoah's dream
Egyptian coins carrying the name of Joseph, the biblical patriarch whose arrival
in Egypt as a slave eventually provided salvation for his family during decades
The report from the Middle East Media Research Institute said the coins with Joseph's name and image were found in a pile of unsorted artifacts that had been stored at the Museum of Egypt.
MEMRI, whh monitors and translates reports from Middle East publications and broadcasters, said the original report was in Egypt's Al Ahram newspaper in Cairo.
The newspaper said the discovery countered claims by some historians that coins were not used for trade in Egypt at the time the Bible records Joseph and the Israelites migrated there.
Those historians have argued that trade was done by barter.
But researchers told the newspaper the minting dates of the coins in the cache have been matched to the period in which Joseph was recorded to be in Egypt.
"A thorough examination revealed that the coins bore the year in which they were minted and their value, or effigies of the pharaohs [who ruled] at the time of their minting. Some of the coins are from the time when Joseph lived in Egypt, and bear his name and portrait," said the newspaper report.
The report carried an explanation of the discovery by a team involving researcher Sa'id Muhammad Thabet:
"Studies by Dr. Thabet's team have revealed that what most archeologists took for a kind of charm, and others took for an ornament or adornment, is actually a coin. Several [facts led them to this conclusion]: first, [the fact that] many such coins have been found at various [archeological sites], and also [the fact that] they are round or oval in shape, and have two faces: one with an inscription, called the inscribed face, and one with an image, called the engraved face – just like the coins we use today," said the report.
The newspaper called the find "unprecedented" and said, "The researchers discovered the coins when they sifted through thousands of small archeological artifacts stored in [the vaults of] the Museum of Egypt."
Looks like the Egyptians owe the Jews a large debt in their rise and historical prominence, starting with Joseph, who was sold into slavery by his brothers.
UPDATE: Meanwhile, the Muslim-run US STATE department and the complete sell-out bee-yatch sHrillary Clinton, who is nothing more than an empty figurehead, has issued this proclamation:
by Hana Levi Julian
American officials have warned U.S. citizens not to enter Jerusalem's Old City during the week-long holiday of Sukkot, when celebrations are at their height and numerous activities for families and children are offered almost around the clock.
The warning by the U.S. State Department, issued on Friday, names Monday in particular as a day to avoid the spiritual heart of Israel's capital city -- the day when the Kohanim, or Jewish priestly class -- bless the People of Israel at the Kotel (Western Wall).
Thousands of Kohanim, Jewish men descended from members of the priestly class in the House of Israel, gather three times each year to perform the Birkat HaKohanim blessing on each festival day during which Jewish pilgrims are enjoined to "go up" to Jerusalem.
"The final two of the local autumn holidays, Sukkot and Simhat Torah, will be celebrated this weekend and next. American citizens should avoid the Old City for one week. Vehicle traffic in and around the Old City will be restricted by the Israeli National Police (INP)," reads the Warden Message from the U.S. State Department, dated October 2.
"Monday, October 5, is expected to draw the largest crowds due to the annual pilgrimage by Jewish worshipers who will assemble at the Western Wall for special prayers. Additionally, political and religious tensions are expected to be high in the areas immediately adjacent to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound throughout this period. A large police presence in the area may provoke spontaneous violence in the form of civil unrest and police actions," the warning continues.
Just such a scenario almost became a reality Sunday morning, when Fatah-linked Islamic clerics on the Temple Mount issued a public call for Arabs to "come and defend the Mount."
The threat prompted Israeli police to cordon off the site in order to prevent a riot similar to the one ignited one week ago. Last Sunday, on the eve of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, Arab worshipers started hurling rocks when Jews arrived on the Mount -- the holiest site in Judaism -- to prepare for the holiday. Four people, including two police officers, were wounded.
The warning concludes by informing readers that "the crowded environment could result in an uptick in criminal activity to include pickpockets, physical assaults and other crimes. American citizens should avoid crowds and walking or driving around the Old City. Carry a mobile phone and stay cognizant of your surroundings," the wary American is told.
As elsewhere on its site, the State Department failed to point out that the presence of the Israel Police is required in order to secure the safety of other people in the area -- tourists in the Old City, the Western Wall plaza and on the Temple Mount, as well as Jewish worshipers at the Wall.
A constant security presence has been necessary due to the long history of violence perpetrated by Arab worshippers at the mosque, a fact omitted by the State Department.
Moreover, in one alert posted on the State Department site, the U.S. government actually implies that it is the IDF that Americans must fear:
"American citizens have been seriously injured in demonstrations that have turned violent," U.S. citizens are warned. "Demonstrations can be particularly dangerous in areas such as checkpoints, settlements, military areas, and major thoroughfares where protesters are likely to encounter Israeli security forces."
The State Department has maintained a standard warning on its site against visiting Jerusalem. The warning, updated in August, "urges American citizens to remain vigilant while traveling through Jerusalem, especially within the commercial and downtown areas of West Jerusalem and the city center."
The Old City, it adds, is entirely off-limits to U.S. government personnel and their families after dark and "between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Fridays," when it is noted that "Spontaneous or planned protests within the Old City are possible, especially after Friday prayers. Some of these protests have led to violent clashes."
As in its other numerous warnings, the State Department carefully avoids publicizing the fact that the warning refers to the potential for violence by Arab worshippers, who pray on Fridays between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
As in its other numerous warnings, the State Department carefully avoids publicizing the fact that the warning refers to the potential for violence by Muslim worshipers, who pray on Fridays between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. (hat tip Terri)