Obama is supporting these savages. Obama say, "respect it!"
Robert Spencer finds it "odd that this article contains no statement from the local Jewish community. Now, why could that be? Maybe they couldn't find any to make a comment: there are only 22 Jews left in Syria; Islamic supremacist discrimination and harassment destroyed what was once a large Jewish community. When Jews got opportunities to flee dhimmitude and Syria in the early years of the twentieth century, they made the most of it. But remember: it's Israel that is the apartheid state.
"Meanwhile, Hizballah, true to form, blames Zionists for the looting. Islamic supremacists never, ever take responsibility for their own evil actions. It is always the fault of the kuffar."
Historic Damascus synagogue looted and destroyed
Assad forces, rebels trade blame for destruction of shul; ‘It’s the Syrian heritage regardless of religion,’ says officialApril 1, 2013he synagogue is said to be built on the site where the prophet Elijah concealed himself from persecution and anointed his successor, Elisha, as a prophet. It had been damaged earlier this month by mortars reportedly fired by Syrian government forces.The 2,000-year-old Jobar Synagogue in the Syrian capital of Damascus — the country’s holiest Jewish site — was looted and burned to the ground.
The rebels said the Syrian government looted the synagogue before burning it to the ground, Israel Radio reported Sunday.
The government said the rebels burned the synagogue and that so-called Zionist agents stole its historic religious items in an operation that had been planned for several weeks, the Arabic Al-Manar Television reported, citing the Arabic Syria Truth website.
The news came as Jews around the world marked the final days of Passover, the festival of freedom.
One of the oldest synagogues in the world, the shul was partially destroyed by Syrian government shelling four weeks ago, according to a video posted to YouTube.
The video, uploaded by the Syrian opposition’s military council, appeared to show that portions of the building and roof were blown off, with debris seen on the ground in front of the synagogue.
An inscription in English at the synagogue reads, “Shrine and synagogue of prophet Eliahou Hanabi since 720 B.C.,” although the actual date of founding is disputed. One of the earliest mentions of the synagogue is in the Talmud, which states that Rabbi Rafram bar Pappa prayed there.
The other inscription, in Arabic, said it was the tomb of Al-Khizr, held in some Islamic traditions to be a prophet who traveled with Moses.
The synagogue served a large Jewish community in the medieval period, but by the mid-1800s only one Jewish family lived in the area. Still, Jews came from across the city to pray there, and there was a tradition of leaving the sick in the building in the belief that Elijah’s spirit might heal them.
On Monday, people from both sides of the conflict said they were sad to see the site harmed.
“It’s the heritage of the homeland regardless of religion, whether it’s Jewish, Muslim or Christian,” Maamoun Abdul-Karim, head of the Antiquities and Museums Department of the Syrian Culture Ministry, told The Associated Press. “It’s the Syrian mosaic and the heritage of the people.”
Abdul-Karim said some of the objects from the synagogue had been stolen last year, but that officials hadn’t been able to visit the building in about four months because rebels control the area.
After establishing footholds in a number of Damascus suburbs last year, rebel fighters sought to push into Damascus through Jobar, where they now clash daily with government troops.
It remains unclear how damaged the site is and how many of its artifacts are missing.