A few weeks ago Point of No Return picked up reports that the 2,000-year-old Jobar Synagogue in the Syrian capital of Damascus — the country’s holiest Jewish site — had been damaged by bombing. Now it appears that the synagogue has been looted and burned to the ground. 'Zionist' agents are being blamed for the looting of religious artefacts. The Times of Israel reports:
The Syrian army loyal to President Bashar Assad and rebel forces are blaming each other for the destruction of the historic synagogue, according to reports on Sunday.
The 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 rebels said the Syrian government looted the synagogue before burning it to the ground, Israel Radio reported Sunday.
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'The claim should be met with scepticism' - Adam Blitz (Haaretz)
Ancient Damascus synagogue is bombed Video showing the lost Jobar synagogue
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