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Batsh*t Crazy Conspiracy Theory of The Day

A historic synagogue in Syia has been looted:

synagogueA historic Jewish synagogue in Damascus has been damaged and looted as clashes have consumed the surrounding neighborhood, a Syrian official and an anti-government activist said Monday.

Damage to the synagogue, believed to be hundreds of years old, is the latest example of Syria’s rich cultural heritage falling victim to the civil war between the regime of President Bashar Assad and rebels seeking his ouster.

The synagogue, built in honor of the prophet Elijah, has long been considered an important pilgrimage site.

Maamoun Abdul-Karim, head of the Antiquities and Museums Department of the Syrian Culture Ministry, said objects from the Jobar synagogue were stolen last year, but that officials haven’t been able to visit the building for months because rebels control the area.

Rebel forces established footholds in a number of Damascus suburbs and last year pushed into Jobar, a neighborhood on the city’s northeast corner. Since then, they have been clashing with government troops.

Abdul-Karim said there was no way for the government to protect all of Syria’s historical sites because there are thousands of them across the country. He called the looting “a crime” and “a big loss for us.”

“It’s the heritage of the homeland regardless of religion, whether it’s Jewish, Muslim or Christian,” he told The Associated Press by phone. “It’s the Syrian mosaic and the heritage of the people.”

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An anti-government activist in Jobar reached via Skype on Monday said the synagogue had been looted continuously during recent months and was damaged by shelling conducted by regime forces.

He said he visited the facility in early March and found damage to adjoining buildings but not to the main sanctuary.

“There had been lots of theft,” he said. “I don’t know what was there originally, but we know there were lots of old books and artifacts that are not there anymore,” said the activist, who goes by the name Abu Hassaan al-Damishqi.

Like many rebels, he spoke on condition that he would be identified only by that nickname, by which he is widely known among his comrades, fearing that publication of his real name could endanger his family.

He said local rebels thought government forces had looted the site, although he acknowledged that the looting also could have been the work of thieves taking advantage of a lack of security.

“This is the history of the city, and it doesn’t matter if you are a Muslim or not,” he said. “This is the history of our country so we all want to protect it.”

Meanwhile, can you guess who Hizbullah’s Al Manar News has as the culprits?

Clue: Starts with a ‘J’ and ends in ‘oooooooooooooooos’

The Zionist intelligence agency has succeeded in robbing various precious items from the synagogue located in Jobar neighborhood, north-east of the Syrian capital, Syria Truth website reported.

The Zionist agents were assisted by the Jordanian Kingdom, Turkish militias, the so-called “Free Syrian Army” and al-Nosra front of al-Qaeda which controls the area, the website stated.

The site obtained this information from its correspondent Lea Abarmovitch citing sources close to the Syrian Rabbi Ibrahim Hamra who lives in the Occupied Territories of Palestine since 1994.

The sources confirmed to Syria Truth that the decision to steal the contents of the Syrian Jewish temple was made three weeks ago, due to being a victim of several shells that have ravaged its outer wall.

Moreover, the sources assured that a Zionist commandos unit composed of 15 members landed in Damascus earlier this week and removed rare items from the temple known as “Eliyahoo.” The operation was carried out with the help of Islam Brigades militia, noting that the Zionist commandos were divided into 5 teams in order to get out of Syria through five different directions.

A Syrian Jewish source also revealed that Zionist members of the commando were of Arab origins: Iraqi, Moroccan and Lebanese, and were dressed in Islamist jihadists’ uniforms.

A video, posted on YouTube on March 27, filmed footage of a militiaman falling inside the synagogue, trying to show the frames that have been emptied of their contents. This evidence shows that the work was done by professionals, since no trace of a shell or a destruction of the wall is visible.

Dating from 750 BC, the Jewish temple is one of the oldest in the world, while the district Jobar had at that time one of the largest gatherings of Arab Jews in the world after that of Khaybar in the Arabian Peninsula.

“It was in this temple that the prophet Elijah prayed to God and appointed his disciple Elieshaa as his successor,” the Zionist newspaper Maariv quoted the Jewish historian Yaaron Haraël.

It has one of the oldest libraries of Hebrew manuscripts, including a copy of the Torah, the oldest in the world, and a number of tables and candles.

In recent years, the Syrian authorities had started the rehabilitation of Jewish temples throughout Syria, but works were suspended with the outbreak of recent events.

For its part, Syria Truth confirmed that the assistance of militias was made up through the Military Council of the FSA in the governorate of Daraa – which holds regular meetings with the Zionist intelligence services in Amman since last November, under the sponsorship of the Jordanian intelligence services and the coordinator Ahmad Masri.

It goes without saying that this is bogus and insulting. And, quite frankly, not even hard to spot as fake. I mean, a correspondent for the Syria Truth website with the Jewish-sounding name of Lea Abarmovitch? (I assume they meant Abramovitch).

As it turns out, this name has appeared for quite a while, and this blogger long ago established she doesn’t exist.

If you are going to invent a conspiracy theory, at least put some effort into making it believable.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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