Thursday, 23 May 2019

The Hill of Evil Counsel

One of Israel's leading archeologists, probably the most knowledgeable person on the subject of Jewish heritage in the Holy Land through tons of evidence dug out of the ancient earth of Israel by this world leader in archeology, Gabriel Barkay, recently pointed out that although the international diplomatic community led by United Nations organizations would carve parts of Jerusalem away from Israel sovereignty it is important to know history.
Jebl Mukaber is a neighborhood of Jerusalem which they demand must become a part, even the capital of, a future Palestine.
They do not tell you that Jel Mukaber has a tradition of being the place, mentioned in the Book of Genesis, where Abraham journeyed with his son, Isaac, from the biblical Beersheba, "looked and saw the place from afar."
It was the place, as written in the Holy Bible, where Abraham bound Isaac as a sacrifice to the Lord. Hardly an Islamic tradition.
To emphasise the Jewish heritage, on the slopes of Jebl Mukaber is the opening of a tunnel, 400 meters long, which was part of an aqueduct built some 2,2000 years ago, during the Jewish Hasmonean dynasty, which channeled water from Solomon's Pools to the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, water that was needed for the daily service in the Jewish Temple.
Jebl Mukaber is part of what is referred to as the Holy Basin. Chronologically this holy site existed before Jesus. It existed before Mohammad was born or dreamed of a distant holy place.
Atop the ridge of Jebl Mukaber is a compound known as Government House. This served as the Middle East HQ for the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization. During the Mandate period it served as the seat of the British High Commissioner.
Barkay tells us that, according to Christian tradition, this ridge was the location of the palace of Caiaphas, the high priest were the decision to crucify Jesus was made.
In Christianity this site is known as the Hill of Evil Counsel.
Given the erroneous decisions made by the United Nations General Assembly, UNESCO, UNHRC and their stiff-necked resolutions to carve this traditional part of Judeo-Christian heritage away from Israel, this location is justly named.

Barry Shaw is the International Public Diplomacy Director at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. He is the author of '1917.From Palestine to the Land of Israel."

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