Swastikas, Palestinian flags and “Palestine is ours” slogans were spray-painted on the ancient Shul in Naaran near Yericho overnight.
Public Diplomacy Minister Yuli Edelstein condemned the act and remarked it was no wonder the Palestinians desecrate an ancient synagogue “after destroying and desecrating Temple Mount remnants.”
The Minister added, “The incident reaffirms the belief that Jewish holy sites must be under Israel’s sovereignty.”
The ancient Shul in Naaran was built in the Sixth Century and attracts both worshippers and pilgrims. The compound contains an ancient mosaic and archeological treasures.
On Friday, a group of worshippers was shocked to find that the site had been vandalized. “I was shocked to see the destruction,” said Dr. Yoel Elitzur who led the group. “It turns out that general values of respect for antiques mean nothing to these savages. The site must be placed under Jewish control as soon as possible.”