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March 31, 2013 11:56 am

Report: Syrian Army, Rebel Forces Trade Accusations After Synagogue Burns Down (VIDEO)

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A placard affixed to the Eliahou Hanabi Synagogue. Photo: Youtube.

The Syrian government and opposition rebel forces are blaming each other after a synagogue near Damascus went up in flames, Israel Radio is reporting.

The rebels said that government forces burned the synagogue after stripping it of its contents. The rebels condemned the act, saying they oppose all acts of aggression against holy sites.

The Assad regime, however, faulted the rebels. A news site associated with President Bashar al-Assad’s regime posted video to the internet of the interior of the synagogue after what it says was a ransacking by rebel forces.

This isn’t the first time reports that the 2,000 year-old synagogue was damaged in fighting have appeared. Several weeks ago video was posted online that showed that the Eliahou Hanabi synagogue, allegedly built by the Biblical prophet Elisha, had sustained severe structural damage due to shelling.

Watch video of Synagogue interior below:

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  • nat schmelzer

    The only thing about which they agree is that they hate Jews.

  • Leif

    It is Al-Qaeda,Al-Nusra Front,Muhajireen Brigade who stay behind.

  • Andrej Vilar

    Dirty people make a dirty jobs! Always….

  • Nina

    Lets hope they won’t touche the beautiful Doura Europos.

    It’s in french but you can have it in english I suppose.

    Look the incredible site it is ans how much we can lose if either rebels or syrian army want to hurt us.

  • art frank

    I’m surprised they haven’t blamed the desecration on Zionists. Maybe Mossad?

  • John Galt, Jr

    Bith sides respect each other even less than their regard for outsiders. It will all go up in flames and the likes of the NY Times and The Guardian will do their all to avoid ‘offense’ to a most offensive lot.

  • jerry hersch

    Some of the synagogue has also been used as a Palestinian refugee school.
    Elijah is revered as a prophet in Islam.

    An opposition video

    Syria’s remnant Jewish popoulation has been under Assad’s “protection” for decade.Jewish owned property in Syria thathas been rented has had the rent money moved through international organizations to Jews who emigrated when it became “legally permissible” to do so.
    However the Assad group is also the least interested in the preservation of synagogues.
    Historic mosques also have been destroyed in the fighting.

    • Ellen Hassett

      I know that the Christians are saying that they are better off with Assad. I imagine that it is the same for the Jews. I did not know any Jews were living in Syria. God be with them.

      • jerry hersch

        The “senior” residence on the same street as the synagogue has a number of Jews still resident- beyond that there is a sprinkling in Damascus, Aleppo and the coast in all maybe 125-150.

  • Shia or sunni. Makes no difference. They both have hatred for Israel.

    • elliot j. stamler

      Mr. Maloney is right on target.