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Iraq - Government To Turn Yechezkel HaNovi's Tomb Into a Mosque

Published on: January 5, 2010 07:09 PM
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Hebrew lettering inside the tomb prophet Ezekiel, in Kifl near Najaf. Ezekiel’s tomb is inside the shrine.Hebrew lettering inside the tomb prophet Ezekiel, in Kifl near Najaf. Ezekiel’s tomb is inside the shrine.

Al-Kifl, Iraq - Sources in Baghdad say that the government plans to turn the Tomb of the Prophet Ezekiel into a mosque and erase all Jewish markings.

Reports have surfaced that the government is planning to build a mosque at the ancient burial site, which is located in Al-Kifl, a small town south of Baghdad, including removing the ancient Hebew inscriptions that adorn the site. Some reports say that all or some of the lines of Hebrew script have already been erased.

Ezekiel (Yechezkel, in Hebrew), lived in the sixth century BCE, having accompanied the exiled Judeans to Babylon. His prophecies include the Vision of the Dry Bones, as well as the future return of Jewish People to the Land of Israel even if they are not deserving (Chapter 36: 22-25). Thousands of Jews often visited the site of his tomb annually before Iraqi Jewry came to an abrupt end in the middle of the 20th century, and Moslems and Christians continue to visit it even today.

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Shelomo Alfassa, Director of Justice for Jews from Arab Countries, reports that Islamic political parties have pressured the government to remove the Jewish inscriptions. He quotes the Iraqi news agency Ur News as reporting that the writing and ornamentations “are being (or have been) removed… under the pretext of restoring the site.”

Alfassa quotes sources to the effect that Iraq’s Antiquities and Heritage Authority “has been pressured by Islamists to historically cleanse all evidence of a Jewish connection to Iraq - a land where Jews had lived for over a thousand years before the advent of Islam.”

Four months ago, a German-based Iraqi journalist tipped off the Association of Jewish Academics from Iraq in Israel (AJAII) that plans were afoot to build a mosque on the site of Ezekiel’s Tomb. AJAII asked Dr. Jabbar Jamal al-Din, a lecturer in Jewish Thought at Kufa University in Iraq, to investigate these reports – and he said that he believes them to be untrue.

Sources in Baghdad, however, feel otherwise. Prof. Shmuel Moreh - Israel Prize Laureate in Arabic Literature and Professor Emeritus at Hebrew University of Jerusalem - told Israel National News that he had received worrisome phone calls from non-Jewish friends in Baghdad. Prof. Moreh, who serves as the Chairman of the Association of Jewish Academics from Iraq, said that the plans are to turn the holy site into a mosque, and “some told me that they are taking off the Hebrew inscriptions.”

Alfassa provides the following translation of the relevant report in Ur News: “The officials of the Department of Antiquities and Heritage say that their restoration programme will continue until 2011 and is designed to carry out essential maintenance and prevent the dome and roof from collapsing. But their hidden purpose, sources say, is the removal of features that emphasize a historical connection with the Jews who built the shrine and lived in the city for hundreds of years after the Babylonian exile.”

Though well over 100,000 Jews lived in Iraq a few decades ago, this number has now been decimated to no more than eight, Prof. Moreh said. “There are others,” he added, “but they barely know that they are Jews; in many cases, their parents did not tell them.”

Alfassa concludes: “Iraq - the Biblical Mesopotamia -is almost as rich in Jewish history as the Land of Israel. The tomb of the prophet Ezekiel dates back to the Babylonian exile in the sixth century BCE. It was there in Iraq that Abraham discovered monotheism, and it is where the prophets Ezra, Nehemiah, Nahum, Jonah and Daniel are all buried.”


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 Jan 05, 2010 at 07:19 PM SHmuel Says:

Obama please get us out of that crazy land how many more people have to die in a war that accomplished nothing

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 Jan 05, 2010 at 07:22 PM Askupeh Says:

Biblical Mesopotamia is nowhere as rich in Jewish history as the Land of Israel where our ancestors lived and died for at least fifteen hundred years.

The United States has a lot of say in Iraq; so the Ameircan government needs to be contacted to use its power to stop this. This will not sit right even with Christian Americans who should be notified to help us stop this.

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 Jan 05, 2010 at 07:24 PM Anonymous Says:

We should not expect anything more from Iraq. Within a year or two, they will be no differnet from Iran or Syria in terms of their policy towards Israel and yiddin and all the trillions of dollars and thousand of american lives that Bush and Cheney wasted on this war for nothing will become obvious. They sued EY today for the several billion dollars for the nuclear plant bombed years ago.

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 Jan 05, 2010 at 07:27 PM Sue them! Says:

What a tragedy if it happens!

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 Jan 05, 2010 at 07:59 PM monroe boy Says:

maybe those so called jews (neteri karte) should speak to there buddies

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 Jan 05, 2010 at 08:05 PM ChelmiTe Says:

Really we shouldnt be surprised. THEY built a Mosque on the Har Habit and have been claiming for years that there was no such thing as Solomons Temple, If Israel was smart or "normal" they would retaliate and threaten to remove markings from historical Arab sites in Israel - but if Israel was smart and normal they would never allow the situation to come to point where Iraq would
even think of doing such a thing

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 Jan 05, 2010 at 08:21 PM hoy Says:

THATS TWO smacks in the face in one day from the new iraqi governmjent to all those jews who support the so-called "liberation" of Iraq.

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 Jan 05, 2010 at 08:25 PM nu?? Says:

this is a tragedy for the whole world! where is the UN world heritage site comitee voicing opposition??

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 Jan 05, 2010 at 08:33 PM Anonymous Says:

"Thousands of Jews often visited the site of his tomb annually before Iraqi Jewry came to an abrupt end in the middle of the 20th century"

or as Rabbi Avigdor Miller, zt"l, taught, the Zionists made the historic lands of the Middle East uninhabitable for Jews

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 Jan 05, 2010 at 08:44 PM i hope Says:

I hope and believe that Yechezkel hanovi will soon fulfil his prophecy.

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 Jan 05, 2010 at 08:54 PM Avi Says:

Reply to #2  
Askupeh Says:

Biblical Mesopotamia is nowhere as rich in Jewish history as the Land of Israel where our ancestors lived and died for at least fifteen hundred years.

The United States has a lot of say in Iraq; so the Ameircan government needs to be contacted to use its power to stop this. This will not sit right even with Christian Americans who should be notified to help us stop this.

Jews have lived in Biblical Mesopotamia since the Churban of the first Beit Hamikdash. That was something like 2400 years ago.

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 Jan 05, 2010 at 08:55 PM Anonymous Says:

interesting, i think if saddam was alive wouldn't allow this.

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 Jan 05, 2010 at 09:43 PM Ich shaym zich oych nisht Says:

Let's see what petitions we send to our State Dept. Let us see what our Pres. Obama says (most probably gurnisht) and what madam Secretary of State has to say (another winner !)

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 Jan 05, 2010 at 10:11 PM Anonymous Says:

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Ich shaym zich oych nisht Says:

Let's see what petitions we send to our State Dept. Let us see what our Pres. Obama says (most probably gurnisht) and what madam Secretary of State has to say (another winner !)

They will forward your petitions to Bush and Cheney who created this mess of a country while publicly declaring victory and mission completed. Within a year after U.S. troops leave, Iraq will join Afghanistan, Somalia, Pakistan and Yemen as failed states lined up against eretz yisroel

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 Jan 05, 2010 at 10:46 PM A yid Says:

This is great news in a way. Now Israel has a great opportunity to follow their example and remove all Islamic buildings and markings from: Har Habayis, Meoras Hamachpeila, Ir Dovid, Shmuel Hanavi, etc.

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 Jan 05, 2010 at 11:27 PM Anonymous Says:

I dont believe Hashem will let anyone disturb the Navi. Lets stay tuned and watch what happens.

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 05:23 AM actually Says:

actually since the current iraqi government is a puppet government installed and controlled by america, i am sure that this was approved by america. i would even bet money an american company gets the contract to build.
stop always looking to blame arabs for everything and think logically. dont forget that all over the arab world, there are muslim caretakers of jewish sites.

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 09:06 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #17  
actually Says:

actually since the current iraqi government is a puppet government installed and controlled by america, i am sure that this was approved by america. i would even bet money an american company gets the contract to build.
stop always looking to blame arabs for everything and think logically. dont forget that all over the arab world, there are muslim caretakers of jewish sites.

and i suspect this is one such case. don't you folks think arabs revere Biblical prophets just as much as we do? maybe in ways, more so. and Iraq is it's own country now, they decide what they do on their territory according to their volition, not to that of USA, UN, or Israel. oh, and by the way, yes: had Saddam still been in power, this maybe wouldn't be happening; only a few thousand shiites and kurds would be dying each day, but who cares, right? i mean, it's just people, just goyim; they're expendable

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 11:23 AM Charlie Hall Says:

Reply to #1  
SHmuel Says:

Obama please get us out of that crazy land how many more people have to die in a war that accomplished nothing

Unfortunately you are correct. Even Saddam Hussein HaRasha did not do stuff like this. We should never assume that just because something is bad that you can't replace it with something worse. We saw that over and over again in the 20th century and former President Bush did not heed this lesson.

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 02:36 PM webmom Says:

Reply to #16  
Anonymous Says:

I dont believe Hashem will let anyone disturb the Navi. Lets stay tuned and watch what happens.

before you make yourself Hashem's modern day navi, please note the following: there is a mosque on top of Meoras Hamchpela...there is a mosque on top of Har Habayis...and over the last few years the Arabs damaged kever Yosef...no one can read the "mind" of Hashem!

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 02:41 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
monroe boy Says:

maybe those so called jews (neteri karte) should speak to there buddies

Their budies are Iran, not Iraq.

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 07:56 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #20  
webmom Says:

before you make yourself Hashem's modern day navi, please note the following: there is a mosque on top of Meoras Hamchpela...there is a mosque on top of Har Habayis...and over the last few years the Arabs damaged kever Yosef...no one can read the "mind" of Hashem!

Who said anything about reading the "mind" of Hashem or being a modern day Navi???
I said I don't believe Hashem will let anything disturb the NAVI, that means the NAVI himself.
I didn't say anything about not building on top of the kever, your examples make no sense.
Again, I am speaking about what really matters and that is not digging up or disturbing the remains of the Navi.
Your to quick to jump and put words in peoples mouth.
Your name says it all. As a mom you shouldn't be proud of being on the web. Its corrupting your thoughts.

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