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Published Sunday 20/04/2014 (updated) 22/04/2014 12:17
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- More than 200 Israeli Jews accompanied by Israeli soldiers visited the historic Solomon's Pools between the southern West Bank villages of al-Khader and Artas south of Bethlehem on Sunday morning, a local spokesman said.

Adnan Atallah of the local committee against Israeli settlements and the separation wall told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers escorted the settlers, who performed Passover rites near the historic pools.

Settlers also visited the Khirbet Alya neighborhood of al-Khader south of Solomon's Pools.

The visit to the site near Bethlehem comes in the final days of the Jewish holiday of Passover, during which Israeli authorities have shut down checkpoints to Palestinians for extended periods of time and have restricted their access to holy sites, such as the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron and the Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem.

Visits by Israeli Jews to sites across the West Bank often cause tensions with local Palestinians, as these visits are accompanied by large armed escorts.

Solomon's Pools are three large cisterns -- each more than 100 meters long -- that were historically part of an ancient aqueduct system connected to Jerusalem.

Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent repaired the cisterns in the 17th century and built a fortress beside them, which still stands today. Many Jews, however, believe that the pools are named for the Biblical Solomon.

More than 500,000 Israeli Jews live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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1 ) Mel / USA
20/04/2014 17:50
The Ultra's can thank PLURALISM in Palestine that the ancient pools are STILL there,cared for & protected by Palestinians,Arabian Jews,Turkish &British mandates.Quite a testament to the respect shown by pluralism,before extremist Zionism arrived,to revise & Westernize everything,"mow the lawn"with tanks,over "goy"bodies &"slash &burn"everything not Jewish(using lesser Jews considered "arsim" pawns by the white Ashkenazi elite.When Judeo-Nazi apartheid is gone,pluralism will return!Amen!

2 ) Johnny benson / USA
20/04/2014 17:55
....Judea and Samaria ...that is part of Israel...all of it...if Arabs want to live there ..fine...but they must respect it's Israel...and live in peace...otherwise they must leave..simple as that

3 ) Jesse / USA
20/04/2014 18:25
What Passover rites at Solomon's pools?

4 ) Colin Wright / USA
20/04/2014 22:56
"Solomon's Pools.' Look it up. This is so willfully stupid. How can anyone respect Zionism?

5 ) Colin Wright / USA
20/04/2014 22:59
To Johnny Benson #2: '....Judea and Samaria ...that is part of Israel...all of it...if Arabs want to live there ..fine...but they must respect it's Israel...and live in peace...otherwise they must leave..simple as that' Does this work as a general principle? I mean, can I declare that Tahiti is 'ColinLand,' go there, and demand that all the indigenous inhabitants either acknowledge my claim to it or leave? Is it really as simple as that? Say it's so, Johnny...

6 ) Colin Wright / USA
20/04/2014 23:03
To Mel #1: 'When Judeo-Nazi apartheid is gone,pluralism will return!Amen!' Will it? That's one of the saddest things about episodes such as Zionism. It can be very hard to put Humpty-Dumpty back together again. Witness the Zionists themselves: being a victim of persecution does NOT make you a nice person.

7 ) Seraphina Gabriel / Wales
21/04/2014 14:59
Does visiting a historical aqua duct & park really have anything to do with the Passover Rites? Whilst the pools are almost certainly of historical value & interesting to see, if they have no religious significance (in terms of worship of the deity or performance of ritual associated with Passover) visiting accompanied by soldiers is just provocation. This type of incident also shows a lack of respect both for their own religion and for humanity per se.

8 ) Outlier / USA
22/04/2014 03:03
1., Mel, reading your bizarre comments, all I feel is pity for you.

9 ) Andrew / USA
22/04/2014 21:42
Outlier, nothing Mel has ever written here has been anything other than hatred and bigotry at its worst. He is also mostly illiterate and most likely hates every Jew in the world.
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