Why did Israel Steal Marys Gate Before Christmas?

The so-called “Israel Antiquities Authority” (IAA) stole one of the Christian holy gates (Mary’s Gate) from the Church of the Sepulchre in Jerusalem, which is the most sacred Christian place in the world. The Holy Church of the Sepulchre which was looted by the “IAA” is administrated by all Christian communities in Palestine together: the Catholic, Orthodox, Armenian, Coptic, Syrian Orthodox, and Ethiopian churches. (Click on pictures to see them bigger).

The church is registered under the Ministry of Awqaf, of Islamic and Christians Affairs in Jordan, which officially is the only authority responsible for taking care for all Christian and Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem since 1952 and until now.

he Israeli robbery and desecration of the Sepulchre Church was carried out on December 4 2009, before the preparations for the Christmas festivities of this year. The IAA opened the Gate of Mary and removed archaeological holy stones and iron bars around the gate in the walls, which had been sealed since the time of the British mandate of Palestine, before 1948. The IAA claimed that they were cleaning the place and doing renovations.

Neither the Christian communities or the Jordanian Ministry of Holy sites in Jerusalem asked the “IAA” to do anything in the Holy Sepulchre Church, and what the Israel Antiquities Authority did in the place was a deliberate attack and the desecration of the sanctity of the holy place. The “IAA” was not cleaning or renewing the Christian holy place, as it is not their responsibility to do that. The IAA stole the holy gate and removed holy stones, and then sealed the place after the theft, in order to hide the crime.

“Israel’s measures are illegal and violate international laws, because Israel is the occupying force in the West Bank and East Jerusalem”, the official said.

Mr. Craig Dunning, a foreign researcher interested archaeology, photographed the IAA theft while they were transferring the big stones into a car. The IAA claimed that they were “cleaning Mary’s Gate” and “strengthening the ground” which was supposedly “doomed to fall”. They made some changes to a gate and removed the antique stones, transferring them together with other objects to an unknown location. Click on this link to see the theft photos .

According to Osama Al-Ayasa, a Palestinian journalist who reported in Arabic about the IAA robbery, the reactions to what happened in this holy place came very late, most notable being the position of the Jordanian government, which called the Israeli ambassador in Amman, Danny Nevo, and handed him a formal protest note on what they described the robbery as “unilateral actions” in the Church of the Holy Resurrection (Sepulchre). The Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh presented the Israeli ambassador to Amman
Danny Nevo with a protest letter against the construction work being done on one wall of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City. The former Israeli Ambassador in Jordan Yaakov Rosen had received a Jordanian protest letter before the Israeli new Ambassador Danny Nevo.

“Israel’s measures are illegal and violate international laws, because Israel is the occupying force in the West Bank and East Jerusalem”, the official said.

According to AFP,  the Jordanian government demanded that Israel halt immediately their “unilateral work”, carried out by the IAA on the outer walls of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, and that they restore the situation as it was in that holy place.

Another Jordanian official said that the Israeli authorities “have removed iron bars around a gate in the walls which had been sealed since the time of the British mandate of Palestine, which ended in 1948, and opened the gate. The official, who declined to be named, said that the Israelis “claimed that they were doing renovations but nobody asked them to do anything”. “This is unprecedented and dangerous”, the official said, noting that anything to do with the Holy Sepulchre is “very sensitive.”

Osama Al-Ayasa wrote that, The Christian communities, which are supposedly involved in the management of the church, did not declare a clear position towards the crime of the IAA in the holy place. These groups always fight among each others, although normally any problem, including even formalities, give rise to disputes which usually ended in clashes with fists and sticks, and where people are wounded, like what happened on Nov. 10 2008, during a procession. (See Video)

The Catholic delegation guarding the Holy Land, under whose power the Gate of Mary is located, sent a protest to the Israeli Antiquities Authority. But the protest was shy, weak and was not announced in the media. The Roman Orthodox Patriarchate also protested because what happened was carried out without consulting them, and because of the sensitivity of the location and the seriousness of changing the status quo. The protest of the Roman Orthodox was also shy and away from the media.

No word in condemnation of the desecration of this most holy place by Israel was found anywhere in the international media, neither from the Catholic churches in Europe and everywhere else, or any other Christian congregation. One must wonder about the continuing accusations of discrimination of Christians in Muslim lands, while these people would probably not dare to say a word even if the Israel Antiquities Authority destroyed the Church itself. We must suppose that the Pope would in such a case try to appease the Jews, probably even grovelling and kissing their hands in public. In any case it is clear that no politician will say one word against the criminality of Israel, even if it is against their own supposed interests.

The most painful spectacle was what Pope Benedict XVI spoke last Monday, Dec. 21 2009, after the theft of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and three days before the celebration of Christmas, in which the Pope declare his blessing for Israel, rather than to declare allegiance to God and to condemn of the desecration of this Christian Church. Just as if the hypocrisy of Israel and his loyalty to these criminals was more important than loyalty to God, or as if the hypocrisy of Israel was part of the Christian religion, which had already gone beyond this obscurantism long time ago.

The biggest crime in this episode was the shameful position of the Palestinian National Authority, which did not show any reaction to the theft and desecration of the Church of the Resurrection, this “government”, which has failed its people with its insistence in staying in illusory power and government, all the while licking the crumbs from under the table of the jews, the financial aid from the US and the European Union. With their acceptance of this aid, we, all the Palestinians, have lost our dignity and national rights.

In the same way, the Patriarch Mar Ignatius Joseph III, the Greek Patriarch of Antioch of the Syrian Catholic community, who is visiting Palestine, tried to reduce the issue of the robbery by the Israel Antiquities Authority in his answer to a question posed by Osama Al-Ayasa about the position of the Vatican on this issue. The Patriarch essentially said that the issue is “a minor one” and that the Israel Antiquities Authority was given permission to make the repairs by a Catholic official. This official believed that since the iron gate was under the authority of the British Mandate before, it now falls under the authority of the current government, Israel.

Here are the addresses of the thieves in case you want to contact them about this.

Department Director: Dr. Gideon Avni, tel. 02-5892285/286, Gideon [at] israntique [dot] org [dot] il, Deputy Department Director: Dr. Zvi Greenhut, tel. 02-5892217, zvi [at] israntique [dot] org [dot] il, Dr. Yehuda Dagan, tel. 02-5892215, yehuda [at] israntique [dot] org [dot] il, Dr. Zvi Greenhut, tel. 02-5892217,  zvi [at] israntique [dot] org [dot] il, Dr. Danny Syon, tel. 04-9911682,  dsyon [at] israntique [dot] org [dot] il, Dr. Ofer Marder, tel. 02-5892208, ofer [at] israntique [dot] org [dot] il, Dr. Yossi Nagar, tel. 02-5892257, yossi [at] israntique [dot] org [dot] il

18 comments to Why did Israel Steal Marys Gate Before Christmas?

  • Alex

    I’ve just stumbled upon this site and am very impressed. Here in the UK we rarely hear, first hand, from those exiled from their homes by this sickening, zenophobic, aparthied, supremacist state. I wish journalists would give more time to voices such as yours, to really expose what it’s like to be forced from your home and how it happens. I’m not surprised you get hate mail- nothing hurts like the truth. Keep up the good work and happy new year.

  • Archie1954

    What would be the reason for doing what the Israeli authorities did? Was there a time capsule in the stones that were removed? I noted the comments made in the article about the stones and ironworks being sealed since 1948. Was Israel just creating precedence for controlling that part of the area? Can anyone make a guess.

    • joeskate

      Israel is doing this because those in control are zionist fundamentalist who believe that they have divine right to Israel and that only Jews belong in the land they received from G-d. This has type of behavior is nothing new, but has been increasing over the past few years. There are new cases of apartheid everyday in Israel. The problem is that most of the major media networks are owned by zionists.
      If you would like links to more sites with real news check out rense.com. It links to articles from all over the world.

  • Zimbabalouue

    What theft? “Vee vas only going down the street and we see that this Church could use a little sprucing.”

    “Then I says to Eli that we should do a good thing for these poor Christains” and that is when Eli, and I pulled up the car to take the door for it’s millenium cleaning. We’ll have it back in no time. Trust us. Would we lie you our Christain friends?

    Wake up world! No one volunteers to clean and renovate sacred artifacts of another culture. Just ask the Egyptian’s how long it takes to get anything back from the cleaners.

  • KPR

    ‘Why did Israel Steal Marys Gate Before Christmas?’

    Answer: Because they CAN. Knowing the Catholic church has a Masonic Pope aligned with the NWO, knowing media, with few exceptions, is controlled by Zionists, knowing Europe and N. American ”nations” are now firmly in the grasp of the NWO, Israel felt perfectly safe sending their team of janitors into the church. Before Easter they will probably return and walk off with a few more pieces before returning again next year at Christmas with a larger truck and leaving with the altar. I can imagine, as so many of our Jewish ‘brothers’ like to spit on Christians and Muslims, what they are doing right now with the stolen property.

    They could probably return tomorrow with a few propane torches, claim to be cleaning the place and burn it down. The ‘pope’ would then praise Israel, Born Again American Christians would say: ‘Oh well, it must be God’s will’ and it would be reported by the media as a Palestinian rocket that was aimed to intentionally burn down the shrine.

  • Jennifer Chen

    The zionists are here on earth to [redacted] destroy anything good–unless they can corrupt it and turn it into evil first. Everything they do-they do for Satan-in order to get in return deadly technology-with which they believe-they can rule-but in reality-they will use to destroy all life on earth. The zionists are the killers of life-enemies of all that is good-[redacted] want to steal in order to destroy the gates of mary. All jews are sociopaths-they have no love in them-no empathy or compassion-they can do no good-the only thing jews think is good is to falsely demonize others-to make the innocent appear to be demonic monsters-then the jews try to look as if they are heroic and good when they cruelly sadistically punish them with vengeance. They plot and scheme forever to make monsters out of anyone to satisfy their blood lust thinking that others will not think them the sick perverts that they are-if they can first set up some patsy to look like they really deserve to be tortured to death. They can never actually do good-only harm. They lie-they steal-and the biggest lie is that God favors them-Satan has favorites-Satan believes in inequity-God loves all life equally.

  • This particular Anti-Pope Benedict is [redacted] to God and people.
    The pillaging and looting of Christian and Muslim holy sites is a very intense form of Zionist genocide and Antichrist (ad-Dajjal) blasphemy against God.

    The Zionists have no business being there and only murder and loot. They must be stopped.

    It is a fact that Zionist Judaism is dedicated to lying to gentiles as the below Kol Nidre shows. The Zionist Unlawful Criminal Occupation of Palestine is based on lies and more lies. Liars and thieves are no different, both are utterly out to steal from and deceive innocent people. At the base of this is Talmudic Lurianic Kabalist Religious Zionism and pillaging genocidal Political Zionism.

    The Jews’ Kol Nidre:
    An authorized translation of the Jews’ Kol Nidre (“All Vows”) prayer for Yom Kippur, published by the Hebrew Publishing Company of New York: “All vows, obligations, oaths or anathemas, pledges of all names, which we have vowed, sworn, devoted, or bound ourselves to, from this Day of Atonement until the next Day of Atonement (whose arrival we hope for in happiness), we repent, aforehand, of them all. They shall all be deemed absolved, forgiven, annulled, void and made of no effect; they shall not be binding, nor have any power; the vows shall not be reckoned vows, the obligations shall not be obligatory, nor the oaths considered as oaths.”

    The Zionists will never be reasoned with. They must be ejected from occupied Palestine. The Arab people have the right from God Himself to do this. The reason is that only the Sons of Ishmael have a land covenant still in effect from God. The Sons of Ishmael are the Arab people.

    The faith of Islam came initially to the Arab people, the descendants of Ishmael, the first born son of Prophet Abraham, through the prophet Muhammad (PBUH). And the Arabs, including the Palestinians, the descendants of Ishamel were directly and unconditionally, blessed by God in the Holy Bible, and described as “Princes”:

    “As for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.”

    (Genesis 17:20)

    17 And God heard the voice of the boy: and an angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, saying: What art thou doing, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the boy, from the place wherein he is.

    18 Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.”

    The Holy Qur’an describes the people of the Book, both Old Testament prophets and Christians, as believers in the true God and therefore inculcates respect for them. Any real Christian recognizes Muslims as worshippers of the true God. God is called upon by both Arab Muslims and Arab Christians, as Allah (SWT).

    Any land covenant with ancient Israelites has already been long voided by God Himself.

    The core of the Antichrist lie is claiming that the Israelis are the people that God made a land covenant with and claiming that it is still in effect in the land properly called Palestine for the last two thousand years. In the Book of Deuteronomy, Chapters 28 — 32 God explicitly tells Moses that the ancient Israelites will trangress the land covenant with God and God will void the covenant permanently and cast them out. Especially see Dt. 31:16,17

    “And the Lord said to Moses: Behold thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, and this people rising up will go a fornicating after strange gods in the land, to which they goeth in to dwell: there will they forsake me, and will void the covenant, which I have made with them,

    And my wrath shall be kindled against them in that day: and I will forsake them, and will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured: all evils and afflictions shall find them, so that they shall say in that day: In truth it is because God is not with me, that these evils have found me.”

    This came to pass forevermore exactly as Jesus Christ (PBUH) said 1500 years later when He prophesied the utter destruction of the Temple. That destruction occurred in 70 A.D.

    Free Palestine! God bless the Palestinian people, both Christian and Muslim to be free!


  • Jackson

    The Catholic rites and mass that is of ancient (approx 8000 yrs old)written by Solomon when he had turned away from God to pagan worship, all of the pure Gold goblets and golden statues/idols and the large septer of gold as well as all of the pure gold crucifixes, precious paintings/art/stained glass by Michaelangelo makes the pope/catholic church one of the richest if not the richest entities on earth.This is while many people are starving literally to death as he watches his flock worship him as they would a savior. He sits on a throne believing that he is perfect and infallible. All while the pope calls for a New World Order along with the rest of the elite global leaders. Communism is the work of satan and it IS the New World Order and there is nothing whatsoever Holy about it.

  • Bruce

    Thanks for the piece. I wonder if it will hit the Western Press. I do remember reading, however, about someone stealing the gate sign at Auschwitz. The Zionist Press gives us a greatly filtered view of the world. Thanks for trying to balance this warped reporting.

  • Holocaust Gaza

    People in the Western World or Catholics don’t even know this! The pieces probably turned up in some rich Jewish homes in the state New York like artifacts from Iraq.


  • Holocaust Gaza

    People in the Western World or Catholics don’t even know this! The pieces probably turned up in some rich Jewish homes in the state New York like artifacts from Iraq.

    The old saying: [redacted] – obviously true. More to come?

  • XYZ

    Religion = bollocks/brainwashing. No matter if its Xtianity, Islam, Judaism. Bollocks made to keep ppl on a leash, on their knees. World is torn apart by religious wars. My god is better than urs. Virgin Mary = Isis (and other deities). Wake up, but its already too late. This isnt news, “they stole Mary’s gate”. At least they didnt steal Mary’s pants. Its ridiculous. Bring on some real news.

    • XYZ said … blather, blather, blather….

      Said like a true Zionist-Communist atheist shill. And your “solution” would undoubtedly be to allow Communists and Imperialists to wage war on Muslims and Christians and the other “solution” you would encourage is to allow Jews to Occupy Palestine and the whole region and build their nasty little empire there. Your nonsense reeks of Marx, Bakunin, Hess, Herzl, and Weizmann, Lenin and Stalin and the worst ZioNazi of all time Ben Gurion.

      Non-covenantal Judaism is a shill ploy and attitude that dates from Marx and the 19th century in general and then into the twentieth century with the Mensheviks and Bolsheviks. It is an “atheist” cover for anti-Christian and anti-Muslim Zionism. It hides under Communism and then liberal Euro-British-American Imperial secular economic colonialism and shifts and changes here and there. But it’s whole reason and goal is to provide a base for attacking the people and nation that have the God given right to Palestine. Those people are Arab Muslims and Christians. That nation is Palestine.


      • XYZ

        I didnt even expected a different reply from u, dear brainwashed and paranoid Steve, who see shills of all kinds everywhere. The same old record, if smb opposes ur points of view is Communist, Zionist, Bolshevik and… u add… Ure an idiot, no more, no less. Sooner or later ull have to deal with it: [redacted]!

  • Bonnie

    How far back does the Gate go? What is the origin of the stolen items?

    It looks to me, that the theft was the kind that was committed in the Baghdad Museum. The articles may very well have been some unknown high tech artifacts, just hanging around. And because we, are really primitive and don’t know what they’re used for, call them “holy stones and bars.” The israelis spotted these pretty trinkets, and certainly knew what it was all about- and just took them. Who was going to stop them? And who is even making efforts to get them back? Heheheh. And if they are “returned” who’s to say, they’re the originals?

    WAKE UP, People! Don’t you know that the Vatican and the Congregation of high rabbis in israel are working together, hand in glove?

    These are the same people that are still holding the great majority of the text of the Dead Sea Scrolls, et al,(our Heritage after all, given to us by the Ancients), the parts released to the Public don’t tell much.

    These ptb are hiding things from us, and keeping We, The People of this Planet,ignorant.

  • XYZ

    Ur reply doesnt surprise me, Steve. Ure a paranoid who sees shills of all kinds everywhere, ure an idiot who definitely cant handle the truth: YES, [redacted], but the brainwashed like u cant ever agree. Keep sleeping!

  • Zarathustra

    I could just imagine if someone stole a stone from the wailing wall left from Solomons temple. The crazy jews would probably kill every Christian and Palestinian in the country. These scoundrels had better not get too cocky because God might not be very happy with all the raping, pillaginng, and desecration these jews perpetuate wherever they go. Remember jews (Khazars)- God is watching you and taking notes,

    “ Life would be a feast to the wicked and death a godsend, were it not for the immortality of the soul “ — Pythagoras

  • All religion is corrupt.Only TRUTH is a non-corrupt belief system.When truth rules justice never fails;it is swift and flexible but with firm guidelines.No Earth people can stand Truth as a belief system or religion;it is against thier nature;HUMAN NATURE.THIS IS DUE TO THE FACT THAT MAN IS A BEAST;LIKE ALL OTHER BEASTS SUBJDECT TO THE LOVE OF LIES AND SELF -DECEPTION.WORSHIP THE SERPENT OF EDEN AND PROSPER IN THIS WORLD;REJECT THE SERPENT AND SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES…..AS WELL AS THE BLESSINGS.BETTER GET SOME FIREWOOD;AHITIANS ALSO SHOULD COLLECT FIREWOOD;CHARCOAL ALSO.

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