Archaeologists believe the the 1,600-year-old marble slab (shown) with Hebrew inscriptions marks the location of Kursi - a Gentile district on the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee. The slab measures 55 inches by 26 inches (140cm by 70cm). According to the Bible, the Land of the Gederenes - believed to be Kursi - is the site of the Miracle of the Swine where Jesus exorcised a possessed man of demons (illustrated top right). Experts at the University of Haifa, Israel, with the Antiquities Authority and the Nature and Parks Authority, are now trying to decipher the slab (unearthed bottom right), which is engraved in the Aramaic language in Hebrew letters. They have so far identified the words 'amen' and 'marmaria,' which could either refer to marble, Mary or Rabbi. Is this where Jesus performed The Miracle of the Swine? 1,600-year-old Hebrew slab points to the site of Kursi where Christ exorcised a man possessed by demons
A German journalist who spent 10 days with the Islamic State group and came out unharmed told a British Jewish news site that the jihadist fighters told him that the only country they fear is Israel.
“They told me they know the Israeli army is too strong for them,” journalist and former member of German parliament Jurgen Todenhofer told the U.K.’s Jewish News.
“They are not scared of the British and the Americans,” Todenhofer said. “They are scared of the Israelis and told me the Israeli army is the real danger.” He added that Israel Defense Forces can fight a guerrilla war.
The journalist said that the Islamist militants told him they hope to lure Western forces into Iraq and Syria where they could then kidnap American and British soldiers.
“They think they can defeat U.S. and U.K. ground troops, who they say they have no experience in city guerrilla or terrorist strategies,” Todenhofer said. “But they know the Israelis are very tough as far as fighting against guerrillas and terrorists.”
Todenhofer told Jewish News that the Islamic State was “preparing the largest religious cleansing in history” and that while they are prepared to accept Christian and Jewish citizens in exchange for the payment of a jizya tax, the fate for Shi’ite Muslims is death.
“They kill all the Shia Muslims they can get their hands on,” he said. “I asked them … if they were prepared to kill every Shia Muslim, and they scoffed: ‘150 million or 500 million, we don’t care, it’s only a technical problem for us. We are ready to do that.’” MORE