Pastors call to cease Palestinian Authority efforts to destroy the Altar of Joshua

The 3200 year-old site is a historically irreplaceable treasure and is under the jurisdiction of the Israeli military (IDF) to protect, the USPC petition reads.

Akiva Spiegelman ,

ההריסות ליד מזבח יהושע בהר עיבל (בשטח החום למעלה)
ההריסות ליד מזבח יהושע בהר עיבל (בשטח החום למעלה)
צילום: 'שומרים על הנצח'

The US Pastor Council has released a petition calling to preserve the Altar of Joshua on Mt. Ebal following reports that the Palestinian Authority is engaging in destruction of the archaeological and historic site.

This follows a request by the Yesha Council to officials in the United States, related to the evangelical community. In order to create pressure to prevent damage to the altar, which is an important heritage site.

According to the petition, which was signed by thousands of pastors, the 3200-year-old site is a historically irreplaceable treasure and is under the jurisdiction of the Israeli military (IDF) to protect.

The petition now seeks pastors and Christian ministry leaders to join to speak out in defense of this important link to the roots of their faith, while calling for urgency on the matter.

The USPC letter features a call to action: 'We call on our national officials in Congress, Presidential administration and State Department as well as the leadership of Israel to do the utmost within their power to stop the Palestinian Authority in the destruction of this holy site'.

Yesha Council CEO Yigal Dilmoni: "Following the serious damage to the site on Mt. Ebal, we contacted US officials related to the evangelical communities to update them on the damage done to the important biblical site. We asked them to act to prevent further destruction of Heritage sites and Bible sites throughout Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley and throughout the State of Israel. As a result, a petition was prepared and signed by senior members of the evangelical community in the United States, and is currently being distributed to tens of thousands of communities. The Israeli government and the Ministry of Defense must take strong action against the PA, which is responsible for this damage."



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