The three Olympic-sized Solomon’s Pools are not only an important part of
It might sound hokey, but I wanted to know that Solomon's Pools were "alright and cared for."Well, to my astonishment, I came upon an article, dated just this morning from WAFA - The Palestinian News & Info Service. The Agency wrote that Arabs are concerned that “Jewish settlers are planning to take over the historic Solomon Pools located in al-Khader, a town south of
It continued, “70 settlers arrived at Solomon Pools under army protection and performed religious rituals there.”
What a coincidence?! But there is really no such thing as chance. Rather, let's say, "What timing!!"Wednesday’s Elder of Ziyon blog reported that the Palestine Times wrote that “a large group of usurpers, under the protection of Israeli soldiers, stormed the Solomon’s Pools…. performed the ritual and religious hymns and rituals in the water, which is the fourth time in a row this has occurred.”I am so thrilled that Solomon's Pools has not been forgotten. I am excited that Gush Etzion residents have been allowed to visit there, whether or not they really stepped inside the pools, as one would a mikveh (ritual bath).That’s incredible.If there is peace in our area, there shouldn’t be any problem about visiting Solomon’s Pools, especially if a tourist complex has been/or is being built right next door.
One more thing excited me about the Palestine Times article. It included a photo of a beautiful pool, filled with blue water. If Solomon's Pools really look like that today, I will be very happy.
(Top two photos - part of the Library of Congress collection; bottom photo from the Yad Vashem collection)