• All Share : 51215.16
    UP 0.07%
    Top 40 : 4225.59
    UP 0.33%
    Financial 15 : 14865.69
    UP 0.95%
    Industrial 25 : 60484.39
    DOWN -0.43%

  • ZAR/USD : 10.9181
    UP 0.19%
    ZAR/GBP : 17.8338
    UP 0.70%
    ZAR/EUR : 14.1512
    UP 0.27%
    ZAR/JPY : 0.1017
    UP 0.04%
    ZAR/AUD : 9.8854
    DOWN -0.06%

  • Gold : 1236.1500
    UP 0.12%
    Platinum : 1364.0000
    UP 0.29%
    Silver : 18.6600
    DOWN -0.26%
    Palladium : 842.0000
    UP 0.60%
    Brent Crude Oil : 99.260
    UP 0.21%

  • All data is delayed by 15 min. Data supplied by INET BFA
    Hover cursor over this ticker to pause.

Wed Sep 17 15:35:02 SAST 2014

Israel opens Jesus baptism site in West Bank

Sapa-AP | 12 July, 2011 18:02
A man dressed as Jesus Christ reads a script before taping a webisode for the gaming website during the recent Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, in Los Angeles Picture: DANNY MOLOSHOK/REUTERS

Israel has opened what some believe is the baptism site of Jesus to daily visits in a move that required the cooperation of Israel's military and the removal of nearby mines along the border with Jordan.

Some believe the West Bank site is where John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the waters of the Jordan River.

However, Jordan says a site on its side of the river is where the baptism took place.

The West Bank site has not been regularly open to the public since the 1967 war, when Israel captured the West Bank from Jordan.

Palestinian Tourism Minister Khouloud Daibes charges that Tuesday's opening of the site is "illegal." He calls it part of Israel's "occupation" and "monopoly" of Palestinian historical and touristic resources.


If you have an opinion you would like to share on this article, please send us an e-mail to the Times LIVE iLIVE team. In the mean time, click here to view the Times LIVE iLIVE section.
Wed Sep 17 15:35:02 SAST 2014 ::