A 2,000-year-old building built by Europeans is still a good shelter.
In a bid to avoid overcrowded refugee camps a family of refugees in Syria has set up home in the ruins of a Roman temple of the ancient settlement of Baquirha in the north of the war-torn country.
Abdelaziz al-Hassan, his wife and three children fled their home in Idlib last winter after a series of attacks on the city.
They now live in a tent village, pitched at the second-century temple of the ancient local god Baal, also called ‘Zeus’ in Greek mythology. “I chose this place because it provides peace of mind, far from overcrowded places and those riddled with disease,” al-Hassan told the AFP news agency, later mentioning the site’s relative safety from the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Two days ago, near the tent’s opening, I killed a viper,” the man revealed, adding, “every other day, we have to kill a scorpion. … But we haven’t found anywhere better than here yet”.
The family has set up a long tent as their house, it just fits in-between the temple’s three standing walls. In front of it is another big open tent, with a line strung across two of the temple’s half-destroyed columns to dry laundry on.
Outside there is an electricity source – two solar panels, with a cord leading to an industrial-looking fan inside the tent.
Remember: white Europeans used to control the entire Levant.
All the people in the Old Testament of the Bible were white – they were not “Jewish” and they were not brown people.
It’s a common misunderstanding, but all you have to do to really understand it is look at all of these ruins of buildings that white people built in the area at the time and then compare them to the buildings that the “Jews” allegedly built.