Friday, September 02, 2011

Dueling sites for the baptism of Jesus

POLITICS: Dueling sites for the Baptism of Jesus:
Jordanian Group Threatens Lawsuit Over Baptism Site

Jordan, fighting Israel over Christian tourists, is claiming that the Christian baptism site Qasr al-Yahud is actually on its territory.
by Elad Benari (Arutz Sheva
First Publish: 9/2/2011, 1:12 AM

A Jordan-based group is threatening to file a lawsuit against Israel in the International Criminal Court over its opening of the baptismal site Qasr al-Yahud near the Jordan River.

The group, which calls itself “The Arab Union to Resist the Expulsion of Arab Christians”, is headed by the speaker of the Jordanian senate, Taher al-Masri, and includes Muslim and Christian officials from around the Arab world.

The group is upset over the fact that on July 12, Israel held an official ceremony to mark the opening of Qasr al-Yahud, the site which is known as the place where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist and which is considered the third holiest site in Christianity.

Background on the opening of Qasr al-Yahud is here.