Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Israel to clear mines from (traditional) site of Jesus' baptism

POLITICAL AND OTHER MINEFIELDS: Israel to Clear Landmines From Christian Holy Site Near Jericho. – Qasr al-Yahud, a site just north of the Dead Sea near Jericho where many Christians believe Jesus was baptized, will be cleared of landmines a half-century after Israel took control of the area during the 1967 Six-Day War.

The site and its unfortunate location between minefields, along with other more political complications, have been noted and discussed here and here. It is a pilgrimage site, so I'm glad this dangerous situation is being corrected.