Throughout the Middle East, the Bible comes alive, as sites of biblical history and people are readily available for visitors to see. However, many of these locations are being threatened. JNS writes about one of them, the tomb of the biblical prophet Nahum in Iraq, which is in danger of both decay and desecration:
The Prophet Nahum, whose tomb is located in the town of Al Qosh, is known for predicting the fall of the Assyrian Empire. The tomb lies inside a synagogue in the Christian town of Al Qosh. The synagogue is guarded by a Christian family. In recent years Jewish groups have been visiting the grave, and concern has been growing about the tomb's proximity to areas where the Islamic State is active.
"We demand all the historical heritage preservation organizations, the United Nations, UNESCO, the KRG and all the representatives of countries in Kurdistan help to prevent the destruction of this historical monument," Mamsani said.
"Preventing the destruction of this building is the responsibility of us all. Our call is not a call to ask for money or financial assistance. Our call is just to tell the world that the Iraqi government destroyed many of the historic sites in Iraq and Iran," Mamsani added...