Unique Ancient Seal From First Temple Period Found Under Western Wall Plaza Validates Biblical Record

“The Bible mentions two governors of Jerusalem, and this finding thus reveals that such a position was actually held by someone in the city some 2,700 years ago,” said Dr. Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah, excavator of the site on behalf of the IAA.” IsraelInTheUsa Facebook

Archaeologists excavating in the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem unearthed a unique clay seal from the First Temple Period, inscribed in ancient Hebrew script.

The important find was discovered over the course of the IAA’s excavations at the site, carried out in cooperation with the Western Wall Heritage Foundation.

According to the excavator, Dr. Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah, “the Bible mentions two governors of Jerusalem, and this finding reveals that such a position was actually held by someone in the city some 2700 years ago.”

This extraordinary find is a lump of clay, stamped and pre-fired. It measures 13×15 mm and is 2-3 mm thick. The upper part of the sealing depicts two figures facing each other, and the lower part holds an inscription in ancient Hebrew script. The seal was presented to Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, during his visit to Davidson’s Center, near the Western Wall, last week. After the completion of the scientific research, the seal will be displayed temporarily in the mayor’s office.

The seal, its use unknown, was retrieved by Shimon Cohen while wet-sieving the soil from a late First Temple-period building (seventh-sixth centuries BCE).

Speaking on behalf of the IAA, Weksler-Bdolah said she believes that “the seal had been attached to an important transport and served as some sort of logo, or as a tiny souvenir, which was sent on behalf of the governor of the city.”

“It is likely that one of the buildings in our excavation was the destination of this transport, sent by the city governor. The finding of a seal with this high-rank title, in addition to the large assemblage of actual seals found in the building in the past, supports the assumption that this area, located on the eastern slopes of the western hill of ancient Jerusalem, some 100 m west of the Temple Mount, was inhabited by highly ranked officials during the First Temple period.

“This is the first time that such a sealing is found in an authorized excavation. It supports the biblical rendering of the existence of a governor of the city in Jerusalem 2700 years ago.”

Hebrew University’s Professor Tallay Ornan and Tel Aviv University’s Professor Benjamin Sass described the seal:

Cay seal from the First Temple Period.. (photo credit: ISRAELI ANTIQUITIES AUTHORITY/ CLARA AMIT)

“Above a double line are two standing men, facing each other in a mirror-like manner. Their heads are depicted as large dots, lacking any details. The hands facing outward are dropped down, and the hands facing inward are raised Each of the figures is wearing a striped, knee-length garment. In the register beneath the double line is an inscription in ancient Hebrew, with no spacing between the words and no definite article.”

“The inscription denotes ‘lesar ha’air,’ or ‘belonging to the governor of the city.’ The title ‘governor of the city’ is known from the Bible and from extra-Biblical documents, and refers to an official appointed by the king. Governors of Jerusalem are mentioned twice in the Bible: in 2 Kings, Joshua is the governor of the city in the days of Hezekiah, and in 2 Chronicles, Maaseiah is the governor of the city in the days of Josiah.”

“It is very overwhelming to receive greetings from First Temple-period Jerusalem,” Barkat said upon seeing the seal. “This shows that already 2700 years ago, Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, was a strong and central city.”

“Jerusalem is one of the most ancient capitals of the world, continually populated by the Jewish people for more than 3000 years.” INN

Video:  Seal from First Temple Period found near Western Wall (Israel Antiquities Authority)

DACA Aliens Can Barely Speak English, 25% ‘Functionally Illiterate’

Potential Democratic voters?

When members of Congress battled over the budget, some threatened to block funding unless Congress provided amnesty to illegal alien Dreamers who benefited from President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which President Donald Trump announced he is ending.

Conscientious members of Congress should not give in to this threat. Amnesty will encourage even more illegal immigration—just as the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act did…

Watching television reports concerning Dreamers, one would think that the DACA program applied only to college-educated immigrants who were just a few years old when their parents brought them into the country illegally.

We are led to believe that most are so fully Americanized that they would now have trouble speaking their native language and are all but ignorant of their birth countries’ cultural norms. Thus, we are supposed to believe returning them to their native lands would be a cruel hardship.

In fact, many DACA beneficiaries came here as teenagers. All were eligible for the program as long as they entered the U.S. before their 16th birthday. By that time, there is no doubt that they spoke the language of their native countries fluently and knew their culture intimately.

DACA had no requirement of English fluency, as evidenced by the application form that had a space to list the translator used to complete the form.

The Center for Immigration Studies estimates that “perhaps 24 percent of the DACA-eligible population fall into the functionally illiterate category and another 46 percent have only ‘basic’ English ability.”

Unfortunately, many Dreamers are poorly educated. Only 49 percent of DACA beneficiaries have a high school education, even though a majority are now adults. And while military service could also qualify an illegal alien for DACA, out of the current 690,000 DACA beneficiaries, only 900 are serving in the military.

The Obama administration did not check the background of each DACA beneficiary, despite a requirement that they have no felony convictions and pose no threat to national security. Only a few randomly selected DACA applicants were ever actually vetted.

This may explain why, by August this year, more than 2,100 DACA beneficiaries had had their eligibility pulled because of criminal convictions and gang affiliation.

Even if a random background investigation produced substantial evidence that an illegal alien might have committed multiple crimes, the alien would still be eligible for DACA if he wasn’t convicted.

Thus, it seems that a significant percentage of DACA beneficiaries have serious limitations in their education, work experience, and English fluency. What’s the likelihood that they’ll be able to function in American society without being substantial burdens to U.S. taxpayers?  DailySignal

A Free Ride

Other studies reveal even more problems caused by Obama’s DACA program. The Congressional Budget Office reported that 1 in 5 DACA-eligible illegal aliens would be on food stamps in under a decade. Harvard’s Roberto Gonzales told CIS that 73 percent of DACA recipients are living in low-income housing and reap welfare benefits plus more from taxpayers. Breitbart reported that only 4 percent of DACA illegals complete college, “[M]aking the DACA population far less likely than the native American population to finish college with a degree.” TruthRevolt

Lone Child Refugees Cost British Councils £70,000 A Year Each Until They Reach Age 25

Gray in hair and crows feet – not under 18.

Mandatory medical tests needed to determine their age.

Each lone child refugee costs councils in Britain nearly £70,000 a year – with the bills continuing to land until they reach 25.

The migration crisis meant there were at least 4,560 unaccompanied youngsters seeking asylum at the end of last March – a rise of 134 per cent from 1,950 in 2013.

Costs to local authorities for every 100 unaccompanied children are estimated at £6.75million a year. The Home Office provides £3.35million – leaving a shortfall of £3.4million.

When a child claims asylum in the UK they become the legal responsibility of the local authority in which they came forward…

One in 16 children being looked after by town halls are now unaccompanied asylum seekers, compared to 1 in 33 in 2013 – almost double the rate….

The vast majority of those being supported by councils – 92 per cent – were boys. But the number of lone girls had soared by 19 per cent in the past year. DailyMail

Few Deported.

Only one in five lone child migrants caught lying about their age in a bid to stay in the UK is deported, damning figures have revealed.

More than 2,500 of the 13,600 unaccompanied child asylum seekers who have come to Britain since 2010 have been found to be over 18. But fewer than 600 have been returned home.

The statistics expose the extent to which some adult migrants are trying to deceive the authorities.

Experts warned that the small chance of being deported even when they are caught lying was helping to fuel the influx of migrants across the Channel.