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Dead Sea and Masada 2015

The Dead Sea is the second saltiest body of water in the world and the lowest place on Earth. Nothing can survive there, not even bacteria, because of the extreme saltiness of the water. I went on a day trip to see it for myself. Quite a weird experience swimming in it, as the dense water means you can’t sink to the bottom.

Jerico, Palestine
Seen in the distance, the town of Jerico. It’s supposed to be the oldest town in human history – 10,000 years old.
Palestinian camels
Palestinian camels near the town of Jericho.
Palestinian bedouins
Palestinian bedouins. In the past they used to roam all over Palestine. But now the Israelis stop them from moving around their own country. They have travelled around this land for thousands of years. Now they are prisoners and forced to stay inside a limited area.
Dead Sea, Palestine
My first view of the Dead Sea. The mountains on the other side are part of Jordan.
Judean desert next to the Dead Sea.
Judean desert next to the Dead Sea.
Judean desert
Judean desert
Judean desert next to the Dead Sea.
Judean desert next to the Dead Sea. Mountains of Jordan can be seen in the distance.
Judean desert next to the Dead Sea.
Judean desert next to the Dead Sea. Mountains of Jordan can be seen in the distance.
Judean desert.
Judean desert.
Ein Gedi
At the Dead Sea resort of Ein Gedi.
Ein Gedi.
At the Dead Sea resort of Ein Gedi.
Ein Gedi.
At the Dead Sea resort of Ein Gedi.
Ein Gedi.
At the Dead Sea resort of Ein Gedi.
Ein Gedi.
At the Dead Sea resort of Ein Gedi. Went for a swim here. Despite the heat, the water is cold, and it’s very difficult to swim normally, because the water pushes you upwards constantly. Best thing to do is float on your back.

Masada

Masada is the place Zionists claim the Jews of Judea took refuge to escape the Romans, 200 years ago. And where they were besieged and 1000 Jews chose to commit suicide rather than surrender. This is a lie. The place isn’t big enough to hold 1000 people. It is a small mountain fortress and the Zelotes (Zealots) who lived there were actually murderers and assassins who actually used to steal from and kill other Jews in the area.

entrance to Masada
A young Zionist soldier guarding the entrance to Masada. The Israelis force all citizens to serve in the military, and many of their soldiers are very young. But with big machine guns.

However, Zionists use the fictional version of the Masada story – of valiant Jews vs. evil Romans – to make the diaspora feel patriotic about the state of Israel. They spread the lie about Romans attacking innocent Jews at Masada to give a false idea about Jewish resistance to tyranny. It’s blatant propaganda.

View of the Dead Sea from the Masada fortress.
View of the Dead Sea from the Masada fortress.
Masada cable car
A cable car takes you to the top of the Masada mountain to see the fortress and palaces of King Herod.
Inside Masada complex.
Inside Masada complex.
Inside Masada complex
Inside Masada complex. It takes two hours to walk to the top, and many families here made their young children walk all the way up, instead of taking the cable car.
Inside Masada complex
Inside Masada complex
Cable car, Masada fortress.
Cable car station at the top of Masada fortress.
Model of the Masada complex.
Model of the Masada complex.
Inside Masada complex.
Inside Masada complex.
Inside Masada complex.
Inside Masada complex.
Inside Masada complex.
Inside Masada complex.
View from the top of the Masada complex.
View from the top of the Masada complex.
Model of Herod's palaces
Model of Herod’s palaces, built into the Masada mountain.
Inside Masada complex.
Inside Masada complex.
Inside Masada complex.
Inside Masada complex.
View of Herod's three palaces
View of Herod’s three palaces as seen from the top of Masada.
Roman encampment, Masada
Site of the Roman encampment from where they besieged Masada.
Masada mikveh
The “mikveh” at Masada, which is used by Jews for religious ghusl (ablution).
ten stones, Masada

Jews aren’t allowed to commit suicide. It is claimed that in order to kill themselves, the Jews at Masada chose ten men whose job it was to murder everyone in the fortress. These men then drew lots to decide which one of them would kill the other nine. The final man would then commit suicide, and he would be the only one who wasn’t allowed into heaven. But thanks to his sacrifice everyone else would be able to go to heaven, as they were killed by someone else. #ReligiousLogic

It is claimed that these ten stones (above), found at the site, have the names of those ten men whose job was to kill everyone inside the fortress.

Inside Masada complex.
Inside Masada complex.
Inside Masada complex.
Inside Masada complex.
Inside Masada complex.
Inside Masada complex.
Inside Masada complex.
Inside Masada complex.
Masada McDonald's
The lowest McDonald’s in the world, at the bottom of Masada. It is 400 metres below sea level here.
Outside the Masada complex.
Outside the Masada complex. About 400 metres below sea level.
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