Jonah

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This stone marks the spot where tradition has it where the grave of Jonah the prophet is located.

Today we had the opportunity to take some friends to visit the “traditional” grave of Jonah.  It is located on a 53-meter high hill overlooking the city of Ashdod.  The site is indicated on the famous 6th century Medba map, with the heading, in Greek, “The holy Jonah.”  On top of the hill is a lighthouse facing the port that sends a beam of light out for a distance of 27 kilometres.

During the Mandate, British officers used this as a lookout point to prevent Jewish immigrants from entering the Land.

It was a beautiful view of the Mediterranean and the port.  Ashdod is the busiest port in Israel, receiving 60% of imports.

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