Masada – Another Jewish fairy tale
A deserted hilltop 30 miles south of Jerusalem
980 Jews fought Romans for a year from this mountain
They raided Jerusalem for 2 yrs prior to attack
The story of Masada
Great Jewish Rebellion against Rome (66 CE)
In 70 AD the Jews were revolting against the Romans, who occupied Jerusalem. 960 Jews went to a hilltop fortress named Masada – a 1300-foot high rock butte about 30 miles south of Jerusalem . For two years they harassed Romans.
The Romans attacked with 15,000 soldiers – they spent nine months building a dirt assault ramp. When the Romans reached the top the Jews committed suicide.
Yigael Yadin's 1963-1965 Masada excavations
A Jew named Yadin excavates the site in 1967 and claims he found 25 skeletons . The IDF brings down the bones and holds a military funeral for these brave fighters.
The Israeli army honors their dead warriors by burying 25 caskets. Later it was disclosed the Hebrews buried pig bones.
Leslie Vanaten of Harvard
" There was no Masada "
Another explorer ,Yoram Tsafrir , checks the jew and finds out only 208 bones were turned in and the human body is 220 bones.
Also there were pig bones with these, which meant the bones were probably Roman . (Yadim admits to another archeologist Joseph Zias )
You have to wonder
How did 960 Jews live on a deserted mountain for over a year with no food and water ?
Why build a ramp - Put 500 soldiers at the foot of the mountain and wait
One partial skeleton and pig bones equal a Jewish Legend ?"
"The Myth That Was Masada" by Jay Gary, PhD
MSNBC- "New research questions some Masada remains: Scene of mass suicide plays important role in Israel's national mythology"