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PA daily: Synagogue in northern Israel dates to Roman period; Gazans are descendants ‎of biblical Samson

‎“A spectacular mosaic discovered in a ‎synagogue in the Galilee during ‎excavations, which were renewed this ‎summer for the third season, shows ‎Samson the Giant not as he is usually ‎described in folktales, [but] as a regular ‎man – not a giant.‎
In July 2012, archaeological sources ‎announced the discovery of a synagogue ‎dating from the end of the Roman ‎period, between the fourth and fifth ‎centuries CE, during archaeological digs ‎at the Huqoq site in the western Galilee…‎
The discovery of Jewish synagogues from ‎that period, or the early Islamic period, is ‎not rare in Palestine…‎
The legend of Samson and Delilah, which ‎took place on the land of Palestine and ‎Gaza, has greatly influenced modern art ‎around the world, [including] cinema, ‎music, visual arts, novels and poems. ‎These days, Gaza is continuing to ‎produce legends about resolve in the face ‎of ongoing aggression, by those who see ‎themselves as the descendants of ‎Samson – who, according to the legend, ‎found no alternative but to destroy the ‎house of worship with its inhabitants, in ‎what is considered to be the first suicide ‎operation in human writing. The ‎legendary Samson may have died with his ‎enemies, [but] Gaza has lived, and still ‎lives, to write its stories, which surpass [all] ‎legends.”‎