The sea gate in Ashdod.
(photo credit: SHMUEL BAR-AM)
When cruise ships dock at Ashdod Port, and passengers disembark for a look at Israel’s fifth-largest city, their first stop is often Givat Yona (Jonah’s Hill). For it is on Givat Yona, today the site of a delightful overlook, that the prophet Jonah was buried over 2,700 years ago.True, tradition places his burial site both in Jaffa and the Galilee. But it is only in Ashdod that a tomb many hundreds of years old, and inscribed with the words “Yunis the Prophet is buried here,” was discovered. (Unfortunately, in the early 1960s a group of Jerusalemites destroyed the tomb. They replaced it with a plaque that reads: “Yona [Jonah] son of Amitai, prophet,” which is now the shady overlook’s main feature.)
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