Naaran

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Naaran
Jerycho Synagoga.jpg
Remnants of Naaran synagogue mosaic
Naaran is located in the Palestinian territories
Naaran
Shown within Palestinian territories
Location West Bank
Coordinates 31°53′02″N 35°26′41″E / 31.883826°N 35.444813°E / 31.883826; 35.444813

Naaran (also Na'aran) (Hebrew: נערן‎) is an ancient Jewish village dating to the 5th and 6th century CE, located in the West Bank. Remains of the village have been excavated north of Jericho, in Ephraim, between Bethel and Jericho. The mosaic floor of a synagogue was discovered at the site featuring a large zodiac design. Naaran is mentioned in 1 Chronicles 7:28 as a town in the eastern part of Ephraim.[1] Aramaic inscriptions and mosaics from the synagogue are displayed at an archaeology museum established by the Israeli archaeologist Yitzhak Magen at the Good Samaritan Inn.[2] In May 2012, the ancient synagogue was vandalized with graffiti that included swastikas and Palestinian flags.[3] Israel's Public Diplomacy Minister Yuli-Yoel Edelstein condemned the act and noted that, "The incident reaffirms the belief that Jewish holy sites must be under Israel's sovereignty."[3]

Swastikas spray painted on the ancient synagogue of Na'aran

An Israeli settlement, kibbutz Niran, located several kilometers to the north, takes its name from Naaran.

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