Following a great vacation in Greece (mainly on the island of Ikaria), we are back in Israel and back to the daily grind… :-)
Just for the sake of it, and to have some activity on the blog (…), here is a nice picture of the ruins of the Modern period mosque on Tell es-Safi/Gath. This was part of the Palestinian village of Tell es-Safi, which was abandoned during the Israel War of Independence in 1948 and was subsequently destroyed. The figure is standing next to the ruins of the Minaret of the mosque, which is better preserved than other parts of the building. The mosque is situated in the center of the upper mound at Tell es-Safi/Gath, near the easternmost part of the village. Just to the right and behind the ruins you can see the Prickly Pear cacti, which mark the eastern edge of the village.
The picture is taken looking northeast, with the Shephelah and the Central Hills in the background.