One of the most beautiful places in Israel are the gardens of the Shrine of Bab in the Baha'i World Center, in the Israeli port city of Haifa.
Stepping into the gardens, watching the golden Shrine on the backdrop of the Mediterranean, you feel transformed into another world. A world of beauty and harmony, a world of peace.
The gardens rise in steps all the way up the mountainside above Haifa's downtown, and at the midway point, at mid-morning, the clear light off the Mediterranean combines with the precise efforts of 150 gardeners to achieve a combination of lucid depth and dazzling color.
Maybe those on the failed Flotilla, or those aiming to reach Gaza via air on the Flytilla, should take notes of how peacefully the Baha'is live and practice their religion freely in the democratic Jewish state of Israel.
Ironically, the story of the Baha'i faith connects Israel and Iran. It starts in Iran in the early 1800s and incidentally ends in what is known today as Israel. The Shrine marks the resting place of the "Bab", the founder of the Baha'i religion. He was executed by Iranian clerics and his remains were moved around for generations until buried in their final resting place in Israel.
As christians are under attack across the Middle East, in Israel Christians, Muslims, Bahai's and others enjoy freedom of Religion. All of us in Giyus.org invite you to visit Israel and enjoy the diversity it offers.
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