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Orly Binur
Fictional Character
Alpha and Omega
Set in the Future of OTL
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: Israel
Religion: Secular Jew
Occupation: Soldier, Grad student in archaeology
Spouse: Eric Katz
Military Branch: Israeli Defense Forces

Orly Binur was a grad student in archaeology. As part of her studies, she worked on a long term project near the Temple Mount under Yoram Louvish. She had hooked-up with Eric Katz, a Jewish-American archaeologist also working on the project.[1]

Louvish quietly invited Binur and Katz along with Israeli-Arab Munir al-Nuwayhi to work on an irregular if not illegal dig under the Temple Mount. A hidden tunnel had been dug from a passageway to the Western Wall that went deep into the lower levels of the Mount. At the end of the tunnel Binur and Katz noticed something strange which turned out to be old stonework. Al-Nuwayhi identified the style as dating from before the Babylonian conquest making it from the period of the First Temple.[2]

Later Katz and Binur visited a museum run by the Reconstruction Alliance on the suggestion of Louvish. Binur was dressed in a tight T-shirt and jeans so the guards didn't give her as hard a time as Katz since the puritanical Islamists didn't use such distractions. They did require her to walk through an airport style metal-detector and had her purse searched. She found the artifacts the Alliance had constructed fascinating. Binur and Katz agreed it was all wasted effort as the Third Temple would never be built.[3]

References[]

  1. Alpha and Omega, pgs. 3-8, hc.
  2. Ibid., pgs. 22-26.
  3. Ibid., pgs. 35-40.
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