Faithful flock to a holy river

Jason Koutsoukis; 3/4/10

One of the best places to observe miracles these days is on the banks of the Jordan River, where, it is said, John baptised Jesus Christ and declared him the Messiah. The miracle today is that every Easter thousands of people try to emulate Jesus and dunk themselves in water so foul. For the fabled tributary that flows from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea is now little more than an unholy brew of raw sewage, chemical runoff and brackish agricultural leftovers. No matter, say the hordes of Christian pilgrims who this week flocked to Qasr al-Yahud, near Jericho, purportedly the site of Jesus’ baptism.