- The circumstances behind the death of Alisdair Sinclair
may never be fully explained. But as more evidence about his background
is uncovered, it seems increasingly unlikely that the Israeli authorities
are telling the truth.
- Israeli author Barry Chamish is convinced Alisdair became
caught up in a religious feud in Jerusalem. Currently, no fewer than six
organisations or nations believe they have first claim to the holy sites
in the old part of the Israeli capital. As well as Israel and the
others who believe they are entitled to bits of the land include the
the Greek Orthodox Church and the Russian Orthodox Church. In addition
the Order of the Knights Templar, have their own hopes for what is a holy
city for Jews.
- Muslims and Christians
- The modern-day Scottish Knights make no secret about
their ambitions for the future of Jerusalem. Their spokesman is John
who lives in Gorebridge, East Lothian - two miles from the village of
the site of the original Knights Templar HQ in Scotland.
- John, a journalist who works for Reuters, said, "The
modern order has 100 members. Our main aim is to protect Scottish history.
I suppose you could call us cultural nationalists.
- "We are also very much concerned about what is going
on in Jerusalem, in particular the area in the old city which includes
the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Dome of the Rock and Solomon's
- "We believe these holy sites should not be left
in the hands of the Israeli Government, who are denying Christians proper
access to them. We would like to see the UN assume control of this
place and we are working hard to achieve this goal."
- Author Barry Chamish believes the battle for control
of Jerusalem, which has it roots in medieval times, is central to the death
of Alisdair Sinclair.
- In his book Who Murdered Yitzhak Rabin, Chamish reveals
that Alisdair Rosslyn Sinclair is a descendant of one of the original
Templar, an order set up by a French relative of the St Clair family of
- The order, which flourished in the 13th century, spread
across Europe and became wealthier than many nations.
- But in 1307 the King of France arrested thousands of
Templars in an attempt to destroy the Order and claim its assets.
- A small number escaped to Scotland where they were
by the St Clair (later Sinclair) family and continued to flourish. They
eventually played a major role in Robert the Bruce's triumphs, including
- Alisdair Sinclair knew all about his forefathers.
and I learned a great deal about the Knights Templar and our family links
to them from our father," says his brother James.
- "We often visited Rosslyn Chapel from our home in
Arran and I can recall being taught how it was built by the original
who are our ancestors.
- James Sinclair and His Sister Morven Study
Report Into Their Brother's Death
- "We also knew about other Sinclair relatives in
Caithness who lived in a castle and enjoyed great wealth and power. They
are still the Earls of Caithness.
- "But these were no child fairy tales. Alisdair and
I always knew we were direct descendants of the original St Clairs who
founded the Knights Templar. Alisdair loved books and spent a great deal
of time reading about the family bloodline."
- Both James and Barry Chamish believe it was a fascination
with this bloodline which led Alisdair to Jerusalem and his death.
- "I believe Alisdair was murdered," says Barry
Chamish. "He came to Israel because of his Knights Templar background
and became caught up in the current conflict over Jerusalem.
- "The official explanations about his death cannot
be believed. He was stopped trying to leave the country allegedly because
he had 9000 Deutschmarks (£3500) in a secret compartment of a
- "There is nothing illegal about that. If I were
carrying that sum of money I might want to hide it as well.
- "Then he allegedly confessed that the money was
paid to him for smuggling ecstasy tablets into Israel. But there is no
evidence that he had drugs. Why confess to a crime when there is no
- "Finally, it is alleged he hanged himself with his
shoe laces. It sounds highly unlikely, if not impossible for a man of his
size to do that.
- "I believe Alisdair was trying to escape from Israel
when he was killed. The Knights Templar are not welcomed by the authorities
and others organisations here.
- "I'm still investigating why his heart was taken
out. It was a custom in medieval times to cut out the hearts of knights
who died abroad. The hearts were then taken back to the knights' homeland
- "Perhaps Alisdair's heart was cut out as part of
that ritual. But whatever the truth, there is something very evil going
on in Israel today and he became caught up in it."
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