3 Feb 2011

Is Jerusalem light a UFO, a hoax, or God?

A glowing ball of light above Jerusalem’s Dome of Rock has been caught on camera by at least two separate onlookers. But is it a UFO, a hoax, or God? Channel 4 News takes a look.

Glowing ball of light in Jerusalem

The light was filmed hovering in the Jerusalem sky from one angle, prompting outbursts of surprise from onlookers.

But – the doubters would suggest – faking a film of one unidentified flying object could be down to a host of things. It could be a problem with the camera, or it could be a hoax.

The next piece of footage raises a few more questions. Filmed by a separate group, from an entirely different angle, it appears to show the exact same ball of light – this time dramatically dropping, to finish just above the Dome of Rock, an iconic sacred site in Jerusalem.


Some UFO enthusiasts are convinced the videos are final proof that alien life exists. Others suggest the object is the Hebrew God Elohim.

The mystery deepens as flying is forbidden above the sacred site, so the light cannot come from a plane.

Two more videos of the light have since been posted on YouTube, with the cameramen writing: “Have fun debunking this one” underneath the video post.

So is it fact, fiction, or the divine? Take a look at the video below, and we’ll let you decide.