Tuesday, January 11, 2011

NYT's Sin of Omision

The New York Times is lamenting Israel's destruction of an East Jerusalem Palestinian landmark to make way for the construction of new buildings. Unmentioned by the rag, for obvious reasons, is the sort of "landmark" it was--the villa belonging to Nazi ally Haj Amin al-Husseini, a.k.a the Grand Mufti. Jonathan S. Tobin comments:
That a home that was in any way connected to Husseini or any other Nazi would be considered a landmark whose demolition inspired statements of sadness from contemporary Palestinian leaders like Saeb Erekat speaks volumes about the nature of Palestinian politics. That the intended home of the man who dreamed of wiping out every last Jew in Jerusalem is coming down to make room for Jewish homes is certainly ironic. One needn’t necessarily agree with the politics of Daniel Luria, a representative of Ateret Cohanim, the group that promotes Jewish building throughout Jerusalem, to appreciate what he termed the “beautiful poetic justice” of this event.

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