Sunday, February 21, 2010

Reuters selective reminiscence

In a story on Israel's decision to include two Jewish shrines on its list of heritage sites, Reuters correspondents Joseph Nasr, Tom Perry and Mustafa Abu Ganeyeh recall an incident of horrendous violence at one of the sites, the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, where: 
a Jewish settler shot and killed 29 Muslim worshippers in 1994 before being beaten to death at the scene. Some 400 Jewish settlers live in heavily guarded enclaves in the city, which is also home to some 150,000 Palestinians.
Reuters doesn't explain of course, why Jews residing in Hebron must live with an Israeli garrison to protect them, omitting mention of the massacre of 67 Jewish residents by Arabs in 1929.

For the moppets at Reuters, Middle East history only begins in 1967.

Photo of members of the Slonim family, murdered by Arabs in the 1929 Hebron massacre

UPDATE 2/22/10: In the spirit of peace and reconciliation between Arab and Jew, here is how Palestinians in Hebron reacted to the addition of the Tomb of the Patriarchs to Israel's heritage sites:
Earlier Monday in Hebron, a crowd of Palestinian youths pelted IDF soldiers with stones and empty bottles, drawing tear gas and stun grenades.  Hebron merchants shuttered their stores to protest of Sunday's heritage plan decision, and some 100 youths burned tires and threw stones and bottles at IDF troops in the city.
One can only imagine the editorial response from Reuters if Israeli Jews reacted similarly to Palestinian veneration of Muslim holy sites in Israel.

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