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Monday, May 17, 2010

Haaretz objects to Jewish schoolchildren visting the Old City of Jerusalem

Israel's Hebrew 'Palestinian' daily has a strange definition of 'incitement.'
The greatest achievement of all, however, belongs to Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar, who has doubled the number of schoolchildren visiting the Temple Mount and the City of David, from 200,000 two years ago to 400,000 since the start of the current school year. Under a new program drafted by the Education Ministry on the minister's orders, students are obligated to visit Jerusalem at least three times during their 12 years of school.

In theory, there is nothing wrong with this. Yet the visits tend to focus on sites like the Old City's Jewish Quarter, the Western Wall tunnels, Zion Gate and the archaeological excavations of the Temple Mount's southern wall - all disputed areas that are on the agenda during negotiations with the Palestinians, and are also associated with new Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem. Moreover, the tours, which are led by guides from the extreme right-wing organization Elad, blatantly ignore the Palestinians' existence and bear the clear stamp of religious nationalist indoctrination.
In Haaretz's world, teaching Jewish kids about their heritage, teaching them that the Temples stood on the Temple Mount and that King David bought and paid for the entire city is wrong because these are 'disputed areas' (and you thought that the only people who disputed the existence of the Temples and the site's holiness to the Jewish people were Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas). And God forbid they should be taught by people who actually know something about the area's Jewish heritage.

There's much more too. Read the whole thing. More here.


At 2:03 AM, Blogger Sunlight said...

"...King David bought and paid for the entire city"

I didn't know this. Who did he buy it from? What has been the inheritance procedure?

Given that the area has been overrun repeatedly by different groups, is there a summary of land purchases from other owners? In more modern times, who else has bought and paid for which lots, blocks, etc.?

Is this the start of the TITLE SEARCH summary I keep wanting to see?

At 2:05 AM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Did you see Elder of Zion's post?

Hamas demolishes homes. Will the world notice?


At 4:34 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

If Gideon Sa'ar gets attacked in Haaretz for Jewish education and acquainting young Jews with the history of their own people and country, he must obviously be doing something right.

No wonder Haaretz is so upset.


At 7:12 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


2 Samuel 24. Aravna's threshing floor was the site of the Temple.

You may also want to see Genesis 23, which is the other land purchase recorded in scripture: The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.

At 9:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha'aretz should be called an "Arab" paper. We are no more or less "Palestinian" than the local Arabs.

On second thought, perhaps Ha'aretz should be called a "Eurabian" paper.

Choose between "Arab" and "Eurabian" - whichever is more degrading. That's a tough one.


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