CNN [christiane amanpour] Does It Again -- The Jewish Holy City of Hebron is "Arab land"
CNN & Christiane Amanpour did that big time today in an excerpt that I saw of her three part series "God's Warriors." The excerpt focussed on the suffering of Hebron's Jewish community. However, CNN & Amanpour manage to blame the Jews there for the fanatical Arab violence against them. Indeed, one interviewee, the bearded but short on brains Gershom Goremberg, suggested that Muslim fanatical violence world wide was due to the Jews in Hebron. The context that CNN gave to his words indicates that that is CNN and Amanpour's position.
1- The male announcer introduces the story by saying that some Jews are living on "Arab land." This is false history and racist Judeophobia as well.
a) during the excerpt that I saw there was no mention that Hebron was continuously inhabited by Jews from First Temple times until 1929, with a possible break during the Crusades. See earlier posts on Hebron on this blog, especially the lengthy quotes from the American writer John Lloyd Stephens who stayed with the Hebron Jewish community in the early 19th century.
b) CNN & Christiane did not mention that Hebron is considered one of four Jewish holy cities. The others are: Jerusalem, Safed, and Tiberias.
c) nor did anyone mention the massacre of Jews in Hebron in 1929 which was perpetrated by Arabs but in which British officials collaborated. See Pierre van Paassen's books, Forgotten Ally [circa 1944] and Days of Our Years for more on the Hebron massacre, including Van Paassen's interview with the acting British High Commissioner at the time.
d) Amanpour claimed that only "500 Jewish settlers" live in Hebron. That number has been given by the media for about 15 years now. The true number is probably more like 900, including Yeshiva students.
2- Attention was given the murder of Rabbi Shlomo Ra`anan who was murdered by an Arab in Hebron about ten years ago. His daughter was allowed by Amanpour to narrate the story of his murder. He was in the kitchen of his home [a modular, mobile home called a "caravan" in Israel] when the murderer entered and killed him. Yet the impression was given that it was all because the "Jewish settlers" had infringed Arab [or "palestinian"] rights and sensitivities by living on "Arab land."
3- Yet CNN & Amanpour did show that the hatred and violence and fanaticism come from the Arabs, not the Jews, who are shown studying Jewish holy books in Hebrew. To be sure, Amanpour had already belittled the Jewish holy books and the Biblical accounts of Jews in Hebron by her use of the raised eyebrow and the pregnant pause. Naturally, she is ignorant [sincerely ignorant, I believe] of the Greco-Latin accounts, including those of Christian Church Fathers who wrote about Jews in the Land of Israel and Hebron after Emperor Hadrian had changed the name of the Province of Judea [IVDAEA] to "Provincia Syria-Palaestina" [135 CE]. That is , Jews were living in large numbers in the Land of Israel and in Hebron in the late Roman and Byzantine periods. It is quite possible that neither Amanpour nor anyone else at CNN knows anything about this.
4- Amanpour brought in one bearded but short-on-brains-&-knowledge Gershom Goremberg to make her point that Muslim violence worldwide is on account of Israel's possession of any part of the Land of Israel, Hebron in particular. Goremberg may defend himself, saying That's not what I meant. But he remains an ignoramus.
Islamic hatred of Jews goes way back to the Middle Ages and is evident in the Qur'an and the Hadith traditions. The Hamas charter [Article 7] contains a medieval Muslim Hadith fable that goes like this: At Judgement Day, the Muslims will fight the Jews who will hide behind rocks and trees. The rocks and trees will cry out: O Muslim, a Jew is hiding behind me. Come kill him.
How plain do the Muslims have to be to convince a fool like Goremberg?
Anyhow, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Bin Laden's lieutenant [successor?] has recently made it clear that Spain too is "occupied territory." El Pais reported [on 29 July 2007]:
On the past 19th day [of July], Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Number Two of Al-Qaeda, took credit for the attack against the Spanish troops in Lebanon that caused the death of six soldiers. And he mentioned once again Al-Andalus [= Spain] and Ceuta and Melilla [enclaves on the Moroccan coast that have been in Spanish hands since before 1492 when the Arabs were defeated in Granada in southern Spain. Spain considers them its sovereign territory] as occupied territories.
El pasado dia 19 [de julio], Ayman Al Zawahiri, el numero dos de Al Qaeda, se atribuyo' el ataque contra las tropas espanolas en Libano que causo la muerte de seis soldados. Y cito' una vez ma's Al Andalus y a Ceuta y Melilla como territorios ocupados.It seems to me that the Islamist fanatics have set their eyes on a lot more than just Hebron or Israel. Spain too is considered "occupied territory."
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Coming: more on Time whitewashing Hamas in Gaza, Jews in Jerusalem and Hebron, peace follies, propaganda, James Baker & US policy on Israel, etc.