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Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Shoe! Shoe! Er, shoo, shoo: Nothing to see, move along, and if this isn’t Israel’s fault we’ll just say it is anyway. Imshin, another superb Israeli blogger and a long time daily read, has further details (with links to more information and commentary from Incontext and Israellycool regarding a violent incident yesterday at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, atop the Temple Mount, during which Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher was affectionately attacked by Palestinians. This isn’t the first time a pre-arranged visit of a politician to the Temple Mount was greeted with violence, nor is it the first time an Arab leader has been the target of Palestinian violence at the site because of alleged moderation towards Israel. It’s not exactly déjà vu all over again, but Palestinian violence atop the Temple Mount isn’t exactly unprecedented. Just ask anybody who's had to dodge bricks and other projectile hurled from above while they were visiting the Western Wall, to cite but one example. (Not that people being periodically pelted while praying at, say, the holiest site of Islam or Christianity wouldn't garner a similar near absence of media coverage or international outrage, of course.)

But can you imagine what the response would have been if, say, this had been a mob of incensed Jews attacking a visiting foreign dignitary at one of the world’s holiest sites? Quite likely we’d have been deluged with handwringing commentary and consternation about how such violence—gasp, at a religious site, no less!—epitomizes the failure of Zionism, and is the embodiment of Israeli aggression and violence, and exemplifies once again the political and moral deterioration of Israel, and is symptomatic of the extremist Jewish violence that defines the racist Apartheid state, and yadda yadda yippie-ki-yay. Why, Saeb "Killing Fields" Erekat certainly would have been beside himself. Yet I imagine this latest incident of Palestinian violence at a religious site will fade from the media’s radar rather quickly, just as have other such incidents of Palestinian mob violence. After all, it’s not like they opened fire on the Foreign Minister as he was leaving the site or trashed the place, as Palestinians have done at another site of religious significance.

Orwell Alert, courtesy of Agence Française de Presse? To wit: The Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation erupted in September 2000 after a controversial visit to the mosque compound by Sharon who was then Israel's opposition leader. I’m not sure if it’s accurate to say that Sharon visited the mosque compound…hmmm.

In other news: Secularism is a disease, and guess where accusing someone of it can get you not only sued but sentenced to 60 lashes? (Hint: Not the genocidal, racist, Apartheid state that is a threat to world peace). Did someone say divestment? I didn’t think so.

Orwell Alert, courtesy of AP? Until somebody comes up with the name of this company that has required thousands of Chinese workers to sign a contract promising not to have sex with Israelis or try to convert them, I’m inclined to agree with Meryl that it’s bogus. So: Anybody got a name? This is either a hoax or exceptionally vague reporting. Weird.

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