Yossi Sarid's letter to Elie Wiesel - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • James Russell
    • 18.04.10 | 07:37 (IDT)

    Sarid's ancient history is as skewed as his modern politics. It was not the revolts of the Zealots or others that ended the Jewish presence in Israel but the economic isolation of the country after the Islamic conquest and then the destruction wrought by the Crusaders. As for Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem, I've been to them, Shuafat (sp!) included, and they are growing. Save your tears, Jews were driven from many of them but never given refugee status. And let's preserve a sense of proportion no Jew could even enter Jordanian Jerusalem, 1948-67; and no Jew can be a citizen of Jordan today. If Jerusalem was so important to the Arabs why was it never any Arab state's capital? If it's so important to Christians, why did anti-Semites in Europe chant "Hierosolyma est perdita" derisively. It, all of it, is Israel.

    from the article: For Jerusalem, a response to Elie Wiesel
    First published 02:30 18.04.10 | Last updated 09:07 18.04.10
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