Monday, September 27, 2010

Synagogue Busters

If the following paragraph, from a Fairfax travel feature on Beirut, doesn't dispel any lingering confusion you may have over the difference between Judaism and Zionism, I don't know what will:

"The streets fanning off downtown are a jumble of cranes and construction sites. A new marina and clubhouse flank the corniche. Half-built hotels compete for air space: a Grand Hyatt, a Kempinski, even a purported '10-star' hotel. The city's main Jewish synagogue, Maghen Abraham, is slowly being restored among surrounding construction sites. Built in the early 1900s by the then sizeable Jewish community, it was reportedly protected by the Palestine Liberation Organisation during the 1975-76 fighting and then, according to the Associated Press, all but razed by Israeli shelling." (Middle East meets West: Leisa Tyler is dazzled and exhausted by Beirut's frenetic pace as the war-ravaged city is rebuilt, Sydney Moring Herald/Age, 25/9/10)

And have you ever seen a better example of a journalist covering her arse than Tyler's "according to the Associated Press"? Now what could she possibly be afraid of?

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