by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
Why can't anyone talking about Jerusalem get their directions straight? Just for reference, East Jerusalem would be to the...East. When speaking of areas north of Jerusalem or south of Jerusalem, perhaps it would be more appropriate to say "North" or "South" Jerusalem instead of the completely inaccurate "Occupied East Jerusalem". Not only is the occupied inaccurate, but so is the simple map direction! See here...
This map is VERY interesting. It identifies those parts of Jerusalem previously OCCUPIED...by the Jordanians from 1949 until 1967.
- The top BLUE circle identifies the area that the US is screaming about right now, Ramat Shlomo. It is NOT part of what EVER was "occupied East Jerusalem". And it's not east, it's north!
- The bottom BLUE circle identifies Gilo, the area they were screaming about 6 months ago. It's also NOT part of what EVER was "occupied East Jerusalem". And it's also not east, it's south!
- The little blue circle to the right in the previously Jordanian occupied area is the Shimon HaTzadik / Sheik Jarah neighborhood, where the Jewish residents were slaughtered and exiled - their homes occupied by Arabs illegally since 1949. After 1967, the Arabs were permitted to stay but pay rent to the (descendants of the) owners. Having not paid the rent for over 40 years, they're being threatened with expulsion. Naturally they are protesting this racist action of not being able to keep and stay in expropriated proprieties as spoils of war.
If the news can't even get the directions straight, why should we believe anything else?
(Map courtesy of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.)
Sunday, March 14, 2010
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