Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Let's Get Quizzical: Why Is The BBC Not Describing Jerusalem As A City Holy To Jews? (Updated)

When it tells readers that it's the third holiest city in Islam, and, by the way, sacred to Christians as well?
 "In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI described Jerusalem as ‘a crossroads for peoples of many different origins’. It has been such for thousands of years, indeed even before the birth of Jesus the city had suffered battles between Babylonians, Israelites, Philistines, Assyrians, Persians, Greeks, Macedonians, Maccabees and Romans.
Today it is the third holiest city in Islam – in Arabic, Jerusalem is most commonly known as al-Quds meaning ‘The Holy’ – and of great importance to Jesus’s followers where more than a dozen Christian communities live side by side in (not always complete) harmony...."
This significant omission, contained in the website of a BBC quiz programme hosted by Stephen Fry, is another piece of excrescence uncovered by BBC Watch.  See here

Update:
Well done, BBC Watch!!! The page in question has now been amended to read: 
"Today, as well as being the spiritual centre of Judaism, it is the third holiest city in Islam. In Arabic, Jerusalem is most commonly known as al-Quds meaning ‘The Holy.’ Jerusalem is also of great importance to Jesus’s followers where more than a dozen Christian communities live side by side in (not always complete) harmony."
See here

2 comments:

  1. Hmm, Stephen Fry. That doesn't amaze me. Long time Palestinian anti Israel advocate. He comes with the requisite far left cred including being openly gay. He should host his show from Gaza.

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    1. Indeed. Someone, noting that though raised an Anglican he signs "as-a-Jew" petitions, dubbed him "an occasional Jew". But whether this omission can be laid at his door is by no means certain. More likely to be some hack in the backroom, methinks.

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