Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Muslim Quarter, Arab Quarter

One Kevin Bushnell, a Mondoweiss follower, caught me out on an error I published:

You have caught Jeremy's mistakes, to be sure. But the four traditional quarters are the Jewish, Christian, Armenian, and Muslim (not Arab) Quarters, at least since the 19th century.

So, I guess even an American Jew who makes aliyah to Israel and becomes a citizen, who then lives and works in Israel - and even participates in the government! - can, even after decades of living and working in Israel, also make mistakes on the level of Jeremy Bowen.

You'll forgive me if I subsequently doubt the veracity of the claims to the land of "Judea and Samaria" made by the Yesha.

I left this comment:

thank you for correcting me.  Yes, Muslim and not Arab.  And as for your additional comments, I can assure your readers that that one error should not put you off from trusting my historical recounting about Jewish nationalism, the Land of Israel and the Arab campaign against Israel and its Jews.  as for what some might think are some snide expressions you composed, I forgive you - even if you knew what you were doing.

I think I wrote "Arab" so as not to be considered an Islamaphobe.  

Oh well.


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