Friday, May 10, 2013

The Story Pictures Tell

I found this on page 5 of this great article, "The Zionist Message Hidden within Antique Pictures of the Holy Land" by Lenny Ben-David, Published by Jewish Political Studies Review.

The American Colony photographers “took photographs of sacred sites, such as the Mosque of Omar [often erroneously confused with the Dome of the Rock] and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre,” wrote Barbara Bair in the Jerusalem Quarterly in 2010. No mention is made of the images of Jewish sacred sites such as the Western Wall, ...

I found needs a comment.

Besides Bair's comment being awkward and that should have been pointed out (true, the Mosque of Omar is in the Christian Quarter and not on the Temple Mount but the Dome was built on the site consecrated by Omar), the pictures were indeed "of Jewish sacred sites" since the Temple Mount surely is a Jewish holy place.  

It just wasn't identified as such.  

I and others have been using those photographs, at Matson and other collections, to illustrate various aspects of the Temple Mount as a Jewish location.

Indeed, two pages later we read:

Along with the Western Wall, the photographers also took many pictures of the Muslim mosques on the Temple Mount (Haram al-Sharif ). But it is apparent that they also took advantage of the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the 1927 earthquake to go under the mosque and photograph an entrance and stairway to the Jewish Temple’s plaza that had been sealed centuries earlier


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