Sunday, January 22, 2012

Just Who Was/Is Burning/Destroying Books?

Recently, there was a flurry of charges about Israel destroying "Palestinian books".


Israel plundered and destroyed tens of thousands of Palestinian books in the years after the State's establishment, according to a doctoral thesis to be submitted next month by a Ben-Gurion University researcher.

In an interview with the researcher published on al-Jazeera's website Thursday, he claimed that Israel destroyed the Palestinian books in the framework of its plan to "Judaize the country" and cut off its Arab residents from their nation and culture.

According to the doctoral dissertation, Israeli authorities collected tens of thousands of Arab books in Jerusalem, Jaffa, Haifa, Safed, and other towns that were home to Arabs. Israeli officials proceeded to hand out about half the books, while destroying the second half, characterizing them as a "security threat," the researcher said..."This was a cultural massacre undertaken in a manner that was worse than European colonialism, which safeguarded the items it stole in libraries and museums," the researcher charged.

Well, what do you know - or should have known:-

On February 15th 2008 an armed gang broke into the YMCA library in Gaza and blew it up. As a result the building was destroyed and thousands of books inside were burned.

This is another attack on Christian western institutions and figures, performed by one of the global Jihad organization (probably the Army of Islam), flourishing in the Gaza strip and Hamas that controls the strip, does not prevent the phenomena from going on. Sources in the Gaza strip reported that behind the explosion of the YMCA building was Mumtaz Dughmush head the Army of Islam terrorist organization that has decided to take out the Christian congregation in the Gaza strip causing embarrassment to the Hamas. Hamas security forces detained number Army of Islam activists but they were released after a short while, following a threat made by the Army of Islam it will forcefully release its activists.

Those were "Christian books".

Imagine what they do the Jewish books. Imagine? Here's the Avraham Avinu Synagogue in Hebron in 1929:-

And that's but one example.



Juniper in the Desert said...

Also, the lame-stream media have not mentioned the burning of a library in Egypt, in the last few weeks, which held Christian and other historical documents:

EG said...

getting away from a strictly palestinian Arab context, just recently an important library and museum in Cairo was burned down by Islamists. I think it was called l'Institut de l'Egypte, or some such name.
Then there is the problem of the Jewish holy books and other items belonging to the Jewish community and Jewish individuals in Iraq. The books were confiscated from the Jews by the govt and kept in the secret police HQ in Baghdad. Then how about the Keter Aram Tsova in Aleppo? The synagogues there were set on fire in 1947 or 1948.