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December 29, 2011

Mount of Olives Cemetery Vandalism, Non-Story at NPR

NPR, last month aired a flawed report by Sheera Frenkel concerning vandalism of Arab sites in Israel, including a Jaffa cemetery. At the time, CAMERA observed that

it is inexcusable that a report specifically dealing with Arab-Jewish tensions in Jaffa ignored the molotov cocktail attack on the Rabbi Meir Ba'al Hanes synagogue which took place just one day after the cemetery vandalism. If vandalism of one sacred place in Jaffa is worthy of news coverage, then surely a violent attack of another sacred site in the very same city is also newsworthy. And, finally, it is worth noting, the attack on the Jaffa synagogue was not the only religious Jewish site targeted in Israel in recent months. On Nov. 6, several tombstones were smashed at the ancient Jewish cemetery at the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

And now more information has come to light about additional vandalism at the ancient Jewish cemetery, including a video tape catching an Arab vandal in the act on Nov. 29 (hat tip: IMRA).

According to the Jerusalem Post, the man was paid 1000 shekels to carry out the desecration. Edward Schumacher-Matos, please explain why the vandalism of an Arab cemetery in Jaffa is worthy of NPR coverage but the ongoing vandalism of the largest, most ancient Jewish cemetery is not.

Posted by TS at December 29, 2011 07:33 AM


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