When the Israelis withdrew from Gaza to general Western rejoicing in which the EU played a major part, they decided to leave the synagogues intact. Synagogues, let me remind our readers quite unnecessarily, are holy places, as are churches, temples and, yes, mosques.
Not much noted by the liberal MSM that has spent a great deal of agonizing about Israel wishing to do repair work on similar holy places in the West Bank, most of the synagogues were wrecked by the Palestinians immediately.
Ruins of the largest two have been transformed into military bases and are used to fire rockets into Israel.
A spokesman for the local Popular Resistance Committees, Abu Abir said rather boastfully:
We are proud to turn these lands, especially these parts that were for long time the symbol of occupation and injustice, like the synagogue, into a military base and source of fire against the Zionists and the Zionist entity.So much for the peace process that the Boy-King of the Conservative Party has been investigating.
What made me laugh (and James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal include the piece in his “Best of the Web”) was the following:
Mr. Abir blamed the Jewish state for the desecration of the Gaza synagogues by Palestinian Arabs, claiming the decision to leave the structures intact was part of an Israeli conspiracy.Dead clever, these Jews.
Israel "left the synagogues behind so the world would see the Palestinians destroying them," Mr. Abir said.