September 12, 2005
Jihad flags fly from synagogueTopics: Middle East News and Perspectives
Palestinian Islamic Jihahd militants celebrate as they stand on top of a synagogue in the former Jewish settlement of Neve Dekalim in the southern Gaza Strip. (Emilio Morenatti, AP)
Neve Dekalim, Gaza Strip - Flags of the Islamic militant factions Hamas and Islamic Jihad were fluttering on Monday from a ransacked synagogue in the former Jewish settlement of Neve Dekalim in the Gaza Strip.Interestingly, Michael Savage said on his radio show today and has it on his website, that FoxNews originally had this story headlined "Arabs Burn Gaza Synagogues." The title of the story was later changed to "Palestinians Celebrate Freedom in Gaza," and modified to make the Palestinians look as though they were having a joyful and justifiable celebration over an end to an Israeli occupation.
The green flag of the militant Hamas group hung from the roof of the synagogue and the black flag of Islamic Jihad was raised from a wall in the compound after Israel completed its historic pullout.
The two factions, which oppose Israel's existence and pioneered the use of suicide bombs in the Palestinian uprising, seized the opportunity to raise the flags on the temple in the largest Gaza settlement.
A Nazi swastika was spray-painted on the wall, along with graffiti from the ruling Fatah faction's armed offshoot the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade declaring: "With God's victory, the occupation leaves our land."
Michael has the original Fox title and image on his site. I think FoxNews is carrying their "fair and balanced" theme a little too far when they distort the facts to be politically correct in order to not offend terrorists.
In a related story in the Jerusalem Post: "PA, Hamas defend synagogue razing":
The Palestinian Authority and Hamas on Monday defended the decision to demolish the synagogues in the Gaza Strip, saying they did not want to give Jews an excuse to ever think about returning to the area.
PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas visited the former settlement of Dugit in the northern Gaza Strip, where he declared that the Israel did not leave behind any synagogues. "There are no synagogues here," he said.
"Israel left behind some empty buildings which that are likely to collapse. All the public buildings they left are in danger of collapsing," he said.
Posted by Richard at September 12, 2005 8:19 PM
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