Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Re-writing history

I shall continue to ignore the "gimme, gimme, gimme" riots (so-called) of students (so-called) up and down the country. No, this is not a revolt (though they are undoubtedly revolting) nor a revolution. These people are terrified of change, terrified of losing their hand-outs, terrified of losing their toys, terrified of actually taking some responsibility for their lives. Revolutionaries are not made of such cowardly and infantile stuff. Might as well have a revolution with a bunch of two-year-olds.

This, however, is far more important. History has been re-written by all sorts of groups, religious and national, to serve their aims and the twentieth century, as in other matters, saw a good deal of that. Well, this is happening again, as Phyllis Chesler writes. Muslims (relative newcomers on the scene in Palestine) are re-writing millennia of history and destroying archaeological evidence. The UNESCO, readers of this blog will not be surprised to hear, has gone along with it.
This year, on October 21, 2010, Muslims persuaded UNESCO to declare that Rachel’s Tomb is really a mosque. Before then, it was widely assumed that Rachel’s Tomb was most definitely a Jewish holy site. This revisionist counter-claim originated only in 1996.
Well, now, the first step is to shut down UNESCO.

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