Iran was absolutely apoplectic over discovering a Jewish star on top of the Tehran Airport revealed via Google Earth
Let them ponder that one for a while.
This is not the first time that the Star of David stirs outrage in Iran, as it was spotted in August on top of one of the buildings in Tehran’s Revolution Square. The square itself had hundreds of Stars of David, in what local media viewed as a symbol of evil trying to destroy the heart of the Islamic republic.
The presence of such a large number of stars stirred confusion amongst Iranians as the media wondered what made the person who designed the square draw the symbol of the Hebrew state.
An article in a local news website raised the question of whether the designer was ignorant of the symbol altogether or was too indifferent to think of its political associations.
And then the Palestinian Authority is up in arms over Chanukah Menorahs. The Muqata writes:
The "WAFA" Palestinian News Agency reports today about these new large menorahs on their Arabic Website:
Nablus, WAFA 29/11/2010 - Settlers construct a huge brass candlestick on the outskirts of the city of Nablus in the West Bank.
Witnesses said that the menorah set by a crane near the triangle Za'tara [Tapuach Junction] a few kilometers south of Nablus, and pointed out that this region is a center to a number of extremist Jewish settlements.
"The menorah is often used in Jewish religious rituals, and it seeks to impose settler ideology in the West Bank through these actions." (Wafa)
I suppose the PA prefers the subtle approach--like in their choice of bands. Palestinian Media Watch writes that Israel's Moderate Peace Partner™ Abbas, has chosen The Alashekeen Palestinian Band, which sings about the destruction of Israel to be its national band:
"Fight, brother, the flag will never be lowered,The symbolism of the Menorah and Jewish Star may be interpreted, but the message of the Alashekeen Band and Abbas is very clear.
the torches will never die out."
On [Mt.] Carmel (in Israel) and in the [Jordan] Valley,
we are rocks and streams.
In Lod (Israeli city) we are poems, and in Ramle (Israeli city) - grenades.
We, my brother, shall remain the revolution of the fighting nation."
"The Zionists went out from [their] homelands,
compounding damage and enmity.
But the Palestinian revolution awaits [them].
The orchard called us to the [armed] struggle.
We replaced bracelets with weapons.
We attacked the despicable [Zionists].
This invading enemy is on the battlefield.
This is the day of consolation of Jihad.
Pull the trigger.
We shall redeem Jerusalem, Nablus and the country."
The Arabs do not feel a need to use symbols--they feel free to sing from the hilltops that they want to destroy Israel.
Which leaves 2 questions:
Why do the Arabs feel no need to hide the fact they want to destroy Israel.
Why don't the leaders in the West either not know or not care?
I'd like to see the Wikileaks documents that would reveal what Western diplomats say about that!
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