CNN Calls Israel a “Threat” to the Old City of Jerusalem
he Old City of Jerusalem topped a CNN list of endangered historical structures, despite extensive conservation work by Israel. CNN cited the city’s inclusion on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger, clearly buying into anti-Israel politics.
The Old City of Jerusalem topped a CNN list called “Last chance to see: 25 magnificent structures on the verge of extinction.” This is despite extensive work undertaken by both Israeli and Jordanian authorities to preserve the city, including the Dome of the Rock, whose image was used to symbolize the entire city.
The parameters that determined which sites made the list are unclear. For example, six out of the 25 sites are located within the UK. The list also includes Petra in Jordan and the old-style houses in Beirut, while completely ignoring the threat posed by ISIS to important historical sites in Syria and Iraq. ISIS terrorists are currently engaged in the eradication of the Syrian city of Palmyra, and last week they destroyed a 2,000-year-old lion statue. They have also threatened to tear down the archaeological remains of the ancient city of Nineveh, near modern-day Mosul, if Iraq attempts to retake the city, and have destroyed and plundered the “idolatrous” Assyrian section of the Mosul Museum.
CNN justified the inclusion of the Old City of Jerusalem with the following caption: “No other site has spent more time on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger – The Old City of Jerusalem has held a spot since 1982. A holy city for three different religions, it attracts millions of tourist with over 200 monuments, including the majestic Dome of the Rock. But political tension has hardened relations between Israel and UNESCO, preventing any preservation plans from moving forward.”
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