The list of surreal developments reeled off by the Netanyahu government continues apace. Haaretz reports that his Shas coalition partner persuaded the PM that Rachel’s Tomb and the Cave of the Patriarchs, where Kahanist serial killer Baruch Goldstein made his Alamo-like last stand, should be named as national heritage sites. Could it be that Bibi wishes to embrace this massacre of Palestinians in an act of national atonement thereby marking the Cave as an Israel heritage site? Nah.
In light of this development, I suggest that Mahmoud Abbas propose that West Jerusalem and other abandoned Israeli-Palestinian villages be named Palestinian national heritage sites since 700,000 exiled Palestinians lived in them before 1948.
I’m urging Mexico to put in a similar claim for the Alamo. After all, it was once Mexico’s territory and a famous battle was fought there which Mexican forces won. It was even a massacre just like the Cave of the Patriarchs. Why shouldn’t they claim it as a Mexican heritage site and reclaim the Alamo for Mexico since it was stolen from them in the 19th century?
Israel too should put in a claim to the territory of the Khazars on the basis of Yehuda Ha-Levi’s claim that their king coverted to Judaism centuries ago. That’s certainly a Jewish national heritage site. The fact that it may be smack dab in the middle of the Ukrainian steppes should be of little moment to anyone.
And let’s also recognize Slobodan Milosevic’s claim to Kosovo on the basis of the birthing of the Serbian nation there close to a millenium ago and a lost Serbian battle fought in the 14th century.
Similarly, I’d encourage Japan to name Nanjing as a Japanese heritage site since it once occupied that city and all of China. The rape of Nanjing was clearly an important event in Japanese history. Why shouldn’t Japan renew its territorial claim to Nanjing on that basis? I’m also going to write to prime minister Berlusconi, who has a thing for Italian national greatness, to name Jerusalem as an Italian heritage site since ancient Rome occupied Israel for quite a long time. Titus’ Arch in the Roman Forum certainly proves the Roman claim to Jerusalem and justifies reclaiming the city that was such an important part of Roman greatness in antiquity.
I think the Vatican should lay physical claim to Bethlehem as theirs since it was the birthplace of their Lord. Maybe they should claim Jerusalem too since he died there. Or imagine someday that we can clone an extinct Neanderthal and bring him back to life. He too should have the right to demand all of his ancient hunting grounds returned as Neanderthal heritage sites.
Don’t ya know, there’s going to be Zionist history museums built on both sites to the tune of $100 million:
Netanyahu said the two sites would be added to a list that includes areas to be designated for refurbishment. The state will thus allot NIS 400 million to renovate the sites, which include museums and landmarks of key moments in Zionist history.
I’ll bet ya dollars to donuts the Cave of the Patriarchs exhibit is going to avoid a certain historic massacre like the plague.