According to a slide show on CNN’s website’s STYLE section, the Old City of Jerusalem is “on the verge of extinction.” This is crazy. Clearly the reporters or website copywriters on this subject have never been there.
If they had, they would have seen that the Old City is probably the most protected heritage site in the Middle East. All religious sites are protected by law and freedom of religion. Even the most disputed of those, the Temple Mount, is under the control of the Muslim Waqf, under an agreement to maintain the status quo.
That the Old City is on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger is no excuse for its inclusion on CNN’s slideshow. As with many UN bodies, that status can be attributed to anti-Israel politics rather than reality. The Old City has been incorrectly listed as such for over three decades. And yet it stands–with thousands of Arabs, Jews and international tourists peacefully and safely walking its streets each day!
In fact, the biggest threat to the heritage of the Old City is from the Arab Muslims themselves, who have carried out unsupervised excavations on the Temple Mount, destroying many priceless antiquities in the process.
CNN has again bought into a lie, which often leads to violence. By carelessly repeating this outrageous nonsense, it may well lead to needless violence and deaths, again.
Jerusalem’s Old City is certainly not “on the verge of extinction.” CNN has no business claiming that it is. Contact CNN and challenge their poor use of words and biased inferences.