Dr. Joseph Hitti is furious at the demolition of the last Jewish homes near the wonderful Magen-Abraham Synagogue in the Wadi Abu-Jamil distirct of Beirut—on the orders of Saad Hariri.
Hariri has committed a great crime. These buildings survived the ravages of civil war, Israeli bombings and the elements.
The Synagogue was used as a first aid station during the civil war, and despite all the anger and hatred, was treated with some respect.
Myself and a Jewish friend were shown round the building a few years ago by activists from the Communist Students. We were both taken aback when we found the Star of Davids untouched.
I would like to take this opportunity to appologise on behalf of the country for this act of vandalism and spite.
What a shame they have gone. These were not just buildings, but a symbol of Lebanon's history, and future reconciliation.
Here are Hitti's words:
"Saad Hariri, the much flaunted US ally in the Lebanese corrupt political and financial establishment, has finally laid his hands on the last architectural gems of pre-war Beirut. Not to preserve them, turn them into a Museum, and definitely not to return them to their rightful owners.
"But to demolish them and turn them into yet another disgusting skyscraper in which to house more corrupt businesses beholden to the Hariri empire and its company Solidere.
"In one of the most egregious crimes against Beirut's historic legacy, Saad Hariri just tore down the last three standing Jewish buildings in Beirut's old Wadi Abu-Jmil district, gems of Beirut's 19th century architecture."
Picture is of the Synagogue
Thursday, 20 March 2008
Posted by Design at 10:34