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There’s a synagogue in…Beirut?

October 3rd, 2010 · 8 Comments · Culture

That’s the tone of Fareed Zakaria’s slightly patronising CNN piece. But it still served an important purpose.

“This is the Maagan Abraham Synagogue,” he begins. “It’s not in Miama, it’s not in Tel Aviv, it’s in Beirut. That’s right, Beirut, Lebanon.”

The incredulity continues: “Why did this nation, often teetering on the brink of religious hostilities and hostilities with Israel restore a Jewish house of worship? To show that Lebanon is an open and tolerant country.”

“It’s found support from Hizbollah, yes Hizbollah, the one the United States has designated a foreign terrorist organisation.”

He ends with the shock news that Hizbollah’s problem is with the occupation, not with Jews.

Patronising, yes. An important message to be broadcast on CNN, that’s right.

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 i // Oct 4, 2010 at 12.45 pm

    The Synagogue is nothing more than a PR stunt.
    Who is going to pray there?

  • 2 Syria Almighty // Oct 7, 2010 at 7.23 am

    Jewish people who are loyal to their own country, and not some foreign satanist nation, falsely classified as ‘their homeland.’

  • 3 Wada Tah // Oct 21, 2010 at 8.19 am

    Hey SA? Go back to making your bitch-ass costume jewelry and leave the discussion of current events to the adults.

    Have you narrowed your list of potential fathers to a single digit yet?

  • 4 Syria Almighty // Oct 22, 2010 at 2.47 am

    If only you were an adult to be discussing anything other then subjects that meet your educational and mental standards. Don’t worry, you’ll find out how to put the square peg in the square hole one day. You almost got it last time, but a triangle has 3 corners, not 4. Keep trying, though. You’ll get it! :)

    In the meantime, try focusing on differentiating between the colours red and blue, and read the entire book so you can find out who the dish ran off with; you have a test tomorrow about that. Here’s a hint, it wasn’t the fork 😉 While you’re busy getting your early childhood education off the ground, you would do well to stay away from more advanced skills until you finish the load that is already on your plate. Counting and basic addition can be a little tricky for someone with the IQ of .03.

    It’s unfortunate when a family cares more about their drugs then their own child. However, I do commend you for taking your future into your own hands. Just don’t let your parents know that you are running that lemonade stand at the age of 30; any profit you make could be tricked right out of your hands by your parents so that they can purchase more drugs.

    One last bit of advice. Stay away from politics, especially Middle Eastern politics. You will never understand anything, and you are better off trying to figure out which hand is left and which hand is right instead of unintentionally offending someone for saying the usual incoherent drivel that you normally speak.

    Good luck with your education. I hope that by the age of 90, you will have finally graduated high school, and begin your college years. No pressure, though; there is no shame in graduating at the age of 120, either!

  • 5 Wada Tah // Oct 22, 2010 at 3.14 am

    I see you are all ultra grimy, yes, I commend you. But if your crooked fingers are touching all over my things, I will behead you.

    What does a rich kid from Canada know about Syria? You should follow the lead of your mother and suck my circumcised cock.

  • 6 Yazan // Nov 20, 2010 at 10.37 am

    I just saw this.

    Sasa, Syria still has some fantastic Synagogues as well, some are under renovation actually as we speak.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jobar_Synagogue

  • 7 Sasa // Nov 21, 2010 at 12.08 am

    That’s fantastic news Yazan, thanks for sharing that. I only knew of the one next to sharia al amin which was still in use. Is the Jobar one in use? Have you been?

  • 8 Ames // Nov 24, 2010 at 8.34 pm

    As a non-Jewish Lebanese I am delighted about this news. It is wonderful!

    The renovation is due to resume services in 2011, with a rabbi and a kosher butcher, and other synagogues are to be renovated as well, such as those of Aley and Bhamdoun.

    While it seems very remote now, it is my hope that some Lebanese Jews will make Lebanon their home once again in the future.

    Welcome home!

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