Once upon a time, Joni Mitchell sang, “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” Islamists however pave over everything in their quest to kill as many non-Muslims as possible to get to paradise.
Anthedon Harbor is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It started as a Phoenician harbor and became a major site during the Roman occupation. Unfortunately that means it predates Arab settlements and despite feeble attempts to associate Anthedon Harbor with the Muslim occupation, it had as much to do with them as the Pharos Lighthouse of Alexandria did, which a greedy Muslim ruler stupidly tore down in the search for gold.
Muslim conquerors wrecked the Pharos Lighthouse and tried to turn it into a mosque, as they have tried to turn every major historical structure built by the civilizations they overran and destroyed into mosques. And now they’re bulldozing Anthedon Harbor to make a terrorist training camp. There’s plenty of open land in Gaza to use to set up a bunch of tires and Jewish targets, but Islamists believe in destroying past history, especially anything predating Islam for the same reason that Orwell’s Oceania did.
UN Watch is alarmed by the reported destruction by Hamas of parts of the ancient Anthedon Harbor in Gaza for use as a terrorist training camp. We note the tragic irony that this destruction by the rulers of Gaza comes exactly one year after the area was nominated by new UNESCO member state Palestine as a World Heritage site.
As you must know, earlier last month, despite criticism from nongovernmental organizations, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades of Hamas bulldozed a part of the Anthedon Harbor in northern Gaza along the Mediterranean Sea.
Hamas damaged the harbor in order to expand its “military training” zone, which was initially opened on the location in 2002, according to your own UNESCO representative in Gaza, Yousef al-Ejla.
That the UNESCO executive has so far failed to place the Hamas destruction and cynical abuse of this site on its agenda underscores the tragic politicization and diversion of the agency’s mission to protect world culture and heritage.
According the current UNESCO session timetable, there are in fact four agenda items dedicated exclusively to Palestinian issues: Items 9, 10, 34, and 35, while Item 5 includes a fifth report on this issue. Israel is the only country in the world that is targeted for specific criticism in this session.
Obama is predictably boosting funding to UNESCO.