Hamas Demolishes 3,000 Year Old Gaza Harbor to Build Terrorist Training Camp

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.

  • Ben Jabo

    I think that their building a camp in that spot will make it much easier to target & eliminate quite a few on the first retaliatory strike

  • Softly Bob

    History and culture mean nothing to the Palestinians. They are quite literally 'philistines' in both senses of the word.

    • Avery

      A Lebanese friend once pointed out that the people known as Palestinians have contributed nothing of remembrance while on the land they now claim. No great society, no grand monuments outside of a few mosques, no noted Palestinian scholars or inventors or rulers. There is little that establishes an ancient presence of a Palestinian people. Further, genetically they appear to mostly be the descendants of Jews, and even the regions early Christians, swept up in the Muslim conquest.

      • MaryJo Meyer

        My old teacher William McGovern (of Lhasa fame) said that the arabs and the Jews werethe same genetically and lclaimed all you had to do was look at them. This is in the 50's at Northwestern but Bill had something there. The Palestinian people can't seem to do anything other than destroy but the big O can't get much straight, can he? Thanks Avery for your comments. MaryJo

      • Parenthetical Phrase

        Many were also migrant workers from other Arab lands and even Europe who came to the area in search of jobs when the Jews started coming back to reclaim the then deserted land and build a Jewish homeland so desperately needed. Then, when the UN started promising free food and housing to any Arab who showed up and claimed that they were "Palestinian" the population grew quite a bit.

  • Ben Jabo

    Ain't no such creatiooon as "Arab Palestinian's" their own leaders have denied their existence
    There is no “historical” Palestine – it’s Israel. The Romans wanted to punish the Jews after their defeat at Masada in the first century. The Roman emperor Hadrian meant to erase the name of Israel and Judah, so that there would be no memory of the country that belonged to that Jewish people. He wanted a name that would humiliate the Jews, and found that in an extinct people called the “Philistines,” the enemies of the Israelites.

  • Binyameen

    This is in contrast to Israel's killing the inhabitants of The Holy Land(to use a neutral term)__Surely according to the Torah, the life of a human is more important than a heritiage site?!__Secondly, what is made of Israel's attempts to dig under the Aqsa mosque, another tourist/heritage site?_What about Israel's chemically destroying viable farming land in order to starve Palestinians?__ALL THE CHOSEN PEOPLE BELIEVE ONE LIFE HAS MORE VALUE TO GOD THAN A HERITAGE SITE!