Sunday, January 09, 2011

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Nazi Loving Islamic Mufti's Hotel being torn down...

And the Moslems cry foul....

The Shepherd Hotel, built (but not completed) by the Nazi loving Mufti of Jerusalem (may his soul rot in hell forever)....

A little background..

The demolition of the Shepherd Hotel, located in east Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, started at dawn on Sunday after a drawn-out battle over construction rights that drew international condemnation from US President Barack Obama and other leaders around the world over the past few years.

The hotel, which was built in the 1930s by the former mufti of Jerusalem Hajj Amin Al Huseini, was bought in 1985 by right-wing millionaire Irving Moskovitz, who has bankrolled other controversial Jewish housing projects in Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem. Moskovitz, partnering with the Ateret Cohanim organization, plans to turn the complex into 20 apartments for religious Jewish families.

Now let's get this straight, a JEW BOUGHT the property and is going to BUILD homes on it!!!

It's a crime I tell you!!! A Crime!!!!
The building received a construction permit from the municipality six months ago, the last stamp of approval needed before actual construction began.

Construction has been delayed during the past six months over a dispute with the son of Faisal Al-Husseini, a former leader of Jerusalem, who claimed that the family owned part of the parking lot that will serve as an entrance to the future complex. They lost the court case about a month ago, allowing Moskovitz to start demolition of the structure.

Sunday’s demolition was only for the right half of the building. Because of the historical value of the structure, the façade of the left part will stay standing. The first bulldozers arrived on the scene around 5:00 AM, by noon the left half of the four-story building was a pile of rubble.

Poetic Justice..
“It’s magnificent, this is beautiful,” said Ateret Cohanim spokesman Danny Luria, watching the dust rise from the bulldozers and passing out pamphlets highlighting Hajj Al Husseini’s connection to the Nazis and the death of thousands of Jews from pogroms that he encouraged. “Call it poetic justice, call it historic justice, this is something special… the symbolism of destruction of the house of a Nazi is rather unique.”

The history of the Shepherd Hotel

The square, ugly building with a sweeping view of Hebrew University and the Mount of Olives ridge has a complicated history involving many countries and incarnations. Hajj Amin al Husseini, who had many ties with the Nazis and Hitler, started construction on the building in the mid-1930s, though he never lived in it. When he left Jerusalem in 1937, he rented the partially-finished building to George Antionios, who finished the construction and rented it for ten years. In 1948, the house became a Jordanian army outpost until Israel took control of the property in 1967 under the Absentee Property Law. From 1967 to 1982, it was owned by two separate Arab Christian families, the Faruwaji and the Marum family, who were considered protected tenants and ran the property as a hotel. After the Marum family went bankrupt in the early 80s, the land was sold by the state custodian to Irving Moskovitz, a California businessman who provides the financial backing for other Jewish buildings in Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem.

Neighborhood activists in Sheikh Jarrah claim that the deal that transferred the ownership to Moskovitz was a shady business transaction done with a Swiss tourism business acting as a front for Ateret Cohanim. “If there was some problem with the ownership, it would have been clarified in court well before the actual construction permit, but we’re already so far past that,” said Ateret Cohanim spokesman Daniel Luria.

Starting in 1985, the Israeli border police used the hotel as an east Jerusalem headquarters for 15 years, until a new headquarters was built in the early 2000s less than half a kilometer away. In 2006, Moskovitz submitted a plan for the hotel for over 100 apartment units. The plans were later scaled down to 20 units to avoid a lengthy approval process. Ateret Cohanim said a possible names for the new complex are “Nahmanedes Courtyard,” or the Rambam neighborhood, though the project has yet to engage a contractor.

Now the interesting point??? The Arabs say it was a shady deal, because they did not KNOW a Jew was buying the land...

Must be tough for Arabs to see Jews BUY land anywhere in the Middle East...


Blogger allen said...

...glad you are up...

12:47 PM  

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