יום שני, מרץ 12, 2007

 

Ghettos

Actually, given that it's an Italian word, the plural would be ghetti, but I digress...

German Bishop Gregor Maria Hanke is taking a lot of flak for saying, after a visit to Yad Vashem:


In the morning, we see the photos of the inhuman Warsaw Ghetto, and this evening we travel to the ghetto in Ramallah; that makes you angry.


He has since apologized for the remark.

OK, so Ranallah is not the Warsaw Ghetto. Its residents were not rounded up from their homes and forced to live there, and they are not awaiting deportation to death camps. On the other hand, the Bishop did not say Ramallah is the Warsaw Ghetto. He did not even say that Ramallah is like the Warsaw Ghetto. He said it is a ghetto. Is he wrong?

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