Hell on the roads

The Economist has an article in the current issue about a road being built through the village of Beit Safafa. The thrust of the article is that the road is going through an Arab village despite their protests, and it’s all about putting the interests of the “settlers” first.

The article, failing to meet any standard of impartiality or presentation of both sides of the case, has generated a fair amount of comments on the Economist online presence. This one caught my eye:

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Ahem.

[Incidentally, it appears this is a classic “we don’t want a road in our back yard” protest, turned into something political for no good reason other than seeking the oxygen of anti-Israel publicity. The plans for the project are 20 plus years old. The plans were published and put out for public consultation (and objection). The residents lodged an objection… after the deadline for accepting objections.]