From the balcony

The Elder of Ziyon has an interesting story about an illegally constructed Jerusalem building being demolished (in Israel) with nary a mention in the press; certainly not in the western media. As is (probably correctly) pointed out, this is because the said building was a synagogue. To quote the Elder:

Jews bitterly complained that dozens of illegally built mosques are left untouched in Jerusalem because of “tolerance” but this Jewish house of worship was destroyed.

The story didn’t make it into the English-language press.

Because it was only a synagogue that was destroyed, not an Arab house..

Seems strange, but in the topsy-turvy world of today, not a complete surprise.


I looked at the archives of the site “Rabbis for Human Rights” for February 2014, and could not find a single article about the demolition of a synagogue, even while they have dozens of articles about Israel demolishing illegally built Arab homes.

The impression that these “rabbis” want to give is that Israel only destroys Arab homes, and that Israel’s assertions that the buildings are built illegally is a lie.

This story shows that they are the ones who are lying. And the fact that they did not want to publish a word to defend a synagogue being demolished shows that they aren’t rabbis in any real sense of the word.

Harsh. But, he’s right.

This unreported story proves that Israeli authorities will demolish buildings that violate building codes no matter who the owner is.


The fact that it was unreported shows that there are many people who do not want the truth that might disrupt their anti-Israel memes to be revealed.

Very true. The case is worth noting for future reference, the next time there’s a complaint about demolitions in Jerusalem.

However, before we go, one point the Elder does not make. It is unrelated to the universal application of the law. Instead, I have another observation and question, based on this:

The synagogue itself, run by Rabbi Avital Maimon, wasn’t illegal, but a balcony built above it was too large, and that balcony was on top of the synagogue roof. So the synagogue was destroyed, even as members of the city council tried frantically to delay the demolition to find a solution.

How in hell do you get a synagogue with an illegally constructed balcony? In many ways, that is a rhetorical question. I know the answer. Some – not all – have a reckless disregard for authority. So they build whatever they want and bugger the consequences. But it’s wrong. Any way you look at it, that approach is wrong. It’s even worse for a synagogue. What kind of spiritual leadership is it, that tolerates this? I have no sympathy, because there is no excuse. If only there were a possibility others would learn from this.