Sharply protesting “Jerusalem reopens popular Old City gate”

Dear Editor,

A most sharp protest I want to file with AP about “Jerusalem reopens popular Old City gate” by Associated Press Writer GRANT SLATER (Grand Slander?), 2 hours ago.

This is a complete smear campaign by those Palestinians that don’t want any peace accord, with AP paying lip-service to these hostile elements!

The report is full of half and whole distortions and is highly inflammatory for people that don’t know what is going on locally, like most of AP’s worldwide readership.

Before giving you SOME details (I can’t list it all) I just want to say that this is beyond unbalanced – this is incitement and foul. Your reporter should be charged with and prosecuted for endangering the peace for this piece of garbage – sorry for the term, but that is what it is.

You need to make corrections ASAP or this will be a case of the reporter making news instead of reporting. A low in the history of AP, sorry to say.

1. No gate was opened. A tower that used to be the Jaffa Gate until 112 years ago, was cleaned up. During the renovations this passage stayed open the whole time. Next to this tower is a gaping 10 meter hole in the wall letting through a two lane road with two sidewalks, as the report already says since Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II and his carriage’s entrance into the Old City.

2. The minimal Arab protests, that erupted after Israel renovated an ancient synagogue in the Jewish Quarter destroyed by the Jordanian army in 1948, were far-fetched and artificial; it would be unthinkable that Jewish sources would protest the restoration of a mosque.

3. The renovation project has proven challenging because of… the project’s political and religious overtones? There are no political or religious implications here – this is completely fabricated. This is only restoration against decay and nothing more.

4. The Old City is in east Jerusalem, the section of the city claimed by the Palestinians as their future capital. It is also home to the most sensitive holy site in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — a hilltop compound revered by Jews as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. Rather: The Old City contains both Jewish and Arab quarters, the latter claimed by Palestinians as their future capital. The other side of the Old City is home to the most sensitive holy site in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — a hilltop compound revered by Jews as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.

5. [C]ompleting a two-month renovation – more likely: completing a two-year renovation – the Gate was in scaffolding for years.

Please correct.

Thank you.

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