There is another 1 page article today on Silwan, Jerusalem in NZZ Nr 53, page 6, 5 March.
Article dig deep into Israeli national identity (preferred topic for NZZ?) which is about three pillars – Holocaust, Army and Bible, from which historical rights to the Holy Land are derived (‘…drei Pfeiler der nationalen Identität für Israeli: den Holocaust, die Armee und die Bibel, aus der historische Rechte auf das Heilige Land abgeleitet werden’). This is not true as Jews and Israelis have tradition and culture. Israel is a leading world economy, frequently referred as start up nation, people are proud of Hi-Tech, Medicine, Agriculture. Israel has a solid ground to Palestine in accordance with the international law. Unfortunately it has to have an army to protect itself from another Holocaust. But no worries – NZZ cannot be blamed in anti-Semitism (3D concept) because they reference Y. Mizrachi from Emek Shaveh.
Emek Shaveh according to their website is supported as follows:
– Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation (www.euromedalex.org)
– The Beracha Foundation (berachafoundation.com)
– Cordaid (www.cordaid.nl)
– The Royal Norwegian Embassy Tel-Aviv
– British Shalom-Salaam Trust (www.bsst.org.uk)
More information in support of this political narrative is available at http://www.alt-arch.org
NZZ does not mention property rights, neither that Jews were pushed out by British from this village in 1936-1939 n Arab revolt. But no worries, NZZ cannot be blamed in selective reporting because they probably write only on the specific subject of ‘archeology and politic’.
Here is more from Wikipedia and other references:
In the mid-1850s, the villagers of Silwan were paid £100 annually by the Jews in an effort to prevent the desecration of graves on the Mount of Olives.Jewish visitors to the Western Wall were also required to pay a tax to the inhabitants of Silwan, which by 1863 was 10,000 Piastres. Nineteenth century travelers described the village as a robbers’ lair. Charles Wilson wrote that “the houses and the streets of Siloam, if such they may be called, are filthy in the extreme.” Charles Warren depicted the population as a lawless set, credited with being the most unscrupulous ruffians in Palestine.”
In the 1936–1939 Arab revolt in Palestine the Yemenite community was removed from Silwan by the Welfare Bureau into the Jewish Quarter as security conditions for Jews worsened. and in 1938, the remaining Yemenite Jews in Silwan were evacuated by the British authorities. According to documents in the custodian office and real estate and project advancement expert Edmund Levy, the homes of the Yemenite Jews were occupied by Arab families without compensation.