Mon Nov 6th, 2023 at 08:30:10 AM EST
Jerusalem in the Late Nineteenth Century, the Ottoman Empire
The Mosque of Omar from the Governor's House [Mosque of the Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem] 6 Apr 1862
In 1862, only a few photographers had been granted permission to photograph the Dome of the Rock and the area immediately surrounding the shrine, known as the Haram al-Sharif. Bedford took every opportunity to photograph the site, knowing that images like these would be novel and exciting for audiences back in Britain. The photograph is signed, captioned and dated in the negative, 'F Bedford Jerusalem'.
Acquired by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), 1862
Few reasons for optimism after Antony Blinken's diplomatic dash | BBC News |
For three days, the US's top diplomat, Antony Blinken, has been dashing around the Middle East, trying to contain a situation that threatens to spin out of control.
Israel on Friday. Jordan on Saturday. The West Bank, Iraq and Turkey on Sunday.
Every stop posed its own challenges and gave reason to be pessimistic that much progress is being made. The central challenge facing the US secretary of state is that he is trying to find a middle ground where none, at the moment, exists.
On Friday, Mr Blinken encouraged Israeli leaders to make temporary pauses in hostilities in order to ease humanitarian aid and encourage hostage releases - a move the Israeli prime minister BiBi Netanyahu quickly rejected.
The next day, he met representatives of Israel's Arab neighbours. They all called for an immediate ceasefire. Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said Israel was committing war crimes.
At roughly the same time back in the US, President Joe Biden was asked whether progress was being made toward securing those humanitarian pauses. He gave a thumbs up and replied "good".
Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide In Gaza
Wasteland Called Gaza
Cutting Gaza in Two: North Gaza and South Gaza
Israel's military claims it has cut Gaza in half, surrounded Gaza City
With Gaza under a total communications outage, it is difficult to confirm the Israeli army's announcement.
We're aiming for north Gaza to be free of civilians - IDF
Hundreds of thousands of Gazans moved to the south of the Strip after Israel told them to evacuate there. But as BBC Verify has established, the south has continued to come under Israeli bombing, leading aid workers to say nowhere is safe in Gaza.
Minister urges the Nuclear Option to obliterate Gaza and its people
'Nuking Gaza a possibility': Israeli minister
Minister reprimanded from off-script remarks ...
Blinken meets Arab leaders to talk about "future" of Gaza ... w/o Gazans??
Blinken talking in Baghdad to prevent spread of conflict and protection US troops
As if to underscore the tension in the region, Mr Blinken's Sunday stops were done under cover of secrecy. He travelled to Ramallah to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in a convoy of armoured SUVs and vans, speeding through streets cordoned off by soldiers from the Palestinian Palace Guard.
He arrived in Iraq under cover of darkness. The secretary and his diplomatic entourage donned body armour and helmets for the short helicopter ride from the Baghdad airport to the US embassy, where he then motorcaded to a meeting with Prime Minister Mohammed Shia' Al Sudani.
... the secretary of state's attempts to encourage his Arab counterparts to start thinking about the long-term future for the Palestinians, and a means to ensure a "durable" peace in the region, were less successful.
"How can we even entertain what will happen in Gaza when we do not know what kind of Gaza will be left after this war is done?" Jordan's Mr Safadi asked. "Are we going to be talking about a wasteland? Are we going to be talking about a whole population reduced to refugees?"
In a meeting with Jewish community leaders at the White House on 12 October, Joe Biden said he thought that the end result of the tragedy and bloodshed in Israel and Gaza would be a Middle East that was changed for the better.
President Joe Biden stressed that no coffins with American dead bodies have arrived at Reagan airport in Washington DC.
My earlier analysis about "diplomacy" and Antony Blinken
Antony Blinken Offered Palestinians Nakba II | 18 Oct 2023 |
Never ending wars ...
America's Trail of Blood In the Middle East ...
John McCane visit, waking the streets of Baghdad BiBi Netanyahu torpedoes the Oslo Accords after incitement of hate leading to death Yitzak Rabin Syria an associate member of the EU Pope Paul travel in Syria visits a calm Damascus John McCane and lobbyist Scheunemann visit Georgia Netanyahu fails to close deal Syria and Golan Heights in 2010 John McCane with terrorists in Northern Syria UK and French President victory lap in Tripoli John McCane and Lindsey Graham visit Kyiv
Germany knows all about genocide in the Second World War ...
Courageous post by Richard Silverstein from Seattle ...
Posted earlier @TikunOlam
November 5, 2023 at 5:56 AM
Thank you for great courage Richard ... past few years I personally tried to write about this perversion of history and escape of responsibility by today's leading politicians in the European Union.
Particularly, the history of Polish Galicia and Western Ukrainian territory the role of collaboration of OUN and Stepan Bandera.
Ethnic Cleansing, horror of 20th Century Europe continuous today.
Ukrainian-Polish Ethnic Cleansing 1943
See also earlier diaries ...