The Saudis Are Bulldozing Islam's Heritage. Why the Silence from the Muslim World?

(Telegraph-UK) Damian Thompson - The long-cherished ambition of Saudi Arabia's ruling Wahhabi sect to smash up the ancient buildings of Mecca and Medina is nearing fruition. In Mecca, the house of one of Mohammed's wives has been demolished to make space for public lavatories. As for Medina, a recent article by Jerome Taylor in the Independent revealed a megalomaniac plan to pull down three 7th-century mosques. Taylor added: "Ten years ago, a mosque which belonged to the Prophet's grandson was dynamited." But what sticks in the craw is the hypocrisy of Muslims who throw a fit if Israeli archaeologists carry out non-intrusive work near the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, "Islam's third holiest place," as we're constantly reminded. Such anger would be more convincing if the first and second holy sites weren't being ploughed up by a police state.

2012-11-08 00:00:00

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