In honour of Jerusalem Day today, the traditional Jewish quarter of the Lebanese town of Sidon, Haret al-Yahud, has been renamed after Gaza, according to the Beirut Daily Star - thus erasing 2,000 years of Jewish history in the town.
The original name of the neighborhood dates back to when most of its residents were Lebanese of Jewish religion. They started leaving the country in the 1950s and were absent by the time the Civil War erupted.
“The Jewish religion had a strong presence in Sidon and most Jews living in the city were rich merchants who gave out loans to fishermen,” recalled Hajjeh Nahla al-Jardali.
The new name given to the neighborhood stirred the interest of young people and many children carried plastic weapons and acted out battle scenes between the Resistance and Israel. “The Resistance won of course,” said the child leader of the make-believe Resistance Mahmoud al-Rifaii.
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