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Friday, November 13, 2009

Unlikeliest Headline of the Day: "Israel Urged to Purchase Hitler's Home"

Every now and then even veteran Middle East hands see a headline that seems unlikely: "Israel Urged to Purchase Hitler's Home" has to be one of them. (It may be Friday the 13th, but it's not April Fool's Day.)

But then, could you sell Hitler's birthplace to anyone other than Israel for anything other than a museum to commemorate the Holocaust and not be criticized? So I guess it makes a certain amount of sense, though I'm far from sure the Israeli government would find this an attractive offer. Two million euro asking price no less? Only its notoriety could make it worth that, and should Israel subsidize notoriety?

It may even be the headline of the week, since it's been just over a week since the Sand Shortage in Arabia story.

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