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Saturday, April 17, 2004

Associated Press: They're just different

A Palestinian boy stands next to a burning tire signifying the mourning
near the house of the late Hamas leader in Gaza Dr. Abdel Aziz
following an Israeli missle strike in Gaza City, Saturday, April 17,
2004. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

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(L) Death and Bereavement Across Cultures
(R) Ethnic Variations in Dying, Death and Grief

I searched; no reference to tires.

Recovering Anthropologist that I am, I was able to find (in a 1996 ANC Daily News Briefing) a cultural reference to burning tires:
"At the height of anti-government protests in the mid-1986 Mrs.
Mandela issued what appeared to be a public endorsement of
"necklace" killings, in which township youths burned to death
colleagues they suspected of collaborating with apartheid.

De Klerk's National Party has said those responsible for
necklacings -- the placing of a burning tire around a victim's neck
-- should be hauled before the truth commission."
I don't think it was a mourning custom, but it probably did involve some deaths.

For any news agency to tell us that mobs of unruly Palestinian children burning tires in the streets has some ostensibly valuable cultural significance, goes beyond "the silly gospel of multiculturalism." Furthermore, I can't imagine they would say this were the tires being burned in the streets outside their own homes or offices.

CALL THEM ON IT at 212-621-1900 (Photos), 212-621-1663 (International Desk) or 212-621-1720 (Corporate Communications). You can also email info@ap.org and feedback@ap.org

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There are others, too - the captions of which say "Palestinian youths stand around burning tires to signify the mourning period" - to be found as follows:
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I'm sure there is worse out there, but this is indicative of Something Very Wrong.