Annual Guardian anti-Israel Christmas hate-fest

Bethlehem's Christmas Tree

Bethlehem's Christmas Tree

As if the daily anti-Israel reporting from the Guardian is not enough – with its bias, slanted news, the microscopic focus on the most tangential items from Israel if it puts Israel in a bad light, not to mention their outright lies – every year at Christmas the Guardian produces an article or a series of articles which would not put to shame the classic antisemites of yesteryear who accused the Jews of deicide. Today, instead of promoting the idea that the Jews killed Jesus, the accent is on Israel.

The stage is set with the Guardian digging out from its archives a story from 1995, “Big day in Little Town of Bethlehem”.  As CifWatch ably comments on the item:

“Last year the mayor of Bethlehem threatened to cancel Christmas because the Israelis would not let him fly one small Palestinian flag from the town hall. Now, the hall and most neighbouring buildings are all but obliterated by the national colours.”

Yes, the Jews who almost stole Christmas.

Finally, Brown acknowledges Christian fears of Muslim rule

Now that the background is set, the Guardian brings out its big guns with the emotive yet enormously slanted article by Phoebe Greenwood, “If Jesus were to come this year, Bethlehem would be closed”.

She starts off with the evocative words:

If Joseph and Mary were making their way to Bethlehem today, the Christmas story would be a little different, says Father Ibrahim Shomali, a parish priest in the town. The couple would struggle to get into the city, let alone find a hotel room.

But of course Greenwood has fallen into the trap of the New Antisemites who follow the Muslim trait of usurping other people’s religious figures, thus enabling the Palestinian to make Jesus a Palestinian, forgetting – or choosing to ignore – that he was a Jew.

As several commenters on several threads at CifWatch adroitly pointed out:

Mirawayne: The Guardian by Miss Sherwood conveniently forgot to mention that Jesus as a Jew has all the rights as Israeli citizen , as the law of return includes him to :) ))

Ghost of Christmas Past: If a homeless Jewish family were to be travelling today on the West Bank, who would they fear?

Koufaxmitzvah: Seeing as how Joseph, Mary, and Jesus were all Jews, their home would be missiled, their donkey cart stoned, and sweet baby Jesus (a Zionist) would have his neck slit.

All in the name of peace, of course.

Adam Levick at CifWatch once again deftly rips Greenwood’s bias to shreds.  Here’s just a small snippet. I recommend you read it all.

“These theological references are direct successors to millennia of Christian anti-Semitic campaigns.”

Such tropes are also employed by the Guardian’s Phoebe Greenwood.

Greenwood’s tale leaves little to the imagination, beginning thusly:

If Joseph and Mary were making their way to Bethlehem today, the Christmas story would be a little different, says Father Ibrahim Shomali, a parish priest in the town. The couple would struggle to get into the city, let alone find a hotel room.

“If Jesus were to come this year, Bethlehem would be closed,” says the priest of Bethlehem’s Beit Jala parish. “He would either have to be born at a checkpoint or at the separation wall. Mary and Joseph would have needed Israeli permission – or to have been tourists.

However, as I pointed out in a previous post, the ONLY place in the Middle East where the Christian population has grown since the end of WWII is Israel, and the flight of Christians from Palestinian controlled areas, such as Bethlehem, is primarily the result of persecution by the majority Muslim population.

Back to my own analysis, Greenwood goes on to quote a Christian priest:

Father Shomali’s outlook is more glum: “When I look down my church register, many of the historic family names from the area have already gone. In 20 years, I think we will have no more Christians in Bethlehem.”

But Greenwood brings no context to this statement (there’s a surprise) leading the reader to believe this is a result of Israel’s strangulating Separation Wall. There is no mention of Muslim persecution of Christians which has been the primary factory in the emigration and exile of hundreds and thousands of Palestinian Christians.   Greenwood herself reports that in Gaza too, the Christians long for the days before Hamas.

The article ends with a sad quote:

“The little town of Bethlehem? It will soon be the little ghetto surrounded in all directions by Israeli settlements,” he predicts. “We’ve already passed the stage where Bethlehem can be saved. Frankly, that’s why I don’t celebrate Christmas any more.”

Let’s have a look at this sad little ghetto, poor and abandoned on Christmas Eve 2011:

Thousands of pilgrims, tourists and local Christians gathered in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem on Saturday to begin Christmas Eve celebrations in the traditional birthplace of Jesus.

Visitors gathered near the 50-foot (15-meter) Christmas tree at Manger Square Saturday morning taking pictures and enjoying the sunshine.

The main event will be Midnight Mass at the Church of the Nativity, built over the location where Jesus is believed to have been born.

Israel’s Tourism Ministry said it expects 90,000 tourists to visit the holy land for the holiday. Ministry spokeswoman Lydia Weitzman said that number is the same as last year’s record-breaking tally, but was surprisingly high considering the turmoil in the Arab world and the US and European economic downturns.

Bethlehem is surrounded on three sides by a barrier built to stop Palestinian militants from attacking Israel.

Ah, the all-important context. Israel didn’t build a wall simply to harass the Palestinians. It was rather the other way round. Palestinian terrorists did more than harass – they bombed and killed Israel civilians until Israel had no choice but to wall them off.

Palestinians say the barrier damaged their economy.

I’m sure it did. They have no one to blame but themselves.

Earlier this week, the IDF announced a series of measures aimed to ease the travel for Palestinian Christians. As part of the “trust-building” effort, pilgrims of all ages were to be issued permits to travel from the West Bank to Israel, and up to 400 were to be permitted to leave the country through Ben Gurion Airport for the holiday.

Moreover, up to 500 Christians from the Gaza Strip, under the age of 16 and over the age of 45, were to be allowed to travel to Israel and the West Bank for religious ceremonies and to visit family.

Oh those dastardly Israelis! How could they allow Palestinians to travel to Israel? Oh, wait…

The number of Christians in the West Bank is on the decline. While some leave for economic reasons, many speak of persecution by the Muslim majority, but always anonymously, fearing retribution.

Christians have even lost their majority in Bethlehem, where more than two-thirds of the some 50,000 Palestinian residents are now Muslim.

Which brings us back full circle to the issue of Muslim persecution of Christians. Something that the Guardian finds exceedingly hard to investigate. It’s so much easier to blame the Jews after all.

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4 Responses to Annual Guardian anti-Israel Christmas hate-fest

  1. Elliott E Alhadeff says:

    Trying to suggest rational criticisms of patently anti-Semitic advocates is like trying to convince white-supremacists of their irrational agenda. Reason is irrelevant. They are driven, as are Muslim fanatics by an irrational commitment to further their cause. As with Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, as with the Cuban debacle, North Korea’s political abyss and Iran’s relentless religious pursuit of the 12 Califat, their attention can be drawn only by the prospect of abject defeat, whether by force or by sanctions. Let’s end this exercise in futility of trying to teach these pigs to sing. We only make them mad and ourselves look utterly impotent. Instead, there should be put in place a policy of warnings of the actual use of force against those and nations who threaten force against peaceful nations, ultimately resulting in the inevitable use of force after warnings have failed. The world can be a safe place to live if those who threaten its safety are met with consequences for their words and actions.

    • anneinpt says:

      Elliott, I’m not so sure this is an exercise in futility. Certainly we are not going to change the Guardian and its ilk, but there has definitely been some slight progress CifWatch have reported on the times when the Guardian has corrected some of its errors.

      But besides the Guardian itself there are its readers. Not all of them are completely brainwashed, and if people like us persist in pointing out the glaring lies, omissions and errors, we can manage to educate and enlighten the unwitting and the ignorant.

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