Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas: A Holiday for the Palestinian Rewrite of History

What would Jesus say about this appropriation?
Yes, it's that time of year again.

Are we so accustomed now to the preposterous claims made by Palestinian leaders that, although Newt the Grinch caused massive waves among the mainstream commenteriat for stating that Palestinians are an invented people (not that he was wrong, just really unhelpful), we probably won't hear a thing about Salaam Fayyad's declaration that Christmas is a time to "celebrate the Palestinian identity of Jesus Christ.” This nonsense has made the rounds for years but for it to be echoed by a leader upon whom the West has placed so much faith, is surely stunning. What say you Tommy Friedman?

This rewriting of history conforms with the line in Mahmoud Abbas' UN speech and much else (eg: Rachel's Tomb is a Muslim Mosque) that I've not seen much about in the MSM:

"Ladies and Gentlemen, I come before you today from the Holy Land, the land of Palestine, the land of divine messages, ascension of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the birthplace of Jesus Christ (peace be upon him), to speak on behalf of the Palestinian people in the homeland and in the the Diaspora, to say, after 63 years of suffering of the ongoing Nakba: Enough. It is time for the Palestinian people to gain their freedom and independence."
Frankly, I find this erasure of Jewish history unforgivable.
And another thing about Christmas in Palestine. Last week, Bethlehem’s mayor, urged the world to boycott Israel until the Palestinians have their own state. Apart from how utterly dumb this was (tourism, employment, etc.), I haven’t read any recent reminders about Mayor Victor Batarseh's political background that should have accompanied this story. So, just FYI, Mr. Batarseh, won his seat in a 2005 election in which he was on the slate that included members of Hamas and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP). PLFP, an organization to the left of Fatah, was responsible for the killing of Israel's tourism minister in 2001, and several of the suicide bombings inside Israel during the second Intifada. Bethlehem's charter calls for a Christian mayor, and Mr. Batarseh, being nominally Christian (and BTW, an American citizen), fit the bill as a candidate acceptable to Hamas, etal. He has been instrumental in turning Christmas into the propaganda vehicle that it is along with the Bethlehem Bible College and the Sabeel Center theological anti-Zionists who say  nary a word about the annual exodus of Christians from the West Bank due to intimidation, and I don't mean by Israeli authorities.

h/t: Elder of Ziyon

1 comment:

  1. Jello Biafra of "The Dead Kennedys" did a song called "Jesus was a terrorist". Maybe he was prescient on that point.


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