(Your) Media’s two-faced Christmas coverage
Ah, Christmas in Bethlehem. Manger Square is ablaze with colorful lights. The weather is usually a bit chilly. Aggressive merchants bombard passersby with “special sales” on all kinds of cedar wood statues and religious carvings.
And like clockwork, the mainstream media descend upon this city every year to ignore rampant Muslim intimidation of Christians and instead blast Israel – often with completely inaccurate information – for ruining Christmas and for the drastic decline of Christianity in one of the holiest cities for that religion.
Take a widely circulated piece by McClatchy Newspapers writers Dion Nissenbaum and Cliff Churgin.
The piece, published last week, cites Bethlehem’s dwindling Christian population and paints a picture that squarely blames Israel.
“For generations, the Holy Land Arts Museum (in Bethlehem) has been selling olivewood manger scenes to thousands of pilgrims wanting souvenirs from the biblical birthplace of Jesus,” starts the piece.
“Gone is the olivewood stable shielding the baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph. In its place, looming over the angelic family, are an Israeli watchtower and three towering sections of an adjoining wall.”
Outright lying, the McClatchy Newspapers piece stated Bethlehem “remains largely isolated from the outside world by Israel’s 25-foot-tall concrete walls, part of Israel’s separation barrier.”
The piece implied the wall caused the crash of Bethlehem’s economy and prompted Christians to flee. Similar articles were churned out by Reuters, the BBC online and scores of local newspapers.
ABC News, for example, chimes in: “The (Israeli) wall has cast a shadow over this famous West Bank town.”
Now let’s get our facts straight. Bethlehem is not surrounded by any wall.
Israel in 2002 built a fence in the area where northern Bethlehem interfaces with Jerusalem. A tiny segment of that barrier, facing a major Israeli roadway, is a concrete wall, which Israel says is meant to prevent gunmen from shooting at Israeli motorists.
The fence was constructed after the outbreak of the Palestinian Intifada, or terror war, launched in 2000 after late PLO Leader Yasser Arafat turned down an Israeli offer of a Palestinian state, returning to the Middle East to liberate Palestine with violence.
Scores of deadly suicide bombings and shooting attacks against Israelis were planned in Bethlehem and carried out by Bethlehem-area terrorists.
At one point during the period of just 30 days in 2002, at least 14 shootings were perpetuated by Bethlehem cells of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terrorists, killing two Israelis and wounding six.
Many times Muslim gunmen in the Bethlehem area reportedly took positions in civilian homes in the hilltops of Christian Beit Jala, which straddles Bethlehem. Beit Jala afforded the terrorists a clear firing line at southern sections of Jerusalem and at a major Israeli highway down below, drawing Israeli military raids and the eventual building of the security barrier there.
Is this barrier causing Bethlehem’s Christians to flee, as the mainstream media claim?
Rampant land confiscation
Simple demographic facts will answer this question. Israel built the barrier five years ago. But Bethlehem’s Christian population started to drastically decline in 1995, the very year Arafat’s Palestinian Authority took over the holy Christian city in line with the US-backed Oslo Accords.
The despicable cartoon above comes from a Christmas card available from War On Want, a Leftist group that describes itself as fighting poverty
Mary, Joseph, and the baby they are about to have are all, of course, Jewish. And if the Virgin Mary (presumably with Joseph) were to arrive in Bethlehem today, and arrived without the IDF around them, in a place now controlled by the kind of Palestinian Muslim Arabs who are there now, they would be killed on the spot.
Someone among the killers would think to cut the baby out of Mary, and raise him, the baby Jesus, as a Palestinian Arab and good Muslim. And come to think of it, that is exactly what Islam does when it appropriates, and changes, the Jesus of Christianity for the Jesus of Islam, about which Karen Armstrong is such an enthusiast.
That’s what would happen if a Jewish girl, the Virgin Mary, arrived nine months pregnant, and with labor pains beginning, anywhere that “Palestinian Arabs” were free to do what they do to any Israeli who happens to wander or stumble or arrive, unprotected, in their midst today. And if you need evidence for that, start with any number of Israeli hitchhikers picked up and murdered, or those two Israeli boys beaten to death in a cave, or those two Israeli reservists who took a wrong turn into Ramallah and were lynched, as those who killed them and gouged out their eyes held up their bloody hands to a crowd below hysterical with its own happiness and hate, or those four little Jewish girls sitting in their car, methodically shot to death, one by one, by one more brave hero — hailed as a hero, held up as a model — of the “Palestinian resistance.”
By Aaron Klein
Â© 2007 WorldNetDaily.com
BETHLEHEM â€“ Muslim street peddlers here bombarded tourists with discounted souvenirs in Manger Square â€“ the hub of Bethlehem’s holiday activity â€“ setting up shop in front of Christian stores some of whose owners complained their businesses were being hijacked.
“Tourism is up this year. Christians are visiting from all over. They come out of the Church of the Nativity and before they arrive at my store they’ve already been approached by a half-dozen Muslim vendors selling the same stuff but cheaper,” said the manager of one shop situated across from the Church of the Nativity alongside Manger Square.
‘Christmas Day would be ideal for terror attack’, he says
‘Kill the infidels, kill the Jooozzz’- yeah (Muslim) brother, that’s the spirit…
Hate preacher Omar Bakri, who is barred from Britain, is calling on Brits to boycott Christmas.
Using the internet to post a rant against the festive season, Bakri claims Christmas should be “completely forbidden”.
In another chilling post the radical cleric said Christmas Day would be the perfect day to launch a terror attack on the UK.
He said: “To have Christmas tree, visit so-called Christmas Father – that is completely forbidden.
“Make sure you do not watch TV. Do not let them hear jingle bells. Do not send your children on Christmas trip.”
Bakri’s previous vile rants included his belief that the British public and the Government were responsible for the 7/7 London bombings.
In 2005 he was excluded by the then Home Secretary Charles Clarke from returning to Britain.
The move came after Bakri reportedly said he had left Britain for good and intended to set up home in the Lebanon.
He was duly arrested by Lebanese security forces.
Bakri, 46, was the London-based spiritual leader of the extremist group Al-Muhajiroun while claiming benefits from social services.
Although the group had supposedly disbanded, Prime Minister Tony Blair said that its successor organisation would be outlawed.
The Syrian-born preacher moved to the UK in 1985 after being deported from Saudi Arabia because of his membership of a banned group there.
In 1996 he created Al-Muhajiroun (The Eyes and Ears of the Muslims), which praised the ‘Magnificent 19’ hijackers after September 11.
In October 2004, he announced he was disbanding Al-Muhajiroun in the interests of “unity in the Muslim world”.
But soon afterwards he led a demonstration outside the US Embassy in London in which protesters chanted the name of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and torched an American flag.
Bakri has seven children who were born in the UK and relied on benefits for the past 19 years.
* Yes indeed. Bakri left his brood behind for the infidel taxpayer to look after. We can be sure that these wonderful people will be grateful to their host country and not engage in any subversive activities, no?
He has been told he will almost certainly never be able to re-enter the UK, despite his wife and six of his children still living in north London.
* A case for the bleeding hearts of England. Rumor has it that the Archbishop of Canterbury has a big heart for failed jihadists…