By Jenni Frazer
May 26, 2010
It used to be said, as the old joke had it, that the definition of chutzpah was the boy who shot and killed both his parents so that he could attend the orphans' picnic.
I have a new definition: Christian Aid.
A press person for this charity is offering one-on-one interviews with people "who have spent months in Israel and the West Bank monitoring Human Rights Abuses".
Among the candidates is one Miranda Pinch, "great for sound-bites", warbles the press officer, who, on closer examination, comes out with a humdinger of an allegation which is presented with blithe self-assurance by Christian Aid. Ms Pinch, it emerges, was born Jewish but has converted to Christianity. She spent time in Hebron.
Guess what Miranda was doing there? "Miranda patrolled a school to prevent Palestinian children being attacked by Israeli settlers. Their presence ensured that the children would be safe. The head mistress had told her some of the children had been sexually abused on their way home."
On what possible evidence has Christian Aid the gall to persuade its supporters that there is any truth whatsoever in this? Some settlers, of whom I am not the greatest of fans, may have been verbally and physically violent on all too many occasions. But sexually abusing Palestinian children? As almost a routine hazard on the way home from school?
Miranda, you have lost your mind if you accept this kind of casual garbage without questioning it. This, Christian Aid, is what I call antisemitism. And, of course, a special kind of chutzpah.