December 25, 2011
The Christmas season is being exploited by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to advance anti-peace agendas and to delegitimize Israel, says NGO Monitor, a Jerusalem-based research institution. By manipulating traditional Christmas songs, images, and messages, NGOs such as Sabeel, War on Want (UK), Amos Trust, and Adalah-NY continue to demonize Israel with crude, antisemitic rhetoric. ...
UK-based Amos Trust is advertising its annual Bethlehem Pack, "a resource to help churches talk about the current situation in Bethlehem at carol services and Christmas events." Exploiting charged theological images to attack Israel, this text proclaims: "If Jesus was born today in Bethlehem,[hardly likely if Mary and Joseph who were both Jews would have been foolhardy enough to enter Bethelehem as such they and the baby Jesus would probably have ended up like the Fogel family Hy"d at the hands of a Hamas terrorist murderer] ... and "If Jesus was born today in Bethlehem [highly unlikely as mentioned above], much of the shepherds' fields would have been confiscated [none of the communities have been built on confiscated land] for illegal Israeli settlements [the Jewish Communities are not illegal]."
"Linking the [alleged] suffering of Palestinians to Christian themes revives traditional and deep seated antisemitic theology," Steinberg adds. "By employing these tactics, and grossly misrepresenting a complicated conflict, these NGOs are making peace more difficult to achieve.
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