New Israeli Herods and Palestinian Christians

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I’M writing from Finland this week, where the omnipresence of snowflakes and festive lights heralds another year celebrating the birth of .

In parallel, the descendants of the Messiah in are marking another year of abominable Israeli occupation.

Indulged with indifference to the collective sorrow cloaking the hearts of native in the , the West turns another leaf, rejoicing the birth of the Prince of Peace.

However, in present-day Palestine, Jesus is no longer a prince and peace remains a phantom.

If Joseph and his pregnant wife Mary were to venture on their historic journey to today, they would have to navigate roads reserved for foreign , overcome military and scale high walls to get there.

More than 2,000 years ago they fled Herod the Great, “King of ”, to save their baby.

Nowadays, are fleeing descendants of the King of – an aspiring flat copy of Herod – who has Polish pedigree and was christened Benjamin Mileikowsky.

He later became known as , the current Israeli Prime Minister whose main political ally is the Moldovan Evet Lvovich (Avigdor) Lieberman.

According to Israeli groups, there was a portentous increase in religious hate crimes directed towards historical Christian monasteries, and graveyards in 2012.

The most recent was a week ago, when suspected (Price Tag) associated with ’s settlement movement defiled the Greek Orthodox monastery in with graffiti.

FILE- In this Sept. 4, 2012, file photo, a Catholic monk stands in a doorway of the Latrun Trappist Monastery where Israeli police say vandals spray-painted anti-Christian and pro-settler graffiti and set the monastery's door on fire, in Latrun, between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israel. After a series of attacks on Christian holy sites in Israel, Roman Catholic church officials recently issued a rare "declaration" calling on Israeli leaders to take action against vandalism and violence.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)
FILE- In this Sept. 4, 2012, file photo, a Catholic monk stands in a doorway of the Latrun Trappist Monastery where Israeli police say vandals spray-painted anti-Christian and pro- graffiti and set the monastery’s door on fire, in Latrun, between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israel. After a series of attacks on Christian holy sites in Israel, Roman Catholic church officials recently issued a rare “declaration” calling on Israeli leaders to take action against vandalism and violence.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

In July, elected Israeli MP Michael Ben Ari desecrated the Christian Bible on camera – calling it a “despicable book” belonging “in history’s trash can” and blaming it for “the murder of millions of Jews” in Europe.

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Earlier in the year, the CBS News show aired a compelling programme on Palestinian Christians in the holy land. Before the broadcast, Israeli to the US Michel Oren contacted the head of CBS News in an attempt to quash the report.

In an uncommon gesture, CBS afforded the ambassador a unique opportunity to rebut the story before it aired.

Veteran reporter Bob Simon told the diplomat in an interview before the broadcast: “I’ve never gotten a reaction before from a story that hasn’t been broadcast yet.”

Oren pompously responded: “There’s a first time for everything.”

The ambassador pre-empted the show in an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal, but instead of addressing Israel’s mistreatment of Christians, Oren blamed Muslims for oppressing and massacring “Christian communities throughout the Middle East”, claiming that Christianity was “thriving” in Israel.

Responding to Oren’s assertions, 80 native Christian leaders denounced his bid to blame Christians’ hardship on Muslims as “shameful manipulation of the facts intended to mask the damage that Israel has done to our community”.

As for the “thriving” Christianity in Israel, they explained that the growth was attributed to a large number of “Russian Christians whom Israel was unable to distinguish from Jewish immigrants pouring into the country after the fall of the Soviet Union”.

A native Christian activist, Philip Farah, challenged Ambassador Oren: “If your country is so good to Christians, why don’t you allow me, my family and thousands of Palestinian Christians to return to our home?”

In 1948, Israel indiscriminately razed more than 500 Palestinian villages, including predominantly Christian towns such as Iqrit and Kufr Bir’m, to name just two.

Likewise, these days Israeli and the wall of separation are encroaching and confiscating land belonging to Palestinians of all persuasions.

This Christmas, new Israeli Herods abetted by Western powers are driving Christians from their land and transforming native churches into Israeli tourist attractions and grand “archaeological sites” like the Pyramids, detached from their aboriginal traditions.

Article by Jamal Kanj | Sabbah Reporthttp://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=16180

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