How Ha’aretz Ruined My Christmas. By Van Zile
Photo: Screen capture of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Christmas greeting on YouTube
On Christmas eve, Dexter Van Zile, CAMERA’s Christian media analyst, writes in the Algemeiner ”How Ha’aretz Ruined by Christmas Eve”:
… I received a message from a colleague alerting me to Ravid’s piece in Haaretz condemning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for radicalizing “his traditional Christmas greeting into an attack on Muslims in Arab countries.”
Whoah, that’s a serious charge.
Apparently, in his Christmas greeting, Netanyahu made the unforgivable sin of stating the obvious: That Christian populations are shrinking and are in danger in the Middle East. Netanyahu then added salt to the wound and reminded his listeners that Christians are safe in Israel.
According to Ravid, “Netanyahu did not specify in his greeting who is threatening to annihilate the Christians, but it’s clear from the wording that he means the Muslims.”
Earth to Barak Ravid: Netanyahu didn’t have to say who was threatening the annihilation of the Christians because we already know.
Unless they’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, most Christians know that Muslim extremists throughout the Middle East have been attacking Christians on a regular basis for the past few years. Their churches have been bombed. Their pastors kidnapped, held for ransom and killed.
And moderate Muslims and secularists in the region do not have the power necessary to stop the attacks on their Christian neighbors. They can’t even defend themselves.
In 2003, there were more than 1.5 million Christians living in Iraq. Now there are less than 500,000 living in that country. Why? Because Muslims have been attacking them on a regular basis since the ouster of Saddam Hussein!
Many of the Christians who fled Iraq went to Syria because it was safer. And guess what? Many of them are now heading back to Iraq to avoid being murdered by the Islamist rebels who are fighting against the Assad regime.
And with the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, Christians are under siege in Egypt. More than 100,000 have left the country since the ouster of President Mubarak in 2011.
Barak Ravid ignores all of this and writes that “Netanyahu did not go so far as to use the Christian holy figures for political purposes,” but then some how tries to blame Netanyahu for the decision of Israeli diplomats in Ireland to post a now-deleted entry on the Embassy’s Facebook page stating that the Holy Family would probably be lynched by Palestinians if they had tried to get into Bethlehem today.
It was a bit over the top. But Christians are being lynched and attacked on a regular basis in Muslim-majority countries throughout the world. They get little support from the secular human rights community and liberal Christian peacemakers in North America and Europe who have portrayed Israel as the singular threat to human rights and peace in the Middle East.
As a result of this obsession with Israel, time, energy and money that could be used to promote awareness of the plight of Christians suffering from Islamist oppression is wasted on portraying Palestinians as the quintessential victims of oppression in the Middle East.
They aren’t. Not by a long shot.
People are screaming pretty loud in a lot of places in the Middle East, but their screams are not heard in the West because peace and human rights activists allow Palestinian leaders to hog the microphone. Every Christmas we see pictures of the Jesus and Mary blocked from getting into Bethlehem by the security barrier. (Maybe that’s where the Israeli diplomats in Ireland got their inspiration.)
Yesterday, (Dec. 23) I watched a webcast of a Bethlehem Prayer Service that was organized in part by the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Not one word of solace or comfort was offered on behalf of Christians living under the threat of Islamist violence in Syria, where Christians are starving to death or Egypt where the Muslim Brotherhood is achieving a fascist takeover.
In light of this violence, Barak Ravid wants to take Netanyahu to task for stating that Christians are safer in Israel than they are elsewhere in the Middle East. Ravid says this is “radicalizing” a Christmas greeting.
No it isn’t.
It’s simply stating the obvious.
Barak Ravid’s piece on Netanyahu’s “anti-Muslim” Christmas greeting is here.
To all my Democrat friends …
Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2013, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.
To all my Republican and independent friends …
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
So apt for Christmas time. Even if the IDS let Mary & Joseph through the border checks, I’m sure Netanyahu would sanction firing at the three wise men.
Fortunately for Jesus’ family, the three wise men were carrying gold, frankincense and myrrh and not suicide bombing vests.
What would have happened if three wise Jewish women had gone to Bethlehem instead of three wise men?
They would have asked directions.
Arrived on time.
Helped deliver the baby.
Hired someone to clean the stable.
Made a brisket.
And brought practical gifts.
And what would they have said to each other after they left?
“Did you see the sandals Mary was wearing with that schmatta?”
“That baby doesn’t look anything like Joseph!”
“What virgin? I knew her in school!”
“Can you believe they let all of those disgusting animals in there?”
“I heard that Joseph doesn’t have a job.”
“And that donkey they are riding has seen better days!”
“We’ll just see how long it will take to get your brisket dish back!”
“If Jesus were to come back this year, Bethlehem would be closed.” [Source]
Since when are the Arabs so expectant of Jews (or wasn’t Jesus Jewish) ?
Re: the ghetto
- Before the security barrier: buses exploding in Israeli cities - daily.
- After the security barrier: buses exploding in Israeli cities - none.
September brings Fall
Vacation ends for us all
All Elves back to work
The good and bad are known
Screened out the turkeys
December is here
Everything is ready to go
Time for the big show
I woke up early
Mom gave Santa Claus a kiss
And Dad shook his hand
Left a glass of milk
In the morning, it’s still there
Brandy is missing!
So I kisses the misses
Then look for my wife
Santa left a mess
Soot and ash throughout the house
Mom was not happy
Heat Wave in the States
Santa hopes they don’t come North
Tourists stomp his snow.
Cats and dogs like toys
Just like good girls and good boys.
Here comes Santa Claws.
It’s important that
Good Christmas chocolate is one
Of the four food groups
Little Miss Muffet
Asked Santa for a tuffet
And a can of raid!
Try as Santa May
Reindeer won’t let Rudolph play
He’ll shine later
A parent decreed one Christmas that she was no longer going to remind her children of their thank-you note duties. As a result their grandmother never received acknowledgments of the generous checks she had given. The next year things were different, however.
“The children came over in person to thank me,” the grandparent told a friend triumphantly.
“How wonderful!” the friend exclaimed. ”What do you think caused the change in behavior?”
“Oh, that’s easy,” the grandmother replied. ”This year I didn’t sign the checks.”