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Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Jesus at the Checkpoint

Israel's Irish Embassy's Racist Thought for the Day
Jesus at Israel's Checkpoint

Israel's Irish Embassy's Racist Cartoon
 As any half-wit with a couple of brain cells to spare would know, Christianity developed out of a struggle amongst the Jewish community in Palestine. The poor Jews and farmers gradually became Christianised and today their descendants are the Christian Palestinians. The better off either emigrated and became traders or moved to the Hellenised cities of the Middle East like Alexandria or Damascus.

None of this stopped the Israeli embassy in Dublin issuing a post on the Israel in Ireland Facebook page which showed a picture of Mary and Jesus, accompanied by the comment: "A thought for Christmas . . . If Jesus and mother Mary were alive today, they would, as Jews without security, probably end up being lynched in Bethlehem by hostile Palestinians. Just a thought . . ."

The Israeli Embassy has apologised and taken down the post. Among the posts it attracted was one saying: "Have you no regard for honesty whatsoever? If Jesus Mary were alive today, they would be protesting against the Israeli occupation of Palestine, along with all the Palestinian Christians currently living in Bethlehem."

Crosspost from Jewssansfrontieres


Anonymous said...

It is a fact that the only country in the Middle East where the numbers of Christians have grown is Israel. Not that facts ever got in the way of your pathological hatred of Israel.


Tony Greenstein said...

It is also a fact that Israel has played a divide and rule game between Christians and Muslims in Israel as a means of weakening and dividing the opposition. There are some 300+ nationalities based on all sorts of different variants of religion, whilst of course there is just one Jewish religious nationality.

It appears Mr Hoffman that you choose your words carefully and selectively. Try this article: '
Christians Report Lowest Growth Rate In Israel' As the article notes:

'The percentage of Christians in Israel has remained relatively stable since the mid-1980s, noted Wadie Abunassar, director of the International Center for Consultations and a consultant for the Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relations.'

Not that it matters one jot. The only reason why relatively large numbers of Christians weren't expelled in 1948 was because of the international repercussions of expelling the Arabs of Nazareth. So they went and built a Jewish Upper Nazareth, which today has a racist Jewish mayor Shimon Gapso.

see 'Xmas Trees Banned in Nazareth'

Or we could take Michael Ben Ari of National Union who recently ripped up a copy of the New Testament and threw it in a rubbish bin. See

Or take this article from the Jewish Virtual Library to show how misleading your claims are Hoffman:

'The Christian Population of Israel
(March 20, 2000)

The Central Bureau of Statistics reports that on the eve of the Jubilee Pilgrimage by His Holiness Pope John Paul II, the Christian population in Israel numbers over 130,000 of all denominations - 2.1% of the population.

Historically, on the eve of World War I, the Christian population was about 70,000 - 10% of the population. Over the 20th century, while absolute numbers increased, the relative number of Christians declined. By 1947, on the eve of Israeli independence, the Christian population in Mandatory Palestine was 143,000 - 7% of the total population. 34,000 Christians remained within the borders of the State of Israel, less than 3% of the population. Today, within the borders of what was “Mandatory Palestine” — the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority — there is a total of 180,000 Christians, just over 2% of the total population.

And about 1/5 of the Christians are partners of Jewish immigrants from the Soviet Union, often the worst racists, so your statistics are even more meaningless.

So the real story is a decline from 10% to 2.1% of Christians in Israel.

In fact the decline in Christians in Israel is greater than for the Middle East as a whole. But given that Zionism introduced confessionalism to the area and sectarian strife, it is not surprising that Palestinian Christians have also suffered from this. There are also other reasons, such as socio-economic differences from the Muslim population, but I wouldn't expect you to understand that Mr Hoffman.

It's little wonder that even the Zionist Federation decided that they didn't want you as a co-vice chair any longer!

Anonymous said...

The facebook post might not be politically correct , but is factually spot on .
This is what happened to two Israeli conscripts who took a wrong turn and found themselves in the hell hole aka Ramallah
Take a look at the ghoul leaning out of the window , hands covered in the blood of the soldiers who had just been ripped to shreds .

Anonymous said...

The telegraph ( no friend of Israel ) spells it out in black and white . You can spin it out in your usual manner , but the fact remains Christianity is in the process of being wiped out in the Middle East just as the Jews were . The only reason why there is freedom from persecution for Christians in Judea and Samaria is because of a strong benign Israeli presence which has prevented the murderous excesses witnessed throughout the Arab Middle East .

Tony Greenstein said...

Oh, I thought the Telegraph (or Torygraph as we call it) was indeed a friend of Israel. Or have you forgotten that it was taken over by that right-wing Zionist crook Conrad Black, who also turned the Jerusalem Post from a liberal well-respected Zionist paper into a right-wing rag?

You concern about Christians is touching of course. You racists demonise Muslims and try and divide and rule amongst Palestinians. It is Christian Palestinian villages like Bi'ilin and Ni'ilin which have borne the brunt of the Israeli military confiscations in the West Bank.

Strange how it used to be the case that anti-Semitism was seen as a direct outcome of Christian doctrines. Today Zionists are in bed with the same anti-Semites. Plus ca change.