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CBS News regurgitates anti-Israeli propaganda
On Christmas eve, I drove from San Francisco to Sacramento in a cargo van. My girlfriend and I, with my mother's help, had some furniture for my girlfriend's brother, and we rented a cargo van to do the job. AM radio was the only option for entertainment, and I tuned in to CBS news.
During the two hour trip, CBS ran a report from Bethlehem (in the disputed territories) at least 6 times - with the main idea being that this is "the saddest Christmas ever" because of an Israeli presence.
Lynn from incontext.blogspot.com has described how such reports from CBS are nothing but regurgitated Arab/Muslim/anti-Israeli propaganda:
This headline, or variations on it, has been making the rounds the last few days. Nice PR ploy by those same folks who brought us the "Jenin massacre." Only this time, they've managed to orchestrate a real live tragedy. And then blamed it, of course, on Israel. [...]
Oh by the way, in all of the CBS reports, its journalists used the term "Middle East violence". With such bland words, you have no idea on who originated the violence (the Palestinians), who continues to deliberately murder women and children (the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas and Arafat's Al-Aksa brigades), who refuses peace (Arafat) and chooses Jihad. Imagine if journalists referred to the heinous attacks of 9/11 as "New York violence".
I copy the full article below.
The saddest Christmas ever
This headline, or variations on it, has been making the rounds the last few days. Nice PR ploy by those same folks who brought us the "Jenin massacre." Only this time, they've managed to orchestrate a real live tragedy. And then blamed it, of course, on Israel.
So let's review how we arrived at the situation where there is no joy in Bethlehem on Christmas Day, 2002. Bethlehem was once a thriving town with a population that was upwards of 50% Christian. It had a robust tourist industry, with pilgrims flocking from all over the world at all times of the year, but never so many as at Christmas. (And, by the way, Christmas is traditionally celebrated on three different days in Bethlehem -- December 25 by Roman Catholics and Protestants, January 6 by the Greek and Russian Orthodox and January 18 by the Armenians.)
There are a number of reasons why the Christian population of Bethlehem (and, indeed, of Judea and Samaria generally) has been shrinking dramatically. But the reasons have nothing to do with Israel's "occupation." In fact, the exodus began long ago. Many left under Jordanian occupation. The exodus continued after 1967 but seems to have stepped up more since Oslo. In an article entitled "The Beleaguered Christians of the Palestinian-Controlled Areas," David Raab provided one view:
Between the 1993 signing of the Oslo Accords until the 1995 transfer of Bethlehem to the PA, Palestinian Christians lobbied Israel against the transfer. The late Christian mayor, Elias Freij, warned that it would result in Bethlehem becoming a town with churches, but no Christians. He lobbied Israel to include Bethlehem in the boundaries of Greater Jerusalem, as was the Jordanian practice until 1967.[fn]
Here's a different point of view, which claims that Christian emigration has more to do with "subtle demographics" than with Christian/Muslim tensions. But, again, not because of the "occupation."
If there was no joy in Bethlehem today (and before I get this posted, it will be tomorrow already), it's because those who currently rule there have decided there's to be no joy and have done everything within their power to assure that their decision was implemented. Let's please get this part of the story straight, at least.
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