Locusts, the Bible and International Double Standards

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 |  Aviel Schneider

In a scene reminiscent of the Bible, millions of locusts invaded southern Israel earlier this month, crossing the border from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Israeli farming communities in the Negev desert – including the biblical Kadesh Barnea – were attacked by the ravenous insects.

The foreign media came up with all kinds of biblical comparisons. A headline in the German newspaper Die Welt read: “Like in Biblical Times.” The Canadian news website Macleans.ca wrote that “it’s hard not to draw references to the Bible when a swarm thought to contain 30 million insects buzzes over an ancient city in the days before Passover.”

It’s also “hard not to draw references to the Bible” when it comes to the rebirth and existence of the State of Israel, but the foreign media refuse to accept that.

The full story appears in the April 2013 issue of Israel Today.
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