London’s iconic St. James Church joined the growing trend of utilizing the Christmas season to criticize or outright slander Israel.
In the days leading up to the Christian world’s biggest holiday, St. James erected a massive replica of the portion of Israel’s security wall that divides Bethlehem from Jerusalem. Under the banner “Bethlehem Unwrapped,” the wall served as the backdrop for a festive Christmas gathering that put Israel directly in the crosshairs.
Visitors were invited to write messages of solidarity with the Palestinians or condemnations of Israeli security measures on the replica wall, Palestinian children’s art highlighting their victimhood was on display, and a popular Palestinian singer performed.
As usual, the security wall and the current situation in the land were grossly misrepresented.
Similar to other events of its kind, “Bethlehem Unwrapped” presented Israel’s security wall as an arbitrary act of cruelty. There was seemingly no mention of the fact that the wall wasn’t there 10 years ago, or that Israel only reluctantly decided to build the barrier following a major escalation in Palestinian terrorism. At one point in the mid–2000s, Jerusalem was being attacked by gunfire and suicide bombers on an almost daily basis, many of those attacks originating in Bethlehem or areas beyond in Judea.
Most Jerusalemites don’t like the wall, either, but very few would trade it for a return to nearly unchecked terrorism that until recently plagued our city (Israel previously tried to stem the attacks with anti-terror military operations, but was similarly condemned for that).
A good read regarding the topic, and St. James’ deplorable foray into this political issue was penned by Jewish terror victim Kay Wilson, whose Christian friend Kristine Luken was murdered when the two women were attacked by knife-wielding Palestinians south of Jerusalem in 2010.
CLICK HERE to read Wilson’s take over at Times of Israel.