|Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity|
If Jesus Entered Bethlehem Today
Identifying Jesus as “a Palestinian living under an occupation” has become normative for Churches in the current anti-Israel crusade.
[T]wo thousand years ago, a Jew named Jesus, Yeshu in Hebrew, short for Yehoshua, was born in Bethlehem. The child was circumcised, he lived as a Jew, prayed as a Jew, performed Jewish rituals and spoke in Aramaic to his fellow Jews. It occurred 600 years before Islam raised its head for the first time.
If Jesus were to enter Bethlehem in 2012, he would be lynched as a Jew, the massacre would be excused [and] the “anger” fully justified in international eyes, while his “settler parents” would be demonized in the Western newspapers for provoking the native population.
If Jesus “the occupier” were to live today in Judea or Samaria, he would not be allowed to walk in the wadi under his town, he would not enter the surrounding villages because he would not come out alive, his movement would be limited, he would not leave his community at certain hours, he would not hike except in groups and only when someone is carrying a weapon, he would lock his door at night, his road would be closed for hours because of shooting, he would go to school by armored buses, he would drive with a ceramic vest, he would build a fence, he would install cameras, he would constantly face firing and possible lynching.
While there are thousands of Palestinian Arabs in Israeli hospitals, what would happen to a bleeding Jesus if he entered a hospital in Bethlehem today?
Shame on these anti-Semitic bishops, hypocritical journalists and self-righteous intellectuals...
[Hat tip: Linda F]