UPDATE: The recent spate of terrorist Palestinian rock throwing continues unabated throughout Judea and Samaria.
Britain, France, Germany, and Portugal, the EU members on the U.N. Security Council, had a field day yesterday continuing their scathing criticism of Israel’s construction of Jewish homes, schools, and hospitals in the Jewish communities in Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria. These four countries professed their “dismay” about these “negative developments.”
Not to be outdone, India, Brazil and South Africa piled on with their own condemnation of Israel after a Security Council meeting on Israeli-Palestinian developments.
And then Russia played tag team, by piling on some more–questioning Israel’s commitment to a two-state solution to the conflict.
Forget the Islamist takeover of the Middle East, forget civilians being slaughtered in Syria, forget Palestinian terrorists firing rockets at southern Israel, forget UNIFIL personnel being attacked in Lebanon by Hezbollah’s roadside bombs, and forget that Iran is on the verge of having nuclear weapons, the Security Council is focused on Israel.
Is it any wonder that no citizen of Israel gives one whit for the United Nations in general or for the Security Council in particular?
Addendum: It should be noted that the United States did not join in the Israel-bashing fun in the Security Council saying that the U.S. does not believe that United Nations’ grandstanding is the way to restart talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
THIS DAY IN ISRAELI HISTORY
On December 22, 1995, the following news item appeared on CNN:
“BETHLEHEM, West Bank. Just days before Christmas, Palestinian police arrived at Israeli military headquarters in Bethlehem on Thursday to take control from Israeli troops after 28 years of occupation. Earlier, Palestinians applauded and danced as Israeli troops lowered the flag which had hung at the police station in Manger Square. A formal handover was expected Thursday evening. Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is scheduled to visit Bethlehem for the first time Sunday, Christmas Eve, and deliver a speech from the roof of the Church of the Nativity, which marks the traditional site of Jesus birth.”
What a joyous moment! The evil Israeli occupation was over; Christians around the world could rejoice that one of Christendom’s holiest sites was wrested from Israeli hands. The Israeli flag was unceremoniously hauled down and the Palestinian flag raised. The Palestinians in Bethlehem–both Christians and Muslims were dancing in the street!
And who came to visit his new fiefdom and deliver a speech from the Church of the Nativity? The great man himself: Yasser Arafat, the head of a “liberation” organization who had pledged, (as Palestinian leaders still do) to protect all Christians and Christian holy sites: after all, Arafat always lovingly talked about Christianity and “its common purpose” with Islam. Yes, the peace advocates all chimed in–the world was as it should be.
What a joke. What an utter piece of nonsense. What a disaster.
Not for Israelis by the way, but for Christians–specifically, the Christians of Bethlehem.
For all of the Yasser Arafat’s loving embrace of Christianity, and all of the Palestinian leadership’s talk about protecting Christians, the Christian population of Judea and Samaria (not counting Jerusalem) plummeted by nearly 30 percent under Arafat’s leadership, from 35,000 in 1997 to 25,000 in 2002. Since 2002, it has plummeted even further until now, on December 22, 2011, Christians constitute less than 7% of the population.
And no Christians have been hit harder and suffered more under Palestinian rule–a Palestinian rule that has encouraged a Muslim boycott of all Christian businesses– than the Christians of Bethlehem.