Look what happened to the Christians of Bethlehem

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The Christian population in the territories controlled by the racist Palestinian Authority are being cleansed. Naturally the world will again give the Palestinian Authority a pass for their grotesque racism and human rights violations.

Related – The Persecution of Christians in the Palestinian Authority

Lies Palestinians tell at Christmas

One fable is that they are trapped in Bethlehem behind walls and checkpoints. Yet the Christian population has fallen dramatically while the Muslim one has increased exponentially! It’s a checkpoint where Christians leave and Muslims enter.

By Israel National News, December 25, 2019:

When Israel relinquished control of Bethlehem to Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Authority as part of the Oslo Accord agreement in 1995, 85% of those living in this then prosperous town were middle class Christians. Business and life were good when it was part of Israel.

By Christmas 2019, Christians are less than 10% of the population in an economically stricken town.

How did this come about?

In 1995, Elias Freij was that the last Christian mayor of Bethlehem. He appealed to Israeli Prime Minister, Yizchak Rabin, not to withdraw from the city as part of the Accords due to his fear for the future of Christians in Bethlehem. Rabin wanted an official and public statement from the mayor to that effect to take to the negotiations. Freij and the church authorities refused Rabin’s request, and the rest is a tragic page in Christian history.

The Palestinian leadership, as usual, blames the security wall for the current situation. They talk of Israel turning Bethlehem into a prison.”

The British artist, Banksy, has advanced his reputation in left-wing circles by promoting propaganda graffiti scrawled on walls throughout Bethlehem. He has even built a hotel in Bethlehem called the Walled-Off Hotel which is full of imagery damaging to Israel such as a nativity scene in front of a section of security wall with a shattered bullet hole which he calls “The Scar of Bethlehem.”

All this propaganda demonizes Israel and projects Palestinian Arabs as “oppressed victims”.

Nowhere in Banksy’s work is there a mention of Palestinian terror, promoted and rewarded by the Palestinian Authority, a prolonged terror campaign that has murdered over a thousand Israelis and made the security barrier a necessity. Nor does he mention the threatening behavior of Palestinian Muslims that has driven out most of the town’s frightened and persecuted Christians.

Today, Christmas 2019, Bethlehem is a once-Christian town, with important churches, holy relics and sanctuaries, but only a few Christians who live in fear not of Israel, but of Muslim Arabs.

The Christians I once knew had businesses such as tourist shops selling olive wood carvings and religious symbols to tourists. They are gone. Their homes and their shops are now occupied by their Muslim former neighbors.

The Palestinians will tell you it’s all Israel’s fault. They are, after all, the perennial victim. It’s become an industry for them. This image sells as well as Banksy’s souvenirs in Bethlehem.

But is this the truth? Not at all.

The Palestinians wanted separation from Israel and when Israel gave it to them, they used the vacated territories to relaunch their terror campaign against Israeli civilians, killing thousands.

In the name of peace, Bethlehem was the sixth town that Israel vacated and left under Palestinian rule following its withdrawal from Jericho, Jenin, Tulkarm, Nablus and Kalkilya.

Initially, there was a free flow of people. Palestinian Arabs worked in Israel. Israelis visited the Arab towns to buy and enjoy the services of the local Arabs. Everything was cheaper than in Israel while wages for Arab workers were higher in Israel and the interchange was buoyant and good for everyone.

 

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