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YNET: Unrest puts damper on Bethlehem Christmas festivities
The West Bank town that tradition considers [Jeezer]'s birthplace is seeing fewer Christmas pilgrims this year following months of violence and riots.
Near the church in Bethlehem's Manger Square, built over the site where Christians believe [Jeezer] was born, tour guides pace back and forth, waiting in vain for tourist buses that fail to show.
Hisham Khamis, a guide for 10 years, stands forlorn under a huge Christmas tree decorated in the black, white, red and green colors of the Palestinian flag.
|Avodah Zarah tree, decorated in red, green, white, and black, near a mosque in Beth-Lehem|
...clashes between stone-throwing young Palestinians and Israeli troops have raged outside Bethlehem hotels. Palestinian officials say Bethlehem hotels that are usually 80-90 percent full at this time of year have not reached even half that level. (cont.)
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Well, even if the Israeli Government does not command the IDF to do what needs to be done to defeat Arab terrorism once and for all, it appears that the IDF halfhearted efforts have produced at least some side benefits.
The Arab economy under the PA has been hit hard, with the expected Christian Pilgrims being a no-show. Maybe their faith in their false deity-messiah is not as strong as everyone purports it to be. Or maybe they are just not as stupid as I thought they were, refraining walking blindly into a war zone.
Of course, the Arabs blame Israeli tour guides, the lack of an airport, the IDF, blah, blah, blah...., refusing to take responsibility for their terrorist friends and neighbors, and their goal to annihilate the Jewish People.
Perhaps even more importantly, the number of Christians bringing in their filthy beliefs and practices of false deity worship has been significantly reduced. Thus the pollution of our Land with it is reduced.
One would think that the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem would know something of the Bible, including what it specifically says about to whom the Land of Israel belongs. But, he does not, and neither does his boss, the Poop in the Vatican. Yet as one of the most virulent opponents of Israel, the Patriarch said in his Christmas message for this year...
"Pilgrims should not be afraid to come. Despite the tense situation in this land, the pilgrim route is safe and they are respected and appreciated by all sectors in the Holy Land."Wouldn't it be a hoot if Christians accepted his counsel, and the pilgrim route turned out not to be as safe as his claim suggests?
Of course, then he would just have another excuse to blame the Jews.