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Unwrapped: An ugly Guardian smear


Between late December and early January St James’s Church, Piccadilly is hosting “Bethlehem Unwrapped”, a Christmas festival – produced in association with several radical NGOs – presenting a series of events and activities on the lives of Palestinians “living behind the wall”.  “Bethlehem Unwrapped” includes an especially duplicitous anti-Israel propaganda stunt: the erection of an 8 meter-tall “replica” of the Israeli “wall” that it claims (erroneously) “surrounds Bethlehem” and imposes hardships on the town’s inhabitants. 

It is duplicitous, as Denis MacEoin argued recently in his open letter to St. James Church, because it doesn’t mention the dozens of security fences that have been built by other countries (such as India’s barrier in Kashmir and the “Peace Lines” in Northern Ireland), nor the fact that the barrier – built in response to waves of deadly Palestinian suicide bomb attacks – has saved countless lives.  It is also a moral failure as a Christmas message because it ignores the real problems faced by Christians in the Palestinian territories – the intolerance and violence of Islamist extremists who seek a Palestine free of Christians and, of course, Jews.

Though much has been written about Israel’s security fence and the mock wall currently on display in London, attempts to impute Israeli racism, segregation or even “apartheid” to such a non-lethal response to murderous attacks against its citizens is standard fare within radical anti-Israel circles – all of which brings us to the following photo published on page 8 of the Dec. 30 print edition of the Guardian, under the heading, ‘A taste of segregation‘:

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Guardian print edition, pg 8: Dec. 30

Of course, suggesting that Israel engages in codified segregation by erecting such a fence fails the most obvious tests of logic and common sense, as Palestinian Arabs who live in the West Bank are NOT citizens of Israel and therefore can’t possibly be expected to enjoy the same rights and privileges. Suggesting that Israel’s barrier represents “segregation” (a word which typically refers to separation or isolation based on race) is as absurd as claiming that United States is practicing ‘segregation’ on their southern border because Mexican citizens aren’t allowed to automatically cross the ‘fenced’ border into America.

In short, there is no racial component to Israeli checkpoints and security fences.

Finally, it is interesting to note that when you look closely at the Guardian’s photo it is cut off around the lower left where two Brits (Sharon and Lesley Klaff) spray painted in red the words “THIS WALL SAVES LIVES”.

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If the Guardian had decided to highlight this obscured message perhaps some of their readers less susceptible to their agitprop would have gleaned the most obvious moral lesson: Though the barrier can reasonably be criticized because it creates ‘hardships’ for Palestinians, the reality is that such hardships are reversible. The deaths of Israeli men, women and children – at the hands of homicidal extremists – are not.

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  1. That’s unfortunately typical. Stereotyping is far easier than researching and understanding.

    • Don’t worry Joe, little friend of Mz’bele Mz’bele and Analka – I understand your frustration that the model of this vandalized excrement of some self righteous and sanctimonious shitheads called priests saved many lives – especially Jewish lives. Please bear your cross with dignity…

    • Sorry, but they are inviting expression. And some guys like to express the truth. It’s fair game.

      • ” Wadiofshit. ”

        Again we have the encopretic jokes . For one whose respect for Jewish humour is boundless , I have to wonder if ,for some , such brilliance skipped a generation.

    • Meanwhile, the Guardian is read by millions of people.
      Exactly. This is one of the reason of the resurgence of anti-semitism in the UK.

    • But, it seems, Guardianistas read CiFWatch.

      It’s the quality, not the quantity that counts.

      And I have noticed a growing number of enraged commenters tearing to bits ‘Guardian positions’. Advertisers should be careful of advertising their products on the Guardian website. If I see an advert there, I may write the advertiser explaining that he/she is tarred by displaying their wares on such a bigoted radical left pro Islamic propaganda platform posing as a news media.

  2. How about a taste of Palestinian freedom fighting, also known as rat poison laced nails driven into your brain while sitting down for a slice of pizza?

    But then I’m not a good Christian…..

  3. ” – has saved countless lives. b”

    The acts of terror against the Israelis has been a dark and horrific stain on the area . The wall seem essential until peace comes. A shame it wasn’t built on land that 95 % of the world believe is Israeli land .

    • The acts of terror against the Israelis has been a dark and horrific stain on the area
      Not exactly on the area. It is a dark and horrific stain on the medieval culture of Islamism and on its western supporters and apologists on the far right and far left including the Guardian and you.

      • ” It is a dark and horrific stain on the medieval culture of Islamism ”

        The deaths on their side are far more numerous than on yours . If you were to call Judaism a worse culture in terms of impact on the humanity of the area you would rightly be seen as an anti semitic creep.

        Again I ask … are we witnessing a supremacist influenced view of the situation?

        • Interestingly you compare Judaism to Islamism as example, without bringing up facts that Islamism isn`t about medieval culturalism, but trying to adjust Judaism to Islamism, a clear defamation.
          Two points especially problematic are the dismissal of the separation of powers and of the separation of church and state (a problem not unknown to Great Britain), two aspects most schools of Islam and Islamism are sharing.

          • BTW berchmans the subject of the number of deaths and the difference between the two cultures has been summed up very succinctly by your comrades at Hamas and your hero Hassan Nasrallah: We [Muslims] love more death than you [Jews] love life.

            • peterthehungarian

              ” your hero Hassan Nasrallah:”

              He is my hero in exactly the same way that Baruch Goldstein is yours . I have condemned their violence on hundreds of occasions. I wonder if you have condemned Goldstein’s.

              Try to calm down and discuss what I say… not what you want me to say.

              • No berchmans Baruch goldstein was a mass murderer and the overwhelming majority of Israelis said so. Not like Nasrallah and Hamas the heroes of the Muslim world.
                Try to calm down and discuss what I say…
                Exactly berchmans. What about the culture “We love more death than you love life”?
                What about the number of deaths? More Germans died in WWII than Brits. Does it mean that you can compare the cultures and ideologies of the UK with Nazi Germany? Try something better.

                • ” More Germans died in WWII than Brits ”

                  The attempt to Natzify any debate is hilarious. It is not the Palestinian side that is seen as the aggressor except by the comically ill informed Yanks and the Israelis …

                  as Wendy says in Peter Pan” Why Peter you’ve become one of the pirates “

                • I know that your ability of understanding very simple texts is very limited – it is a well known phenomena with racist haters (especially faux postal employees) – so I repeat again my question:
                  What about the culture “We love more death than you love life”?
                  What about the number of deaths? More Germans died in WWII than Brits. Does it mean that you can compare the cultures and ideologies of the UK with Nazi Germany? Try something better.

                  Whining and bullshitting about comarisons won’t be considered an answer.

              • Calm down? You wish. Nothing but hysterics here! To give you an idea of the mentality here, look at wiesental’s top ten antisemites and go figure!

        • The deaths on their side are far more numerous than on yours
          I know that it is very sad for your kind but it is correct.The number of deaths on their side is far more numerous because they are very slow to realize that the rules has changed. You want to kill us – you die. BTW a huge number of the Arab victims died by the hands of their own Muslim brothers.
          If you were to call Judaism a worse culture in terms of impact on the humanity of the area you would rightly be seen as an anti semitic creep.
          Exactly. Modern Judaism is a culture of tolerance, modern Islamism is a culture of witless hate and murder.
          Those who compare the two cultures are antisemitic creeps exactly as you said.
          Again we have the encopretic jokes… says the clown who wrote that Cifwatch is farting in the direction of the Guardian. The words “hypocrisy”and “idiotic whining” don’t exist in berchmans dictionary?

    • A shame that this wall around the settlements is necessary aganst Palestinian terror, but the fence at whole is build mostly along armistice lines, lying creep

    • ” A shame it wasn’t built on land that 95 % of the world believe is Israeli land ”

      Not as much as a shame as 100% of Israel bashing dipwads wasting their time and breath throughout 64 years of Israel’s existence trying to justify the murder of Israelis overall. Oh well!

      • ” Israel bashing ”

        If you really think you can dent the Guardian you have to resist these juvenile and clearly prescriptive phrases designed for Fox Viewers. Indeed I am always reminded of the wag on CIF who declared ” Israel bashing ” to be the only war crime many bother about .

        However you massaged an entire post without the use of an expression pertaining to some eliminative process in the body so we have reasons to be cheerful ! 🙂

        • Oh, I didn`t know lying creep is an eliminative process in your Body, I assumed it to be more of a fixed structure in your body.
          🙂

        • Wait… I’m a Fox viewer? Because you don’t agree with how I write in response to some of the stupidest comments I have seen written on the Interwebz? Wow. A Fox viewer…. Well, no. I actually voted for Barrack Obama… twice. Why? Because John McCain and Sarah Palin are scary people, and Mitt Romney and his boy toy Paul Ryan know how to do one thing only: screw poor people. But, yeah, I’m a Fox News hound because I SUPPORT ISRAEL.

          Israel, with its Socialist economic backbone. It’s 5 daily newspapers. It’s multiple political parties. It’s increasing size of woodlands and stress for nationalized health. Oh, and the search for alternative fuel!

          Yeah. Israel is soooooooo verrrrrrrry Conservative…. because Webshit says so. I mean, Dude. You must be an embarrassment to assholes everywhere.

          • No disrespect but an average American today has not the faintest idea what constitutes conservativism in a world wide sense given that the Democratic president is a war mongering servant of big business. You see him as a lefty …much chuckling was heard in the gallery.

            You are attempting to take on a Brit paper hence you might want to do a little reading for a few decades and then have a go. Good luck comrade.

            • I see your understanding of Most Americans is along the same idiotic lines as your understanding of All Zionists. Go fuck yourself. As for BO being Liberal…. He is, considering my country is run by only 2 parties. Not only that, but if a 3rd party wants to debate, they have to jump through hoops of obtaining a certain amount of signatures on a petition by a certain date in order to do so. Yeah, that’s how it is in America.

              There is so much you don’t know about almost everything. In fact, I would say what you do know can fit in an ice cube.

    • Wronlgy belive so beacuse it was just cease fire line nothing else. But than Palestinain taught us that: If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it

  4. A shame it wasn’t built on land that 95 % of the world believe is Israeli land .
    It built on lands where it is the most effective. What the 95% of the world thinks has the relevance of a papillonfart in a tornado. 95% of the world thinks that the universe has been created by a bearded (or not) talented handyman.
    That it saddens you is the best sign that it is in the best possible place.

  5. I’ll try and see the St James Wall this week. A big thanks to all at CifWatch! I wouldn’t have known about it but for you. Got a bunch of church members coming too. Hopefully they will realize what a ‘fence’ really looks like!

    • Your presence will cause a huge success if you go there wearing your party uniform.
      It must be very hard to be a lonely loser Alex, going there you will meet many other like you – whining and preaching Jew-hate together will eliminate your feeling of impotence and total failure. A problem shared – a problem halved, so you will be only half a piece of shit of your usual whole self but don’t worry even this half is a giant heap stinking from miles.

    • I hope they will learn the truth.
      It is mendacious because it pretends the entire separation is a wall, when the wall covers about 1%.
      It is mendacious because it does not mention the 30 or so security walls and fences that have been built by other countries, many much longer than Israel’s.
      It is mendacious because it carries no message to explain why it is there, when it is explicitly there to deter violent attacks from the West Bank into Israel.
      It is mendacious because it carries no statement alerting onlookers to the fact that the barrier has already saved thousands of lives.