What In the Hell Is the Matter With FOX News?
A friend of Batya writes: I just watched coverage of Christmas in Israel on Fox News. Anita McNaught was interviewed and she was complaining about the difficulties involved with getting to Christian Holy sites and crossing into the territories due to the Wall. (Anita McNaught is the kidnapped cameraman Olaf Wiig’s wife! Remember they were forced to convert to Islam at a gun point before they were released by the Palestinian kidnappers? So if she doesn't deliver what the Muslims want to hear they can kill him/her wherever he/she is! She has an agenda! She should not be a journalist, or interviewer.)
She then said that the Christian population fell from 82% majority to a minority implying that this was due to Israeli activity rather than placing the blame on the Islamic extremists and terrorist organizations, such as Hamas, who have persecuted Christians, and made their lives impossible--forcing them to either convert or leave. She neglected to mention that Christians are persecuted by Muslims everywhere—as if the Israeli Palestinian conflict was the sole reason Christians were forced to leave.
And, I might add, it's the Palestinians who lay in wait for Jews praying at the Wailing Wall, and non-Muslims touring holy sites; they snipe at them with guns and chunk rocks at them! FOX News is irresponsible implying the ONE peaceful group in the middle east is responsible for declining Christian populations--especially by a reporter with a hidden agenda!
AOL News Reports: Mayor Victor Batarseh said the city would celebrate Christmas despite the hardship."With all this oppression, this economic stress, physical stress, psychological stress, we are defying all these obstacles and we are celebrating Christmas so that we'll put joy into the faces of our children, joy to the citizens of Bethlehem," Batarseh said.
Each year, Israel eases travel restrictions to Bethlehem. Last week, Israel's Tourism Ministry said it would provide free transportation between Jerusalem and Bethlehem on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Israel's Tourism Ministry forecast 18,000 tourists would visit Bethlehem during the holidays, up from 16,000 last year, but far below the tens of thousands who thronged Manger Square at the height of peacemaking in the 1990s.
But most of those in Manger Square on Sunday were locals. The sprinkling of foreign tourists included a Polish choir and a handful of South Korean pilgrims who gathered to sing carols in a corner of the square, interrupted briefly by the call to prayer from a nearby mosque.
"It's exciting. I can feel that Jesus was here," said Jae Hwan Kim, 29, of Seoul.
The only large foreign contingent was made up of 200 or so Filipino Christians who work in Israel.
"We will have three Masses tomorrow," said Father Angelo, the group's small, bubbly spiritual leader who was herding them through the narrow entrance to the Church of the Nativity. He predicted 3,000 Filipinos would be in Bethlehem on Christmas Day.
"It's Christmas, it's time for joy, hope and peace, and happiness for all," he said.
In the Gaza Strip, where 3,000 Palestinian Christians live among around 1.4 million Muslims, the head of the tiny Roman Catholic community canceled midnight Mass, citing recent gunbattles between the Fatah and Hamas movements.
Father Manuel Musallem said young Christians in Gaza were scared. "The children told me Santa Claus won't come this year because it's too dangerous," he said.
THAT sounds like it's the muslims who are the violent ones--NOT the Israelis!
FATAH = On October 10, 1959, a group of about twenty Palestinians met in Kuwait and secretly formed Fatah (or al-Fatah, which is an acronym standing for Harakat Al-Tahrir Al-Watani Al-Filastini, the Movement for the National Liberation of Palestine). Fatah's original Covenant called for the destruction of pre-1967 Israel and disavowed interest in the West Bank and Gaza Strip--then held by Jordan and Egypt respectively. Only in 1968, in the aftermath of the Six Day War, the PLO altered the Covenant to demand the establishment of a Palestinian State on the entire territory of the Land of Israel.
HAMAS = A militant anti-peace process organization bent on Israel's total destruction and the establishment of a Palestinian State, an Islamic theocracy, in Israel’s place. Hamas, an acronym for Harakat al-Muqawamah al-Islamiyya (Islamic Resistance Movement), corresponds to an Arabic word which meaning enthusiasm, fire, zeal, fanaticism.
I don't see the word "Israeli" in any of that...
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