Israeli reporters barred from Christmas services in Bethlehem
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton joined 'moderate
Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen
at Christmas mass in Bethlehem, but most Israeli reporters were barred from attending
(I know one who snuck into the city).
On Tuesday, the Palestinian Authority,
which controls the historic Biblical town of Bethlehem, barred Israeli
journalists from covering Christmas festivities. Palestinian journalists
asked for the Israeli journalists to be expelled from Manger Square;
the Israeli journalists thrown out of Bethlehem include reporters from
Ha’aretz, i-24 News, Channel One and Arutz Sheva.
This move follows a long campaign from Palestinian journalists to stop
Israeli reporters from entering Palestinian-controlled territories in
the West Bank at all. Israeli reporters have even been beaten by
Palestinians in attempting to cover events in the West Bank. The purpose
of such exclusivity: “isolating the Israeli media, which is
contributing to misinformation and relaying a false and harmful image of
the Palestinian reality.”
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas released a message
this week in which he stated that Jesus was “a Palestinian messenger
who would become a guiding light for millions around the world.” He
added, “As we Palestinians strive for our freedom two millennia later,
we do our best to follow his example.”
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor shot back that Abbas
“should have read the Gospel before uttering such offensive nonsense.”
Jesus, of course, was a Jew living in Talmudic-era Israel.
We wouldn't want the truth about the 'Palestinian Authority' to be too widely publicized, would we?
Labels: Abu Mazen, Bethlehem, Catherine Ashton, Christmas, freedom of the press, Palestinian Authority