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Hamas’s ‘Christian’ Mayor of Bethlehem attacks ‘Wall’
Dr Victor Batarseh, ’Christian’ Mayor of Bethlehem launched the Bethlehem passport campaign yesterday, describing it as a ‘prison town.’ He made wild claims that Bethlehem “may soon be lost to the world” and this will have a “devastating effect on the cause of open democracy in the Middle East” and will also have world-wide implications for “the relationship between the Christian countries and other nations.”
I’m only surprised he didn’t mention that it will also cause a tsunami to engulf all continents, while the simultaneous arrival of a giant meteor will wipe out all human life, because of – yes, you’ve guessed it - ‘The Wall’!
It is not, as the Israelis would claim, a security barrier... ...It even cuts through a cemetery, separating our dead from each other.
Apparently, the need for deceased Palestinians to lie side by side is more important than that live Israelis be allowed to continue in that happy state.
But there is more to the Mayor of Bethlehem than meets the eye.
Hamas, which controls Bethlehem, appointed the Mayor
Under laws established by the late Yasser Arafat when the Palestinian Authority took control of Bethlehem in 1995, only a Greek Orthodox or Catholic Christian can be mayor of Bethlehem, so Hamas could not field its own candidate. No problem! Hamas simply installed a “Christian” ally, Walid Victor Batarseh, 70, an atheist and Marxist from the radical Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
Batarseh replaces Hanna Nasser, a moderate Christian who supported peaceful coexistence with Israel. By contrast, Batarseh is suspected of involvement in terrorist activities. His attorney is a member of Hamas and his organization, the PFLP, was behind the assassination of Israeli Cabinet Minister Rehavam Ze’evi, who was gunned down in Jerusalem in 2002. “This was legitimate retaliation for Israeli state terror,” said Batarseh.
Hamas-Christian Mayor Batarseh blames the departure of Christians from Bethlehem on the security barrier, but here is the real reason:
The growing Islamic militancy in Jesus’ hometown is driving Christians out. “It is becoming impossible for Christians to live under the extremist Hamas-led government in Bethlehem,” said George, an Arab Christian who asked us not to use his full name. It was only because of our long friendship that George, whose family has lived in Bethlehem for centuries, agreed to speak to me.
“We have lost all hope of living here in Bethlehem,” he said, adding that Christians are moving to quieter pastures in Europe, the US, South America and Australia. “Batarseh is not a Christian, but an envoy of Islamic militants! I simply don’t understand how the Christian world watches the Moslems take over Bethlehem and does nothing. Where is Christian Europe? Likewise, Palestinian Christian clergy are also silent
Yes, when are Christian Churches going to protest about this real injustice against their own people, instead of the 'Wall' which protects Israelis from these monsters in Hamas?