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London Church Accused of Anti-Israel Bias Over Christmas Festival A prominent London church is drawing accusations of bias and protests over its Christmas-themed festival that criticizes Israel’s policies towards the Palestinians.

Called “Bethlehem Unwrapped,” the Dec. 23-Jan. 3 festival at St. James’s Church on Piccadilly is held to celebrate “the people of Bethlehem today and drawing attention to the Barrier that affects every aspect of daily life,” according to the church’s website.

For the festival, the church erected a 26-foot replica of a walled section of the Israeli security fence outside of Bethlehem and included several pro-Palestinian activists and speakers on its schedule.

“You should ask yourself: Is this act that we are promoting fair, honest? Does it represent the truth of the situation? Be in no doubt that Israel built a security barrier only after enduring a wave of horrific terrorism that left thousands dead and maimed for life,” Michael Dickson, Israel director of the pro-Israel education group StandWithUs, wrote in an open letter to the church.

U.K.-based pro-Israel groups including We Believe in Israel, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland are organizing daily protests at the church.

A recent report by the watchdog group NGO Monitor accused several non-governmental groups and Christian charities of using the Christmas season to wage “political warfare” against Israel. These groups are “using theological themes to advance immoral anti-Israel campaigns, boycotts (BDS), and, in some cases, anti-Semitism,” NGO Monitor said in its report.

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Source: The Algemeiner

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One Response to London Church Accused of Anti-Israel Bias Over Christmas Festival

  1. Rachmiel ben Ariel

    December 30, 2013 at 1:14 am

    I have met numerous Jewish persons from Great Britain who have immigrated to the United States. Many of them were absolutely paranoid when it came to admitting their ethnicity. Some of them actually legally changed their names from the fear that others would find out their little “secret!”

    Rav Kook OBM praised Great Britain when he still believed that the promise of the realization of a Jewish state would be facilitated by them. When he later realized that their intent to make good on the promise was vacuous, he admonished Britain, suggesting what may befall them for turning their backs on the Jewish People. Considering the overall state of the British Empire since 1948, one can easily see that his words were more than just rhetoric.