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Israel advocates know that we have many Christian friends.

To those friends who celebrate it we wish you a very merry Christmas.Christmascard-2015

Seasons Greetings

Violent SantasIn Israel Christmas sort of sneaks up on you. The Grinch steals Christmas on television in February and Santa Claus conquers the Martians in June. Unless, of course the Grinch is a Palestinian Muslim wearing a Santa Claus costume while assaulting Israeli troops.

This has become a seasonal event. I have been wondering if it is brilliant psychology (Israel manhandles the spirit of Christmas) or overkill. The irony of Palestinians appropriating yet another symbol from another country should lead to ridicule but the photo-ops go viral every year at this time. Which in turn persuades even more tourists not to visit Bethlehem.

We shouldn’t be surprised by the hypocrisy. After all, denying the Holocaust has never halted the accusation that Israelis are Nazis, made by people who admire the genocide they deny happened. I strongly recommend you read Tuvia Tenenborn’s, Catch the Jew particularly where Tobi the German is immediately received by the Palestinians because of his assumed Nazi sympathies.

As Israel advocates know now is the season for appropriation of Jesus like no other time. And Jesus, King of the Jews, wasn’t Palestinian no matter what Abbas says in his Christmas message. The historical Jesus would have had no idea what Abbas was talking about, anyway. In 132 CE slightly more than a century after his ministry, Roman Emperor Hadrian joined the province of Iudaea with Galilee and the Paralia to form new province of Syria Palaestina, and Jerusalem was renamed “Aelia Capitolina”.

Israel Prime Minister’s Christmas message

The real Christmas conspiracy (or bragging rights)

stressDo any of these songs sound familiar? They should. An estimated half of the best known Xmas jingle (bells)s were written by members of the tribe.

  • “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”, and “A Holly Jolly Christmas” by Johnny Marks
  • “White Christmas”  and “Happy Holiday” by Irving Berlin (born Israel Isidore Beilin in Russia)
  • “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”and “The Christmas Waltz” by Sammy Cahn (born Cohen) and Jule Styne.
  • “Winter Wonderland” by composer Felix Bernard was born Felix William Bernhardt.
  • “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” by Robert Wells (born Levinson) and Mel Tormé
  • “Sleigh Ride” (lyricist Mitchell Parish was born Michael Hyman Pashelinsky in Lithuania).
  • “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” (composer George Wyle was born Bernard Weissman)
  • “Silver Bells” by Jay Livingston (born Jacob Levinson) and Ray Evans
  • “(There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays” by Bob Allen (born Robert Allen Deitcher) and Al Stillman (born Albert Silverman).
  • “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” by Walter Kent (born Walter Kauffman) and Buck Ram (born Samuel).
  • “Santa Baby” by Joan Ellen Javits (Zeeman), niece of Senator Jacob Javits, and Philip Springer.
  • “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Frank Loesser
  • “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” was written by Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry (with Phil Spector)
  • “Peace on Earth” was written by Ian Fraser, Larry Grossman, and Alan Kohan.
    Plagiarised from Wikipedia: Christmas Music

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About David Guy

B.A./B.C.A. (Communication and Media Arts) University of Wollongong, AUSTRALIA M.A. in Government (Diplomacy and Conflict Studies) Inter Disciplinary Center, Herzliya, ISRAEL Twitter @5MFI
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