The Muslim Who Canceled Christmas
Vol: 14 Issue: 29 Friday, November 29, 2002
Yasser Arafat has decided to punish Israel for reoccupying Bethlehem by canceling Christmas. Speaking to reporters at his Ramallah office, Arafat called the army’s decision to declare Bethlehem a closed military zone until the end of the year a “crime.”
“These [Israeli] measures mean that there is no Christmas this year,” Arafat said. Wow! Now that’s power! Arafat, a Muslim, to punish Israel, a Jewish state, has decided to cancel Christmas, a Christian holiday. Gee, can he DO that?
It’s ok, though. Arafat the Muslim says that if the Jewish State behaves itself, he’ll un-cancel the Christian Christmas in Bethlehem. Speaking through Palestinian ‘sources’ Arafat let it be known that his decision would be rescinded if the IDF leaves the city.
Immediately after cancelling Christmas, Arafat appealed directly to the Pope to intervene, according to the Jerusalem Post. (“Stop me, before I cancel New Year’s and Easter!”) He took his case to the ‘international community’ (the media) as well, demanding they condemn the Israeli ‘invasion’ of Bethlehem and demanding they put pressure on the Israelis to pull out.
But every single time Israel DOES pull out, the terrorists regroup and attack another Israeli target. So Arafat is, in essence, using the occasion of the Birth of Christ to clear the way for additional murders against Israeli women and children.
As Israelis gathered to vote, two terrorists attacked a voting station, shooting several, coming in conjunction with the attacks against an Israeli airliner and a Kenyan hotel popular with Israelis.
According to statistics compiled by the IDF, as of November 17, 2002, there had been a total of 15,298 Palestinian terror attacks against Israel since the intifada began in September 2000.
No other modern state has endured that many attacks in a two year period. Arafat and Company have set a record that nobody hopes to ever see broken.
And now, having already taken Israeli security hostage and while holding the rest of the Middle East hostage, threatening to plunge the entire region into war if his demands are not met, Arafat decided this would be a good time to take Christmas hostage.
“The most dangerous escalation is the closure of Bethlehem, which will last until the end of December. There won’t be any Christmas,” Arafat told reporters outside his battered compound in the West Bank town of Ramallah.
The re-occupation of Bethlehem constitutes an “international crime” about which “the world is staying silent, it is hard to believe!” he said.
What is hard to believe is that nobody has pointed out to Yasser Arafat that he agreed, in return for an Israeli pullout, that he would personally guarantee free access to the holy places revered by Christians and Jews, as well as those sacred to Islam.
Last year, Arafat declared Jesus a Muslim and made a big show of trying to attend the Catholic Christmas Mass after being forbidden to do so by Israel. Arafat got fabulous global coverage, portraying him as a victim if Israeli religious ‘intolerance’. (Remember – Arafat-Muslim, Israel-Jew, Christmas – Christian — how did Christ get involved, here?)
A declaration by Yasser Arafat that Jesus was a Muslim does not make Arafat a Catholic. In any case, barring Muslim Arafat from attending Christian Mass last year was ‘Israeli religious intolerance’ but nobody is calling Muslim Arafat ‘intolerant’ for canceling Christmas for Christians.
Am I the only one wondering what that is all about? I note that Israel denying a Muslim his Christmas celebration is intolerant, but a Muslim denying the Christian world the same thing is not.
Why is that? Well, here’s a hint. Both Christians and Jews worship the God of the Bible. Islam does not.
Here’s how Jesus (the One Whose Birth is celebrated at Christmas) explained it. “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” (John 15:19)