Submitted by Jonathan Hoffman.
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Apart from the reasons we know it is important. Read this from the Bishop of London.
Bethlehem Untruth – Pathetic shameful response from Bishop of London:
Thank you for your message about the “Bethlehem Unwrapped” programme at St James’s, Piccadilly.
I do not know whether you have had an opportunity to read the Vicar’s article which was published in The Guardian last Thursday. I think that you will see that far from stoking animosities, great care has been taken to respond to a specific request from the united churches of the Holy Land.
+ Richard Londin
The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Richard Chartres KCVO DD FSA
Bishop of London
- author: Jonathan Hoffman
- target: Archbishop of Canterbury
“Bethlehem Unwrapped” was a disgraceful Israel hatefest. The Israeli Embassy in London accused St James’s Church in Piccadilly of attempting to “incite against Israel and Israelis”.
The visitor to Bethlehem Unwrapped was invited to believe that all the problems of Bethlehem’s Christians today stem from Israel’s security fence. There was absolutely no mention of the fact that the reason why the Christian population of Bethlehem has declined so rapidly in recent years is not because of this but because the Christians are being gradually forced out from their historic homeland by extreme Islamist Palestinians.
The Rector Lucy Winkett appeared distinctly unbothered by whom she allied with in her anti-Israel hate-festival. One of her ‘partner organisations’ is ‘Interpal’, an organisation which in the US is designated as a terrorist entity.
Neither Lucy Winkett’s blog nor the Festival pointed out that Israel is the only country in the Middle East whose Christian population is growing
Worst of all, neither noted that the wall/fence has cut deaths from suicide bombings by over 90%.
How disgusting that £30,000 was given to erect the mock-wall.
We call on Jusin Welby to condemn this ill-conceived stunt and to ensure that C of E churches are not used to vilify Israel.