Don’t tell Sarah Palin, but Israel’s government just launched a war on Christmas

According to a report in the Associated Press, a Christian lawmaker wanted to publicly display a Christmas tree in Israel’s parliament building, but Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein said “no.”

At first, Edelstein denied that his decision had anything to do with “Israel’s Jewish character,” but later said that an official Christmas tree would evoke “painful memories” for the majority Jewish members.

Speaking on an Israeli radio station, the Speaker said that “such a public display of a Christian symbol could be construed as offensive. Jews have suffered from centuries of persecution by Christians.” He also said “the initiative is part of an Arab campaign to chip away at Israel’s Jewish nature” and “warned that if he had agreed he would then likely face further requests to display a cross and crescent in parliament.”

Hanna Swaid, a Christian opposition lawmaker from Israel’s Arab minority, said a Christmas tree would promote “multiculturalism and freedom of religion,” according to the AP.

There have been previous bans on public Christmas tree displays. The mayor of a Jewish town bordering Nazareth has previously refused them, even though some Christians live there.

h/t: Gawker



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    Omar Spence

    December 27, 2013 at 4:14 am

    And to the pseudochristian right, Israel can do no wrong…

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    December 27, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Huge difference between USA and Israel. Israel has an official state religion. The USA does not. And yes, the Jews suffered mightily for roughly 1946 years under the oppressive yoke of Christianity.

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    December 27, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Since she quit her post in Alaska, Palin hasn’t run for public office but still plays the part of politician who calls her constituents “fans.” What exactly does she do other than essentially proposition her self and image to the highest bidder? Sounds like Sarah is America’s highest paid escort! See how down and dirty she’ll get for the money at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/06/ecstasy-of-sarah-palin_15.html

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    December 28, 2013 at 2:45 am

    Jewish community still suffer from the Christians always trying to “save” them from eternal damnation…

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    December 25, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    They can’t understand they are still God’s chosen people.

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    December 27, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Yet, Israel wants equality or more. Yet they want equal treatment on the world stage. They want fair treatment yet refuse to give fair treatment.They have to learn that the past is gone and standing together as a race is how it works.

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