The blog +972 shared the news earlier today that the Israeli embassy in Ireland had posted a derogatory status update about Palestinians, in connection with Jesus and Mary, on their Facebook page:
A thought for Christmas…If Jesus and mother Mary were alive today, they would, as Jews without security, probably end up being lynched in Bethlehem by hostile Palestinians.
Just a thought…….
This started off a meme, as such things tend to in Israel. Here’s an example (by Itamar Shaltiel):
The Hebrew says:
Mary: We’re lucky we’re not Jews who live in Bethlehem, eh?
Jesus: It could have been worse.
Jesus: We could be Palestinians in Hebron!
This reminded me of a number of earlier images that connect the nativity story with the situation in modern Bethlehem:
Jim West also mentioned the Facebook comment.