Numb about Israel

The invasion of Bethlehem
It may have been just a coincidence that the Israeli army invaded the grounds of a Christian-run school in Bethlehem while the American media were focusing their attention on the six-month anniversary of September 11. Or maybe it wasn’t a coincidence. Maybe it was another shrewd calculation by a government that knows how easy it is to manipulate American media, especially now that the media have agreed that the world is divided neatly between good and evil.

Whether by coincidence or through careful timing, the military occupation of the Lutheran Christmas Church’s Dar al-Kalima Model School suggests that after years of media and political conditioning in favor of Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory, the American public will even tolerate attacks on Christian institutions in the town where Jesus was born.


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