Most seasoned observers both left and right recognize Christians have a hard time to express themselves openly within Islamic countries. The quite brilliant Tom Gross gives countless examples on his site. But this fact-on-the-ground doesn’t bold well for Arabist and Palestinian apologists who find any means to curtail and discourage negative reports from Palestinian territories about the growing threats to Palestinian Christians living here. Stuart Littlewood who writes for Redress http://www.redress.cc/palestine#scrooge explained that he was so dissatisfied with the Guardians report on Hamas crackdown on Christmas, he felt it was hurting the Palestinian cause so contacted her directly. Now correct me if I m wrong most if not all Israel activists wouldn’t use that moralizing tone despite angry retorts by Pro-Israel feelings, its if “how dare the Guardian ever suggest the wonderful Palestinians could possibility think of such a thing”.. Guardian article here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/23/gaza-christians-hamas-cancelled-christmas
Littlewood says, “Is Hamas being beastly to Gaza’s Christians? Has Phoebe Greenwood got her story straight? I wrote to her at the Guardian, pointing out that revelations of this kind in the popular British press undo the hard work activists put in to help the Palestinian cause. Could she please throw more light onto it? I’ve had no reply. I’m in England and unable to contact Hamas. Phoebe Greenwood is on the spot. Shouldn’t someone from Haniyeh’s office be given a chance to comment?”
Look it’s this sanctimonious moralistic conviction crap of “always being in the right” and bloody ignorant of facts-on-the-ground which has always fascinated me about the Pro-Palestinian cause. Their agenda is so-fanatically hatred towards Israel that they will change day into night to suit how and how others should see the conflict.
Critically, this is the main difference between (supporters of Israel) and how they see it. Within in the Jewish world we have the capacity of debate and self inquiry – sometimes to our detriment. Again the proof is so overly abundant in our culture its very obvious for every one to see, if not read the bloody JC letter page for the past ten years and YOU’LL see for differing opinions (do it I dare ya Stuart!!). I do think in the end , fanatics like Stuart will always lose because the very people they’re trying to win over and hoodwink will eventually bore and suss them out. The fact he says Greenwood didn’t bite to his charges of “unfairness” is indicative of a growing trend i notice since the beeb finally admitted coverage of being too keen of taking the Palestinian view and slap down for well respected Jeremy Bowen – a very unusual admission indeed. BBC and middle east shtick http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_the_BBC
For links on Palestinian Christians and yes even-handed accounts look here: http://thinkingoutsidetheblog.blogspot.com/2011/08/how-are-christians-living-in.html Yes there’s even criticism of Israel as it should be when talking about democracies.
But really do you own research as I genuine believe people should find out the truth for themselves, something the likes of Stuart Littlewood cannot ever comprehend! Stuart likes to write moralistic blackmailing letters because like all supporters of Palestinian cause it has become very personal and a sick obsession. He cannot see dark from light and will never allow himself to create a space for criticism despite the overwhelming evidence.