Myths or Facts?

I’d like to respond to the many false points made in the Sunday Observer by Anil Netto in the HERALD of June 1, 2014.

Jun 13, 2014

Dear Editor,

I’d like to respond to the many false points made in the Sunday Observer by Anil Netto in the HERALD of June 1, 2014.

Firstly, Anil needs to learn the history and facts of the Israelis — Palestinian conflict. There was never a race nor people called the Palestinians. The current Arab Palestinians originated from neighbouring Arab countries. For thousands of years, it was the Jews who have lived in these lands, apart from historical fact, the Bible also supports this.

Anil also needs to learn the constant and present danger the Israelis are facing daily. The walls and check points are the result of the constant attacks from these so called ‘Palestinian’ Arab terrorists. The wall and check points are not illegal but are a necessity. It is obvious that Anil and many Christians readily believe in the myth of the so-called Palestinian Arabs. A myth perpetrated by the Islamists and supported by the Left, while ignoring historical facts.

Another myth which Anil so readily perpetrated was that the decline of Christians in Palestine was contributed to by the illegal walls. Perhaps Anil should read up on the persecutions of Christians not just in Palestine but in all Arab states. Anil, the only place in the Middle East where Christians aren’t persecuted and are free is in Israel.

Anil needs to understand that the only way peace could be achieved is for the Palestinian Arabs and all the Arabs to accept the RIGHT of the state of Israel to exist. You cannot negotiate and seek peace with people who are constantly seeking your demise and destruction. Benjamin Netanyahu and his people understand this.

I am also extremely ashamed that we, as Catholics, are silent about the plight of Christians in the Middle East. Our pulpits are also silent. The other Christian communities acknowledge their suffering while we, Catholics, deny the facts and reality of the killings and suffering of Christians under Islam, while our church leaders are more concerned with interfaith dialogues. We are all cowards!

I have enclosed four links from hundreds below to prove how biased and wrong Anil Netto was.

--The myth of the occupied Palestinian land:

--Christian persecution in Palestine:

Please pray for our persecuted brethren in the Midde East. Please pray for Israel.

Edina Chang
Via Email

The International Court of Justice (the World Court) in 2004 found that the wall was a breach of international law resulting in an “illegal situation”. Fourteen of the 15 judges endorsed the opinion.

As for one of the reasons for the declining Christian population in Bethlehem, I used the word “reportedly” because it was reported elsewhere e.g. a BBC report in 2006 ‘Wall squeezes Bethlehem Christians’.

From the BBC report: “It (the wall) is the latest factor threatening Bethlehem’s role as a centre for Christian pilgrimage. Another reason members of the large Christian minority are steadily leaving.”

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