St. James’s, a prominent London church consecrated in 1684, has fallen in with hateful anti-Israel activists erecting a mock security barrier of the kind that has saved thousands of innocent lives in Israel. It’s their way of celebrating Christmas.
By ROBIN SHEPHERD, THE COMMENTATOR—
Jesus would have been turning in his grave; but then he didn’t need one and in any case, as this story shows, he’s now widely claimed to have been a Palestinian anyway who would have hated Israeli “oppression” of his brethren in the West Bank and Gaza.
Speaking of, and against, hatred, the prolific Israel-supporting group Standwithus (SWU) has just reported on a prominent central London church erecting a 26 foot high (8 metre) version of Israel’s security barrier right in front of the church building, presumably in solidarity with the mass murdering terrorists the barrier has so successfully prevented from slaughtering children in schools, ordinary folk on buses and any old Jew they can find as a target — though they do prefer crowds to individuals.
It’s been going on for a while now and is part of the so called “Bethlehem Unwrapped festival” headed by someone who, in the circumstances, has the unfortunate name of Justin Butcher (Our italics).
The people at SWU-UK have been protesting against this abomination for a while. It was unveiled on December 23. (See the sheer insanity of it all in this short clip.) Irene Naftalin, SWU-UK’s community director has been holding daily protests at the church, St James’s in Piccadilly, along with other groups such as the Board of Deputies of British Jews (BoD), The Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland (ZF) and We Believe in Israel.
But today, the indefatigable Michael Dickson, head of StandWithUs-Israel sent an open letter of protest to the pastoral and administrative staff of the church.
Originally published by The Times of Israel, the key elements are as follows:
“Dear Pastor Winkett and St. James Church staff,
“What a mean-spirited, one-sided and divisive stunt you chose to politicise your church with this Christmas. In an ideal world there would be no walls. In an ideal world there would also be no suicide bombers – radical Islamist Palestinians who hate the Jews that live close to them so much that they are willing to indiscriminately kill them and others – be it in a shopping centre, disco, pizza restaurant or if they are sitting at their Passover Seder.”
Dickson continued, after relating some appalling acts of murder against thousands, including a three month old child slaughtered by terrorists who were lured to him as he cried, as three month old babies tend to do. :
“Be in no doubt also that the only reason that this vicious terrorism has died down is not because the extremists stopped trying, but because they are prevented to get to their intended victims. That includes, by the way, me and my children.”
And besides much else, which you can read in Dickson’s letter linked to above, he added:
“London saw this kind of suffering on 7/7; similar attacks were occurring in Israel’s streets daily until the security barrier was built. Sure, it causes inconvenience and Palestinians hate it, but which is worse: inconvenience or death?”
One really wonders whether this powerful, truthful and honest note will have any effect at all on the clergy generally, and those in particular at St. James’s Church in the heart of London.
If it doesn’t, a further question arises: what are these people doing in such positions when their Christian religion enjoins them to be filled with a spirit of love and concern for their fellow men, women and children?
As things stand, St James’s Church has become nothing less and nothing more than a shameful symbol to England and the whole Christian world of hatred, lies and the glorification of death.
Robin Shepherd is the owner of The Commentator and has worked in the think tank world for more than a decade following a career in international journalism. The Commentator is Britain’s fastest growing online, quality-end comment and news outlet. Take a look around the site and contact us if you would like to support our work