Christmas. Time to demonize.

And among the many perpetrators, the Financial Times, and Saeb Erekat, the secretary general of the PLO.

UK Media Watch notes the behavior of the FT with:

Financial Times amplifies Palestinians’ exploitation of Christamas*

In brief:

So, for three years in a row the Financial Times has amplified Palestinian efforts to misleadingly suggest that Israel is oppressing Christians in the city believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ.

Presumably it’s intentional. Explanations of other reasons for this shoddy behavior gratefully received.

Meantime, the Elder of Ziyon spots Saeb Eerekat up to his old tricks. At the PLO’s Christmas Dinner, Erekat said:

“The first thing we need to do to defeat ISIS is to end this occupation.”

Eh? Apart from a much needed debate about “occupation,” the suggestion that solving the issue of the Palestinians will solve the issue of ISIS is totally disconnected from reality. If the Palestinians were the front and center of the issue, there wouldn’t be the dreadful bloodshed in Syria and Iraq that is currently ongoing.

I do wish we could see these people subjected to proper interviews and a modicum of cross examination.

“Two-thousand sixteen will mark how this region will go for the next part of the 84 years remaining in this century,” he said in conclusion. “Do we enter in the vehicles of democracy and peace or do we enter it in the vehicles of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi” — the head of the Islamic State — “and Benjamin Netanyahu?”

As the Elder points out, there’s more than an element of outrageous chutzpah for Erekat to suggest he is better placed to judge a democratic perspective:

And it is funny that Erekat is calling Israel undemocratic, since he has not been elected to his current position and his boss is entering the 11th year of his four year term leading a government that lost its last election.

The festive season is, for some, just another season to demonize Israel. No break from the hate, eh?

(*I think they mean Christmas…)