UK MEDIA WATCH
Telegraph’s ‘occupation ruining Christmas in Bethlehem’ narrative hits a snag
by Adam Levick
December 13, 2018
Most years around this time, the British media resurrects some variation of the desired Palestinian narrative on the Israeli occupation’s putative role ruining Christmas in Bethlehem, and this year is no different, with the opening salvo coming from Raf Sanchez at the Telegraph. His latest piece begins:
The Christmas lights are going up all over Bethlehem. The tree is lit in Manger Square, opposite the Church of the Nativity, which reportedly marks the site of Jesus’ birth. The New Testament tells us that two thousand years ago, Bethlehem was a sleepy town under Roman rule. Today it is a city of 200,000 controlled by the Palestinian Authority but cut off from Jerusalem by Israel’s wall.