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old news but worth reading now Christmas is coming :)

The mayor of Nazareth Illit, an Israeli town with an Arab Christian minority, has declared a ban on the public display of Christmas trees. "Nazareth Illit is a Jewish city and it will not happen--not this year and not next year, so long as I am a mayor," Mayor Shimon Gapso said. Arab Christians, who make up about 7 percent of the town's 40,000 residents, were denied their request to put up Christmas trees in their neighborhoods. The Agence France-Presse reports that the community is not happy:

His decision angered the town's Arab and Christian minority, who accused him of racism. "The racism of not putting a tree up is nothing compared to the real racism that we experience here," said Aziz Dahdal, a 35-year-old Christian resident of Nazareth Illit.

"When we asked the mayor to put up a Christmas tree in the Arab neighbourhoods of Nazareth Illit he said this is a Jewish town, not a mixed town," said Shukri Awawdeh, a Muslim Arab member of the town council. ... "We told him that decorating a tree is just to share the happiness and cheer with other people in the town," said Awawdeh.

Nazareth Illit is a suburb of Nazareth, which as the childhood home of Jesus Christ is an important center of Christian history and is about one-third Christian today. Journalist Nir Rosen wonders how Fox News, which has a tendency to defend Israel but also a love of fighting what it calls "the war on Christmas," would handle this story.

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2010/12/israeli-mayor-bans-christmas-trees/18141/
i've said it before and i'll say it again, israel is one of the most racist nations on earth.
 

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old news but worth reading now Christmas is coming :)



i've said it before and i'll say it again, israel is one of the most racist nations on earth.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, South American communists are among the biggest Jew haters on earth.
 

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Yes, old news.

The important words in that story may be "When we asked the mayor to put up a Christmas tree............
 

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There's always Festivus...

For the rest of us.
 

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i've said it before and i'll say it again, israel is one of the most racist nations on earth.
Or put another way, one of the least racist in the Middle East. It all depends on where you are standing.
 

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Isreal,Saudi Arabia,Iran,Iraq
Racism:facepalm:
 

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What does this have to do with racism?

Was the mayor against this stuff because of those people's race? Or was it because of those people's religion?

Am I the only one seeing this??
 

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What does this have to do with racism?

Was the mayor against this stuff because of those people's race? Or was it because of those people's religion?

Am I the only one seeing this??
Go away with your logic. Denying Jesus is racist.
 

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Yes, old news.

The important words in that story may be "When we asked the mayor to put up a Christmas tree............
good point, buddy. why ask permission? I say we send some Serbs over there to put up a tree themselves... and slow roast a pig in the main square, too. Good times.
 

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old news but worth reading now Christmas is coming :)



i've said it before and i'll say it again, israel is one of the most racist nations on earth.
Not true. At least the younger generations, 20 something people. It's my experience at least.
 

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Not true. At least the younger generations, 20 something people. It's my experience at least.
to counter your claims again, i think polls are relevant to evaluate racism in israel.

this from wikipedia:

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) published reports documenting racism in Israel, and the 2007 report suggested that anti-Arab racism in the country was increasing. One analysis of the report summarized it thus: "Over two-thirds Israeli teens believe Arabs to be less intelligent, uncultured and violent. Over a third of Israeli teens fear Arabs all together....The report becomes even grimmer, citing the ACRI's racism poll, taken in March of 2007, in which 50% of Israelis taking part said they would not live in the same building as Arabs, will not befriend, or let their children befriend Arabs and would not let Arabs into their homes."[11] The 2008 report from ACRI says the trend of increasing racism is continuing.[12]

Another 2007 report, by the Center Against Racism, also found hostility against Arabs was on the rise. Among its findings it reported that 75% of Israeli Jews don't approve of Arabs and Jews sharing apartment buildings; that over half of Jews wouldn't want to have an Arab boss and that marrying an Arab amounts to "national treason"; and that 55% of the sample thought Arabs should be kept separate from Jews in entertainment sites. Half wanted the Israeli government to encourage Israeli Arabs to immigrate. About 40% believed Arab citizens should have their voting rights removed.[16]

A March 2010 poll by Tel Aviv University found that 49.5% of Israeli Jewish high school students believe Israeli Arabs should not be entitled to the same rights as Jews in Israel. 56% believe Arabs should not be eligible to the Knesset, the Israeli parliament.[17]

An October 2010 poll by the Dahaf polling agency found that 36% of Israeli Jews favor eliminating voting rights for non-Jews.[18] In recent polling (2003–2009) between 42% and 56% of Israelis agreed that "Israeli Arabs suffer from discrimination as opposed to Jewish citizens;" 80% of Israeli Arabs agreed with that statement in 2009.[19]
 

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Religion....the great divider. How this beautiful universe was created is still a mystery. Man in his arrogance created God.
 

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Serbs don't have a Christmas tree.
not really the point ;)
I don't know if they have 'badnjak' in that part of the world :scratch:
 
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