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Israeli embassy axes 'Christmas Thought' Facebook comment

Israel's embassy in Ireland posts a message on Facebook that Jesus might not survive in Bethlehem were he alive today. The post subsequently disappears.

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I want to believe that this is the time of year for human harmony.

But who am I to talk? My future wife won't even acknowledge me, believing I am Beelzebub's kin. Servers at fine restaurants won't even refill my water glasses.

Oh, and then there was a Facebook "Christmas thought" from Israel's embassy in Ireland that Jesus would likely be lynched if he was in Bethlehem this year.

As The New York Times describes it, someone at Israel's embassy wrote the following:

A thought for Christmas...If Jesus and mother Mary were alive today, they would, as Jews without security, probably end up being lynched in Bethlehem by hostile Palestinians. Just a thought...Thanks Daniel for sharing

These heartfelt words were atop a serene picture of Jesus and the Virgin.

You might imagine that some found this a touch provocative. The post was, indeed, removed, as was the apology that followed it, as was the whole Facebook page.

An embassy spokesman told the Times that he didn't know who had posted the thought. However, he added: "People who post on the embassy Facebook page include embassy staff and also people based in Israel itself."

It seems that the ambassador in Ireland and his wife are fairly keen to disavow those Israelis who happen to be pro-Palestinian.

Indeed, the Irish Times reported that the ambassador's wife described their motivations as "not necessarily ideological, but grounded in psychological reasons, (generally of disappointment with the parents, [or] sexual identity problems) or the need to obtain a residency visa in one of the countries in Europe."

Yes, sexual identity problems allegedly lead to pro-Palestinianism.

But this is the festive season. Can't we all just sit around a campfire, put our arms around each other and share our love, forgetting our sexual identity problems?

Oh, don't be ridiculous.