Juan Cole, who thinks people chanting “Death to America” are merely misunderstood, uses this Christmas morning to launch an attack on Israel, “Bethlehem Under Occupation; In the absence of all hope, we cry out our cry of hope.”

With an embedded video from al-Jazeera, and a link to the virulently anti-Israel website Electronic Intifada, Juan Cole blames Israel for the plight of Christians in the Holy Land.

Which, of course, is completely Israel’s fault in the world of left-wing academia, a result of a severe myopia to any fact which gets in the way of deligitimizing Israel.

For a more balanced view, there was a good article yesterday in The Wall Street Journal on the intimidation of Christians throughout Palestinian controlled areas.

Perhaps Juan Cole needs to read his own news — as opposed to opinion — post immediately prior to his Israel bashing, in which he notes that attacks on Christians by Sunni Muslims in Iraq are emptying that country of its Christian population.

I’m waiting for Israel to be blamed for that, too.

Update: Check out Could Jesus Live Safely In Bethlehem Today? (via Instapundit)

And, not surprisingly, Think Progress picks up Juan Cole’s “it’s all Israel’s fault all the time” meme and runs with it. You see, the Israeli security barrier had nothing to do with the dozens of suicide bombings and hundreds of Israeli deaths which led to the barrier’s creation. No, Israel just happened to build the barrier on a whim, and the suicide bombers just happened to stop blowing people up just after the barrier was built. Mere coincidence, in the eye’s of the Israel bashers.

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