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Anybody See my Reindeer?

Anybody See my Reindeer?

Photo Credit: Issam Rimawi/Flash 90

Arab protesters were wearing Santa Claus costumes and waving Palestinian flags outside the West Bank village of Bilin, 7.5 miles outside Ramallah, Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.

I suppose theme rallies are in again.

Bilin is kind of a bedroom community for PLO officials working in Ramallah.

Since January 2005, the PLO has been organizing weekly protests against the construction of the Israeli security barrier, with lavish media coverage. This despite the fact that Israel has rerouted the wall in Bilin to accommodate the villagers’ appeal to the high court—or possibly because of it.

I’m sure it’s no fun living with the security wall stuck in your face. But I know for certain it beats being blown up by a suicide bomber, which Israel says the wall has been preventing.

Personally, I don’t trust the much touted effectiveness of the wall, but I trust PLO paid demonstrators even less.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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