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Syrians cancel Christmas festivities in solidarity with Gaza

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By Maher Al Mounes

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limiting celebrations to religious ceremonies

Isn't that what Christmas is really about? It should not be political in any way.

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And just for the "Palestine never existed " trope , I just heard Efrain Halevy, a former head of Mossad, on a Karan Thaper pod cast interview, mention Palestine by name a number of times including this quote

"Gaza, which was originally PART OF PALESTINE ..."

Cant get much more senior than a former head of Mossad speaking of a real Palestine.

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Oh, cancel christmas, eh, wise guy. Well, I'll cancel my subscription to my monthly "Terrify the Neighbors for Fun and Profit." Really now. Cancelling any religious holiday for any religion is about as possible as cancelling Tuesdays or death. Can't be done. Isn't necessary to do anyway.

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And just for the "Palestine never existed " trope ,

Hmm. Hadn't heard that "trope" because it is not disputed there was a region called Palestine, technically the British Mandate of Palestine, in which Israel was a part.

But there was never a country called Palestine, just as there never was a country called Europe.

And there was never a country called Gaza. Although the region of Gaza was part of the United Arab Republic, a union of Syria and Egypt. And later Egypt ruled the Gaza region. Still--no country called Paelstine.

And what language is spoken there? Arabic.

I just heard Efrain Halevy, a former head of Mossad, on a Karan Thaper pod cast interview, mention Palestine by name a number of times including this quote

"Gaza, which was originally PART OF PALESTINE ..."

Right. And so was Israel.

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Maybe Syria should look inward. Just saying.

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The Hamas attack killed about 1,140 people in Israel, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally based on official figures.

Proven wrong, First these so called mostly civilians were reservist ( 18 years to 55 ) from 6:00am on 07/10 when they were issued stand to orders. These reservist were slaughtered by the IDF, burnt to ashes not by Hamas, Hamas had AK 47 and limited RPG rounds certain not the weapons that can burn bodies to ashes.

The IDF are terrorist. This what truly happen on 07/10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8PWUAtGIBo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0gECjlpXF8&t=13s

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I wonder if the Jews in Syria did the same…

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Never was a country called Israel before the Balout declaration in 1948

For Gods sake reads some history

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The Israeli regime's genocide is aimed at Christians just as much as it is at Muslims.

Of course the Israeli regime and its apologists have pretended the Muslims are the cause for the precipitous drop in the number of Christians since the beginning of the Nakba, even when those Christians have made extensive efforts (like the Kairos declaration) to make it clear that is not the case.

This Christmas, with the Israeli regime's intent so blatantly on display, priests and pastors face a test of their courage, do they act as a moral leader and denounce the Israeli regime's actions, or cave to political and social pressures and not.

In places that have broken from the White Bloc's dominance, the choice is a little easier, but in places like Europe and North America, it is a test Christians individually and collectively have not faced since the scourge of slavery was abolished.

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"In Palestine, the birthplace of Jesus Christ, people are suffering" sounds like misinformation as scholars believe he was born in what was called Galilee or Judaea.

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Never was a country called Israel before the Balout declaration in 1948

Yes there was.

For Gods sake reads some history

On the other hand, never in history has there been a country called Palestine.

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I will just say: how much of this is due to solidarity with Gaza and how much is due to fear of being attacked by their neighbors?

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