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Banksy’s alternative nativity scene


Christmas has become symbolic of all that is wrong with our society. Much like the Grinch, whose heart was three sizes too small; our hearts have diminished in size due to the culture of fear, conformity, and consumerism in which we reside. As a result, we have lost sight of the true meaning of Christmas, and celebrate it in ways that are in direct opposition to its original intent.

Banksy is an England-based graffiti artist, political activist and film director whose real identity remains unknown. In 2005, his painting of Mary and Joseph en route to Bethlehem was purchased by singer, songwriter, and actor Robbie Williams, allegedly for £30,000.


The painting shows the Israeli Separation Barrier blocking the route taken by pregnant Mary and Joseph. This brings a political focus to the silly season, which people prefer to think of in terms of crass consumerism, gluttony, and other trivial distracting behaviours. Alas, the wide-ranging Israeli–Palestinian conflict does not go away with the arrival of Santa Claus, and this is Banksy’s way of steering the world’s attention back to that intractable conflict situation—if that is at all possible—however unlikely.

This Christmas, as every year since 1948, Jewish and Christian Zionists continue the catastrophe that destroyed Arab villages and forced three quarters of a million civilians to become refugees in their own land. A catastrophe that continues to this day.

The world sings Christmas carols to the glory of God; praising peace and goodwill to all men. But not in the Holy Land where darkness and death pervade every corner of the Israeli-occupied, Palestinian lands. There is no light, save for the flashing fire of a US-Israeli tank-shell destroying another home and another family, as God weeps yet again at another Zionist season of violence and inhumanity to mankind, this Christmas.

Unless the mainstream media endorses the plight of the Palestinians: a nation denied a homeland; their plight does not become real to most people, and they’re not sure what to think. Wake up to the reality of the suffering in Palestine!

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