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The honourable and invaluable watchdog organisation NGO Monitor, has just released a report entitled “Tis the Season 2013: How Anti-Israel NGOs Manipulate Christmas.”

It is always wise in such circumstances to let the experts who have done the research do most of the talking, so I will quote liberally from their overview, while adding some observations of my own.

The report’s summary begins as follows:

“As in previous years, NGOs (non-government organizations) and well-known charities are exploiting the 2013 Christmas season with political warfare against Israel.

“Groups such as Christian Aid (UK), Sabeel, War on Want (UK), Amos Trust, Israel Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), and Adalah-NY [not affiliated with Aadalah in Israel] are again using theological themes to advance immoral anti-Israel campaigns, boycotts (BDS), and, in some cases, antisemitism.

“These organizations often use offensive and inflammatory rhetoric in Christmas carols, holiday messages and cards, nativity scenes, and other items. This year, verses and prayers that promote anti-Israel themes are prominent, polarizing Jewish-Christian relations and exacerbating an already complex and violent conflict.”

Plainly, this is all part of the global demonisation agenda against the Jewish state which having failed by traditional military means to destroy Israel now concentrates on using international institutions such as the United Nations and its related sub-groups, pseudo-academic institutions advocating boycotts and non-Jewish religious denominations using theological themes and landmark events (like Christmas) to turn Israel into a pariah state.

It should be a cause of profound concern that Western taxpayers are footing the bill for the demonisation campaign this Christmas, and, of course, all the year round.

“Many of these NGOs are funded by European and other governments. Sabeel is funded by Sweden (via Diakonia) and the Netherlands (via ICCO and Kerk in Actie); War on Want by UK, EU, and Ireland; Christian Aid by UK, Ireland, Norway, and EU. As funders, these governments are enablers and share the moral responsibility for the actions of the NGOs,” the report says.