Middle East studies in the News
Anti-Israel Children's Author: 'Christmas is a Palestinian Festival' [on Golbarg Bashi]
by Nick Kangadis
Take everything you know about Christmas and throw it out the window, because the author of a children's book that MRCTV reported on in November is now claiming that "Christmas is a Palestinian festival."
You read that correctly, and no, it's not a joke.
Author and former history indoctrinator at Pace University Golbarg Bashi wrote a children's book called, "P is for Palestine." The book is about to release its second edition in the spring.
According to Fox News, the book "has been labeled an 'incitement for terrorism' and 'anti-Semitic propaganda,'" while Bashi is a "kids author committed to BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel)."
In the latest edition of the alphabet book for children, Bashi wrote that the letter C is for Christmas. That might seem strange since Muslims don't celebrate Christmas. But, according to Bashi, she claims that Bethlehem is a Palestinian city, so since Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Christmas is a "Palestinian festival."
Fox News reported:
That's so tolerant of Bashi to say, but what she leaves out is the dwindling percentage of Christians that currently live in the state of Palestine.
According to a 2016 article by Robert Nicholson of Providence Magazine:
So what is Bashi's motivation? Is she attempting to incite and accelerate religious tensions between Christians, Muslims and Jewish people?
"As I have said repeatedly, I believe it is very important for American, Mexican, Canadian, Central and South American, British, Swedish and children from any region and nation whose most important holiday is Christmas to know that Christmas is a Palestinian festival, celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, an Abrahamic Prophet who was born in Bethlehem, a Palestinian City," Bashi wrote.
Bashi's clear hatred of Israel — and Jewish people in general — have clouded her judgment to the point that she has taken her radical fundamentalist ideology and is now trying to indoctrinate younger children with it.
To that I say — Merry Christmas to all that aren't completely off their rocker.Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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