"Don't you hate it when Santa gets dragged into politics?"

Our headline was taken from this Dec. 23rd article at i100 (The Independent’s BuzzFeedstyle website) by the site’s news editor Matthew Champion.
Whilst you can read the brief article (ranked 3rd overall in popularity on the site) here about the flagdisplayed in Hedge End, Hampshire we were even more intrigued by another trending article on the site (ranked 6th overall) posted by Champion on the very same day.

It was evidently lost on Champion that that his i100 story about a clash in Bethlehem between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers – yet another example of the UK media’s tradition of Bethlehem themed anti-Israel narratives during the holidays – represents exactly the kind of political exploitation his other story decries.
Here’s a snapshot of i100’s sidebar, which provides a better view of Champion’s double standards.
The article about the ‘tear-gassed Santa’, which consists of a mere 54 words and a video, also quite naturally neglects to note that the protesters faced tear gas only after they threw rocks at Israeli soldiers
Here’s another photo from Champion’s piece.

Sign reads: Jesus came with a message of Peace, Freedom and Justice

Don’t you just hate it when the media amplifies cynical efforts by Palestinians to smear the Jewish state by exploiting Jesus and the Christmas holidays?

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