February 28, 2007

No Bones About This Prejudice

It’s well know that rabid Islamists like Ahmadinejad do not acknowledge the existence of the state of Israel. They never refer to it by name, just as an entity.

But this denial problem is not limited to the barbarians of the Middle East. It is also alive and well amongst the intellectuals of Middle England.

He is an extract from a piece in today’s Daily Mail, written by the much respected writer and biographer of Tolstoy, CS Lewis and Belloc, Mr A.N.Wilson. It’s about the discovery of the alleged Jesus Ossuary in East Talpiot, Jerusalem which – to the best of my knowledge – is still in Israel and comfortably within the Green Line.

About 25 years ago, a casket was found in Jerusalem marked with inscriptions to say it contained the bones of someone called Jesus, Son of Joseph. This casket, or ossuary (bone-container), was discovered in what seems to have been a family vault, containing other boxes.

Palestine is absolutely crammed with tombs, graves and fascinating archaeological remains. One of the most extraordinary I ever saw was the so-called 'Jesus boat', a large fishing vessel of about the time of Jesus, which was dragged up from the bottom of the Sea of Galilee.

And for the rest of the entire article, this man cannot bring himself to type that awful word ‘Israel’.

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