CBNNew.com - LONDON - A group of anti-Israel Arabs, joined by a few Jews, held a Christmas service in a church in central London, featuring "alternative" lyrics for traditional holiday carols.
The Twelve Days of Christmas morphed into the twelve assassinations, eleven homes demolished, ten wells obstructed, nine sniper towers, eight gunships firing, seven checkpoints blocking, six tanks a-rolling, five settlement rings, four falling bombs, three trench guns, two trampled doves and an uprooted olive tree.
According to a report in London's The Times, the hymn "Once in Royal David's City" became "Once in royal David's city stood a big apartheid wall."
Israeli Ambassador to Britain Ron Proser held the Church of England responsible for failing to speak out against such an aberration of the Christian celebration of Christmas.
"Unfortunately, the criticism from within the Church of England, which should have echoed with bold moral clarity, has instead sounded like a silent night, but far from holy," Proser told The Times.
"It was appalling to see a church allow one of its most endearing seasonal traditions to be hijacked by hatred," he said.
Proser also said the Reverend Charles Hedley, rector of St. James church in Central London where the service took place, "gave the stage to incitement -- of the kind of incitement we hoped had passed from this world, instead of encouraging understanding and interfaith tolerance."
Hedley said that while he didn't condemn the event, he may not allow another because of the many complaints he received.
Meanwhile, Lord Carey of Clifton, the former archbishop of Canterbury and one of the few Christians to speak out, told The Times that anti-Semitism remained rife among British Christians.
"Such actions strengthen an anti-Israel agenda, trivialize the political issues and nourish an anti-Semitic culture," Clifton said.
"This is not because it is wrong to criticize Israeli policy but because such campaigns single out Israel alone for particular opprobrium and censure it above regimes elsewhere in the world that are genocidal in intent and oppressive to the extreme," he said.
Source: YNet news