My sister N is funny, kind, intelligent and thoroughly laudable. Except that like the rest of my family, with the honourable exception of step sister F, she is on matters political utterly deluded. She works for the State, reads the Guardian and her husband, who works for the State, goes on stop Brexit marches, well he did up until recently. I guess after “the people’s vote” on December 12 he might now accept that we smelly thick plebs get to have our way after all. A few years ago, N gave him membership of the Labour party for Christmas. You get my drift…
Anyhow this year she gave myself and the Mrs a very generous present for which I will thank her with some sincerity. However….
The presents, foodstuffs, including in a rather coals to Newcastle way olive oil, are marked as having been produced in a place that does not actually exist. Given N’s world view, you may already have guessed where.
The BBC shares this misconception. Its adaptation of The Dickens classic A Christmas carol this year was a virtue signalling howler in all sorts of ways and another reason why Boris really should scrap the license fee. Among its suggestions was the idea that Jesus was born in Palestine. Of course, he was not. He was born in Judea among his fellow Jews but the BBC would be loathe to admit that stacks of Jews lived in, what is now, Israel 2000 years ago
I am often told by younger family members of the woke generation that there was a Palestine in modern times until, those evil bloody Jews stole their land. Of course, that is not true either although it is pretty much what the kids are taught in school today.
Now it seems that my Christmas presents were made in Palestine. I suggest they are not. They may be made in Gaza or on the West Bank like all those home made rockets that rain down on Israeli schools, homes and hospitals. They may even be made in Israel. They are probably not made in Jordan where the vast majority of the population is actually Palestinian and which should be a Palestinian state not one run by a tiny ethnic minority, the Hashemites.
But, we can say for sure, the presents were NOT made in Palestine for like Narnia it is a place that does not actually exist except in he minds of Guardian reading folks in the West.