There are many lies told about Israel’s security fence. Israel’s critics portray the entire structure as a massive, towering cement wall, as a naked attempt for Israel to grab land, and as a mechanism to enforce an “apartheid” system. (Rabbi Eckstein refuted these and other myths in a white paper a few years ago).
Dexter Van Zile of CAMERA has exposed another falsehood about the fence, this one in a fundraising video for Bethlehem Bible College:
In the video, Bishara Awad who has led Bethlehem Bible College as its president since its founding in 1979, says “We have many problems in this land. We are under military occupation. The Israelis built a wall around us and this wall goes all around Bethlehem.”
No, it doesn’t.
As shown in this map provided by the Israeli Ministry of Defense, the barrier does not completely surround or go “all around Bethlehem” but in fact passes by its northern and Western sides.
Dexter notes that this particular lie has been repeated by, among others, the mainline Christian magazine the Christian Century, a Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and, most recently, the CBS news program 60 Minutes. No retractions have been offered.
There’s an old saying that a lie repeated often enough becomes accepted as truth. Would that it were as easy to spread the real truth as it is to spread fiction.