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Let the politicizing of the Pope visit to the Holy Land begin.
In any report about his visit from now on, you’ll be bound to see one of these images:
The Pope stopped and prayed in front of the security barrier, with “profound” graffiti lining it.
The PLO couldn’t have hoped for a better image.
This whole photo-op is obviously prearranged.
Here’s an image of the same place, a few ours earlier, with Palestinian Arabs spray painting some graffiti slogans:
When Israeli forces caught them, they chased them away.
It appears even though Israeli police erased the first graffiti with white paint, it was soon after spray painted again, just for the Pope.
This obvious cheap propaganda is made very clear with this tweet:
Just spoke to one of Pope’s entourage. Had no idea Francis planned to stop and pray at the separation wall.
— peter beaumont (@petersbeaumont) May 25, 2014
So there you have it, the PLO is in full pope mode, and the media swallowed it.
Update: Well look who joined the bandwagon. BBC’s disgraced former Middle-East correspondent Jon – I fell for Palestinian anti-Israel propaganda – Donnison, falling for Palestinian anti-Israel propaganda.
— Jon Donnison (@JonDonnison) May 25, 2014