MSNBC Guest Paints 'the Jews' as 'Biggest Enemy' of Mideast Christians

July 24th, 2017 11:24 AM

On Sunday's AM Joy, recurring MSNBC guest Lawrence Wilkerson used an anonymous quote to actually portray "the Jews" in Israel as being the "biggest enemy" of Christians "in the region" as the former Colin Powell aide accused right-leaning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of trying to provoke Palestinian Arabs so that Israel can "react viciously and violently" against them.

Reid -- who last April agreed with guest Howard Dean's ridiculous claim that Trump advisor Steve Bannon "hates Jews" -- apparently saw no anti-Semitism in her left-leaning guest absurdly suggesting "the Jews" are the "biggest enemy" of Middle East Christians.

After Reid recalled that the Israeli government installed greater security in Jerusalem holy sites in response to several Israelis being murdered by Arabs, with Arabs then rioting against the new security measures, the MSNBC host went to her guest for his reaction.

Wilkerson -- the variety of self-described "Republican" that MSNBC typically likes to give air to -- immediately blamed Netanyahu for the violence as he began:

The pressure is building incrementally. Bibi Netanyahu and his government have been moving to make sure that the pressure builds -- the tension builds. The ultimate goal with regard to the mosque is to drive the Palestinians and Arabs in general out completely. 

He then recounted an anti-Semitic quote from an unnamed Catholic bishop in Ramallah as he added:

I recall that when we were working with then Yasser Arafat -- in Ramallah in 2002 or '03 as I recall -- a Catholic bishop actually told me that the biggest enemy for him -- for Christians -- in that region was not the Arabs, it was the Jews. So we have a real problem with this government. We don't have a problem with Israelis in general, but, with this government which they don't seem to be able to rid themselves of.

After host Reid injected, "Yeah," Wilkerson continued his demonization of Israel.

Its ultimate -- its ultimate goal is to cause the Palestinians to react in a way that it can then react viciously and violently -- as it has in Gaza repeatedly -- and reassert itself and essentially put the Palestinians down.

Not mentioned was the substantial history of the Palestinian Arab leadership inciting and defending violent actions undertaken by Arabs in the holy sites and other parts of Jerusalem.

Reid had no problem with Wilkerson blaming Jews for the tensions with Arabs as she followed up by fretting over Israelis wanting to keep control of the West Bank and East Jerusalem:

And we know the annexation of the West Bank and of all of Jerusalem has been a goal of the Likud government -- of the current Israeli government. Jared Kushner is supposedly in charge of this -- in charge of Middle East peace. And I'm wondering if Netanyahu's conception that they have a free hand now -- a Washington that now completely backs them up no matter what they do -- has an impact on the way that the Netanyahu government then behaves.