Palestinian Protesters Burn Pence Placards in Bethlehem

“Bethlehem welcomes the messengers of peace, not the messengers of war.”

In the wake of President Trump's announcement that the United States officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the perpetually angry "Palestinians" have ramped up the outrage. In the latest display of their anti-Zionist hate, on Sunday Arab protesters in Bethlehem set fire to placards bearing the image of Vice President Mike Pence, who is scheduled to arrive in the region later this week.

Fox News reports that about 30 people stood quietly holding candles at Manger Square next to the Church of the Nativity, the site Christians believe marks the birthplace of Jesus, before setting he placards on fire.

“Bethlehem welcomes the messengers of peace, not the messengers of war,” read some protesters' placards, which bore pictures of Pence and Middle East negotiator Jason Greenblatt, who also arrives this week. Greenblatt has held several rounds of discussions with Israeli and Palestinian officials in recent months in an attempt to restart the so-called peace talks.

The Palestinians have said that Pence is not welcome, and it was announced that President Mahmoud Abbas will not meet with him. Fox News reports that the White House described Abbas’s decision as “unfortunate.”

Symbolically co-opting the birthplace of the Prince of Peace doesn't fool anyone regarding who are the messengers of peace and who are the messengers of war: there would be peace tomorrow in Israel if Abbas and the Palestinians truly wanted it.