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December 29, 2013 6:12 pm

An Open Letter From a Terror Victim to St. James Church, Piccadilly, England

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The "Bethlehem Unwrapped" festival at St. James's Church in Piccadilly. Photo: Screenshot.

A true story…..

And it came to pass that in December 2010, two Palestinian shepherds left their little town near Bethlehem and set out to walk ten miles across the Judean Hills. There in the forest, they kept watch by night. The following day, at about the 6th hour (3pm) the shepherds saw two women walking along the Israel National Trail. With great fervour they took out their knives and attacked the women.

While shepherds held the girls that day and pinned them to the ground, their serrated blades glinted in the sun, shining all around. With knives to their throats, the women dare not move.

“Fear not,” said the men – for mighty dread had seized the women’s troubled minds – “we bring you good news that will cause great joy for our people.” What could these glad tidings be? Rape, a robbery, a beating? Anything was better than death the women pondered in their hearts.

And it came to pass that near the seventh hour, the shepherds said, “Behold, let us go forth and kill these Jews like Allah has told us to do.”

The shepherds gagged the women, removed their shoes, and bound their hands. They forced one woman to her knees, covered her head and pushed  her neck forward. The woman knelt, and prepared herself to be beheaded. Suddenly she saw a great light – the blade of his knife glinting in the sun. The Jewish woman whispered, “Hear Oh Israel.” The Islamic host cried, “Allah HuAkbar,” and the Christian screamed “Jesus,” the name of a Jew born in David’s town.

Thirteen times the shepherds thrust their knives into the women, breaking bones, tearing flesh, even impaling one to the ground. As the Jew played dead, she watched the Christian friend hacked to death before her very eyes.

The shepherds returned home, glorifying and praising Allah for all that they had seen and spread the word concerning what had they had done. “Today near the town of David, two Jews have been slaughtered,” they declared. They plotted and schemed, boasting to their neighbours, “this will be a sign, they will find two of their own, all meanly wrapped in bloody clothes and in the bushes laid.” And everyone who heard of it, was amazed.

I have given much thought to the events of that terrible day, that culminated in my near murder and the execution of my friend. I believe that I of all people could be forgiven for hating Palestinians. I believe too that I could be forgiven for thinking all Palestinians are terrorists. But I do not. On the contrary, I have maintained relationships with my Palestinian friends, so that my ignorance will not give me reason to hate. I hate hatred. It is the hatred of St. James’ Church in London, in the form of a Christmas stunt, that has compelled me to write.

I would like to think that as Christians, the church would never condone Kristine Luken’s heinous murder or the attack on myself. I suspect, however, that you may rationalise this savagery as an inevitable result of the “Israeli occupation.”

You would probably suggest that the Palestinians who murdered my friend were themselves victims who grew up in depravity. I would concur, but would point out that if poverty was the cause, the aristocrats who flew into the twin towers had no reason to commit their crimes.

The Palestinian terrorists were indeed victims, victims of a radical and primitive Islamist regime that force feeds them a morally malnourished diet of hatred of Jews and hatred of any life – including their own. They were also deprived: deprived of an education that cherishes culture, history, literature, art, and the dignity of difference. Their impoverished morality coupled with ignorant generalizations is what enabled two men to butcher defenseless women without so much as blinking an eye.

The “wall” that has been erected outside St. James’ Church is hopefully just a result of your own ignorance and generalisations concerning the complex situation here in the Middle East. Nevertheless, like all walls, it serves as a facade and a barrier.

If the wall was scrutinized, one would see that underneath the whitewashed surface that concerns itself with Israeli policies, there are blocks of anti-Semitism. These bricks stand high. They raise expectations from an entire people group. This wall precedes to separate the nation of Israel as non-desirable.

The wall is cemented together by a superior theology that tells its people that G-d gave up on the Jews. This is the same theology that lies behind radical Islam. G-d tried the Jews, then the Christians, but ultimately it was the Muslims who He ultimately chose.

The wall, is just one brick in a global wall of an Islamist agenda, an agenda that will stop at nothing until the destruction of the Jewish State. To your own cultural detriment, it is a wall that obstructs truth and ultimately seeks not only to destroy Israel but every Judeo-Christian society.

The wall inflames an ancient conflict that for those like myself, who live in this region, long not for an exacerbation in hatred but for a quenching of hostilities.

The wall is an affront to Kristine Luken and other victims of terror who may well have been alive today had there have been a wall erected on the other 90 percent of land that separates us from our Palestinian neighbours.

The wall is an injustice to Christians living under Muslim despots. Ironically it is the State of Israel, that you deem pariah and unjust, that is unique in the Middle East because unlike all of our neighbours, our Christian population is flourishing and our Christians have full religious rights.

Please write on your wall, under the cross, now obscured by the crescent…. “R.I.P Kristine Luken.”


Kay Wilson – (a British-born Israeli)

Kay Wilson was the victim of a terrorist attack in 2010. You can read more about Kay’s story by clicking here.

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  • Natalie

    Kay – thank you so much for sharing your story in a way that enables everyone to read and understand it and the bigger picture.

    The head of the Church of England, namely the Queen and her Archbishop now need to take action on this stunt as they have clearly taken political sides and through their silence and by taking no action are condoning this ‘wall’ .

  • Tartan Kiwi

    The Israelis should export this type of Wall. There are many Christian folk in Muslim lands who would like this wall to protect their communities and churches from the religion of peace

  • Tommo

    Why, as a Christian church, does St James’s side with Islamic terrorism and supporters of it? Why does the church examine in detail every aspect of Israeli treatment of Arabs when the killing of Christians is taking place in Syria? Will the church hold a week of examining Muslim killings of Christians in Syria, Eqypt, The Sudan and Nigeria or is Israel their only target because it won’t offend Muslims?

  • While I agree that we cannot sink to the same level as the islamist madmen, why should we show them any love either?

    We need to cut these murderous bastards off from any contact with civilization. If they want to practice their religion, let them go to the deserts of Saudi Arabia and do it there. We don’t want them anywhere near us.

    • I do not understand what it is about my article that leads you to think that I love Islamist murderers. I dont. I am glad that they are in prison and I would hope that they will never get out. What I will not allow myself to do – FOR MY SAKE – is to be consumed by hate and rage that in the end will consume me. Instead I choose each day to live my life, thank G-d that I am alive to give witness and be grateful for all that I am still able to do, despite some psychological and physical disabilities.

      • I loathe the hatred of life that radical Islam adopts. Although I am of the mind set that all people are at least, born equal – I do not believe that things stay that way. An Islamic society is not only primitive and barbaric, it is by far inferior to a Jewish or Christian society. A radical Islamic society terrorizes its own as well as the infidels. I am not at all ambivalent about these things, I hope that I have at last made this clear.

  • I think you need to reread my article more carefully, I don’t think you understood what I was trying to say.

  • Stephen Logan

    Many Christians simply do not understand that the wall is necessary.

    Likewise, to their shame, many Christians do not understand that the “West Bank” is a central part of Judea and Samaria and cannot belong to anyone but the Hebrew people that G-d gave it to. They do not understand that Jordan was promised as part of the Jewish National Home and that the world has betrayed the People of Israel in reneging on this promise. Unless Christians are constantly told these things, they will be misled and start to believe the liberal propaganda.

    There is clearly a dire need for education on this topic. Many Christians mean well but wrongly assume that the rhetoric of the liberal press is true and that Israel is the aggressor and not the victim.

    One practical way is by encouraging Christian leaders to read Bibi’s book, Durable Peace: Israel’s place among the Nations. It is well written and well documented and may well open their eyes to the historical and political reality.

    In my view, when they connect the dots correctly many more Christians will likely join their brothers and sisters throughout the world, who already number among Israel’s strongest allies.

    Let’s not base our opinions about Christians on one small church’s misguided efforts. By G-d’s grace this is still not how Christians generally feel about Israel. We should use this and every other opportunity to engage with Christians and help them to understand the truth.

  • Dear Kay Wilson, Your bravery and courage and honesty are remarkable. I salute you and will pass this article on to others. Thank you for writing it. Diana Bletter

  • RonCo215

    As England is over run with muslims and islam, these English Christians seem to be on the side of those that are destroying their very country and murdering Christians every day in arab countries!! Go figure!! As to Kay Wilson not hating, I say why not since all those arabs she calls friends are also indoctrinated with this monstrous ocean of Jew hatred and if given the chance, or are ever in control, will surely kill her too!

    • Arabs nearly murdered me yet it was an Arab surgeon who saved my life. All used knives, but in a very different way. What distinguishes this Arab surgeon from those that tried to hack me to death me? The fact that he is an equal Israeli citizen and therefore part of a culture that cherishes life.

  • Beatrix

    Twice today I’ve seen articles by men with Arabic names offering clear, insightful comments on the Israeli side of the Israeli-Palestinian issue. Raheem Kassam in “Trending Central” (see article link) and Ali Salim in Gatestone’s “Is Abbas Being Asked to Sign his Death Warrant?” 12/29/13. I don’t know their backgrounds, but their knowledge and perception provides hope.

    Kim Wilson’s story is unbelievable, The compassion shown by Raheem stands in contrast to St James Church’s lack of compassion and lack of understanding.

  • andrew yachad

    I am not sure who wrote the beginning of the account here, but I find it to be in very poor taste to have written an account of the murder of Jew and a Christian by two Muslims in the format of the New Testament’s account of the birth of Jesus, especially when one of the girls was a Christian. Jesus never sanctioned any kind of violence, and it is to the everlasting shame and guilt of the Christian religion that many believers in him perpetuated prejudice and murder against Jews in his name. However, that does not give us sacrilegious sanction to take the style of their holy scriptures and degrade it like this. I can understand and accept if the author had written the murderous account in the style of the Quran, as that would fit the ideology, motivations and convictions of the murderers. But the way it was done indicates to me a very confused assessment of religious philosophy.

    • Nannette

      @ Andrew Yachad… so being a moaning Minnie and read the article in the spirit of which it was written!
      It’s written specifically for the antisemitic staff, patrons, and other supporters of the hatefest currently hosted at St. James Church!
      What better way to get the message across to these irreverent people than to write it in the manner of the New Testament!
      The Palestinian terrorists keep comparing themselves to Jesus… and many incredibly ignorant Christians actually believe the hateful, fabricated rhetoric!
      They’re ignoring the diabolical Muslim genocide of Christians in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. In fact, they actually make excuses for the wholesale slaughter of innocent Christian men, women and children… which is terribly un-Christian!
      How sad then, that some of the oldest Christian sects which are being killed and persecuted, are being betrayed by immoral, hate filled people who falsely claim allegiance to Christianity!

    • Sean

      It is written in this way because it is an open letter to a formerly christian church that has abandoned christian ways to take up the banner of the evil of Islam. It is both a slap on their wrist and a mockery of their hollowed out false profession of faith.