Friday, January 25, 2008

News about Jews [Non-American Edition]

Christians in Jerusalem want Jews to stop spitting on them
by Amiram Barkat

A few weeks ago, a senior Greek Orthodox clergyman in Israel attended a meeting at a government office in Jerusalem's Givat Shaul quarter. When he returned to his car, an elderly man wearing a skullcap came and knocked on the window. When the clergyman let the window down, the passerby spat in his face.

The clergyman prefered not to lodge a complaint with the police and told an acquaintance that he was used to being spat at by Jews. Many Jerusalem clergy have been subjected to abuse of this kind. For the most part, they ignore it but sometimes they cannot

According to Daniel Rossing, former adviser to the Religious Affairs Ministry on Christian affairs and director of a Jerusalem center for Christian-Jewish dialogue, there has been an increase in the number of such incidents recently, "as part of a general atmosphere of lack of tolerance in the country."

There are an increased number at certain times of year, such as during the Purim holiday."I know Christians who lock themselves indoors during the entire Purim holiday," he says.

Former adviser to the mayor on Christian affairs, Shmuel Evyatar, describes the situation as "a huge disgrace." He says most of the instigators are yeshiva students studying in the Old City who view the Christian religion with disdain.

"I'm sure the phenomenon would end as soon as rabbis and well-known educators denounce it. In practice, rabbis of yeshivas ignore or even encourage it," he says.

Evyatar says he himself was spat at while walking with a Serbian bishop in the Jewish quarter, near his home. "A group of yeshiva students spat at us and their teacher just stood by and watched."

Jerusalem municipal officials said they are aware of the problem but it has to be dealt with by the police. Shmuel Ben-Ruby, the police spokesman, said they had only two complaints from Christians in the past two years. He said that, in both cases, the culprits were caught and punished.

Haaretz article

Just throwing this out there for my American readers.

I bet you wouldn't see reports of this nature on, say, CNN or FOX...

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Anonymous said...

Shalom - I am an Israeli living in America right now. Just so you know, these yeshiva students are imbeciles and are hated by many Israelis. They don't serve in the army and they just take and take from the government. We have very good relations with Christians in Israel, aside from these jerks. If you are a Christian in Israel the next time one of these idiots spits on your or disrespects you, walk up to your nearest IDF soldier and let them know so they can teach these intolerant idiots a lesson. We jews have been on the receiving end of much spit throughout history and we know it is wrong. Christians, Muslims, and Jews, are all deserving of respect and anyone that disrepects any of them disrepects all of them.


AmericanGoy said...

Hi Uri

Thanks for the comment.

If I can ask you a question, what is an typical Israeli attitude toward the Jewish settlers in West Bank etc? I don't mean the settlements themselves, but the people who choose to live in them.

Are they heroes, crazy people, normal Israelis, no strong opinions exist about them in Israel proper - what is the Israeli street (as opposed to Arab street) reaction to them?

Could you give me your personal opinion on that?