Skip to comments.Ultra-Orthodox Jews attack Christian tourists in Jerusalem
Posted on 06/28/2006 2:06:59 PM PDT by Michael81Dus
A group of 50 pro-Israel Christian tourists came under attack Wednesday from some 100 residents of the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea She'arim in Jerusalem. Three of the tourists and a police officer were wounded in the attack. They received treatment at the scene. The tourists arrived at Mea She'arim wearing orange T-shirts with the words "Love your neighbor as yourself" printed across them. As they neared one of the squares, the local residents apparently identified them as Christians and began to hit them. Police forces in the area stepped in to stop the violence, but did not make any arrests. Police say they are waiting for the tourists to file official complaints.
(Excerpt) Read more at haaretz.com ...
Other sources say a guy who knows Hebrew has handed them out T-Shirts saying "convert and become a Christian" (or so) in Hebrew letters, which would make the anger of the orthodox understandable.
Have you further infos?
Anti-Christian bigotry is rife in Israel but we're not supposed to talk about it on FR.
One shouldn't wear things that one cannot read...that would have been a bad thing.
Can you comment on this, have you also heard partly contradicting reports about that incident?
It's probably an "our religion is better than your religion" deal.
Of course, this is Haaretz and they have an anti-Orthodox attitude so there may be facts missing.
If the reporting is accurate, this incident is disgusting.
First I've heard of this. If true, they'll end up in jail.
Can you elaborate? Why would Chistians be "hated"?
Yeah, but they should fight the common enemy, who is definitely more dangerous... prayers up for the Israeli hostages of Pal. terrorists.
Very simple explanation: Folks woke up in the morning and said to themselves, "Gee, things are just too darned quiet in the Middle East. How can we liven it up?"
Yep, Haaretz views Orthodox Jews as a bigger enemy than Hamas.
Were these folks Christian Missionaries active trying to convert people? Not saying that's an excuse, but may help in understanding WTF happened.
What? I never heard of that? Tell me more or Freepmail me if you have to.
A comment appended to the haaretz article:
These hooligans are to Torah what the hilltop boys are to Zionism. That`s not news. What is new is the limp and cowardly response of the police. If any group rioted at the Prime Minister`s Office, can one imagine that no one would be arrested? After the haredim rampaged in Kikar Shabat for the Holy Martyr Vallis and after the haredim rampaged at Haddasah because of an autopsy, the police are afraid to mess with them.
Missionaries Accosted in Meah She'arim
Wednesday, June 28, 2006 / 2 Tammuz 5766
Jerusalem scuffle: Christian missionaries in a religious neighborhood were accosted by hareidi-religious youths. "Missionary activity here is like waving a red flag at a bull," one resident said.
Details of the incident are sketchy. It began shortly after 10 AM, when a group of tourists, apparently from Germany, walked into the religious neighborhood of Meah She'arim wearing orange shirts, emblazoned with the missionary slogan 'Your G-d is my god, Your people is my people." Some eyewitnesses reported seeing a missionary emblem on the back of the shirts.
A group of religous youths and men very quickly surrounded the group and started yelling at them to get out of the neighborhood. It was not clear whether the hareidim pushed them before or after an orange-shirted man kicked one of the hareidim. There were also conflicting reports as to whether the hareidim chased the Germans up the street, or whether another group of suspected missionaries was encountered nearby in a separate incident.
A spontaneous protest rally was held afterwards in Sabbath Square, between the traditional religious communities of Meah She'arim and Geulah, and two hareidim were reportedly arrested.
Arutz-7 has received anecdotal evidence of increased missionary activity in downtown Jerusalem. Jerusalem-area tour guide Yoni Berg told Arutz-7, "I'm in downtown fairly frequently, and I have seen them of late. Friends of mine who work there have also noted them. They wear shirts with the words 'Your G-d is my god, Your people is my people', and they pass out pamphlets that have Jewish themes but are designed to lead the misinformed to believe in Jesus."
"Most of the people refuse to take the pamphlets," Berg said, "but unfortunately, I have seen several cases where the missionaries engage Jews in conversation."
IsraelNationalRadio "Light Unto the Nations" co-host Jeremy Gimpel says, "Over the last few months, I've seen several different missionary groups in Jerusalem - more than I remember in the past. They claim to love us and support us unconditionally, but their actions prove their hatred and their desire to destroy the Jewish Nation. I always tell them that if every Jew converted to Christianity and gave up their belief in One G-d, there would be no Jewish Nation to love and bless, as they claim to want to do."
Germany has Christians?
Sad if true, because in reality it's the Christian community who stands by Israel when the rest of the world wants her DEAD! Dead as the Red Sea...:(
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