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.
On Sunday, a fracas developed when a yeshiva student spat at the cross being carried by the Armenian Archbishop during a procession near the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City. The archbishop’s 17th-century cross was broken during the brawl and he slapped the yeshiva student.

Both were questioned by police and the yeshiva student will be brought to trial. The Jerusalem District Court has meanwhile banned the student from approaching the Old City for 75 days.

Archbishop Nourhan Manougian says he expects the education minister to say something.

When there is an attack against Jews anywhere in the world, the Israeli government is incensed, so why when our religion and pride are hurt, don’t they take harsher measures?” he asks. 

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Will Dubya get a mouthful too?🙂

4 thoughts on “Christians in Jerusalem want Jews to stop spitting on them

  1. In response to…

    ““When there is an attack against Jews anywhere in the world, the Israeli government is incensed, so why when our religion and pride are hurt, don’t they take harsher measures?” he asks. ”

    Are you seriously comparing terrorism and murder to an accusation that an individual gets spit on regularly?

    At least when he rolled down his window he didn’t get a bullet to his forehead.

    If indeed orthodox people in Jerusalem go around spitting in people’s faces, that would certainly be rude, but I will tell you – I have my doubts, especially if this comes from a gentleman that draws a moral equivalence between saliva and bullets.

  2. This gentlemen is not, “drawing a moral equivalence between saliva and bullets.” He is simply saying that whenever a Jew is attacked in any manner even verbally that an outcry is heard and actions are taken immediately in response to the violation. BUT, when the tables are turned, you and so many others like you send the message that it’s OK for Jews to insult other religions/cultures. I think that was what the man meant. I would just like to know how the hell you equated terrorism to that one quote. Seriously please let me know. I’d love to hear your oncoming bullshit.

  3. @ reasonmrsmith

    So what you are say is that when Israelis are attacked it’s an act of terrorism? What if the Israelis are attacking? it’s self defense?

    @ Barb

    I think you understood what the Archbishop Nourhan Manougian really meant.

  4. Paknik – Your question has a false implication. Israel’s posture since its inception has been defensive, not offensive. Israel has nothing to gain by being offensive. The goal of its neighbors is undeniable – to white Israel off the map. The goal of Israel is also undeniable – to be allowed to survive. Any perceived aggression on Israel’s part has been in direct response to past or present threats they have faced. If you look at an epic battle such as the one they are winning in any small period of time without the benefit of context I can see where it would be easy to not understand this (Israel certainly has not been perfect over the last 70 or so years).

    Barb – you said “whenever a Jew is attacked in any manner even verbally that an outcry is heard and actions are taken immediately in response to the violation. BUT, when the tables are turned, you and so many others like you send the message that it’s OK for Jews to insult other religions/cultures”

    In response I say that it is so easy for you to sit in judgment. It was not too long ago that jewish people worldwide faced a threat of termination from a fascist force. You cannot blame a people for being ultra sensitive to antisemitic words and actions given that throughout their history they have been the target of individuals eager to abdicate their powers of reason.

    Barb what examples… what facts… do you have to back up your claim that jewish people “insult” other religions and cultures? You made a statement – back it up. The truth is you can’t because the jewish religion preaches tolerance and a willingness to question. Even so – sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me. Israelis face a threat of extermination and you take to making false accusations that they are insulting!

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