Monday, December 07, 2009
Orthodox Jews And Haredi Continue Spitting On Christians In Jerusalem's Old City, But Don't Dare Spit At Muslims
Apparently Friedrich Braun's "new friends" don't want to return the favor. On November 26th, 2009, the Jerusalem Post and Western Voices World News reported that the practice of Orthodox Jews and haredi spitting on Christians in the old city of Jerusalem continues unabated. This has been an ongoing problem; previous reports are available from 2004 and from 2007. Dr. David Duke also addressed this issue in 2004.
But although these reports only break the surface periodically, anti-Christian Orthodox Jews, overwhelmingly boys and young men, have been spitting with regularity on priests and nuns in the Old City for about 20 years, and the problem is getting worse. To add insult to injury, the only Israeli religious authority who has shown any serious concern over this matter is Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger.
On November 11th, 2009, Metzger addressed a letter to the rabbis of the Jewish Quarter, writing that he had heard a grave rumor about yeshiva students offending heaven…[by] spitting on Christian clergy who walk about the Old City of Jerusalem. Such attackers, he added, are almost tantamount to rodfim, or persecutors, which is one of the worst class of offenders in Jewish law. They violate the injunction to follow the pathways of peace, and are liable to provoke anti-Semitism overseas.
The police tend to wink at the practice. If they happen to be on the scene, they will chase the hooligans, but even if they catch them, they only tell them off and let them go, according to several Christian clergymen. "The police tell us to catch them and bring them in, but then they tell us not to use violence, so how are we supposed to catch them?" asked Father Samuel Aghoyan, a very fit-looking 68-year-old. "Once a boy came up to me and spat in my face, and I punched him and knocked him down, and an Armenian seminarian and I brought him to the police station [next to the Armenian Quarter]. They released him in a couple of hours. I've made many, complaints to the police, I'm tired of it. Nothing ever gets done."
A couple of more egregious examples:
-- Father Samuel Aghoyan, a senior Armenian Orthodox cleric in Jerusalem's Old City, says he's been spat at by young haredi and national Orthodox Jews "about 15 to 20 times" in the past decade. The last time it happened, he said, was earlier this month. "I was walking back from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and I saw this boy in a yarmulke and ritual fringes coming back from the Western Wall, and he spat at me two or three times."
-- Father Athanasius, a Texas-born Franciscan monk who heads the Christian Information Center inside the Jaffa Gate, said he's been spat at by haredi and national Orthodox Jews "about 15 times in the last six months" - not only in the Old City, but also on Rehov Agron near the Franciscan friary. "One time a bunch of kids spat at me, another time a little girl spat at me," said the brown-robed monk. Father Athanasius also said that all 15 monks at his friary have been spat at. "Every [Christian cleric in the Old City] who's been here for awhile, who dresses in robes in public, has a story to tell about being spat at. The more you get around, the more it happens."
The article notes that Jews don't dare spit upon Muslims, because they're afraid of the consequences. But they think they can get away with spitting on Christians because they're perceived as a small, weak community known for "turning the other cheek". Of course, this pacifist interpretation of "turning the other cheek" represents the feminization of Christianity that's been occurring for years; the real meaning of "turn the other cheek" is to allow one, and ONLY ONE, opportunity for someone who's offended you to voluntarily back down and correct the situation peacefully. "Turning the other cheek" does not require you to become a doormat; when Jesus Christ found moneychangers in His temple, he did NOT turn the other cheek; instead, he pulled out a whip and parted their cheeks with it. That's how a REAL Christian acts.
Professor Israel Shahak provides some background on the origin and purpose of this practice. He states that dishonoring Christian religious symbols is an old religious duty in Judaism. Spitting on the cross, an especially on the Crucifix, and spitting when a Jew passes a church, have been obligatory from around AD 200 for pious Jews. In the past, when the danger of anti-Semitic hostility was a real one, the pious Jews were commanded by their rabbis either to spit so that the reason for doing so would be unknown, or to spit onto their chests, not actually on the cross or openly before the church. But the increasing strength of the Jewish state has caused these customs to become more open again but there should be no mistake: The spitting on the cross for converts from Christianity to Judaism, organized in Kibbutz Sa'ad and financed by the Israeli government is a an act of traditional Jewish piety. Professor Shahak is an Israeli citizen, former concentration camp inmate during WW II, and the founder of Israel's Human Rights League. His book, entitled "Jewish History, Jewish Religion", about Jewish hatred and contempt toward Gentiles, is highly recommended.
And how have Christian pastors in America reacted? Well...they haven't. As a matter of fact, prominent televangelist John Hagee recently held his 28th annual "Night To Honor Israel" in San Antonio, where he raised $9 million to be distributed to representatives of 29 Jewish and Israeli nonprofits, charities and humanitarian organizations. And that's actually a drop in the bucket - in 2006, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) said it donated some $37 million in aid to Israel and the Jewish people. Thus Christians who donate to such a cause are indirectly subsidizing the Jewish harassment of Christians in Israel.
And in return, Christian ministers in the Old City of Jerusalem get a faceful of Semitic spit.