Thursday, May 22, 2008

Burning of Bibles in Israel

Or Yehuda deputy mayor: I'm sorry about burning New Testaments

The burning of hundreds of New Testaments by yeshiva students in Or Yehuda last week was regrettable and unplanned, the city's deputy mayor, the man who spurred the students to act, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.

Deputy Mayor Uzi Aharon of Shas used the opportunity of speaking to the Post, which publishes a monthly Christian Edition, to apologize to Christians worldwide, saying he hoped the incident would not inflame tensions between Jews and Christians.

Following the publication of the story on Tuesday, however, many messianic Jewish and other Christian groups expressed grave concern over the increasingly violent nature of anti-missionary activity in Israel.

Aharon had a very busy Tuesday. In the morning, Ma'ariv ran a story on how he organized to retrieve and burn hundreds of New Testaments given to Ethiopian Jews in his city by local messianic Jews. By 9 a.m. he was on an Army Radio news-talk show defending his actions, which he called "purging the evil among us."

At 10:30 he was on Channel 2's morning news show saying that Ethiopian immigrants in Or Yehuda were being encouraged to go against Judaism by messianic Jews. "We need to stop being ashamed of our Jewishness and to fight those who are breaking the law by missionizing against us," he said.

But by the early afternoon he had already been interviewed by Russian, Italian and French TV, explaining to their highly offended audiences back home how he had not meant for the Bibles to be burned, and trying to undo the damage caused by the news [and photographs] of Jews burning New Testaments.

But then he also told The Associated Press that he didn't condemn the Bible burning, calling it a "commandment."

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NWN: Oi veh ! Can you imagine the furore if any other group burned another groups holy books ?


yorkie said...

I caught an item on the BBC World Service last night about a Czech language edition of the 'Turner Diaries' which had been published. The authorities in the Czech Republic were debating what to do about it. If it were to be banned, I suppose there is a good chance that any copies found would be...burned.

Yet our opponents always talk as though the burning of books is something which has only ever occurred once in history (under the Third Reich, of course) and is not practiced anywhere today. said...

Where's the BNP leaflet on this outrage against Christianity? ...or is that only relevant when it's Muslims...

Theresa May left university with a 2nd class degree in Geography and was immediately given an important job at the Bank of England. Go...