Tuesday, May 20, 2008

"People of the Book"-burning

News of this slowly making it's way out of Israel...

Orthodox Jews set fire to hundreds of copies of the New Testament in the latest act of violence against Christian missionaries in the Holy Land.

Or Yehuda Deputy Mayor Uzi Aharon said missionaries recently entered a
neighborhood in the predominantly religious town of 34,000 in central Israel, distributing hundreds of New Testaments and missionary material.

After receiving complaints, Aharon said, he got into a loudspeaker car last Thursday and drove through the neighborhood, urging people to turn over the material to Jewish religious students who went door to door to collect it.

"The books were dumped into a pile and set afire in a lot near a synagogue," he said.

[...]

Earlier this year, the teenage son of a prominent Christian missionary was seriously wounded when a package bomb delivered to the family's West Bank home went off in his hands.

Last year, arsonists burst into a Jerusalem church used by Messianic Jews and set the building on fire, raising suspicions that Jewish extremists were behind the attack. No one claimed responsibility, but the same church was burned down 25 years ago by ultra-Orthodox Jewish extremists.
What has become of us? What has become of us!

10 Comments:

Blogger The back of the hill said...

Looks like you've become Hindu Nationalists.

May 20, 2008 3:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

> What has become of us? What has become of us!

Oh please. It was always like this.

May 20, 2008 5:02 PM  
Blogger FedUp said...

Ouch! That is painful to read. Terrorists... Jews???

May 20, 2008 6:01 PM  
Blogger Miri said...

we burnt the morah nevuchim too. we're not exactly innocents when it comes to book-burning.

May 22, 2008 6:24 AM  
Blogger Holy Hyrax said...

Frankly, I am more concerned about the rise in missionizing to Jews in Israel. These people are relentless and are taught how to approach Jews. Frankly, I think these people need to be shown that we mean SERIOUS business when it comes to this. I am usually a little more liberal minded, but I have no sympathy for them in this case.

BTW Fedup, are you seriously suggesting book burning is the same as terrorists.

May 22, 2008 4:13 PM  
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May 22, 2008 4:13 PM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...

>Frankly, I think these people need to be shown that we mean SERIOUS business when it comes to this.

What does THAT mean? What is the next step - kick them out of Israel?

May 22, 2008 8:01 PM  
Blogger Holy Hyrax said...

>What does THAT mean? What is the next step - kick them out of Israel?

Is everything a slippery slope???

May 23, 2008 11:49 AM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...

Sorry, didn't mean to sound so incendiary. (no pun intended)

btw, of course, missionary activity makes me uncomfortable as well. But the question is, who has the right to tell them they can't do it? the state? the kannoim?

What means are legitimate?

May 23, 2008 12:07 PM  
Blogger Holy Hyrax said...

>btw, of course, missionary activity makes me uncomfortable as well. But the question is, who has the right to tell them they can't do it? the state? the kannoim?

Considering I believe Israel should remain Jewish, I would see the gov't having a vested interest in not allowing missionising.

If you really want to get medievel, then I would say everyone in his corner and start duking it out when they hear the bell. I don't want to see bloodshed at all, but if they can be somewhat rutheless in their quest, i see no need to hold back in showing them what we think of them.

May 23, 2008 12:37 PM  

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