Holy Fire:What The Christian Zionists Wont Report

See if you can get your head around this.

 

Back at the start of May during a Christian celebration called ‘Holy Fire’ Israeli security forces viciously attacked the worshippers and clergy in what one witness described as “horrific scenes of the brutal treatment of our clergy, people, and pilgrims in the Old City of Jerusalem during Holy Saturday last week.”

 

Another witness claimed “Israeli police set up check points and deployed heavily in the Old City, said Dimitri Diliani, head of the National Christian Coalition in the Holy Land.  He said Israeli security forces were also present in the church and on its roof. Some Israeli press reported that that the forces were deployed in order to stop a riot. Diliani said Israel  was trying to stop Christians from performing rituals that they have carried out for centuries each year on Holy Saturday and of trying to erase the Christian identity in Jerusalem.”

http://www.indcatholicnews.com/news.php?viewStory=22517

 

As per usual the Israelis tried to blame the worshippers but this was vehemently denied by the Patriarchs,

 

“The patriarchs and heads of churches also denied claims of those who blamed the churches for what happened during the Holy week in Jerusalem. “These claims are counter to what happened in reality, and all heads of churches condemn the Israeli procedures and violations of the Christians’ rights,” the statement said.”

http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=594717

 

Now here’s the head spinning part.

 

While this was going on in Jerusalem Christians in Gaza were celebrating without a hitch.

 

Let me repeat that.

 

In Islamist Hamas run Gaza Christians celebrated the Holy Fire ceremony without a hitch.

 

In Israeli controlled Jerusalem they were viciously attacked by Israeli security forces.

 

The mind boggles. The mind boggles.

 

And here’s a link to a statement from the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem.

http://en.lpj.org/2013/05/13/a-statement-concerning-the-israeli-police-measures-on-holy-saturday/

 

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5 responses to “Holy Fire:What The Christian Zionists Wont Report

  1. Chris is strangely quiet on this.

    I guess i’ll need to give him some time until he goes and finds the appropriate Hasbara before commenting.

    Fingers crossed he stays on topic.

  2. Christopher Proudlove

    I’ve only just picked up on this, seconds ago in fact. From your accounts Trevor I think the Israelis were wrong to act as they did.

  3. Christopher Proudlove

    However, I must point out that there has been a large rise in Christians within Israel which is in stark contrast to the rapid decline in the number of Christians within Palestinian Arab controlled areas.

  4. Christopher Proudlove

    One news report I’ve picked up does not mention anything about the trouble. It states: “While the Church of the Sepulchre is one of Christianity’s holiest sites, it is shared uneasily by six denominations — the Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholics, Armenian Orthodox, Egyptian Copts, Syrian Orthodox and Ethiopian Orthodox.
    In the past, fist fights have broken out among monks from the different denominations over perceived changes to the fragile status quo hammered out down the centuries.
    Roman Catholics in Jerusalem and Bethlehem celebrated Easter on March 31, according to the Gregorian calendar.
    But this year other Catholics in the Holy Land, including those from Nazareth, decided for the first time to mark Easter this Sunday under the Orthodox calendar, in an act of ecumenical unity.”
    Israel is well-known for the freedom to practise religion something that does not occur elsewhere in the Middle East.

  5. Christopher Proudlove

    By the way, Trevor, I am from a different Christian tradition than the ones mentioned above.

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