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.”
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.”
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.