Christian leaders are speaking out against an increase in Jewish extremists — particularly Yeshiva students — who spit in the faces of clergy or on crosses in Jerusalem. What makes this story interesting is the earlier complaints by Jewish military leaders that Yeshiva students were radicalizing the Israeli Defense Forces, here. The same phenomenon has been seen in Islamic nations where madrasah schools have radicalized politics and society.
Clergymen in this article are speaking out over a growing number of incidents in Jerusalem. In one incident a Yeshiva student spat on a cross in the processional and triggered a riot — during which the ancient cross was broken.
Archbishop Nourhan Manougian, Daniel Rossing (former adviser to the Religious Affairs Ministry on Christian affairs and director of a Jerusalem center for Christian-Jewish dialogue) and others have spoken out that such attacks against Christians by extremists are on the rise in the city.
Leaders like Shmuel Evyatar, former adviser to the mayor on Christian affairs, insists that the attacks seem to be done with the tacit approval of the schools: “I’m sure the phenomenon would end as soon as rabbis and well-known educators denounce it. In practice, rabbis of yeshivas ignore or even encourage it.”
It is striking how the most extreme elements in both Israel and Islamic nations are so much in common, as we saw recently with acid attacks, here.
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