Dozens of Jews protested Sunday against the presence of a group of Christians near the Western Wall. The group, Christians from different denominations and from several different countries, came to participate in an event marking the Christian Feast of Pentecost, which is celebrated each year at the timing of Pentecost and 50 days after Easter.
A Jew spat at a group of Christians in Jerusalem. Credit: Emek Shaveh
During the event, dozens of Jews gathered and began shouting insults at the Christians, "Get out of here, go back to your churches." One of the Jewish demonstrators was filmed spitting at Christians there. Also present at the protest was Aryeh King, deputy mayor of Jerusalem. Emek Shaveh noted that already yesterday, calls began to be made to "come to a large protest rally" near the Dung Gate in Jerusalem, with the participation of rabbis to demonstrate against the Christian event, claiming that it was "idolatry and messianic missionary activity."
The head of the Jerusalem Association of Churches, Dimitri Diliani, told Israel Hayom that verbal and physical aggression against Christians and churches in Jerusalem has increased in recent years, "This is the result of the incitement of senior officials in the right-wing government in Israel, under whose auspices the settlers feel safe to act against Christians and anyone who is different from them," Diliani noted.
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