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Pope watch: Incendiary flyer passed out in Jerusalem says Francis’s visit is against Jewish law

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Screenshot: Jewish youths hand out flyers in Jerusalem (photo: George Maklouf)

Screenshot: Jewish youths hand out anti-Christian flyers in Jerusalem (photo: George Maklouf)

Last week we mentioned the religious tensions mounting ahead of Pope Francis’s visit to Jerusalem.  Haaretz reported the Israeli military and Shin Bet had issued restraining orders against “Jewish youths” to prevent them from “provocations” during his visit.

Deep in the Haaretz report was an Israeli court ruling against additional restraining orders, aimed at keeping three Jewish extremists away from David’s Tomb and the Old City so as to prevent them from distributing provocative flyers. The ruling held that an intention to distribute flyers isn’t against the law. According to police intelligence, these flyers protested the papal visit.

Below is a photograph taken of a flyer recently passed out in the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem. It was posted on FaceBook by Jerusalem resident George Makhlouf.

We don’t know if this is the flyer the Israeli police are trying to suppress, but it cites Deuteronomy (12:3) to say that Jewish people entering Israel are obligated to destroy churches and monasteries including “destroy their altars, smash their pillars, burn their orchards, and you shall cut down their idols and wipe their name from this place.”

The flyer also states the papal visit is against Jewish law:

The Pope is responsible for the continued deception of millions of people who believe in false G-d’s. This very deception led the Elders of Israel to demand that Yeshu [Jesus] be killed 2000 years ago. In light of this is it clear that we Jews do not approve of the Pope’s visit, and moreover, it is even forbidden by Jewish Law.

 

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Jewish youths hand out anti-Christian flyers in Jerusalem (photo: George Makhlouf)

Makhlouf says he photographed the youths distributing the flyers, a picture he also posted on his FaceBook page.

I doubt they wrote this themselves:

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Anti-Christian flyer passed out in Jerusalem (photo: George Maklouf)

Today Israeli police announced they have issued restraining orders against 15 “nationalist activists” ahead of the Pope visit over plans to “embarrass Israel“. Several are already under house arrest. 

(Hat tip Icarus Verum)

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  1. just
    just on May 23, 2014, 11:14 am

    I really don’t know what to say…

    religious fanatics? extremists? cultists? worse?

  2. ritzl
    ritzl on May 23, 2014, 11:20 am

    And these are the stewards of the Holy Land for 3,614,000,000 people?

    http://www.adherents.com/Religions_By_Adherents.html

    If they keep tickling this dragon it’ll be a very short stewardship.

  3. Woody Tanaka
    Woody Tanaka on May 23, 2014, 11:25 am

    “This very deception led the Elders of Israel to demand that Yeshu [Jesus] be killed 2000 years ago. ”

    Wait, I’m confused. Abe Foxman said that the Jews had nothing to do with killing Jesus, that it was all the Romans’ fault….

    • LuLu
      LuLu on May 23, 2014, 2:04 pm

      loool… they are extremist and terrorist is what I call these confused souls.. As a Muslim it states very clear in the Qur’an, Jews did not kill Jesus…

      4:157 “That they said (in boast), “Indeed (Arabic: Inna), We killed Jesus Christ, the son of Mary, the Messenger of God”. And they killed him not, nor did they crucify (Arabic: Salabuhu) him, but it appeared so to them (Arabic: Shubbiha), and indeed those who differ in it are surely in doubt (Arabic: Shakkin), with no (certain) knowledge (Arabic: Ilmin), but only follow assumptions (Arabic: Zani), for certainly they did not kill him”
      4:158 ‘Nay, he was raised/ elevated (Arabic: rafa’ahu) by God towards him (Arabic: ilayhi)’

      3:55″ Lo! God said “O Jesus! Indeed, I shall cause you to DIE (Arabic: Mutawaffika) and shall exalt / raise you to Me (Warafi-uka) and cleanse you from those who disbelieved; and shall place those who follow you superior to those who disbelieve on the Day of Resurrection. In the end, to Me you all must return and I will judge between you with regard to all in which you were differing”
      God is the one who caused him to die, I do not know why people think Jews did it..

      Whoever is teaching the Jewish youth that Jews are responsible for killing Jesus should correct this teaching because it is not true… Just my thought…

    • Karl Dubhe
      Karl Dubhe on May 23, 2014, 2:05 pm

      Isn’t it a bit more significant that they are saying that there is written proof outside of the gospels to confirm the existence of a Jesus in the first century CE? I thought no one had found such a thing.

      :)

      • RoHa
        RoHa on May 23, 2014, 8:07 pm

        There is no extant contemporary reference to Jesus. There are a few from later generations, but none of them counts as solid evidence.

  4. Palikari
    Palikari on May 23, 2014, 12:01 pm

    Don’t they have anything better to do? I think we should get along with Christians. Many of them respect Jews and support Israel. Those who don’t can go to hell. We should not forget the past, that they persecuted us, but today’s Christians are not to blame for that.

    I think we should get along with Christians and the whole world.

    • just
      just on May 23, 2014, 1:31 pm

      “I think we should get along with Christians and the whole world.”

      What about Muslims? They are part of the ‘whole world’, you know.

      “Those who don’t can go to hell.”

      Charming.

      • Palikari
        Palikari on May 23, 2014, 4:00 pm

        When I said “the whole world” Muslims are included in “whole world”.

      • john h
        john h on May 23, 2014, 7:51 pm

        But you are still saying “Many of them[Christians] respect Jews and support Israel. Those who don’t can go to hell”?

      • ritzl
        ritzl on May 23, 2014, 9:37 pm

        Are Palestinians part of the “whole world?” If so, please define “get along.” Thanks.

    • Woody Tanaka
      Woody Tanaka on May 23, 2014, 1:39 pm

      “I think we should get along with Christians. Many of them… support Israel. Those who don’t can go to hell.”

      So why should Christians seek to get along with you, if you condition your getting along with them on supporting policies in a state that commits Apartheid agaisnt other people? Maybe it is you who should go to hell.

    • Citizen
      Citizen on May 23, 2014, 2:15 pm

      Why would Christians support Jewish Zionist racism?

      • bilal a
        bilal a on May 23, 2014, 5:04 pm

        $

      • john h
        john h on May 23, 2014, 8:00 pm

        “Why would Christians support Jewish Zionist racism?”

        For many of them, because they have been seduced by JohnHagee and similar others.

        “For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear”.
        2 Timothy 4:3, New Testament

    • Talkback
      Talkback on May 23, 2014, 6:07 pm

      I think we should get along with Christians and the whole world.

      I agree. Start dezionising it.

      • Palikari
        Palikari on May 23, 2014, 6:55 pm

        Emm… We won’t destroy Israel (commit suicide) in order to get along with other people.

      • talknic
        talknic on May 24, 2014, 2:30 pm

        @ Palikari “Emm… We won’t destroy Israel (commit suicide) in order to get along with other people”

        Uh? Most nations adhere to International Law and the UN Charter. They get along with their neighbours, aren’t destroyed and don’t commit suicide.

        Pity Israel can’t afford to adhere to the law without going broke because of its 66 years of illegal facts on the ground in territories it has occupied since 1948 http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Foreign+Relations/Israels+Foreign+Relations+since+1947/1947-1974/2+Jerusalem+Declared+Israel-Occupied+City-+Governm.htm

      • eljay
        eljay on May 24, 2014, 6:14 pm

        >> We won’t destroy Israel (commit suicide) in order to get along with other people.

        What a stupid, drama-queen comment. Israel doesn’t have to be destroyed – it just has to stop being an oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist state.

        Funny how Zio-supremacists equate justice, equality and accountability with suicide. I guess they really can’t stomach the idea of being ordinary human beings.

    • eljay
      eljay on May 23, 2014, 9:45 pm

      >> I think we should get along with Christians and the whole world.

      A really great way for Israel to get along with the subset of “Christians and the whole world” people indigenous to its territory is to:
      – immediately halt its on-going occupation and colonization of Palestine;
      – withdraw to within its / Partition borders;
      – honour its obligations under international law;
      – accept responsibility and accountability for past and ON-GOING (war) crimes committed; and
      – transform from an oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist “Jewish State” into a secular and democratic Israeli state – a state of and for all of its citizens, immigrants, ex-pats and refugees, equally.

    • pjdude
      pjdude on May 24, 2014, 7:53 pm

      Maybe you should’ve claim everyone is predisposed to hate you. Just saying

  5. Xpat
    Xpat on May 23, 2014, 12:34 pm

    The author of this letter smears all Christian prayer when he calls it “idle worship.” I know for a fact some services are very energized and are anything but “idle.” Therefore, I can’t trust anything else he writes.
    Nice opening paragraph. How appropriate to address Francis frankly.

    • seafoid
      seafoid on May 23, 2014, 3:17 pm

      Idle worship essentially refers to watching the Kardashians on TV or online.

      • Kay24
        Kay24 on May 23, 2014, 5:06 pm

        Lol, and we know millions are “idle” enough in the US to watch the K’s.

  6. Citizen
    Citizen on May 23, 2014, 2:03 pm

    Well, one rejoinder to the Jewish anti-pope stuff, is, remember Luther? Fight fire with fire? Luther didn’t just attack the Catholic Church, or haven’t you heard?

  7. Shuki
    Shuki on May 23, 2014, 3:58 pm

    Passing out fliers?!

    Oh, the humanity. These religious zealots need to be more reserved and respectful in the way they treat others… perhaps like the Muslin extremists.

    • Woody Tanaka
      Woody Tanaka on May 23, 2014, 4:59 pm

      “Oh, the humanity. These religious zealots need to be more reserved and respectful in the way they treat others… perhaps like the Muslin extremists.”

      Still pressing the anti-Muslim bigotry, eh bigot?

    • Shingo
      Shingo on May 23, 2014, 5:07 pm

      Just imagine how Shuki would be jumping up and down with her hair on fire if Muslim extremists were passing our flyers saying that Muslims rule the world and that everyone has to submit to Shariah Law.

    • RoHa
      RoHa on May 23, 2014, 9:01 pm

      “perhaps like the Muslin extremists.”

      Or the Calico extremists.

      • just
        just on May 24, 2014, 4:34 pm

        heh, RoHa.

      • Bumblebye
        Bumblebye on May 24, 2014, 5:33 pm

        Did they chuck out the chintz?

    • Ecru
      Ecru on May 24, 2014, 3:21 am

      They don’t act like Muslim (or Hindu, or Christian) terrorists because they’ve got the WaffenIDF for that.

  8. piotr
    piotr on May 23, 2014, 4:20 pm

    It seems that the authors of the leaflet are highly innovative in terms of Jewish theology. While it is a given that priests of other religion adhere to false teachings, I think that no sages advocated to “destroy their altars, smash their pillars” and so on. Rambam at his most strict advocated to refrain from commercial transactions with Christians except for Tuesdays and Wednesdays (???). There are different editions and so on, so there is no consensus if Christians are idolaters or heretics (which in Judaism is actually better). What I am trying to say that these are nuts even in their own nutty universe.

    Nevertheless, it is worth to remember that this is one of the interpretation of what “Jewish State” means. Recognizing the right of Israel to be “a Jewish State” without an inquiry what does it mean leaves such details like “destroying their altars and smashing their pillars and expunging their names” to internal affairs of the state.

    • wes
      wes on May 23, 2014, 6:35 pm

      Piotr

      a statue of a relegious figure is consided an idol by islam and judaism
      thats the reference

  9. pipistro
    pipistro on May 23, 2014, 5:33 pm

    God said this, god said that…
    I just can’t believe these chaps and alike are allowed to rule the world.

  10. just
    just on May 23, 2014, 6:43 pm

    “Vandals defaced a church in southern Israel in a suspected hate crime ahead of Pope Francis’ visit to the Holy Land, police said Friday.

    Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said a church was defaced with graffiti in the southern city of Beersheba. Police suspect it is the latest in a series of hate crimes blamed on Israeli radicals, he said.

    The attack was unusual as the location has not been hit by vandals before and the anti-Christian slurs were badly misspelled in Hebrew, Rosenfeld added.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/radicals-barred-jerusalem-ahead-pope-visit-23844738

  11. Citizen
    Citizen on May 24, 2014, 7:29 am
  12. Citizen
    Citizen on May 24, 2014, 7:46 am

    Here’s a look at some of the religious and political minefields the pope will have to navigate on his trip to Jordan, Palestine, Israel: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/05/24/pope-francis-faces-political-and-religious-minefield-in-holy-land/

  13. Citizen
    Citizen on May 24, 2014, 7:58 am

    Here’s a few hints of even more minefields the pope has to navigate. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/pope-francis-expects-challenging-middle-east-trip/article18834814/

    The main reason for the pope’s visit is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ending the conflict between Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians. (Well, he’s apparently spending 15 minutes with Palestinian refugee kids. They will be wearing t-shirts with the name of their bulldozed villages on them.)

  14. Citizen
    Citizen on May 24, 2014, 8:10 am

    Here’s a comparison of the schedule of the last pope in Israel and surroundings with the one by the new pope starting today: http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/Religion/Pages/Itinerary_Papal_Visit_Holy_Land_May_2009.aspx

    Appears to me, the biggest change is the Vatican’s official recognition of an existing Palestine state, totally separate from Israel.

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