24 of the Eighth Month 5771
Last Thursday at around 9:45 PM in Jerusalem, a Haredi man confronted a group of Christians from North America. They were walking up from the Old City toward Yaffo Street. Their paths met at the corner of King George and Ramba”n Streets.
The Jew told one of the women to tuck her cross, a three inch, golden cross, into her blouse, as it was offensive for her to walk around with such a symbol of idolatry in the City of Jerusalem.
Her response was to get into his face, and say that it was not a cross, but a crucifix (cross with Yoshke’s graven image), and that they can do whatever they want as they are on a pilgrimage, and are in the majority.
The Jew was puzzled, and asked, “How are you in the majority?”
The woman responded, “…in the majority, here.”
A man from the group then came up behind the Jew, and put him into a full Nelson. Fortunately, the Jew was able to get loose, fight back, and get away.
Personally, I believe he should have gone farther. But Kol HaKavod to his taking action, and not standing idly by.
The truth is that Christian tourists, particularly those overstaying their visas, are becoming increasingly hutzpahdik.
And frustratingly, Jews are increasingly oblivious to their true intentions and threat of Christians visiting, and residing in Israel, as well as those who send money to Israel.
They are fooled by their smiles, their declarations of friendship and support for Israel, and ...their money.