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JPost: Israel denies UN envoy barred from pre-Easter ceremony in Jerusalem
Reuters, April 19, 2014
Jerusalem calls complaints by envoy attempt to inflate "micro-incident," noting there was no reported violence during Christian holy day. Robert Serry, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process in Ramallah, 2009.
A United Nations envoy accused Israel on Saturday of trying to block him and other diplomats from a pre-Easter "Holy Fire" ritual in the packed Jerusalem church Christians revere as the burial site of Jesus.
The incident, following two days of violence at a separate flashpoint holy site for Jews and Muslims, pointed up rising tensions in the politically charged city ahead of Pope Francis's Holy Land visit next month.
Israel dismissed the UN complaint, calling it an attempt to inflate a "micro-incident" and noting there was no reported violence among the tens of thousands of Christians who thronged to the Holy Sepulchre Church in Jerusalem's old walled city.
"Holy Fire" is a traditional Orthodox Christian ceremony at which they say a miraculous fire appears at the site identified as Jesus's tomb every year on the day before Easter.
|Robert Serrry, UN "Piece" Envoy conjuring up some Holy Fiya!|
"Whateva! I'll do what I want!"
Robert Serry, the UN's peace envoy to the Middle East, said in a statement Israeli security officers had stopped a group of Palestinian worshippers and diplomats in a procession near the church, "claiming they had orders to that effect".
Serry added in separate remarks to Reuters he had waited with Italian, Norwegian and Dutch diplomats for up to a half hour crushed by a crowd against a barricade, while Israeli officers ignored his appeals to speak with a superior.
"It became really dangerous because there was a big crowd and I was pushed against a metal fence the police put up there, the crowd tried to push really hard," Serry said, adding they might have been trampled had police not finally let them pass.
"I don't understand why this happened," he added. "I'm not saying I felt my life was in imminent danger, but this wasn't something you associate with a peaceful procession for Easter."
"PROBLEM OF JUDGMENT"
United Nations Clown General
Charging "unacceptable behaviour from the Israeli security authorities," Serry demanded in his statement that all parties "respect the right of religious freedom."
An Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman denied Serry's charges and accused him of displaying "a serious problem of judgment" as there was no reported violence during the prayers and a customary torch-lit "Holy Fire" ritual held at the church.
Spokesman Yigal Palmor acknowledged though that police took steps to limit the crowd packed into the church and narrow streets outside it. "If there was any pushing and shoving I would say it was a micro-incident," Palmor said.
Israeli police did not immediately comment on the incident, which came as they grappled with tensions elsewhere in the old city where Jews celebrated a week-long Passover festival at the same time as Christians prepared for Easter.
Earlier this week, police confronted Muslim protesters throwing stones near the al-Aqsa Mosque as Jews visited the surrounding area, which Judaism reveres as the place where biblical temples once stood.
|Poop Francis I and Jesuit cohort Israeli President Shimon Peres|
(avodah zarah blacked-out)
The Vatican, April, 2013
Pope Francis plans to visit Jerusalem and holy sites in the occupied West Bank such as Bethlehem when he makes his first Holy Land sojourn as pontiff late in May.
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Automatically assuming that Israel was at fault? Some journalistic objectivity!
Sure, JPost.com got it from Reuters, but the supposedly right of center, ie. not so quick to bash Israel and the leftist rags, was either too lazy to edit the Reuters report, or was pleased enough that it fit in perfectly with its agenda of pandering to Christians.
Of course, I wish that Israeli police had done more to prevent these going to their voodoo, magical fire, false man-deity, avodah zarah ceremony,...assuming that they actually did anything at all, besides crowd control, in order to protect the safety of these fools!
And now, on to Robert Serry and the United
Religious freedom? There's that phrase again. Everything seems to get turned toward the issues of religious freedom and democracy, and away from the issues of Torah and Jewish sovereignty,...issues which have absolutely nothing to do with religious freedom and democracy.
Haven't we learned? Since before our expulsion from Spain, we have tried to be like the goyim, and yet they have always rejected us anyway. But, the anti-Torah, Haskalah movement, not to mention the likes of Shimon Peres, Yossi Beilin, and their Labor Zionist, Oslo/Geneva collaborating cohorts continue to press the issue as part of their ultimate plan to assimilate the Jewish People into Western, "progress" culture (Read: "disappear").
So, in actuality, the deeper issue here involves the likes of pride filled trash like Robert Serry simply doing what he was always meant to do, challenging the Jewish People, the hopeful result, our waking up from our numbed-out robotic state, and preventing such "officials" from running around our Land, doing whatever they like, and stepping all over us in the process.
Gee, maybe we would even wake up enough to prevent such filthy practices as Jeezer holy fire and other false deity worship as well, one of the most fundamental elements of our Holy Torah.