Conference of European Rabbis (ceuropeanrabbis) wrote in 3faithdialogue,
Conference of European Rabbis
ceuropeanrabbis
3faithdialogue

The Conference of European Rabbis is deeply concerned by recent attacks on Christian sites in Israel

CER President, Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt described the recent daubing and spate of vandalism against Christian sites as “something that is un-Jewish and pains us all.” 

“These actions contradict both the spirit and the letter of the Torah,” Rabbi Goldschmidt said.

The CER has called on Israeli government authorities to thoroughly investigate these criminal acts and to use the full force of the law against the perpetrators.

Offensive slogans against Christians were spray-painted at the Jerusalem Baptist Church and at the Greek Orthodox Monastery of the Holy Cross last week.

“Throughout the history of the State of Israel, the Jewish State has protected the religious rights of those of all faiths. We must ensure that citizens of all faiths as well as those visiting the country are treated with respect for their religious traditions,” Rabbi Goldschmidt said.

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 4 comments
Argh, it's so sad to see Christians and Jews are at war again.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israeli-president-pledges-to-protect-christian-sites-after-graffiti-attacks/2012/03/01/gIQA5TmBkR_story.html

Sadly, due to the history of animosity between Jews and Christians, there is still a lot of suspicion among Jews, and hopefully, that can change in the future.
It really is!
Everywhere and especially in Jerusalem - the city of three religions. It's important to not allow such incidents to become routine and act together to eradicate the phenomenon.
I think many Jews feel Christians are just there to missionize. A declaration from Christian groups forswearing missionizing to Jews would really assist. And maybe some cross-religious charity missions?
Quite possible, but between word and deed there is a long way sometimes
Bishop of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories for the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem William Shomali offers a long-term program teaching respect and religious coexistence that needs to be implemented by the Israeli educational system.
And the Chief Rabbinate agrees about many things the government should be doing to strengthen the Christian presence there.