• Thursday, January 17, 2019

Christians in Israel clash with police over 'McJesus' sculpture

Discussion in 'Middle East & Africa' started by Falcon29, Jan 12, 2019 at 3:34 AM.

  1. Falcon29

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    Arab Christians in violent clash with police in Haifa over ‘McJesus’ sculpture

    3 officers wounded as hundreds of protesters try to forcibly enter Haifa Museum during demonstration against depiction of Ronald McDonald on a cross


    Hundreds of Arab Christian demonstrators clashed with police in Haifa on Friday over a museum’s display of a sculpture depicting Ronald McDonald, the mascot of the fast-food giant, on a cross, amid calls to remove the artwork that some have called offensive.

    Police said a few hundred protesters tried to force their way into the Haifa Museum during the demonstration and that three officers were injured by rocks hurled at them.

    An investigation was opened to identify the rock-throwers, and a 32-year-old resident of the city was arrested on suspicion of attacking officers.

    Video from the demonstration showed scuffles as police used tear gas and stun grenades to clear the protesters.



    One of the protesters complained that the government was slow to react to their concerns because they were from the Christian minority. “If they put up [a sculpture of] Hitler with a Torah scroll they would immediately respond,” he told the Walla news site.

    Ahead of the protest, police deployed officers from its Special Patrol Unit to guard the museum after a molotov cocktail was thrown at the museum on Thursday.

    The “McJesus,” which was sculpted by Finnish artist Janei Leinonen and depicts a crucified Ronald McDonald, went on display in August as part of the Haifa Museum’s “Sacred Goods” exhibit.

    The show also includes a number of other pieces depicting Jesus, including one of him as a “Ken” doll, as well as imagery from other religions.

    On Thursday, Culture Minister Miri Regev sent Haifa Museum director Nissim Tal a letter calling for the sculpture’s removal.

    “Disrespect of religious symbols sacred to many worshipers in the world as an act of artistic protest is illegitimate and cannot serve as art at a cultural institution supported by state funds,” she wrote.
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    Wonder what the evangelicals in the US think about this .... No anti-Jewish comments guys. All that is needed to make peace achievable is for some American christians to not unconditionally support everything Israel does and for members of Congress to push for two state solution.
     
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    The Christians of Palestine have been thrown under the bus time and again by the American right. They only remember the Christians in the Middle east when they are under attack from misguided muslims. Selective memory, or cognitive dissonance seems to the order of the day when it comes to Palestinian Christians and any problems they have with Israel.
     
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    This is the height of insensitivity and sheer stupidity.Faith and religious practice is highly emotional and sensitive issue that needs to be handled properly.Except the op, majority of the comments were just abuses thrown at each other.
    I also don't like what was put to display to hurt sentiments of our Christian brothers.It is literally abuse of freedom of speech.Just like eating should be appropriate, similarly freedom of speech must have limits.For the sake of evolutionary neurons responsible for religion built inside us, show us some humanity.
    In addition to that, it is a nightmare for me to imagine Jewish women and children forced to work in factories till their death or putting them into death chambers or radio programs promoting antisemitism.It is very painful for me and I don't have words to express my pain.
    However, once again the sensitivity was not felt and this dark chapter was made slang even for those Jews who have nothing to do with genocide.Show respect those who passed away.
    My soul mourns with Palestine and I will never ever on Earth stop supporting it.However, as a Muslim and Pakistani I will not allow posters to make abusive remarks towards any community.Be it Muslims, Jews or Christians.
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    Oy vey!!

    Evangelists, the American left, and the American right are all cucked beyond belief when it comes to the illegal-entity known as Israel.
     
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