Jew Spits On Greek Priest Again!
The Jerusalem Post
Sep. 5, 2005 17:22 Updated Sep. 5, 2005 17:27
Jew spits at Greek priests in J'lem
By ETGAR LEFKOVITS
A young religious Jew spat at a procession of Greek Orthodox priests in the Old City of Jerusalem on Monday, police said, in the third such incident in the mixed city in the last year.
The skullcap-wearing assailant, Amitai Shashar, 20, told police that he spat at the procession near the Church of the Holy Sepulcher because he saw the cross that participants in the ceremony were carrying, Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said.
The attacker, an Old City resident, was taken into custody by police officers who were escorting the religious procession.
A Greek Orthodox Church spokesman said that the Jewish extremist had spat in the face of the head of ceremonies, after getting into a heated verbal altercation with the priests at the procession.
Church officials declined to lodge a complaint with police, the church spokesman said.
The assailant was later released on NIS 2,500 bail by a Jerusalem court, and ordered to stay out of the Old City for the next thirty days, except to go to and from his Old City home. The incident was the third such assault in the Old
City in the last year.
Earlier this year, an Armenian priest was attacked by four yeshiva students in the Old City of Jerusalem, an altercation that began when one of the yeshiva students spat on the black-robed priest in front of the Armenian Monastery where he lives.
In a separate incident last year, a yeshiva student spat at a Sunday morning procession of Armenian clergymen in Jerusalem's Old City and then scuffled with a priest. He later apologized.
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Read: (1) Professor Israel Shahak's Statement On the Jewish Hatred Towards Christianity
(2) Christians In Jerusalem Want Jews To Stop Spitting On Them ,published in Haaretz (Israel) October 12, 2004