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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Muslims and Christians united...against the Jews...in Israel

This is just classic: Thousands of Israeli Arab protesters marched through the streets of this biblical town Saturday demanding better protection for holy sites after a troubled family set off firecrackers inside a major Christian shrine. Firecrackers. First it was cartoons and now it's firecrackers. Fantastic. Many participants accused the government of failing to prevent the attack, and rejected the official claim that Friday's attack was driven by personal distress, and not politically motivated.

An Israeli couple accompanied by their daughter interrupted a Lent prayer service by exploding firecrackers in the basilica, one of Christianity's most revered sites. The attack caused only light damage, but set off a riot that injured two dozen people, including 13 police officers.

LOL. Oh man! "The Israeli institution is trying to explain the aggression by saying that anyone who did this is mentally unstable," said Ramez Jaraisah, Nazareth's Christian mayor. "We refuse to accept any excuse for this criminal act." Oh, Ok! Not interested in reason are we? Many marchers accused Israeli authorities of failing to protect the basilica, which was not guarded at the time of the attack. Time of the attack? IT WAS A FIRECRACKER! And who jumps on the bandwagon of firecracker gate? Guess! In the Gaza Strip, Ismail Haniyeh, the designated Palestinian prime minister from the Islamic militant group Hamas said the attack was the result "of a hate culture which Israel is feeding its public against the Palestinians." As opposed to the peace culture Hamas and the PA feeds its public against...I mean in regards to Jews and Christians, right? Riiight!


At 3/04/2006 03:23:00 PM, Anonymous motti said...

No shit Sandmonkey, what a sad display. A nutcase thinks that setting off firecrackers in a Nazareth Church will get him his kids back (as if his chances to have his kids returned to his custody will improve after needlessly scaring a bunch of congregants) and the Church response is to go on a blame Israelis for fostering hate march. One retarded act apparently elicits another.

At 3/04/2006 03:26:00 PM, Anonymous eff said...

So true, so sad.

Hamas has its hands full with trying to put together a "legitimate" govenment and is threatend to be cut off by most world powers.

As long as the hate toward Israel and the Jews is the focus of middle east, they wont be able to improve their own situations.

"Dont worry about your lack of human rights ... worry about the one crazy Jew who shot off a bottle rocket."


At 3/04/2006 03:30:00 PM, Anonymous eff said...

A family friend in Israel said this and I love it:

Hamas could fulfill its dream of driving the Jews into the Sea. And then they'd blame the Jews for polluting it.

At 3/04/2006 03:36:00 PM, Anonymous Hanan Cohen said...

Here is my quick translation of a decision on the appel of this couple to the an Israeli Supreme Court of Appeals given in 2001.

Let's hope the fact that this couple had REAL problems will be correctly reported in international media.

Bagatz 5446/01

The appeal that was presented to us exposes deep distress of the plaintiffs that feel hurt from the behavior of the establishment to them, from charging them as criminal offenders and specially from separating their children from them.

From the appeal and from the verdicts that were given in different cases regarding the plaintiffs, it is clear that the plaintiffs dedicate their time to the struggle with the establishment and the welfare authorities.

The Jerusalem district court have even decided in a ruling that during this struggle, the plaintiffs violate the law and hurt their children, although their children are very dear to them.

The appeal is full of strong expressions that are not suitable for court documents.

We have ignored the style with the understanding that the plaintiffs believe they have been treated with injustice and we have examined the claims in the appeal.

In light of the refusal of the plaintiffs to cooperate with different welfare bodies, and even the Probation Services, as we have read in documents from other criminal and civil procedures they have been involved in, other courts that dealt with their cases didn't find ways to help them.

Their very detailed appeal does not raise a question that justifies a hearing in this court. If the plaintiffs want to appeal against their conviction in the Jerusalem district court, they should appeal there.

As for the other claims raised in this appeal, they are also not suitable for an intervention in the Supreme Court of Appeals.

Therefore, the appeal is rejected

At 3/04/2006 06:50:00 PM, Anonymous me2 said...

Weren't they protesting because the Jewish Government wasn't protecting the church? If so it doesn't seem unreasonable to me, the firecrackers made people think there was shooting inside the church and the Jewish guy also had a gas bomb in a prom - Even if they didn't intend to kill people it shows that churches are not protected like the synagogues are

At 3/05/2006 06:13:00 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...

me2, you mean the way synagogues and graveyards are protected by the European governments (they aren't)?


At 3/05/2006 10:14:00 AM, Blogger Andrew of Arabia said...

Ah yes, the infamous culture of peace. Exemplified by this PA video of the talking chick Tarabisho as he promotes massacre with an AK-47.

At 3/05/2006 11:27:00 AM, Anonymous Yossi Gurvitz said...

Not just firecrackers, unfortunately. That group of idiots also had gas canisters with them, which they planned to explode. They didn't get the chance to do that.

As an Israeli of Jewish extraction, I'm with the Christians on this one. The nutjob who did this has already tried to burn down two churches. Orthodox Jews have made a habit out of spitting at Christian priests in Jerusalem. At least five churches were burnt down in the last decade; at least one was set afire by an IDF soldier, who also opened fire using his military-issued M16. Most of the people involved were either never found, or given really light sentences. One has become a hero of the ultra-orthodox community.

At 3/06/2006 03:14:00 AM, Anonymous me2 said...

I don't think that graveyards protection would be an effective use of ressources Suzanne, but I can assure you that synagogues are protected in France when there are reason to believe that the social climate with muslims is tensed or when there are terrorist attacks are feared- it's part of the vigie-pirate plan

At 3/07/2006 01:39:00 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...

@me2, and that's all offered and paid by the French authorities?

Anyway, there were supposed to have been guards at the church. Also an interesting detail is that the woman of the couple was Christian.

At 3/07/2006 04:16:00 AM, Anonymous me2 said...

Yes, synagogues security is organised and paid for by the French State of course - I also saw the police guarding a synaguogue in Belgium - The issue here is not that one of the persons with gas bombs was Christian or not, the issue is that there are enough religious tensions to warrant state protection and that Israel doesn't protect christian churches as it should


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