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My photos from yesterday’s march in Jerusalem by thousands of Christian friends of Israel


H/T Annemarie

In Jerusalem you never know what you’ll come across on any given day.

Yesterday, while I was strolling in the city center, thousands of pro-Israel Christians were marching in a passionate – and, at times, raucous – show of support for the Jewish state.  

The annual pro-Israel Sukkot (Feast of the Tabernacles) march – and week-long conference – is organized by the International Christian Embassy of Jerusalem, and, this year, drew around 6,000 Christian friends of Israel, representing over 100 countries, to Jerusalem.

Many of the marchers were waving Israeli flags, some sang Shalom Aleichem, while others loudly chanted ‘Am Yisrael Chai’ (The people of Israel live).

Here are some of the photos I took during the last hour of the demonstration.

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  1. It is a pity that Israel is not similarly supportive of the Christian community on the West Bank. As The Guardian reports today the Archbishop of Westminster and the British Foreign Secretary are backing protests by Catholic monks, nuns and families who are being split apart by the ‘separation/security wall across the territory of the district of Bethlehem’.

    The archbisop’s spokesman is quoted as saying: “The archbishop is trying to encourage and give succour to Christian communities. The imposition of this wall will jeopardise the livelihoods of many of the families”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/04/william-hague-vincent-nichols-west-bank-barrier?INTCMP=SRCH

    • sencar thanks for the link.
      I noted this paragraph in the report.
      “The Archbishop of Westminster, England’s most senior Catholic, espoused the case of the Cremisan monastery and convent, and their surrounding Palestinian Christian community, in Beit Jala following a visit last November. In last year’s Christmas Eve homily, two days after the date of Hague’s letter, the archbishop offered prayers for the community’s “legal battle to protect their land and homes from further expropriation by Israel”. ”

      So the visit last November, 11 months ago, by Archbishop Vincent and a letter from the Foreign Secretary dated 21st December 2011, 10 months ago, is so newsworthy that today The Guardian is reporting it.

      Nothing like being up to date with the news. Or more likely desperation to find a stick to attack Israel with.

    • The situatuion of the Israeli Christians must be catastrophic. The queues of Christians asking for immigration visas at the Egyptian and Jordanian embassies are two mile long. The real purpose of the closed Syrian and Lebanese border (not speaking about Gaza) is to block the escape routes to Muslim lands.
      And naturally the comfort of these poor Christian souls is much more important than the protection of the lives of the Jews by the security barrier.

      • “naturally the comfort of these poor Christian souls is much more important than the protection of the lives of the Jews by the security barrier.”

        The idea that the barrier is all about security is a joke given that 85% of it is inside the West Bank. As the local Catholic priest, Father Ibrahim Shomali, says:”This is Palestinian land,.If Israel wants to build a wall, they should put it on their own land.”

        • Naturally protecting the security and lives of the Jews for you is a joke.
          I didn’t expect anything else. And the barrier is located where it is effective. maybe the local catholic priest should preach for his flock to stop exploding inside Israel and not about where Israel should build the barrier.

          • “maybe the local catholic priest should preach for his flock to stop exploding inside Israel”

            I always thought you were a little irrational, peterthehungarian, but your suggestion that Catholic Palestinians are responsible for suicide bombings puts your position some way beyond irrational.

            As for the notion that “the barrier is located where it is effective”; don’t you realise that no-one on earth believes that outside the tiny group of Zionist zealots represented by your good self? Read the priest’s statement again: “If Israel wants to build a wall, they should put it on their own land.”

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            • but your suggestion that Catholic Palestinians are responsible for suicide bombings puts your position some way beyond irrational.

              Are you saying that only Muslim Arabs are responsible? You must be an Islamophobe sencar. Or maybe these Christians don’t have a word in Palestinian public opinion? Could be that they are a persecuted minority in their Muslim majority community? And if they are maybe their religious leaders should fight against their persecutors and not against the Israelis?

              Do you really think that israelis are interested in your “no one on earth” belives it or not? And do you really think that Israelis interested in the opinion of of a Catholic priest?

              If I were a catholic priest I would be a bit more restrained criticising the right of selfprotection of the Jews. But who knows maybe this particular priest not very well versed in the role of his church in the persecution of the Jews when preaching moral for them.
              But this is the XXI century – German SS members and Catholic priests want to teach us the rules of proper behaviour…

        • Interesting then that if the security barrier is not about security, how terror attacks from the West Bank have dropped to almost nothing

        • “85% of it is inside the West Bank”

          Would you like to give non-partisan documentation on this claim?

    • I think we can see where the ArchBishop coming from. He probably thinks if he criticizes Israel it will encourage the Islamists to leave the Christians alone. He is of course sadly mistaken.

      Islamist militants in SInai have been issuing death threats to Christians, and Coptic families have fled Rafah. But just as you’d expect, the Archbishop of Westminster has not said a word.

      If, God forbid, I was an Egyptian Copt, I’d give my right arm to be in Israel right now.

      • “I think we can see where the ArchBishop coming from”

        It is very clear where the archbishop is coming from. He sees his fellow catholics on the West Bank having their land expropriated and barriers being placed between different parts of the catholic community. Naturally he supports protests and legal steps being taken against those responsible – the Israeli government.

        • Naturally he supports protests and legal steps being taken against those responsible – the Israeli government..
          Naturally. He can’t help his hate of the Jews and supports his and his flock’s opressors if they are going to kill Israelis.
          And you know what they can do with their legal steps and especially with Hague’s letter. I hope it has been written on soft paper…

          • The archbishop “can’t help his hate of the Jews”?

            Do you have any evidence for this accusation other than his criticism of the separation barrier?

              • a) My question stands.

                b) What evidence do you have that Tutu is an anti-Semite?

                p.s. Not all critics of Israel’s WB policy are Jew haters, btw.

                Are you really that paranoid, or are you just out to smear people who disagree with you?

                • That he is one of the sponsors of a wildly antisemite organisation makes him what pretzel? Are you really this dumb or only pretending?

                  • You are calling Tutu a Jew hater.
                    … and are making yourself look ridiculous.

                    And you – like so many others here – say nothing about the anti-Muslim prejudice expressed here.

    • It is a pity that Israel is not similarly supportive of the Christian community on the West Bank.

      For a more apt comparison, surely you should address the “support” of Palestinian Christians for Israel. Obviously it’s a lot more complicated in their case – but still.

    • One has to wonder why people like “sencar” are ostensibly so concerned about Israel’s alleged mistreatment of West Bank Christians, yet are bizarrely unconcerned about all the unspeakabably horrible brutality by the Islamists in the area, including regular terrorist-type murders of many thousands of people of all faiths!
      Just last year for example, a bunch of crazed “jihadists” locked about 150 Christsians up in their own church in Iraq and blew them all up.Just another day in the life of an Islamofascist, i suppose…
      Does that bother you at all “sencar”? Why aren’t you writing about any of that? Gee, i wonder.

  2. Jerusalem belongs to the Jews and Christians and to no other faith, creed or cult, irrespective of their falsified claims on it.

    • Jerusalem belongs to the Jews and Christians and to no other faith

      Wow. You really hate Muslims, don’t you?

    • Imagine if someone BTL said “Jerusalem belongs to Muslims and to no other faith, creed or cult, irrespective of their falsified claims on it.”

      There would be a CiFW article about it – and rightly so.

  3. Adam, you scooped the Washington Post:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/thousands-of-christians-march-in-jerusalem-in-show-of-support-for-israel/2012/10/04/23f60a4e-0e50-11e2-ba6c-07bd866eb71a_story.html

    JERUSALEM — Waving blue and white Israeli flags, thousands of evangelical Christians from around the world filled streets of downtown Jerusalem on Thursday in a show of support for the Jewish state.

    The annual march during the weeklong Jewish Sukkot holiday brings together Christians from dozens of countries.

  4. And just as with Terry’s post above, this horrible anti-Muslim post gets the full thumbs up from posters here.

    On CiF you occassionally see idiots referring to the “Judification” or “Judaisation” of East Jerusalem – but I’ve never seen any such post qualify it with “Satanic”.

      • And the mental midgets do the rounds again, supporting this poster who
        a) made racist comments
        b) is homophobic
        c) called me a Nazi

        Hope you’re proud of yourselves, you intellectually deficient morons.

        • pretzel give me please a pbox address. I want to help you and send a big packet of Kleenex.

  5. Palestinian and Israeli activist planned an other march: The Bethlehem Walk.

    What was the Bethlehem Walk? A coexistence initiative set to include Israelis, Palestinians, and participants from all over the world whose silent march through Bethlehem would ostensibly empower others to “change and acknowledge basic common grounds and sow the seeds of understanding and acceptance

    And what happened?

    Organizers of the Bethlehem Walk said Tuesday they have decided to cancel the event following strong protests and threats from Palestinian activists, who objected to the participation of Israelis.

    The Palestinians protesting the participation of Israelis in a coexistence initiative… You couldn’t make this up.