Brawling in Jerusalem–And It Wasn’t the Jews!

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I heard this story on Sunday morning while making French toast, and I have to say, it made me feel a little better about all of the intra-Jewish rows we’re always hearing about and trying to shove under the rug so they don’t mar our reputation as a ‘light unto the nations.’  fighting_nuns.jpgThis time, it was a bunch of monks throwing punches.

Israeli police have had to restore order at one of Christianity’s holiest sites after a mass brawl broke out between monks in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Fighting erupted between Greek Orthodox and Armenian monks at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the traditional site of Christ’s crucifixion.

Two monks from each side were detained as dozens of worshippers traded kicks and punches at the shrine, said police.

Trouble flared as Armenians prepared to mark the annual Feast of the Cross.
Tapestries toppled
Shocked pilgrims looked on as decorations and tapestries were toppled during Sunday’s clash.
Dressed in the vestments of the Greek Orthodox and Armenian denominations, rival monks threw punches and anything they could lay their hands on.

The Greeks blamed the Armenians for not recognising their rights inside the holy site, while the Armenians said the Greeks had violated one of their traditional ceremonies.

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I don’t want to display too much schadenfreude, but it is kind of a relief to see other groups with problems in Jerusalem.  Of course, then I saw this infamous and horrifying video of Israeli soldiers cruelly taunting a blindfolded Palestinian at a checkpoint.  Got me off my high horse pretty quickly.  Oy.

Posted on November 10, 2008

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