59-year-old Marie Van der Woodsen and her travel companion were minding their own business on a side street in central Bethlehem when an “ill looking” self proclaimed Gay activist took exception to a t-shirt the former was wearing.
“I wear a shirt our church distributes every Easter promoting the traditional family unit. The shirt depicts a traditional family with one man, a woman, two children and their family dog. The caption reads, one family under god.” Marie told our American correspondent.
The gentleman in his mid thirties, wearing a purple t-shirt and running pants, approached the mother of four from Athol, Massachusetts, by way of Alberton, South Africa, asking her why she would wear a shirt like that in Israel.
“He asked me why of all places I would wear such a disgusting shirt and told me to “expletive back to America”, in spite of that fact he had a New York accent and I, a distinctively South African one. He then told me he was an AIDS activist and people like me made his job harder. I responded that the birthplace of the baby Jesus was the perfect place to defend the family, I had no problem with his activism and smiled politely, careful not to mock him as he did not see altogether well.”
The gay Israeli then proceeded to try and tear the shirt from Mrs Van der Woodsen’s body, cutting her left arm with his wrist watch, and repeatedly spitting in her face as she attempted to scream for help.
“He grabbed me quite hard and cut me with I believe his watch, in spite of that fact I was most polite. There was blood all over my shirt and even when I started to scream that he was hurting me he wouldn’t stop. He then attempted to prevent me from screaming for help by spitting in my face.”
Mrs. Van der Woodsen’s friend, a pensioner from central Massachusetts tried to restrain the gentleman, who proceeded to strike her across her face and spit at her.
But this should not surprise anyone.
In 2012 there were literally dozens of attacks against churches in Israel-the assault on the 11th century Valley of the Cross Monastery assault being the most heinous.
Haaretz reports that,
The attack on the Narkis Street Baptist Congregation marks the latest in a series of price tag attacks that have targeted Muslim, Christian and leftist institutions in the capital over the last two months. But police believe most of the vandalism is not the work of an organized group; rather, they say, the spray-painted slogans are largely copycat actions carried out by lone individuals.
The original price tag attacks, in contrast, were thought to be the work of a group of settlers seeking to set a “price tag” on house demolitions in the settlements via retaliatory attacks on Palestinians and/or Israeli soldiers.
The attacks during the past two months have included the torching of cars belonging to Arab residents of Jerusalem’s Kiryat Moshe neighborhood; spray-painting slogans on a Christian cemetery on Mount Zion; spray-painting slogans on Peace Now’s office in the capital, as well as the house of Peace Now activist Hagit Ofran; threats against Peace Now secretary general Yariv Oppenheimer; and an arson attack on an ancient mosque in the city’s Geula neighborhood. Over the last week alone, a bilingual school and two churches have been vandalized, including the Baptist church vandalized Sunday.
In both church attacks, the vandals spray-painted slogans denouncing Christianity, Jesus and Mary, such as “Jesus is dead,” “Death to Christianity” and “Mary was a prostitute.” They also included the by-now customary “price tag” slogan.
The Jerusalem police said they have arrested several suspects in this spate of attacks, including one for the attacks on Peace Now and one for the vandalism of the bilingual school. The latter suspect, arrested last week, said he vandalized the school to avenge the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team’s loss to two Arab teams two weeks ago, according to police. Police believe that many of the other attacks are similarly motivated by ordinary hooliganism, rather than ideology.
“It’s intolerably easy,” one senior Jerusalem police officer said. “Any child can take a spray can and spray it, and people know it will be broadcast. Not every case is really nationalistic.”
But to victims, the motive is irrelevant. Jerusalem’s Christian community increasingly feels under assault, and that is especially true for Christians living in Jewish neighborhoods. Priests in the Old City, especially Armenian priests who must often transit the Jewish Quarter, say they are spat on almost daily.
“It’s almost impossible to pass through Jaffa Gate without this happening,” said a senior priest at one Jerusalem church.
The spitting has become so prevalent that some priests have simply stopped going to certain parts of the Old City.
The Baptist church has been attacked twice before: It was torched in 1982 and again in 2007. “We mainly feel sad” about the attacks, said the church’s pastor, Charles Kopp. “It hurts us that anyone could even think we deserve such treatment. They don’t know us, but they apparently oppose anyone who doesn’t identity with them. I wish them well; I have no desire for revenge.”
Baptist priests don’t normally walk around in priestly garb, but Kopp said he would be afraid to walk through the Old City if he did.
Jacob Avrahami, the mayor’s advisor on the Christian community, visited the Baptist church on Monday to condemn the attacks. “They feel besieged; you can see it on them,” he said.
Dr. Gadi Gevaryahu, whose Banish the Darkness organization works to combat racism, said his big fear is that “one day, they’ll attack a mosque or a church with people inside and there will be a terrible conflagration here.”
“Over the last two years, 10 mosques have been torched here, and today it’s clear that it’s not just aimed at Palestinians or Muslims, but at foreigners in general,” he said.
Gevaryahu also offered a practical suggestion: Security cameras, he said, should be installed on every sensitive building in the city.
The man wearing a yarmulke, a traditional Jewish hat typically worn by Orthodox Jews, ripped what was remaining of Mrs. Van der Woodsen shirt from her torso and fled the scene. Although there were dozens of onlookers nary a soul stopped to offer the battered and bleeding elderly American a helping hand. As if her encounter with the violent homosexual wasn’t bad enough, Mrs. Van der Woodsen now has to wait 6 months for an HIV test her doctors ordered due to the extent of her injuries and possible exposure.
“It was a horrible ordeal I never expected I would go through visiting the Holy Land.” Mrs Van der Woodsen concluded.
When asked if she was aware that the Palestinian Christian population encounters similar hatred on a daily basis Mrs Van der Woodsen replied that she was not.
Spitting, hitting, abuse, and now what amounts in our opinion to a violent felony assault perpetrated by Israeli nationals against western Christians visiting the birthplace of their god. Where’s the mainstream media? Their silence in Israel and South Africa speaks volumes about their warped agenda.
Please visit our site later in the month for our feature on Israel’s apparent love affair with not only paedophilia but paedophiles themselves. Little known fact; per capita the Israeli government is protecting 6X the number of convicted child rapists wanted on extradition to the United States than the Vatican. How come when we never hear about it? Check the main page over the weekend for a truly sickening story, one that gets little cover.
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by J Coetzee (the Gauteng Christian Knights) and Anup Mukherjee of Christians Against Zionism