9-year-old Jennifer Rossi and her 5-year-old sister were visiting Jerusalem with their parents this past November when they happened upon a market stall selling sweets less than half a mile from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
What happened next shocked the evangelical family to its core.
Jennifer’s mother told her daughter and victim of the assault, that she was permitted one bag of candy she could share with her sister and let them approach the counter on their own. The Jewish vendor, seemingly angered by the cross hanging from Jennifer’s neck started shouting at the children in Hebrew. The mother quickly rushed over to see what the commotion was and witnessed the Jewish candy vendor spitting on her eldest daughter. He then shouted at Mrs Rossi, screaming Notzrim several times-the Hebrew term for Christian (based on Nazereth/Nazarene), and “slapped her in the back of her head as she attempted to grab her children and take them from the store.”
Mortified by the incident, Mrs Rossi, a homemaker from Nashville Tennessee, rushed from the market in order to find authorities to deal with the matter. She attempted to communicate with police but the incident was brushed off. Her husband, meeting with church organisers back at their hotel was summoned and dissuaded from approaching the vendor.
“I was told to calm down and forget it happened. My husband was told that he would be arrested if he confronted the vendor. They insinuated that my daughters might have been stealing something and even if it was not true the vendor could make the claim and then we would be in trouble.” An audibly emotional Mrs Rossi, told the EKP’s American correspondent.
Jennifer’s family are members of a central Tennessee Baptist church that vociferously support Israel’s efforts to ethnically cleanse the region of the Palestinian Arab population, in turn facilitating the expansion of its borders. Until the incident in Jerusalem they had no idea that Christians were so poorly treated or that there were even Christians living in the region!
“We were being told on a weekly basis that Israeli Jews were being menaced by Arab Muslims…that the Jews were innocent victims of anti-Semitic jihad and that it was our duty as children of Yahweh to support these people spiritually, politically and financially. I feel like I have been lied to and we now have blood on our hands.”
She explained during our hour long conversation.
When asked if she or her former congregation were aware that Arab Christians had been putting up with similar abuse since the inception of the Jewish state, she responded, “We had no idea there were even Palestinan Christians living in the region or that they were being harassed. No one in our church, any evangelical church that I know of has any idea that there are Christians being persecuted in Israel. Making matters worse is the fact that they (Christians) are being excluded from their spiritual homes in Jerusalem.”
Like many Americans, Mrs Rossi, a devout Christian mother of four, was deceived by her pastor. Pastors, taking their preaching orders from their Zionist owners, deceive their congregations into supporting the Jewish state.
“If we had known about Israel what we know now, we would never have been supportive of their cause.” Mrs Rossi continued.
Although Mrs Rossi isn’t certain why the Jewish vendor was as hostile towards her family as he was, she believes it is indubitably the result of anti-Christian hatred and the fact she and her daughters don’t resemble “typical Americans.”
“As Italian Americans I suppose we look a bit like the Palestinian Christians. They must have confused us with the local Christians. Instead of hiding how much they hate us as a people, as they do with typical American tourists, they were caught with their true faces showing.” It’s not just Christian American’s, but Christians the world over who need to be aware.
Kristof P. Volchov, EKP Correspondent