There's something about Easter, with its imagery of the Crucifixion, which kindled, and occasionally still kindles, primitive antisemitism, despite the fact that the Romans, not the Jews, sentenced Jesus to death.
A news report in the Palestinian Authority's official newspaper tells that:
"The spring carnival has retained its [Palestinian] flavor in towns such as Bethlehem, Beit Sahour and Ramallah... with the demonstrations of the Scouts, songs, dances, and popular Palestinian hymns about Christian-Islamic unity and internal Christian unity. These hymns carry meaningful messages, in response to the Israeli prohibition [to enter Jerusalem], as seen in the calls of the youth who lead the procession of light, waving swords and not caring if anyone accuses them of anti-Semitism: ... 'Our master, Jesus, the Messiah, the Messiah redeemed us, with his blood he bought us, and today we are joyous while the Jews are sad,' and, 'Jews, Jews! Your holiday is the Holiday of the Apes, while our holiday is the Holiday of the Messiah.'"Although this ditty is reportedly in retaliation for that "Israeli prohibition", it has (hat tip: Elliott Green) earlier echoes. Elliott Green found that Saul S Friedman reports a similar ditty sung at Eastertime in the 19th century in his Land of Dust: Palestine at the Turn of the Century (Washington DC: University Press of America 1982), pp 115-116. The original version runs in part:
"Oh Jews! Oh Jews! Your feasts are goblin feasts. . . ."Friedman cites the Palestinian Arabic-speaking Christian, Gamahliel Wad el-Ward in Palestine through the Eyes of a Native [New York: Fleming H Revell 1907]. pp 60-64.
Read more on the PA report: http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=4924
And for more examples of antisemitism in the PA invoking the "apes and pigs" definition of Jews see: http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=786
The Qur'an says three times that Allah transformed Jews into apes and pigs: 2:62-65; 5:59-60; and 7:166.ReplyDelete
There's nothing about 'apes and pigs' in Christian scripture. So I guess their Arab identity has something to do with their terminolgy.
I noticed a certain taciturn quality to the Christian Arabs in Israel, indicating that they weren't entirely at home in a Jewish state. Oh the ingratitude!
Nicely put, Roger!ReplyDelete
Not forgetting those oft-heard claims that Jesus was a Palestinian.
Firstly, 'The Jews', in the same sense as 'The Brits' or 'The Yanks', which is to say the leadership, could not put Jesus to death as the sceptre had departed . The Romans were in charge. However, it is clear that BOTH sets of leadership agreed the crucifixion. What most people miss is that Jesus 'gave up the ghost' long before he should have died.ReplyDelete
As St. Thomas Aquinas put it, all those years ago,'
In suprema nocte coenae
recumbus cum fratribus
observata lege plene
cibis in legalibus,
cibum turbae duodenae
se dat suis manibus.
On the night of that Last Supper,
seated with His chosen band,
He the Pascal victim eating,
first fulfills the Law's command;
then as Food to His Apostles
gives Himself with His own hand.'
As both Priest, after the order of Melchizedek, and Victim, we are dealing with what Durkheim called 'Altruistic Suicide'.
In short, everyone is guilty and no-one is guilty. The current Pope has re-iterated this position.
Blaming the Jews has always been contrary to New Testamant theology. Anti-semitism is an infection in the Christian body. It does NOT belong there. How can it? We believe in a Jewish Messiah.
This Maundy Thursday I attended a Church service which re-enacted the Passover Feast that Jesus celebrated with His diciples the night before the Crucifixion. There is a sense in which EVERY Communion service does that.
Anti-semitism pre-dates Christianity by, at least, 2000 years. Pesach and Purim. No Christians present. It is a Pagan disease which the Church, and some Jews, stll suffer from.
It is about the war against God and both the Church Proper and Israel are both feeling the heat.
Mny thanks, as usual, Ian - your comment was in my Spam box and I've only just noticed it.ReplyDelete
Spam! As usual! Now I am paranoid! ;-)ReplyDelete