A Christian gathering that was taking place near Jerusalem’s Western Wall was interrupted by right-wing Orthodox Jewish activists. The incident occurred during the commemoration of the World Day of Prayer for Jerusalem and the Nations. This activity consisted of the union of believers who met to pray for Jerusalem, the Jewish people, and the gospel.
The event took place on Sunday, May 28 during the activity attended by hundreds of Christians and resulted in 10 arrests. According to testimonies, a group of right-wing Orthodox Jews burst in with a protest that turned violent, including spitting.
The justification given by the demonstrators was based on their view that the Western Wall is a deeply symbolic representation of their religion and history. According to them, having a Christian gathering so close to it was considered a provocation.
Part of what was published by the Christian Post reads:
The windows of the Davidson Center were also smashed during the protest, the Israeli newspaper reported, adding that 10 protesters were arrested during the meeting but were not identified.
Israel Today reports that some posters held by protesters cited the destruction of the Second Temple in A.D. 70. C. by Rome and the Holocaust as reasons for the protest.
The confrontation between Christians and Orthodox Jews dates back many years. At present there is no evidence to show that this relationship has improved in Jerusalem.
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