May 18, 2013
A War on Christmas in Israel
Posted on Dec 26, 2012
In Israeli cities such as Haifa and Nazareth, officials and religious authorities have tried to ban celebrations of non-Jewish holidays by forbidding decorations in public buildings and threatening to revoke kosher certificates from businesses.
Two years ago, Simon Gapso, the mayor of Upper Nazareth, banned Christmas trees from all public buildings in his northern city, Jonathan Cook writes at CounterPunch.
“Upper Nazareth is a Jewish town and all its symbols are Jewish,” Gapso said. “As long as I hold office, no non-Jewish symbol will be presented in the city.” The city’s chief rabbi, Isaiah Herzl, concurred. A Christmas tree in Upper Nazareth would be “offensive to Jewish eyes,” he said.
And as a recent article in the newspaper Haaretz reported:
“[H]otels—under threat of losing kashrut certificates—are prohibited by the rabbinate from decking their halls in boughs of holly or, heaven forbid, putting up even the smallest of small sparkly Christmas tree in the corner of the lobby.”
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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