Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Israeli city bans Christmas trees

Of course, no right wing rabid evangelical would believe this.

"...Shimon Gapso, the mayor of Upper Nazareth, had banned Christmas trees from all public buildings in his northern Israeli city.

"'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 mayor is a stalwart ally of far-right politician Avigdor Lieberman and regularly expresses virulently anti-Arab views, including recently calling Nazarenes 'Israel-hating residents whose place is in Gaza' and their city 'a nest of terror in the heart of the Galilee'.

"(...) But Gapso is not alone in his trenchant opposition to making even the most cursory nod towards multiculturalism. The city’s chief rabbi, Isaiah Herzl, has refused to countenance a single Christmas tree in Upper Nazareth, arguing that it would be 'offensive to Jewish eyes'.

"That view, it seems, reflects the official position of the country’s rabbinate. In so far as they are able, the rabbis have sought to ban Christmas celebrations in public buildings, including in the hundreds of hotels across the country.

"A recent report in the Haaretz newspaper, on an Israeli Jew who grows Christmas trees commercially, noted in passing: 'hotels – 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.'"


In the article it mentioned the city of Haifa also banning non-Jewish festivals.

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