lundi 12 décembre 2011

Christmas in Israel: Bloody Brawl between priests in Bethlehem!

 In December 2007, seven priests and five policemen were injured in a fight at Christmas in a brawl that broke out in the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem, between Armenian and Greek Orthodox priests in the wake of a dispute "territorial "on the cleanup.
        
Greek Orthodox priests had set up ladders to clean the walls and ceilings of the building within their holy responsibility after Christmas, thus encroaching on the part of the church controlled by the Armenians, causing the wrath of those said the witness of the AFP who witnessed the fight.
        
For over a quarter of an hour, fifty prelates clashed in black robes, screaming at once brooms and iron rods into chaos before the Palestinian police intervened to separate them.
        
"The Orthodox wanted to clean the Armenian side which caused the fight. As usual, cleaning the church after Christmas is the source of problems. For two years I've been mayor, however, all was well" , had told the Agence France Presse (AFP) the Mayor of Bethlehem, Victor Batarseh, who had offered his good offices to try to appease the spirits.
        
The seven religious injured were evacuated to the hospital in Beit Jala, the nearby community.
        
Just as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the old city of Jerusalem, the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, birthplace of Christ, is subject to a strict status quo governing the responsibilities of Greek Orthodox churches, Catholic and Armenian.
        
The space is divided exactly like the prayer times. The Nativity is the oldest church in the Holy Land and one of the holiest sites of Christianity.

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