Christian religious symbols is an old religious duty in Judaism. Spitting
on the cross, an especially on the Crucifix, and spitting when a Jew passes
a church, have been obligatory from around AD 200 for pious Jews. In the
past, when the danger of anti-Semitic hostility was a real one, the pious
Jews were commanded by their rabbis either to spit so that the reason for
doing so would be unknown, or to spit onto their chests, not actually on
the cross or openly before the church.
The increasing strength of
the Jewish state has caused these customs to become more open again but
there should be no mistake: The spitting on
the cross for converts from Christianity to Judaism, organized
in Kibbutz Sa'ad and financed by the Israeli government is a an act of
traditional Jewish piety. It does not cease to be barbaric, horrifying
and wicked because of this! On the contrary, it is worse because
it is so traditional, and much more dangerous as well, just as the renewed
anti-Semitism of the Nazis was dangerous, because in part, it played on
the traditional anti-Semitic past.
This barbarous attitude of
contempt and hate for Christian religious symbols has grown in Israel.
In the 1950s Israel issued a series of stamps
representing pictures of Israeli cities. In the picture of Nazareth, there
was a church and on its top a cross - almost invisible, perhaps the size
of a millimeter. Nevertheless, the religious parties, supported by many
on the Zionist "left" made a scandal and the stamps were quickly withdrawn
and replaced by an almost identical series from which the microscopic cross
Then there was the long-drawn-out
battle about Christian influence in elementary arithmetic. Pious Jews object
to the international plus sign for it is a cross, and it may in their opinion,
influence little children to convert to Christianity. Another "explanation"
holds; it would then be difficult to "educate" them to spit on the cross,
if they become used to it in their arithmetic exercises.
the early 1970s two different sets of arithmetic books were used in Israel.
One for the secular schools, employing an inverted "T" sign. In the early
'70's the religious fanatics "converted" the Labor Party to the great danger
of the cross in arithmetic, and from that time, in all Hebrew elementary
schools (and now many high schools as well) the international plus sign
has been forbidden.
is visible in other areas of education.
Teaching the New Testament was always
forbidden, but in the old time conscientious teachers of history used to
circumvent the prohibition, by organizing seminars or sending the students
to libraries (not the school libraries, of course).
About 10 years ago there
was a wave of denouncing such teachers. One in Jerusalem was almost sacked,
for advising her history pupils, who were studying the history of Jews
in Palestine around 30-40 AD, that it would be a good thing if they would
read a few chapters of the New Testament as a historical aid. She retained
her post only after humbly promising not to do this again.
However in recent years,
anti-Christian feelings are literally exploding in Israel (and among Israel-worshiping
Jews in Diaspora too) together with the increase of the Jewish fanaticism
in all other areas too.
real enemies of truth here, as in many other aspects of the Israel reality,
are the socialists, "liberals", "radicals", etc. in the USA. Imagine
the reaction of the US Liberals, and of such papers as "The Nation"
and "New York Review of Books," not to speak of the "New York
Times" if in any state whatsoever, the government financed spitting
on a Star of David? But when here in Israel, the government finances the
spitting on a cross, they are and will continue to be, quite
silent. More than this, they helped to finance it. United
States taxpayers, who are of course mostly Christians, are financing at
least half the Israeli budget, one way or another, and therefore the spitting
on the cross too.