Out­rage grows over Is­raeli ex­hibit mock­ing Christ

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Regional -

of Pales­tinian Chris­tians and Mus­lims strongly con­demned the of­fen­sive de­pic­tions of Je­sus Christ and Mary that were on dis­play in a mu­seum in the north­ern Is­raeli port city of Haifa.

The Greek Ortho­dox Pa­tri­ar­chate de­manded that the mu­seum re­move the of­fen­sive de­pic­tions of Christ, say­ing “While we value free­dom of ex­pres­sion, this should not in­clude mock­ing and tar­get­ing our re­li­gion and re­li­gious fig­ures.” The ex­hibit, be­ing on dis­play at a gallery in Haifa’ de­picts Je­sus as a clown and as a Ken doll, while de­pict­ing Mary as a Bar­bie doll.

The pa­tri­ar­chate also ac­cused the Haifa mu­nic­i­pal­ity for al­low­ing for such paint­ings and sculp­tures while the Chris­tian world was cel­e­brat­ing Christ­mas.

It also de­manded an apol­ogy for spon­sor­ing such an event.

The Is­lamic-Chris­tian Com­mis­sion in Sup­port of Jerusalem and the Holy Sites also con­demned the ex­hi­bi­tion, call­ing it “an ob­vi­ous mock­ery of the image of Je­sus Christ and his mother, the Vir­gin Mary, and an in­sult to all the heav­enly re­li­gions and be­liefs,” as re­ported by the Pales­tinian news agency WAFA.

The group un­der­scored that such in­ci­dents would “deepen an­i­mos­ity and ha­tred among peo­ple and pro­voke re­li­gious strife.”

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