By now, some of our Christian friends are doubtless aware that Israeli parliament member Michael Ben-Ari was captured on camera tearing up and throwing in a trash can a copy of the New Testament. Knesset members were sent copies by a Christian group operating in Israel.
Outrage and condemnation have poured in from across the Israeli political spectrum. Left-wing Meretz MK Ilan Gilon said, “it’s shocking that someone like that is a member of Knesset.” Mark Regev, spokesman for Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “”We totally deplore this behavior and condemn it outright. This action stands in complete contrast to our values and our traditions. Israel is a tolerant society, but we have zero tolerance for this despicable and hateful act.” Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said, “I condemn any disrespect of holy texts of any religion, including ripping the New Testament by an MK yesterday. Democracy is the freedom of speech, but it is not anarchy, and freedom of faith and worship is one of the founding values of this country.”
At The Fellowship and Stand for Israel, we work hard to bring Jews and Christians together. Hateful, stupid acts like the one perpetrated by MK Ben-Ari have no place in civilized society or between our two communities.