Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Tuesday, May 13, 2014
  • Elder of Ziyon
Arabic media has exploded in the past few hours claiming that Israeli authorities demanded that the Latin Patriarchate remove a poster welcoming Pope Francis that was put up on their building near Jaffa Gate, so "as not to provoke the wrath of the Jews."

Dmitry Dliany, Secretary-General of the National Assembly of Christians, is outraged, telling the media that this is one more example of how Israel is denying Christians and Muslims to have any rights in the city, and it is an example of ethnic cleansing, and probably that the IDF kills cute baby puppies.

I can't find any proof of this story anywhere. There are no photos of this supposed poster. The Latin Patriachate Facebook page doesn't mention a thing about this story.

While I can see, maybe, a situation where Jerusalem authorities would demand that a freestanding sign be taken down for zoning or safety reasons, the chances that any Israeli authority said that a poster of the Pope must be taken down so as "not to provoke the wrath of the Jews" is zero.

This story is just another anti-Israel lie.

UPDATE: Bob Knot found a photo of the poster with the story on Facebook:
The #Israeli police department asked the #Catholic #Church to remove welcome to the #Pope banner displayed on the wall of the #Christian Information Center, a Franciscan property, in order not offend the feelings of the #Jewish groups who oppose the Pope's visit. This Place is located in Jaffa Gate area in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem, which is in the Christian Quarter. Welcome to the only democracy in the Middle East!
I still don't believe that any Israeli authorities asked them to take it down because of possible Jewish reactions.

UPDATE 2: Now, this makes sense: (h/t Bob K)
According to the sources, the church decided not to remove the sign, while police claimed they did not ask for the removal of these reasons, but for legal reasons relating to the law on placing banners on archaeological sites.
Verified here.

Any chance Dliany will apologize? Yeah, sure.

UPDATE 3: Too bad Israeli police don't enforce this rule on the Temple Mount:






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