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Jewish Christian in Israel Faces Repeated Attacks

Post#1 » Wed Dec 30, 2009 6:32 pm

They demand from everyone else what they themselves cant give to anyone else.
WTF??? Shit storm is coming.

Jewish Christian in Israel Faces Repeated Attacks
By Ksenia Svetlova
Compass Direct News | December 30, 2009

JERUSALEM (CDN) — A Christian of Jewish origin who has been attacked on
the streets here four times because of his faith in Christ is seeking
police protection.

Jerusalem resident Yossi Yomtov said police have been slow to
investigate hate crimes against him by youths wearing kippahs, cloth
skullcaps typically worn by observant Jews. In two of the attacks a
youth plied him with pepper spray and stun gun shocks, he said.

"This young man cursed me for my belief in Christ," Yomtov told Compass.
"He used ugly curses and spoke in highly abusive language."

Yomtov, who founded social activist group Lemallah ("Upward") after
moving to Israel from the United States in 1999, said he was last
attacked on Dec. 19. On that occasion his group was holding a
demonstration in downtown Jerusalem, he said, when a man chanting
anti-Christian slogans and using foul language approached him and begin
striking him. Police never showed up in spite of many calls to the
police station, he said.

Yomtov said he received Christ in 1984, while still living in the United
States. He said he became a Christian after he "hit the bottom" - taking
drugs and engaging in "in illegal activity." He regards himself as a
Jewish Christian belonging to no one church; he does not belong to the
highly organized movement of Messianic Jews.

"I'm not secretive about my belief like some other people, and I often
talk about it," he told Compass. "That's how many people are aware of me
believing in Jesus Christ."

In previous attacks in the last few months, the assailants appeared to
be teenaged or young men of French origin, he said.

"When they approached, one of them started cursing me - I ignored him,
as I figured he wasn't about to attack me, but he did," Yomtov said. "I
received a punch in the face and had to defend myself."

Police arrived and caught one of the attackers but refused his request
to press charges, he said. Yomtov said he asked police why they didn't
secure any witnesses.

"I was told to shut up," he said. "It was clear that they were not going
to press any charges."

A month later, he said, he was attacked again. The same teenaged youth
approached him on King George street in downtown Jerusalem.

"He sprayed my eyes with a pepper spray, and I stood there, blind, for
at least 15 minutes," Yomtov said. "People at a nearby bus stop started
calling the police, but they never showed up."

Late at night on Oct. 12, the harrasment continued.

"I was walking in the city center, in close proximity to a very central
Ben-Yehuda street sometime after midnight, and a group of youths with
stun guns attacked me brutally," he said. "I rushed to the police
station, but the police officer again was reluctant to take up this
complaint, and it took quite a few times and a lot of me convincing them
to take this matter seriously."

Yomtov said he managed to take a photo with his cell phone of the youth
who seemed to be the gang leader. "Finally they agreed to start
investigating this issue, yet so far there is no progress in the
investigation, and I have totally lost a sense of personal security," he
said. "I don't know when they'll come up to me next."

Police in Jerusalem declined to comment on Yomtov's case in spite of
repeated requests by Compass.

On one street, Yomtov pointed to a morass of hatefull grafitti. Written
with Hebrew characters, some of it employed foul language in referring
to Christianity and Islam; other messages proclaimed threats such as,
"Death to Arabs" and "Death to the left."

"It seems as if they don't want to stop the hate crimes, the hate
graffities, until it's too late," Yomtov said. "If they were serious
about enforcing laws against violence they would have at least
identified the perpetrator and submitted that information in the
complaint file for the prosecutor. Instead they threatened me with
arrest, when all I wanted was to investigate the violent crime against

He referred to the recent indictment of ultra-orthodox Jewish extremist
Jacob Teitel, an immigrant from the United States charged with multiple
hate crimes, including the murder of an Arab shepherd and taxi driver in
1997 and the planting of an explosive device at the front door of a
family of Messianic Jews in Ariel that seriously injured 15-year-old Ami

"I wonder whether the Israeli police could prevent the crimes Jacob
Teitel performed, had they been taking him seriously from the
beginning," said Yomtov. "It seems that the Israeli police only care to
investigate hate crimes when someone is killed or seriously injured."
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