Armenian priest assaulted by Yeshiva students
- Armenian priest assaulted by Yeshiva students
Etgar Lefkovits, THE JERUSALEM POST Jan. 6, 2005
An Armenian priest was assaulted by four yeshiva students in the Old City of
Jerusalem Thursday afternoon, in the second such attack in the last three
months, police said.
The altercation began when one of the yeshiva students spat on the priest,
Father Avedis, in front of the Armenian Monastery where he lives in the
Armenian Quarter, the priest said.
The Jewish assailant refused to go to police with the priest, and the two
got into a scuffle.
Meanwhile, a few more yeshiva students came by, and got into a heated
argument with the priest over who had attacked whom, the priest said.
A Foreign Ministry official, accompanied by an Israeli security guard, who
was passing by, came to the aid of the priest, and summoned police.
The four haredi suspects subsequently scuffled with the security guard, who
tried to detain them before police arrived. The four were subsequently
placed under arrest and will be remanded in a Jerusalem court on Friday
The priest was not hurt in the incident.
The assault on the priest was condemned by the New York-based
Anti-Defamation League, and, later, by Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski.
"This kind of behavior is outrageous, inappropriate and goes against all
Jewish teachings, said Laura Kam Issacharoff, the co-director of the ADL's
She added that such attacks are not as random as they seem, and that
Jerusalem yeshiva students must be taught respect and tolerance of others.
Later Thursday evening, Lupolianski called the attack a "despicable act"
which is "likely to harm the delicate relations that exist in Jerusalem."
In a statement, he added that "the Jewish people, which was subject to
centuries of persecution abroad, should be the first to show tolerance and
moderation to others."
In October, a yeshiva student spat at a Sunday morning procession of
Armenian clergymen in Jerusalem's Old City and then scuffled with a priest.
He later apologized.
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