Israeli speaker: Christmas tree offends

2013-12-26 17:13

Jerusalem - The speaker of Israel's parliament says he refused to display a Christmas tree in the building because of the "painful memories" it evoked among Jews.

Yuli Edelstein told Israel Radio Thursday such a public display of a Christian symbol could be construed as offensive.

Jews have suffered from centuries of persecution by Christians.

Earlier this week, Edelstein rejected the request of a Christian-Arab lawmaker.

He said the parliamentarian could display a tree in his office and party's conference room.

Edelstein says the initiative is part of an Arab campaign to chip away at Israel's Jewish nature.

He warned that if he had agreed he would then likely face further requests to display a cross and crescent in parliament.

  • belnick - 2013-12-26 17:54

    This jewish story is very childish.Grow up

  • jason.hepple.5 - 2013-12-26 18:55

    Really N24.... You deleted that for what!!!???

  • Feik Mc Heither - 2013-12-26 19:04

    Really? Isn't this a bigger chip? I mean, Apartheid: 20 years and black South African and freedom fighters are constantly told to get the chip of their shoulders. Jews v/s Christian (some say Catholic) persecutions: centuries ago. Damn, the world is moving so fast, don't get left behind because of a frigging tree.

  • Bruce Collins - 2013-12-26 19:11


  • Verity.Four - 2013-12-26 19:31

    I would think the Moslems who they share government with have given then more 'painful memories than any stupid tree. O.o

      Graziella Uncensored - 2013-12-27 06:02

      Ignorance is strength. Who do you think provided shelter to Jews while they were being persecuted by Christians over the centuries. Jews thrived in Islamic countries until the establishment of the Nazi bastard state.

  • Lynda Pitcher - 2013-12-26 19:32

    Oh dear we are all so touchy, everyone is offended by something these days

  • Gary Landman - 2013-12-26 21:28

    As to the comments here... I thank God I left south Africa a long time ago. The people of south Africa become more dimwitted by the day.

      Abanya Way - 2013-12-26 23:50

      If you are so thankful to God for getting you out of SA why do you spend your time not only reading the SA news sites but also reveling in the comments made?

      Verity Fourie - 2013-12-27 00:18

      Yes @Gary, the last intellectual on the African continent left when you boarded the plane. We didn't deserve you ... So enjoy where you are, we keep it real here in SA.

  • jungleboy - 2013-12-26 21:30

    There is nothing more offencive than double standards. You are either a democracy that respects everyone that lives in your country and is a citizen or you are not. Israel is a racist autocracy deluded by their own toxic formula of apartheid.

  • Feeble Bongo - 2013-12-26 21:56

    On N24, you are not allowed to say: I have a LOT of respect for ISRAELIS. But the JEWS play the JEW card WAY too often. Just like the RACE card is being played WAY too often by certain groupings. N24 a$$holes.

  • Desiree.D.Rowe - 2013-12-26 22:19

    whatever next, the Chinese had a go at the Japanese for visiting a shrine, the Isrealis have a thing about the Christians and a tree. in the greater scheme of things neither has the room to talk. Making people feel guilty about the past seems to be the order of the day. Well it's time to grow up regardless, everyone sounds like my kids during a fight" Mom my brother hit me"

      Themba Khumalo - 2013-12-27 00:31

      Of course you are right, Desiree. Forgive and forget. That's why I propose all farm murderers be parolled forthwith.....

  • bilal.jasat - 2013-12-26 23:00

    Which proves yet again that Israel is an intolerant apartheid state..

      Themba Khumalo - 2013-12-27 00:28

      .....but not as intolerant as some countries that insist that there is only one true religion in this world and bans all others.

      Verity.Four - 2013-12-27 01:08

      @Bilal, Spoken like a true ... believer. A silly tree ruling is not proof of 'apartheid'. In case you don't know what apartheid REALLY IS: Apartheid is an Afrikaans word that means 'separation', and is the name given to the particular racial-social ideology developed in South Africa during the twentieth century. Apartheid was all about racial segregation, and about political and economic discrimination which separated Black (or Bantu), Coloured, Indian, and White South Africans. THE FACTS: Though Palestinians in the Territories are not Israeli citizens, they have ready access to petition Israel’s highest courts. The Court judges by the merits of a case and it frequently decides in favor of the Palestinians, as it did, for example, when Palestinians petitioned that the security fence be rerouted around Beit Sourik (June 30, 2004) and around Alfei Menashe (September 15, 2005). There is more 'apartheid' in Palestine and every other Arab country. Palestines are treated better by Jews in Israel than by their fellow Arabs. FACT! “Israel has proved that for fifty years its real power is in its democracy, guarding the rights of its citizens, applying laws [equally] to the rich and poor, the big and small...and in the participation of the nation in the development of institutions according to ability and efficiency and not according to closeness to [the ruler].” —Columnist Dr. Talal Al-Shareef, Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds, May 27, 19999 This is what 'intolerance' actually is: Intolerance would be killing people if they change religions. Intolerance would be banning and burning churches just because they are Christian. Intolerance is killing/imprisoning critics of religious founders Intolerance is an accusation of 'apartheid' over a small tree The poor tree has proven nothing except your prejudice.

  • Likeitis - 2013-12-27 05:23

    Israel claims to be a democratic state but in reality it is a racist state for Jews only. If it really wants to be a democratic state then it should realise that the goyim citizens of Israel have rights too.

      Verity Fourie - 2013-12-27 06:55

      Like 'apartheid', 'race' is also incorrect.  In case you don't know what a RACIST REALLY IS:  RACE refers to a person's physical appearance, such as skin color, eye color, hair color, bone/jaw structure etc. ETHNICITY, on the other hand, relates to cultural factors such as nationality, culture, ancestry, language and beliefs. Get your fact straight before you show your ignorance and prejudices as well.

      Verity Fourie - 2013-12-27 08:45

      @Peter. The term 'apartheid' has been bastardised if anything. Israel belongs to the Jews, Genesis 15:18, it is a historic fact. They can settle their people where they want to on their land, actually. The irony is that if Palestine, for instance, were to have recourse to the ICC they could be held criminally responsible in that same court for offensive rocket launches. Let's not mention the terrorism, torture, forcible transfer and imprisonment against them by their neighbours.

  • Graziella Uncensored - 2013-12-27 06:05

    The Zionist state can either be a theocracy or democracy, it can't be both.

      Verity Fourie - 2013-12-27 21:37

      If they are not invading other countries it is only because they are all turning on each other internally. Sad really.

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