July 20, 2012
Israeli lawmaker destroys copy of New Testament
I get that the Christian Bible, and in particular the New Testament, are not popular reading for most Israelis. I also get that being sent a copy of the New Testament by the Bible Society could be offensive for a lawmaker in the Jewish state.
But I don’t get this response of Knesset member Michael Ben Ari, who ripped up a copy of the New Testament and has his legislative aid take a photo and then send that photo to the newspaper Maariv.
Mark Regev, a government spokesman, didn’t understand or appreciate Ben Ari’s reaction either. Regev told Ynet:
Ben Ari is not the first to publicly destroy a copy—or hundreds of copies—of the New Testament in Israel.