Israeli lawmaker Michael Ben Ari ripped up a copy of the New Testament and threw it in the garbage.

Ben Ari, of the National Union Party, had his legislative aide, Itamar Ben Gvir, photograph his destruction and released the photo Tuesday to the Israeli daily Maariv.

Lawmakers had received in their Knesset mailboxes copies of the new edition of the New Testament released by the Bible Society in Israel, which distributes Christian books in the country, Ynet reported. Some returned it to the society and others quietly disposed of it.

“Sending the book to lawmakers is a provocation. There is no doubt that this book and all it represents belongs in the garbage can of history,” Ben Ari said, adding that it "galvanized the murder of millions of Jews" throughout history, including during the Spanish Inquisition.

Government spokesman Mark Regev told Ynet that "We totally deplore this behavior and condemn it outright. This action stands in complete contrast to our values and our traditions. Israel is a tolerant society, but we have zero tolerance for this despicable and hateful act."

Michael Ben-Ari a religious conservative was photographed tearing up a copy of the New Testament which was given to him by Israeli Evangelicals

He did not commit this act in just any old place; he did it in the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament. Mr. Ben-Ari is a member of HaIhud HaLeumim (National Union) a religious Jewish right wing party close to the Occupy Movement.

The gesture - which brings to mind the action of U.S. pastor Terry Jones who set fire to a copy of the Koran - was in response to an “unacceptable provocation” by the Israeli Bible Society, an Evangelical entity which in recent days sent a copy of the New Testament in Jewish to all 120 Israeli MPs. ““We are pleased to send you this book which we hope will help you and illuminate your way,” the accompanying letter written by Victor Kalisher read. “We hope and pray that this book may help you in your important position in service of the people.”

A very unwise move in a country like Israel where Christian proselytism is a topic that has always caused tension. Arutz Sheva, the news agency that is most sympathetic to the religious conservatives, promptly reported the news the other day, with the headline: “Christians Flood Knesset with ‘New Judaism’”. The article said many MPs were furious about this gesture and that Tzipi Hotolevy, a member of the Likud party, has specifically askedKnesset’s president, Reuven Rivlin, “to put a stop to the dissemination of what she said is outright missionary material in the Knesset.”

But yesterday, Michael Ben-Ari decided to go even further and got a photographer to capture the moment when he publicly ripped the pages out of the book in question and then threw them in the bin. As he did so he said: “This abominable book [the New Testament] brought about the murder of millions of Jews in the Inquisition and autos da fé.” “This is a provocation by church missionaries and there is no doubt that this book and those who sent it belong in the garbage can of history.”

One look at the MP’s CV and it becomes instantly clear as to why he decided to make this gesture. Mr. Ben-Ari who is 48 years old was born to Eastern Jewish parents and grew up in one of the roughest neighbourhoods on the outskirts of Tel Aviv. Today he lives in the Karnei Shomron settlement and is the first Israeli MP to not hide the fact that he is a follower of Meir Kahane, founder of the racist party Kach. The party was banned in Israel for inciting anti-Arab hatred after the massacre of 29 Palestinians in 1994 by colonizer Baruc Goldstein at the Tomb of Abraham in Hebron. For this reason, the U.S. has denied him a visa on more than one occasion, referring to U.S. anti-terrorism legislation. 

The MP’s glaring insult to the New Testament could have repercussions for relations between Israel and Evangelical conservatives, who have been one of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s foremost allies in the U.S. The incident comes just a few weeks before Mormon Mitt Romney’s visit to Israel. . As part of his race for the White House Romney added a visit to Jerusalem precisely in order to show a break with the Obama administration on the issue of the country’s closeness to the Jewish State.


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  1. Four planes and NOT single serial number found WTF

  2. the problem with this Zionist asshole is that the new testament bible killed no one but jews killed 100,000,000 Africans via their slave trade, 60,000,000 Russians in the Bolshevik revolution, 2,000,000 Germans at the close of WWII.....the inquisition records show only 200 jews were killed...then the jews went to south America and enslaved and slaughtered the aboriginals.....Jews are full of lies, their history is full of lies, their bible is Egyptian and God never made it to Israel because the birthace of mankind is sumeria known today as Iraq.....tear all that you Zionists are children of satan.....just like the jew Hitler

    1. Anonymous you are anomalous your'e words anathema your thoughts !

    2. God said to the Jews I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. Mohamads monsters are a perfect example of the curse

  3. let's see him rip up and throw away a rag like the Koran.

  4. This is why we can't have nice things...
    Seriously, though, the bibles were obviously given in a thoughtful & caring manner & were largely unaccepted. Nothing to do about it but forgive the destructive tantrums like the one indulged in by Ben Ari & pray that maturity will one day greet him & those like him.

  5. Too bad he only associates the New Testament to the persecution of the Jews by ignorant men who called themselves Christians. The New Testament, like the rest of Scripture, was mostly written by Jews and is a book of love by the only Savior that the Jews and the rest of the world will ever see. I know that many Jews are looking for their Messiah now, and some even think that they have seen this Messiah, but we Christians know who the Messiah is and there will come a day when all of Israel will know Him also.
    For anyone to give a Jew (or gentile) a New Testament is an act of love, not an act of provocation. A real Christian does not want anyone to go into eternal darkness, whether they be an enemy or a friend, for "we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places".
    Psalm 22
    6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
    7-8 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.
    Psalm 22:16
    16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.

    Isaiah 53
    3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
    4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
    5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
    6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
    Zechariah 12:10
    And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.



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