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Messianic Jews: We’re subjected to harassment

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“There is a campaign of harassment against the Messianic Jewish community by radical religious organizations that are trying to create dehumanization – especially in religious newspapers.”

Roni Gal

March 21, 2008 Israel (ynetnews.com)-Police are pushing ahead with the investigation into the explosion that wounded a 15-year-old youth in Ariel on Thursday. The explosive device is believed to have been concealed in a gift basket similar to those traditionally exchanged during the Purim holiday. The youth, who belongs to a family of Messianic Jews, is still hospitalized in serious condition at the Beilinson hospital in Petah Tikvah and underwent major surgery well into the early hours of Friday morning. Doctors were forced to sever one of his limbs and warn his eyesight is still in danger.

The Messianic Jewish community has voiced its outrage after initial reports linked the cause of the attack to the youth’s religious affiliation. Some are now saying that the community has long since been subjected to harassment by religious Jews.

“All Messianic Jewish communities are still in shock and pain over the incident,” Roni, a family friend, said. “The feeling is really difficult right now. The most important thing is that the youth come out of the operating room and the second thing is that we hope that they will catch the person who did this and condemn the phenomenon.”

Roni, also a member of the sect, accompanied the injured teen to the hospital. “Messianic Jews suffer a lot of harassment and from other types of violence – burning down meeting places, pestering (us) at home, the publishing of announcements with featuring our pictures and more.”

‘Dehumanization in newspapers’

Caleb Meyers, the representative of the messianic Jewish community in Israel , explains that: “There is a campaign of harassment against the Messianic Jewish community by radical religious organizations that are trying to create dehumanization – especially in religious newspapers.”

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