A riot broke out on Wednesday in the Israeli town of Rehovot when a group of ultra-Orthodox Jews saw Messianic Jews handing out religious pamphlets and decided to assault them.
The enraged haredim began beating the Messianics and ripping up and trashing their literature, according a report today on Ynetnews.
Some secular passersby also joined in the action. One passerby told the Israeli daily, «What shocked me was the violence in the area, and that the passersby did not act to stop it.».
Similar acts of violence have occurred in recent years against members of the 10-15,000 strong Messianic community in Israel. Last year, a bomb hidden in a Purim basket severely wounded the 15-year-old son of a pastor in Ariel, while in Or Yehuda the deputy mayor incited a band of ultra-Orthodox students to publicly burn a pile of Hebrew New Testaments being handed out in the neighborhood.
The Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community must stop persecuting Messianic Jews. Israel have enough enemies. Both from outside and from within.
The people of Israel has to see that Evangelical Believers, both Jews and Gentiles are the best friends Israel have. Messianic Jews are Zionists as good as any Zionist.
They believe that God of israel love the Jewish people, and that His Son do the same. In fact they are One. Jesus from Nazareth (Y`shua) did not come from Heaven to Earth to change His Father`s promises to the Jewish people.
The Jewish Apostle Paul explains this to us: (2. Cor: 1:20).
Brothers, please top fighting each other. We might disagree on who the Messiah is. But lets agree that He will not approve that lovers of Israel and the Jewish people use violence to express our differences.