Armenian clergymen are beaten in Jerusalem


On June 15, a group of Orthodox Jews beat Armenian clergy in the center of Jerusalem because the latter had cautioned them.

Archbishop Aris Shirvanian, the spokesperson of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, told the aforesaid to Armenian News-NEWS.am.

“Great crowds of Jews had come to Jerusalem for a celebration, and two of our clergy were outside among the crowd. At that time, two Jews spat [on the ground] and Deacon Garabed Hairabedian cautioned them; that’s why he was beaten and then Father Shnork. Thank God there are no injuries,” he said.

In the archbishop’s words, even though such incidents are frequent in Jerusalem, the police never arrest anyone.

“The Jews are like this toward our religion, not [toward] the Armenians,” Archbishop Shirvanian added.

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