Olmert: Don’t politicize church incident

Monday, March 06, 2006 | 
Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert slammed the Muslim leadership in the country for politicizing Friday’s incident in Nazareth in which a mentally ill Jewish man set off firecrackers inside the Church of Annunciation because he wanted his children back from state custody. “There is something almost ridiculous in the fact that the Muslim public, which is intolerant of Christianity and its leaders, is at the forefront of the protest against an incident carried out by a weird couple and is trying to leverage the incident for election campaign purposes.” Olmert said. After the Jewish man, Haim Habibi and his wife set off firecrackers at the church, thousands of Christian and Moslem Israeli Arabs rioted in Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus. About two dozen people were injured. Hamas’ designated Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh had said that the attack is result of “a hate culture which Israel is feeding its public against the Palestinians.”

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