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Israeli lawmaker tears up "abominable" New Testament, throws it in trash
by: Ali Abunimah

Israeli Knesset member Michael Ben-Ari tears up the bible before dumping it in the trash.

A member of the Israeli parliament has torn up a copy of the New Testament and thrown it in the trash.

An edition of the Bible had been distributed to all members of the Knesset by Victor Kalish, the head of a Christian publishing society.

According to Israel's NRG news website, Kalish sent the book along with a letter explaining that it was a new edition with thousands of references, "that sheds light on the [Old Testament] Scriptures and helps to understand them and also shows the close connection between the Scriptures and the New Testament and how many of their prophecies are fulfilled in the New Testament."

New Testament belongs in "garbage can of history"

Ben-Ari, however termed the book a "provocation," tore it up and threw it in the trash, an act that was apparently caught on camera.

"This abominable book [the New Testament] brought about the murder of millions of Jews in the Inquisition and autos da fé," Ben-Ari was quoted as saying, "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."

Ben-Ari is also notorious for his role in inciting hatred against Africans, declaring at a rally against African migrants in Tel Aviv last year that, "We have come to expunge the darkness."

Tzipi Hovotely, a member of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's governing party, sent a request to the speaker of the Knesset urging him to ban the distribution of "missionary" materials, NRG reported.

Destruction of bible comes as Christian Zionists meet in Washington

Ben-Ari's destruction of, and insults toward the Bible, come as Christians United for Israel (CUFI) - what claims to be the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States - meets for its annual conference in Washington.

Alice Bach attended the conference and heard the opening speech by its founder Pastor John Hagee who claims, in order to justify his support for Israel, that the bible is "a Zionist text."

What would the thousands of Christian Zionists attending CUFI say if they saw an Israeli Knesset member destroying the Bible and dumping it in the trash?

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Original Article: Israeli lawmaker tears up "abominable" New Testament, throws it in trash

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