December 8 2009
Lobby for Jewish values passes out fliers against hotels, restaurants putting up Christmas trees, other Christian symbols ahead of civil New Year, say businesses who do so risk losing kosher certification
By Ari Galhar
A new front for religious battles: Hotels and restaurants. The “Lobby for Jewish values” this week began operating against restaurants and hotels that plan to put up Christmas trees and other Christian symbols ahead of Christmas and the civil New Year.
According to the lobby’s Chairman, Ofer Cohen, they have received backing by the rabbis, “and we are even considering publishing the names of the businesses that put up Christian symbols ahead of the Christian holiday and call for a boycott against them.”
Fliers and ads distributed among the public read, “The people of Israel have given their soul over the years in order to maintain the values of the Torah of Israel and the Jewish identity.
“You should also continue to follow this path of the Jewish people’s tradition and not give in to the clownish atmosphere of the end of the civil year. And certainly not help those businesses that sell or put up the foolish symbols of Christianity.”
The Jerusalem Rabbinate also works each year to ensure restaurants and hotels receiving kosher certification from the Jerusalem Religious Council do not put up Christian symbols.
According to a senior official in the kashrut department, this is done each year consensually, but that businesses which do not meet this requirement may find their kashrut certificate revoked.
It should be noted that most of the hotels in Jerusalem and a significant part of the restaurants in the capital receive permanent kosher certification from the city’s religious council.
Seems a few have way too much time on their hands.
This is called bigotry, religious intolerance and a few other things…..
Well if the shoe were on the other foot I am sure this Jewish Lobby group would be screaming from the roof tops, anti Semitic.
This is anti Christian. Equally a bad thing. I see no difference what so ever.
You reap what you sow and this is the seed of hate.
So again another seed of hate has been sown, by a lobby group. I suppose they think they speak for all Jews. How self centered they are. In a world filled with numerous religions, this is just one example of religious intolerance. Soon they will be peddling their hate across the planet telling others what religious holidays they can celebrate.
We keep hearing that Israel is a democracy and fair minded towards others, but it seems that it again been proven to be untrue.
I would suggest to all, not to visit Israel. Seems Christians and those from other religions are not welcome. With so many other wonderful vacation spots in the world, seems a simple thing to do.
Empty hotels and restaurants might give a loud message.
In the world of business there are more non Jews in the world and they have the power to boycott any business that adheres to such a bigoted restriction.
If you criticize Israel however this is what one gets. A bombardment of hate mail.
My advice keep all the mail and republish it so the public can see just how bad it is. Honest Reporting is anything but Honest.