“Righteous” Anger in Jerusalem

NOTE: According to Athonite tradition, the only time a monk is permitted to hit someone is if they insult their Geronda. Under no other circumstance are they allowed to hit another human being; as Christ commands, “But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.” (Matthew 5:39). Every year in Jerusalem, the Greek Orthodox and Armenian Orthodox get into scuffles and fist fights, usually around Pascha and Christmas. Many of these brawls have been filmed:

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2007

ΠΑΠΑΔΑΡΙΟ

Apr. 21 – Αγάπες και τρελή χαρά

Broom Scuffle In Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity

Dec. 27: Palestinian police wielding batons were forced to enter the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and break up a scuffle, forming a human cordon between Greek Orthodox and Armenian Priests who went at each other with brooms and stones inside the church during cleaning. The basilica built over the grotto is administered jointly by Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Armenian authorities, Anyone perceived as encroaching on the others’ turf can set off violent arguments.12/27/07

2008

Church of the unholy punch up – HOLY Shame

Nov 9 – Armenian and Greek Orthodox worshippers and clergy have a fist fight in Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Israeli police say worshippers began fighting each other first as the Armenians were preparing for an annual procession but then clergy on both sides started throwing punches as well.

Raw Video: Monks Brawl at Christian Holy Site

Nov. 9 – Israeli police rushed into one of Christianity’s holiest churches Sunday and arrested two clergyman after an argument between monks erupted into a brawl next to the site of Jesus’ tomb.

“ΠΑΝΑΓΙΟΣ ΤΑΦΟΣ”. “ΑΓ(ρ)ΙΟ” ΞΥΛΟ ΜΕΤΑΞΥ ΠΑΠΑΔΩΝ

Nov. 10 – “Αγιο” ξύλο στον “Πανάγιο Τάφο” μεταξύ παπάδων για την επικράτηση της εκμετάλευσης του “Θείου”

Armenian & Greek Orthodox Monks Fight Jerusalem

Shameful Fight between Greeks & Armenians in Holy Sepulchre

Nov 28 – In this video I am trying to show the gradual process and development of that Shameful Fight ….

2010

Fighting in the Church of The Nativity (Bethlehem) In All Its Glory

Oct. 1 – The Church of the Nativity (Arabic: كنيسة المهد‎) in Bethlehem is one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. The structure is built over the cave that tradition marks as the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth, and it is considered sacred by followers of both Christianity and Islam.

Priests brawl over Bethlehem church repairs

Nov 17A row between priests has undermined efforts to restore the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

2011

Παπάδες και μοναχοί πλακώνονται στο ξύλο

Apr. 21 – Παπάδες, μοναχοί, άπαντες πλακώνονται στα Ιεροσόλυμα στο ξύλο. Αλλά η πίστη στο Θεό σώζει !

Priests fight in Bethlehem church

Dec. 28 – Palestinian police restore order in the Church of the Nativity in Jesus’s birthplace after scuffles erupt between Armenian and Greek Orthodox clergymen. Nick Rowlands reports.

Priests scuffle at Bethlehem church

Dec. 28 – Christmas is traditionally a time for putting disagreements aside. But peace and harmony were put aside at Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity in Palestine, one of Christianity’s holiest sites.

About 100 priests and monks battled on the site where Jesus is said to have been born.

Bethlehem fight: Priests brawl at Jesus’ birth site

Dec. 28 – round 100 priests from rival groups have clashed inside the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem, where Jesus is believed to have been born. Report by Mark Morris.

2013

Fight inside Jerusalem Church among Ethiopian, Egyptian and Greece Church members

Fight inside Jerusalem Church among Ethiopian, Egyptian and Greece Church members when Ethiopian praying for their citizens in Saudi Arabia.