Christians protest ‘McJesus’ sculpture in Israel

CRUCIFIED MACDONALED MACJESUSAn art exhibit in Israel featuring a crucified Ronald McDonald – a primary mascot of the McDonald’s fast-food restaurant chain – has sparked protests by the country’s Arab Christians.

Hundreds of Christians calling for the removal of the sculpture titled “McJesus” demonstrated at the museum, where the artwork has been put on display, in the northern city of Haifa last week.

The Israeli police said the rioters hurled a firebomb at the museum and threw stones that wounded three police officers. Authorities dispersed the crowds with tear gas and stun grenades.

Church representatives brought their grievances to the district court on Monday, demanding that it order the removal of the exhibit’s most offensive items, including Barbie doll renditions of a bloodied Jesus and the Virgin Mary.

Museum director Nissim Tal said he was shocked at the sudden uproar, especially because the exhibit – intended to criticise what many view as society’s cult-like worship of capitalism – had been on display for months.

It has also been shown in other countries without incident.

The protests appear to have been sparked by visitors sharing photos of the exhibit on social media.

Christians make up a small percentage of Israel’s Arab population and say they face unique challenges.

“We need to understand that freedom of expression is interpreted in different ways in different societies,” said Wadie Abu Nassar, an adviser to church leaders.

“If this work was directed against non-Christians, the world would be turned upside down.”

Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev, who has been accused of censorship for pushing legislation mandating national “loyalty” in art, also called for removal of the “disrespectful” artwork.

The museum has refused to remove McJesus, however, saying doing so would infringe on freedom of expression. But following the protests, it hung a curtain over the entrance to the exhibit and posted a sign saying the art was not intended to offend.

“This is the maximum that we can do,” Tal said. “If we take the art down, the next day we’ll have politicians demanding we take other things down and we’ll end up only with colourful pictures of flowers in the museum.”

Tal’s comments did little to placate those who want the artwork removed.

‘Respect religions’

A protester remained camped out in a tent at the museum on Monday with a sign reading “Respect religions”.

Police watched closely as local Christians complained to reporters in front of street signs spray-painted with crosses and windows still shattered from last week’s clashes.

“This is very offensive and I cannot consider this art,” Haifa artist and devout Christian Amir Ballan said.

“We will continue through peaceful rallies and candle vigils… We won’t be quiet until we reach a solution.”

Jani Leinonen, the Finnish artist behind McJesus, has also asked that it be taken down – but for a different reason.

He said he supports Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions, or BDS, a Palestinian-led movement aimed at pressuring Israel to change its policies towards the Palestinians.

The group has made significant gains in recent years, persuading a number of foreign artists to cancel performances in Israel. Tal said the museum will not bow to religious or political pressure.

“We will be defending freedom of speech, freedom of art and freedom of culture, and will not take it down,” he said.

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  • Rascal

    I’m just so Mc offended and Mc pissed off. Ok now I’m hungry for a Big Mac.

  • Igor Chingoski

    Who is the god of the jews? is some guy called yahweh which means animal, and this god tells its little animals that they can take land that belongs to other People, this god animal before it was a yearling cow, remember when they worshiped in the desert a gold yearling cow? well part of the ritual was to eat the shit of cows and they said it was mana which means cow shit, this little animals think of themselves as smart ass, they smell the ass of their counterparts and after the shit shot they became dangerous to other species who have a clean butt. the animals of Ya7esh are also mockers and this so called freedom of speech, this freedom of speech apply to every living creature therefore here it goes, for You to enjoy all subhuman animals shit eaters, and sons of a fucked hanukah.

    • Niemals

      Yahweh i didn’t find any “yahweh which means animal, ..” where did you find the source telling us the interpretation of the word Yahweh?
      I asked a Jew about this word, and got the explanation that Jews don’t use this word – In Jewish tradition, “Yahweh” is too sacred a name to utter out loud.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yahweh

      • YeUx

        Yes stealing land is so sacred for the juices. but shush, don’t tell anyone.
        You know the fact that the juices own the most part of the media doesn’t take out the obnoxious personality that they have, you only need to read in this forum how this sons of sodomites and Gomorrah are so obnoxious.

        • Niemals

          What in the hell is “juices”?

          Are you scared of the correct word JEWS?

          Haven’t you heard that the obnoxious media is FAKE NEWS?

        • vs

          Another one infosharmuta YeUx

    • Hind Abyad

      look what they did to our Syrian Patriarcat Antalya (Antioch) West and Zionists gave Ataturk after WW1.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/813c084d2017a09644664c8cc0c63be5a52e6ca48fae24cd24a445899d2a7311.jpg

  • Igor Chingoski

    The way you hate Christians, is going to take you to a very difficult end. you are going to suffer.

    • Niemals

      I doubt that Jani Leinonen hate Christians.

    • Hind Abyad

      This place is agonizing near the grave, totaly destroyed finish capput..;-)

      • Y K

        Glad you’ve found a soulmate, sista. And that he’s just as ret@rded as you are, if that’s even possible. 😊

        • Niemals

          Soulmate that is just as ret@rded as she is, that is possible. 🙃 https://twitter.com/wherepond/status/1086202834452996097

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            Oldies now, pigzie’s blocked???

        • Niemals

          I don’t like Rossete Rohana Boisvert tweet; ‘Christians of the Orient stand up against the new Western colonialism’!
          With this twitinng she just confirmed to be a part of the Ummah 🕌, not christianity.

          We in the Western countries must stand against the orient Ummah 🧕 👳.

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  • Niemals

    Virginia State Delegate Dawn Adams (D-Richmond) sent an email newsletter on Wednesday apologizing for lack of “due diligence” in knowing details of legislation she cosponsored that allows abortion up to the moment of birth in the state.

    Than comes this troublemaker and says Now we must live in the Talmud sacrificing babies 🤢
    She blames everything on Israel, Jews, Judaism and Christian Zionists.
    Now we must live in the “best day of my life,” said a Palestinian mother…
    https://youtu.be/5Vi9oNs42hs
    Maryam Al-Khaddour, Muslim mother of terrorist Majd Al-Khaddour who was killed in Israel attempting to murder with her car in 2016. Her mother expresses no regrets or remorse at losing her daughter:
    “We in the land of Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) stand firm, Allah willing, and we are all on this path [of the Martyrs]. May Allah have mercy on all of our Martyrs (Shahids). We are no better than Al-Khansa (a woman in the earliest period of Islam who sent her four sons to battle and rejoiced when they all died as Martyrs –Ed.)… All of us, praise Allah, present our children [as sacrifices], and we do not regret a thing.”
    Isn’t that child sacrifice?