Israeli lawmaker tears up “abominable” New Testament, throws it in trash

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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To rip up a holy text is for Jews a crime. You cannot throw away a Bible, even a page of Scripture. It must be out into a genizah, for rabbis to dispose of the text properly. While the New Testament is not a sacred text for Jews, God’s name is used. That name is sacred. Further there is a great emphasis on Jesus’s Jewishness by the Jews who want Christian tourism dollars.


Could anything coming from Michael Ben-Ari, a self-proclaimed kahanist and former member of Kach, surprise us any longer ?
He's probably the biggest scumbag in the Knesset, and that says a lot ! The image I keep of Ben-Ari - a part from his inflammatory speech during the South Tel Aviv pogroms - is this one where he's sitting proudly with another scumbag from the Knesset, Aryeh Eldad, on the couch of the Natsheh Sulayman-family of Bayt Hanina, just after they've been thrown out of their own house back in April. This is really Zionism in just one shot: unnecessary to say Ben-Ari lives in a settlement....


Thank you for this article.
I believe Christian Zionists will forgive him, they see Jewish Zionists as chosen but misled, they unfortunately won't care.
You'll find more atheists showing concern over this outrage.
What I wonder, is what do the Presbyterians and Methodists think, lol.


This is not surprising. I am a Christian. I love Jews, but I am no fan of Zionism after reading Jewish historian Alfred Lilienthal's "The Zionist Connection" Frankly, I don't see how any follower of Jesus would after reading its 800 pages. Therein is the problem, too many lazy or scared Christians. Israel, according to former IDF officer Roy Tov, who became a Christian (please visit his website, Israel is run by Talmudic, Kabalist/Pharasaic Juadaism-the same philosophical bent that crucified the Lord. Lilienthal and Roy explains they hate Christianity and Jesus, but will use Christians for political purposes.


"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?"

The underlings of the big dogs will never hear a peep about it, rest assured.


Ben-Ari is a prime example of Netanyahu’s governing party's Zionist regime and its intolerance to anyone who is not considered acceptable to them. This will include other Jews, Christians, Muslims and anyone else who is not part of their regime. This world needs to wake up and see them for what they really are and stop them before its too late.


Yeah, the Bible is a Zionist text. John Hagee is a friend of Palestine. And I'm the king of America.