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Israeli Christian Leader Plans 100-Foot Jesus Statute in Nazareth

December 23, 2013 5:48 pm 3 comments

Mount Precipice, also known as Mount of Precipitation, Mount of the Leap of the Lord and Mount Kedumim is located in Nazareth. Photo: WikiCommons.

Mount Precipice, also known as Mount of Precipitation, Mount of the Leap of the Lord and Mount Kedumim is located in Nazareth. Photo: WikiCommons.

JNS.orgAn Israeli Christian leader is planning to erect a 100-foot Jesus statue in Nazareth.

Bishara Shylan, a merchant seaman from Nazareth, said he hopes to erect the statue on Mount Precipice, a 1296-foot mountain overlooking Nazareth that the Christian Bible considers to be the site where the “Rejection of Jesus” occurred.

Shlyan is concerned that Nazareth is losing its Christian identity, and hopes that the statue will restore the city’s connection to the childhood home of Jesus.

“Slowly, but surely, the Christian identity in Nazareth is beginning to disappear,” Shylan told Fox News. Shylan noted that in Nazareth’s main square, there are now signs that read, “There is no power but Allah.”

Nazareth has seen a sharp decline in its Christian population, with Muslims now comprising nearly 70 percent of its 80,000 residents. The plan for a Jesus statue was endorsed by Israeli Tourism Minister Uzi Landau, who told Shylan he should “start it, and we will bless it.”

In addition to the Nazareth statue, Shylan has also been active in creating an Israeli-Arab Christian political party called B’nei Habrit. Along with Father Gabriel Nadaf, a Greek Orthodox priest, Shylan has sought to encourage Christian participation in the Israeli army.

“Christians, who live here, need to donate and to contribute, not just in talk, but with action… We live here, and this country protects us, therefore we need to protect it,” Nadaf recently told JNS.org.

3 Comments

  • A VIOLATION OF THE SECOND COMMANDMENT.
    THATS THE LAW OF ‘ONE G-D’ DELIEVERED BY G-D ‘HIMSELF’.

    uzi landau is a violation of all his heritage and ancestors that died in the name of this dead man god

  • Mireille Mechoullam

    I would prefer a cross anytime that a mosque were usually terrorists are trained. Of course the cross shouldn’t be that high because there will be war between the Christians and the Muslims.

  • Bart A. Charta

    I don’t think so…..who else wants to bet that this idea will become a heap of rubble within a month of it being put up, if that should ever come to pass? Israel is not Brazil,
    and the my guess is that Jews of all stripes and streimlich will have something to say about the notion of putting up an idol on the highest hilltop in the area of Eretz HaKodesh. Even “drive-by” Jews won’t want to look at it.

    And for endorsing this brilliant idea, Uzi Landau should be taken out into the street and beaten with a pork belly. For this we pay them a salary?

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