posted on Sep, 28 2004 @ 09:33 PM
I guess this is whats meant by "fighting for your beliefs"?
"JERUSALEM, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Fistfights broke out on Monday at Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre between Christian sects that jealously
guard their hold on sections of the shrine built on the traditional site of Jesus's crucifixion.
"There was lots of hitting going on. Police were hit, monks were hit ... there were people with bloodied faces," said Aviad Sar Shalom, an Israeli
tour guide who witnessed the fight.
The tussle between Franciscans and Greek and Russian Orthodox clerics erupted during a procession through the church on Holy Cross Day marking the
fourth century discovery of the cross which some faithful believe was used in the Crucifixion.
A Greek Orthodox cleric said Franciscans had left open the door to their chapel in what was taken as a show of disrespect.
Fighting then broke out at the wooden doorway dividing the Orthodox and Franciscan sections of the church, with clerics and worshippers punching each
other, Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said.
Police said they made several arrests and while some people were bloodied in the fracas, no one was seriously hurt."
[edit on 28-9-2004 by Mynaeris]