A disturbing Good Friday ritual in Poland has been denounced as anti-Semitic by the World Jewish Congress.
It’s hard to call it an overreaction since the ritual involves beating an effigy of “Judas” that looks more like a caricature of an Orthodox Jew.
The Good Friday ritual in Pruchnik, south-eastern Poland, was filmed and posted by a Polish news website.
“Jews are deeply disturbed by this ghastly revival of medieval anti-Semitism that led to unimaginable violence and suffering,” the WJC said.
In the Pruchnik ritual — part of Roman Catholic Easter celebrations — children crowded round the effigy beating it with sticks, as adults dragged it through the streets. The mock Judas had a big red nose, black hat and Orthodox-style ringlets.
Suffice it to say, the effigy looks nothing like the real Judas, but instead bears all the stereotypical markings of what Nazis believed Jews looked like. The claim of anti-Semitism seems perfectly appropriate here. It’s not like there hasn’t been enough anti-Jewish sentiment stoked on Good Friday through the ages already.
(Screenshot via Ekspres)