Dec 29 2011

Huge broom fight between priests at church said to be the birthplace of Jesus

Rick Chandler
Dec 28, 2011, 6:38 PM EST

Sorry this is somewhat off topic - unless fighting with brooms in a
church becomes a sport (your move, ESPN Deportes). It all happened in
Bethlehem, two days after Christmas, as groups of rival priests
attacked each other with brooms during the traditional cleaning of the
Church of the Nativity. That's the church in the West Bank that is
said to be on the site where Jesus was born. Rival groups of Armenian
and Greek Orthodox clergymen had a dispute over territorial boundaries
in the church, and decided to throw down. Yep. Things got so raucous
that Palestinian police - which I'm pretty sure have better things to
do - were called in to quell the riot.

Video here.

Bemused tourists looked on as about 100 priests fought with brooms
while cleaning the church in preparation for Orthodox Christmas, on 7

Palestinian police armed with batons and shields broke up the clashes.
Police are calling it a `scuffle,' but in looking at the video, it
seemed like much more than that. I've seen mellower gang wars.

Of course to the Palestinian police, anything that doesn't involve
tanks and rockets is probably classified as a scuffle.


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