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Haifa: A City of Coexistence Shaken by Religious Disputes
The Clash at Stella Maris Church
Haifa, a city known for its peaceful coexistence, has recently witnessed a clash between Jewish pilgrims, primarily from the Breslov Hasidic movement, and Christian worshippers at the Stella Maris Church. The church is a significant Catholic site, believed by some to be the burial place of the Prophet Elisha.
Breslov pilgrims have begun visiting the church as part of their trips centered around the graves of Jewish sages. They express their desire to pray outside the church, touching a corner of the building's facade. However, Christian locals have formed volunteer guard groups to prevent this, accusing the Jewish pilgrims of fabricating a Jewish significance for the church with the tacit support of the hardline right-wing government, with the aim of dispossessing local Christians.
Protest and Counter Accusations
In response to the conflict, thousands of Christians are anticipated to h...