Jewish Congress condemns "ghastly" Judas ritual

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Published on April 23, 2019 - Duration: 00:47s

Jewish Congress condemns "ghastly" Judas ritual

The World Jewish Congress says it is "deeply disturbed" by the revival of a folk tradition in the Polish town of Pruchnik, in which an effigy of Judas Iscariot is beaten, hanged and burned.

Children are encouraged to participate in the ritual, condemned by the WJC as anti-Semitic.

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Jewish Congress condemns "ghastly" Judas ritual

ROUGH CUT (no reporter narration) STORY: The World Jewish Congress says it is "deeply disturbed" by the revival of a folk tradition in the Polish town of Pruchnik, in which an effigy of Judas Iscariot is beaten, hanged and burned.

Children are encouraged to participate in the ritual, condemned by the WJC as anti-Semitic.

A video published by local website expressjaroslawski.pl showed several dozen locals watching on as an effigy of the disciple Judas was beaten and burned on Friday (April 19).

The tradition, first reported in the 18th century, was revived on the Christian holiday of Good Friday in the southeastern town of Pruchnik after several years, expressjaroslawski.pl said.

In the past the Catholic Church has banned the practice over the aggression involved.

The World Jewish Congress' statement quoted its CEO Robert Singer as saying Jews were "deeply disturbed" by the event and that they hoped the Church and other institutions would act to overcome anti-Semitic prejudice.

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