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March 30, 2015

Thousands Rally for Breakaway Rabbi in Jerusalem

Norman M. Covert

(Editor’s Note: This is the first of a six-part series written by contributor Norman M. Covert. It was first published in April 2011 at his, providing a news correspondent's reporting of events unfolding in Jerusalem two millennia ago and mirroring Christianity's remembrance of “Holy Week.” It records the last days of the life of Jesus Christ, providing a perspective, which is not unlike current events in Israel and Jerusalem.)


Jerusalem (March 30) – Turmoil in the Middle East continued yesterday when huge crowds jammed the entrance to this ancient city. The main highway to the massive security gate was temporarily blocked by the impromptu procession escorting a break-away rabbi and his personal “rock star” entourage into the city.

No life threatening injuries were reported among the crowd.

Sources identify the man as Jesus of Nazareth, who had traveled by foot from Jericho to observe the Jewish Feast of Passover. They say he looked at the huge crowd, asked to ride a small donkey and forged ahead, acknowledging the palm fronds waving in his honor.

There has been no indication that the Roman military government is a target of the crowd’s demonstrations. Soldiers said the demonstrators were well behaved, clamoring to see this new religious icon. No crowd size was estimated by the military police commander, who said it moved rapidly and caused only minor disruption to the normal flow of traffic.

A public affairs spokesman from the office of the military protectorate said: “We have raised the alert status a notch, but our troops are on a normal duty posture.

“When there is this much of a demonstration we must be ready,” he said. ”We activated a unit trained to assess public domain threats, but we do not expect them to do anything other than monitor events.”

The spokesman confirmed that military intelligence reports that Jesus directed his followers to respect the government of Emperor Caesar Augustus in Judea.

The Emperor's spokesman in Rome said they had received no information, but was certain a detailed report would be received by way of the regular dispatch galleon.

Sources report that Jesus was trained as a carpenter in Nazareth, but became a preaching sensation as a young man, attracting huge crowds in Galilee and Samaria.

Later in the day, Jesus was escorted to the Temple in a gesture intended to honor the upcoming Feast of Passover. However, shortly after his arrival, Jesus reportedly scattered merchandise, money and tables while proclaiming the synagogue was “his house and it should be a house of prayer,” not a big box store in the mall, a staffer added.

No charges were preferred after Jesus and his 12 aides departed. An unnamed source close to the Jewish council said plans have been discussed to involve the Roman government in prosecution “for cause” and that charges of heresy are possible.

A spokesman for the chief rabbi said the council is appalled that Jesus created the disturbance. Vendors have been selling a variety of religious implements and icons, advertising their “Passover Sales Bonanza.”

“It was our decision to allow the vendors in to sell their products, which are intended to enhance the families’ Passover Seder. Jesus has no standing in Temple business matters.”

Jewish leaders later discounted reports that Jesus had attended to several sick persons. They rejected reports that he cured blindness with a touch of his hand. Attempts to contact the former blind man were unsuccessful.

Other news dispatches indicate Jesus has attracted crowds in the thousands throughout the region and witnesses say he even walked on the Sea of Galilee during a violent storm. Reports that he is a living deity are included in dispatches from other areas, where rabid followers proclaim him the Son of God.


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