[Original article updated and republished.]
(Times Of Israel) At the best of powerful Jewish groups, the attorney general in the Polish province of Jaroslaw has reportedly opened a criminal investigation into an traditional ritual enacted over the Easter holiday that involved an effigy of Judas represented by a stereotypical Jew being hanged, beaten and set alight:
Residents, among them children, took sticks to the effigy in Pruchnik, a small town in southeast Poland, on Good Friday and then burned it. The figure depicted with a hooked nose, black hat and sidecurls typical of ultra-Orthodox Jews, represented Judas, the disciple of Christ who betrayed him according to the New Testament.
“Based on the videos I’ve seen, I decided there is basis to open an investigation on suspicion that a hate crime occurred there,” Agnieszka Kaczorowska told Israel’s public broadcaster Kan on Tuesday.
Kaczorowska said prosecutors were gathering evidence from the videos of the ritual uploaded online, and were working to identify those involved. She said her office would also investigate the children’s role, and whether their parents instructed them to beat the doll.
The Easter ritual known as “Judgment over Judas” dates back to the 18th century and continued to be regularly performed until the Second World War.
The tradition had been largely abandoned, with only a couple of villages continuing it. Even Pruchnik had appeared to stop in recent years, according to the Polish news portal oko.press.
The ritual drew widespread condemnation including from the Polish government and Catholic Church.
So not only can “hate crimes” be committed against real people, but we now are learning that “hate crimes” can also committed against large stuffed dolls and other inanimate objects like cemetery headstones.
Of course, it doesn’t matter if Poles and many other Christians traditionally believe that Judas Iscariot was a Jew, nor does it matter that there is evidence in the Bible to support this fact.
As a Christian, you are not allowed to be angry at a Jew for either betraying Christ or for having him murdered out right — if this act of treachery bothers you, chance are you’re an antisemite and you need to seek absolution at the feet of the nearest rabbi.
Children are free to hunt for pagan Easter eggs, but they are not free to actually re-enact the passion of Christ and identify those who murdered him.
At Vatican II, when the Jews convinced the Catholics to let the Jews off the hook for the murder of Christ, not all Christians went along with that reversal of fortunes.
The Jews should feel lucky that Christians are content with beating effigies of Judas on Easter instead of engaging in full-blown pogroms, but Jews never stop when they are ahead, and they have to ruin it for themselves and everyone else.