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Scuffles have broken out between rival groups of Greek Orthodox and Armenian clerics in a turf war at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity.

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

Palestinian police armed with batons and shields broke up the clashes.

Groups of priests have clashed before in the church, built on the spot where Christians believe Jesus was born.

"It was a trivial problem that... occurs every year," Bethlehem police Lt-Col Khaled al-Tamimi told Reuters.

"No one was arrested because all those involved were men of God," he said.

Nobody was seriously injured in the scuffles, according to the police.

Previous clashes between the denominations which share the administration of the church have been sparked by perceived encroachments on one group's territory by another.

Priests in Bethlehem, BBC News 59 Comments [1/6/2012 4:11:13 AM]
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"No one was arrested because all those involved were men of God," he said.

Let me translate that ...
"No one was arrested because we muslims laugh our asses off watching shit like this," he said.

1/6/2012 10:41:00 AM


Gang wars in the slums of Detroi....er...Bethlehem. Way to show that christian love boys

1/6/2012 11:05:06 AM


Let me introduce you all to The Ultimate Praying Championship Now with commentary and real time point scoring!

1/6/2012 11:16:56 AM


That's hilarious. But, if anything, I would say that's a fantastic demonstration of tolerance by the Palestinians.

1/6/2012 11:19:52 AM


> Bemused tourists looked on as about 100 priests fought with brooms

...and here I thought the Christian fundamentalists were accusing Wiccans for all these nefarious and occult broom-fights. Oh well...

1/6/2012 11:22:16 AM

Philbert McAdamia

Aww, they were probably playing broom hockey and it just looked like a fight. Maybe they watched Slap Shot that afternoon. "About 100 priests" - plus/minus 50 guys on a side? It sounds a lot like 43 man squamish.

Besides, don't these guys do this every January 6th? As I see it, if they're all willing players battling it out with nothing more dangerous than brooms and nobody gets killed, why arrest anybody? Shit, high school football is more dangerous. Maybe they're just a buncha fun loving guys agreeing to disagree in their own way.

Damn, I'd love to watch it, though! With beer and popcorn.

1/6/2012 11:34:00 AM


"No one was arrested because all those involved were men of God," he said.

Seriously? >.<

1/6/2012 11:36:44 AM

TB Tabby

Headache beat me by an hour...

1/6/2012 11:49:17 AM


Too bad they can't get past the mythology and their egos to get on with something important such as feeding hungry people or housing the homeless.

1/6/2012 12:07:19 PM


Letting people get away with violence just for being clergymen is a wonderful policy and I'm completely sure there's no way it could ever backfire.

1/6/2012 12:17:29 PM

Brendan Rizzo

Ooh Headache, isn't it true that these priests are not American? Doesn't that go against your whole, "in order to be this stupid, one must be American" theory?

1/6/2012 12:20:33 PM


They sweep Jesus' birthplace, but they ignore his "love thy neighbor". As Jesus would say, "they have their reward".

1/6/2012 12:47:53 PM

Hey Headache, can't you find some way to bash Americans for this? Come on, man!

1/6/2012 12:50:16 PM

= POPE =

@ Comrade Potatovitch


Needs a sound track instead of the voice-over.

10. O Little Town of Bethlehem (Hymn)
9. I Don't Know How To Love Him (Godspell)
8. What Would Jesus Do? - Julie Miller
7. "Turbo's Broom Dance" from the movie Breakin'
6. Treguna Mecoides Trecorum Satis Dee (Overture, Bedknobs and Broomsticks)
5. And They'll Know We Are Christians By Our Love (Hymn)
4. Why Can't We Be Friends? - War
3. Sabre Dance - Aram Khachaturian
2. Imagine - John Lennon

And the number one choice for a sound track ....

1. Yackety Sax - Boots Randolph and James Q. “Spider” Rich
(as used by Benny Hill)

1/6/2012 1:25:33 PM



Makes them sound like gang members.

1/6/2012 1:33:24 PM


1/6/2012 2:03:50 PM


It must have been quite a fun show for those tourists.

On the other hand, it shows how fundamentalism can cause humans to devolve into a lesser species. This looks no different from two animals fighting over territory.

1/6/2012 2:33:57 PM


I saw a picture of this in the paper and busted a gut laughing.

Fundies are usually infuriating, but this was hilarious.

1/6/2012 2:42:03 PM


aaaah, the annual broom fight. The church is divided in half, and anyone seen cleaning the other side's church gets hit with an opposing broom.

This has gone one for centuries..

1/6/2012 2:48:58 PM


This isn't fundie, this is adorable!

"Bemused tourists looked on as about 100 priests fought with brooms…"

Picturing that just brings a smile to my face. Such an odd image…

1/6/2012 6:45:02 PM


1/6/2012 8:39:09 PM


At least it was just with brooms.

1/7/2012 12:21:42 AM

This reminds me a bit like that fighting scene (between the Judean People's Front and People's Front of Judea) in Life of Brian.

1/7/2012 12:28:38 AM


Show that Christian love™

1/7/2012 3:37:47 AM


This is just silly.

1/7/2012 3:53:04 AM

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