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    • yosef
    • 24.01.10 | 16:19 (IST)

    Jews for centuries lent money with interest in Catholic countries because it was forbidden for Christians to charge interest to other Christians. The other side of this story however, was that the pope owned the Jewish communities and levied all sorts of taxes on them so he collected all that money back...a sort of ecclesiastical money laundering. In Italy, for example: Jews had to pay taxes to get married, to use salted meat...1/4 of all Jewish inheritance went automatically to the church. Now the church wants tax exemptions! Let the church give back to the Jewish community all the synagogues in Europe that were turned into churches during the middle ages..they are tax exempt.

    from the article: Rabbi calls Israel's treatment of Vatican 'outrageous'
    First published 01:16 17.01.10 | Last updated 03:05 17.01.10
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