What ytou don't know about "New Year" - "Silvester" - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Yonatan
    • 29.12.10 | 15:28 (IST)

    "New Year" in Israel is called "Silvester", and is celebrated by many as in Europe and America. What few Israelis know is, that Silvester is named after Pope Silvester of the early 4th century, under whom the Church began its centureies-long persecution of the Jews, which led to the Spanish Inquisition, culminated in the Holocaust, and continues today under the guise of "anti-Zionism". So if you celebrate Silvester, you are celebrating anti-Semitism, racism, the Inquisition and the Holocaust. I much prefer our own Jewish New Year.

    from the article: Israeli population stands at 7,695,000 at end of 2010
    First published 14:14 29.12.10 | Last updated 14:14 29.12.10
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