|Associated Press source|
A darker side of the custom is an implied hostility in some cases toward Jews as the “killers of Christ.'”
The tradition even led to an international incident in mid-19th century Greece.
Worried about offending James de Rothschild, founder of the French branch of the famous Jewish banking family who was in Greece to negotiate a loan, the government banned the burning of Judas in Athens in 1847. An outraged mob then ransacked the house of a Jew who was a British subject.
Britain demanded restitution equal to a sizeable percentage of the Greek budget. The Greek government refused, and Britain imposed a naval blockade in 1850. France and Russia took Greece's side and the British lifted their blockade after six months. A restitution agreement was reached the following year."
Source: "Greek Town Ritually Burns Judas as Orthodox Celebrate Easter" Associated Press April 8, 2018
|Source Klearchos Kapoutsis|