Anti-Semitism at Easter Procession in Malta

I have already reported about the Easter procession at the Maltese town of Dingli in the light of its publicly humiliating treatment of a child with Down Syndrome.

But this was not the only scandal I witnessed that evening: the procession also revived the Christian tradition of anti-Semitism.

Look for yourself. Who are these guys that are following Satan?

I don’t exactly know who these guys are, but in order to make it easy for us to identify them, the organisers stuck a big fat sign on each of their chests.

The Star of David leaves no doubt: these grim-looking guys must be the Jews.

I assume that their appearance meant to symbolise the Sanhedrin trial of Jesus, but using the Star of David not only misses the fact that it was not used as a Jewish symbol in Jesus’ time, but only became a symbol of Judaism at least 1,500 years later, but it is also a dangerous allusion to the Christian belief of Jewish deicide, a belief that places the responsibility of Jesus’ death on the Jewish people as a whole and a founding stone of anti-Semitism.

Even the Catholic Church has meanwhile – ok, it took them until 1965, well after the Holocaust – repudiated the belief in the collective Jewish guilt for Jesus’s death. But here on Malta, organisers of a public procession for Easter are still happy to use the symbol of Judaism in this context, thus linking Jews in general to the crucifixion of Jesus.

And finally, when you organise a religious pageant and you design the costumes for the Jews, which colour will you pick for the Star of David? Well, that’s simple, because there is another historic example which you can depend on. You can’t go wrong with yellow.

What were they thinking?

About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a writer, a spy or a hobo.
This entry was posted in Holocaust, Malta, Photography, Politics, Religion and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

31 Responses to Anti-Semitism at Easter Procession in Malta

  1. Marco says:

    In Black we have Satan :D Whoy He looks good after so many Centurys :)

  2. Lillian Smith says:

    Well Andreas, you should educate them that the Star of David is a recent symbol of the Jewish people – I believe it is the Menorah that was more popular at the time of Christ.

    And do not forget you are dealing with a Catholic country and I do not think that the idea that the Jews actually killed Christ was ever changed in the Catholic psyche. I know a lot of Irish Catholics and the general contention is the same when it comes to Jews.

    • dabbles says:

      But you can’t get around the FACT that they did, can you
      ….as prophesied in previous jewish writings, which means it could be argued they had no choice BUT to fulfil god’s decree.

  3. Stefan MD says:

    The organisers of this procession seem to have been complete duds

    • dabbles says:

      Why? Staying true to the historical record?
      More of you ought to try it!

  4. David says:

    Shock. Horror. Yes I’m sure the organisors of the Dingli procession chose the yellow colour star of David to match the yellow badge. You’re missing the wood for the trees as normal, calling antisemitism what is, in fact, village ignorance. What about the fact that the colour of Satan is chosen to be black? Is that racism?

    • Nick says:

      I’m glad you’re sure that the organisers of the procession chose the yellow star because it would be instantly identifiable. Because it is. As for calling anti-semitism “village ignorance” – haven’t you read your Hilary Clinton?

      Btw what is your point exactly?

    • Karin Berryman says:

      The point is; these days no-one can say anything about any nationality, race or religion without being labelled rascist. The Political Correctness tool was devised and is used by the Left to shut people up from talking about the actual state of affairs and/or simply expressing their fears. It’s huge hypocrisy to say no-one is allowed to say/imply anything negative about any nationality, race or religion when Israel and jews world-wide are being targetted by media, certain political groups and the UN for being forced to deal with aggressive and provative neighbours in the only effective way that’ll work. Every neighbour of Israel will not be satisfied until every last Jew is dead. The media refuses to tell the truth about the Palestinians, Hezbollah, Hamas etc.

    • dabbles says:

      I think the (politically-correct) point is that ‘we don’t speak about the skeleton in the cupboard’.

  5. Hi Andreas,

    Interesting post. I was at one of the Good Friday processions in Malta this week too. I thought the Star of David on the soldiers was a bit odd and clumsy because it wasn’t from the right era and it was kind of glaring but I didn’t think it anti-Semitic. It was a way of identifying people in the pageant just like the Roman soldiers were identified, I didn’t see that as anti-Italian. Perceptive observation on your part though.

    Take care,


    • Lillian Smith says:

      I agree Michael.

      I just think they are not sticklers for historic accuracy that is all. But the Bible does say that Jesus was taken both before the Jewish High Priest and the Roman Governor Pontius Pilate, so I agree that the badge was there to identify the actors, although the former does stoke anti-Semitism since the Catholic Church has historically identified the Jews as the Christ-killers although it was actually the Romans that executed him. But then again Christianity was originally a Jewish sect that was appropriated by the Romans as a political means to control their dwindling empire, so of course they were not going to blame Rome for Christ’s crucifixion.

    • mario says:

      If one goes to the Good Friday procession in Rabat one would see the KKK taking part in it. I wonder what the Jews,Blacks, Imigrants, Gays and Catholics say about it.Give us a break please. Two completely different ideas separated by thousands of miles. I think Andreas be more occupied by writing about the occupation in the West Bank.

    • I will do that next.

  6. Nimrod says:

    “What were they thinking?”

    You’re joking, right?

  7. Aren’t stars usually depicted as being yellow? And do you really expect a pageant to be totally historically accurate in every detail? I assume they were distinguishing between the Temple guards who arrested Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane and the Roman soldiers who were involved later. The historical reality is that Jesus died in a place populated by Jews and Romans, so obviously some were directly involved in Jesus death.

    However the Catholic Church teaches that “Every single sinner, that is, every human being is really the cause and the instrument of the sufferings of the Redeemer; and the greater blame in this respect falls on those above all who are Christians and who the more often fall into sin or delight in their vices.”
    From the answer to Q.117 Compendium Catechism of the Catholic Church

    • Barkai says:

      the Magen David, which translates to the shield of David, and is only called the Star of David in various europena languages because it resembles a star. It is mostly depicted in blue (please see the flag of the State of Israel for reference), on some Israeli gaypride flags it is coloured in the rainbow colours (though the Israeli gay rights movement also uses the striped gaypride flag like in Europe & North America).
      The Magen David Adom (lit. the red Shield of David, internationally usage: the red star) which is the Israeli “branch” of the International Red Cross, depicts it in red on white ground.
      If anyone knows a context (other then Anti-Jewish) where the Magen David is normally coloured in yellow, I’d be quite interested to know.

  8. Robert Vella says:

    I fully agree with you Stella.

    • Lillian Smith says:

      I do not agree with Stella about the last part. My father remembers going to Church and doctrine classes of the Catholic Church very specifically blamed the Jews for Christ’s death. It was only recently that they changed that due to PC but the present Pope has re-instated the prayer for the conversion of the Jews (no other religion is targetted in this manner but the Jews). Everyone knows that the Catholic Church has been fomenting Jew-hatred for centuries – Hitler himself (a good Catholic) said something to the effect that he was only implementing what his religion has always taught.

      Speaking of religion, the Mormons have this weird habit of baptising people that are dead – they believe that posthumous baptistm will save the souls of the departed!!! How is that for freedom of or from religion fo you? And Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate for the US presidency is a Mormon. Why is the world descending back into religious fanaticsm of all sorts? Are we seeing the ushering of a new Dark Age?

    • mario says:

      Sure we are descending back into religious fanaticism, can you not see that!!!! There is money to be made.

  9. MarkBiwwa says:

    I think you might be reading into this one a tad much Andreas. I suspect that rather than anti-semitism, it’s ill informed organisers who are to blame here.

  10. Ramon Casha says:

    I don’t see this as anti-semitism at all. At most it’s laughably anachronistic – first, because the star of David was not used as a symbol of the Jews in those days, and second because Darth Vader belongs to an entirely different mythos :)

    On the other hand if historical accuracy is not important, then a star of David is a good symbol to indicate that these were Jewish soldiers, especially since without it they look a bit like a cross between an elvish warrior from Lord of the Rings, and a king with a golden crown. I very much doubt that the high priest’s soldiers would have had a golden crown as part of their standard uniform. Incidentally I *think* the star of David in the photos is not yellow, it’s (fake) gold. Anyway, I think that’s what they’re meant to represent – the Jewish soldiers who arrested Jesus, as opposed to the Roman ones who took over from that point. Of course, the Romans usually have SPQR written in big letters somewhere visible, and all of them wear plumes in their helmet because that’s the popular image of a Roman soldier.

    Although the church no longer blames the Jews for deicide, unfortunately they haven’t corrected the gospels to that effect yet. So, the organisers probably selected a number of characters from that account and created costumes which, in their mind and probably much of the audience, represented those characters. Lots of things are assumed without biblical references, such as that Moses had a huge beard, that there were three magi/kings at Jesus’ birth, and that the serpent in the garden of Eden was Satan or had the form of a snake.

  11. german by blood says:

    While my surname is Rose and i am a tall redhead whose mother migrated from Germany. I grew up with being referred to as having nazi in me by other kids since my mother spoke with an ascent . In my adulthood I found out that i was of jewish descent ,While i have never practiced any religion I have gotten to hear many reference of anti semitic . I dont let the people know my true descent ” In fact I probe them on their hatred ” I rather have them openly be able to hate and not hide it, At least then, I know where they stand and how they feel ! Making them hide it, only makes the problem fester and grow.

  12. sunnyromy says:

    Reblogged this on SunnyRomy.

  13. Pingback: Ist das nicht ironisch? (4) Piusbrüder | Mosereien

  14. hhhg says:

    everyone and everything is antisemitic…..zzz

  15. Michael says:

    I think you’re taking things much too heartedly, giving and finding meanings to where there are none. Everything you see in these processions, although symbolically around a supposedly historical era and story; there is absolutely no historical exactitudes anywhere whether roman wear, stars or whatever. The emphasis is on and only the decorative side of things. Believe me, there is nothing else on the aesthetics except that of aesthetics. The only reality and profundity to the belligerents is the commemoration of events mounting up to the resurrection on the following Sunday, nothing of importance to the people is in the costumes. There is no particular anti-Semitism in Malta, no more than you would find anywhere else in Europe, nothing worth talking about anyway. In fact political relations between Israel and Malta are excellent.

  16. Pingback: ‘Modern-Age’ Brewery for Institutionalised Anti-Semitism. | DELETERIOUS NEWS

  17. Pingback: So haltet Ihr Euch die Zeugen Jehovas vom Leib. | Der reisende Reporter

  18. Pingback: How to keep the Jehova’s Witnesses at bay | The Happy Hermit

  19. JAN says:

    Andrea’s, would you not be happier back in the U. K.? I am sure brits would love your criticism of their pageant’s, tradition’s etc. If you want to stay in Malta, l would hope you can show more respect for local customs and traditions and not be so precious about your ethnicity.
    To be happy in this world l would suggest that to live and let live is a good starting point.

    • 1. I have long since left Malta, but now that you remind me, I would actually love to visit again.
      2. I will actually visit the UK again this year. I am looking forward to that.
      3. I don’t think I have ever been precious about my ethnicity, not least because I don’t know if I have one. I am European, but that’s more of a geographic and political identity.
      4. I think freedom of speech and discourse is actually a much more important Maltese value than A trying to prevent B from publishing their opinion. Although, I have to admit, car bombs and other means of silencing journalists do have tradition on Malta.
      4. “Live and let live” would include leaving the critic be critical, wouldn’t it? Why should anti-Semitism be protected, but writing about it should not?

Please leave your comments, questions, suggestions:

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s