Israeli Police Investigate Photos of Students Torching Hundreds of New Testaments

Israeli police are investigating photographs showing students burning hundreds of New Testaments, UPI reported Wednesday.

Uzi Aharon, the deputy mayor of the central Israeli town of Or Yehuda, told Israeli media he has tried to stop the distribution of Christian literature by missionaries. Two weeks ago he got into a loudspeaker car and urged people to turn over hundreds of New Testaments and other “Messianic propaganda.”

Hundreds of students took part in the book burning, and about 200 New Testaments were torched.

Attorney Calev Myers told UPI he will file a formal complaint with the national police on behalf of Messianic Jews, who hold Christian and Jewish beliefs.

Myers said the torching violates laws against offending religions and against destroying sacred items, UPI reported.

"I hope the people who are responsible for breaking the law will be indicted and prosecuted," he told UPI.

Proselytizing is frowned upon in Israel but is not illegal in most cases.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.