An American vacationer allegedly had a psychological breakdown and went on a weird harmful rampage at an Israeli museum, smashing two priceless historical Roman statues from 2nd century AD, and claimed that they represented ‘idolatry’ and have been ‘opposite to the Torah’, authorities stated.
However the man’s lawyer is stating to a widely known, if controversial situation: the Jerusalem syndrome.
This group of psychological phenomena revolves round ‘the presence of religiously themed obsessive concepts, delusions, or different psychosis-like experiences which might be triggered by a go to to the town of Jerusalem’ or elsewhere within the Holy Land.
The syndrome has allegedly affected Jews, Christians, and Muslims of many various backgrounds.
Whereas it’s not listed as a acknowledged situation within the Worldwide Classification of Illnesses, it has generated numerous documented instances.
New York Post reported:
“A lawyer for the unnamed suspect — who was arrested after the incident — claimed he was affected by a delusion referred to as ‘Jerusalem syndrome’ when he allegedly went wild with a stick throughout the Thursday night incident, in response to experiences.”
The person’s rampage broke two statues – a head of Athena (2nd century AD) and a statue of a ‘griffin holding a wheel of destiny’ (210-211 AD).
A number of items lay within the exhibition corridor flooring, images shared by police and distributed by way of native retailers confirmed.
The 40-year-old arrested shortly after the incident will endure a psychiatric analysis.
“His legal professional Nick Kaufman later claimed the person had ‘Jerusalem Syndrome’, which is a type of disorientation that causes spiritual pilgrims to consider they’re biblical figures.
Officers consider the person lashed out on the objects as a result of he felt the Roman sculptures ‘to be idolatrous and opposite to the Torah’.”
The broken artifacts will endure skilled restoration, the Israel Museum stated.
The most effective identified manifestation of the so-called Jerusalem syndrome is when a beforehand mentally balanced particular person turns into psychotic after arriving in Jerusalem.
It could possibly embody a paranoid perception that an company is after the person, inflicting their signs of psychosis via poisoning and medicating.
42 such instances have been reported over a interval of 13 years.
The Guardian reported:
“With spiritual passions burning and tensions simmering throughout the Jewish vacation season, spitting and different assaults on Christian worshippers by radical ultra-Orthodox Jews have been on the rise, unnerving vacationers, outraging native Christians and sparking widespread condemnation. The Jewish vacation of Sukkot, the harvest competition, ends on Friday at sunset.”
The Israel Museum described the vandalism as a ‘troubling and strange occasion’, stated it hopes such incidents won’t recur.
“The Israeli authorities expressed alarm over the defacement, which officers additionally attributed to Jewish iconoclasm in obedience to early prohibitions in opposition to idolatry.
‘It is a stunning case of the destruction of cultural values’, stated Eli Escusido, director of the Israel Antiquities Authority. ‘We see with concern the truth that cultural values are being destroyed by religiously motivated extremists’.
The vandalism seemed to be the most recent in a spate of assaults by Jews in opposition to historic objects in Jerusalem. In February, a Jewish American vacationer broken a statue of Jesus at a Christian pilgrimage web site within the Previous Metropolis, and in January, Jewish youngsters defaced historic Christian tombstones at a distinguished Jerusalem cemetery.”