1$ Appeal for Jesus
The original case was filed back in 2007, while mainstream media has picked this up in 2013.The suing party is not Dola Indidis, the Kenyan lawyer, but a groups of religious people calling themselves ‘Friends of Jesus’.In 2011, Dola Indidis made a Facebook profile appealing for donations to continue with the case. The appeal is wittily titled ‘1$ appeal for Jesus’.The case never reached ICJ, unsurprisingly. Here is a list of all the cases before ICJ. You would expect journalists in 2013 (myself included) to have a look before reproducing this silly case.My suspicion that media plays a dirty game are somewhat founded, though not clearly set out previously. Looking through the actual case shows that Israel and Italy were mentioned because they took over the previous laws of their lands (Roman law and Torah). They otherwise play a very minimal role in the case. The main concern seems to be with, and in this order: Emperor Tiberius, Pontius Pilate, Annas, Caiaphas (Jewish Chief Priest), Jewish Elders, Jewish Teachers of Law, and King Herod. While of Israel and Italy only these sentences are added:
13. THAT the ITALIAN GOVERNMENT upon attaining Independence has incorporated all the preceding laws that existed in the ROMAN EMPIRE at the time of the Trial in question.
14. THAT the GOVERNMENT of ISRAEL also upon attaining Independence has incorporated all the preceding laws that existed at the time of the Trial in question.
So what does this all this tell us, almost 10 years after the case was prepared? Nothing new really. Sensationalist news, people blinded by religion, use and abuse of anti-Semitism, poor journalism, lazy blogging, and so on.
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