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The Polish town of Pruchnik has been condemned by the World Jewish Congress as anti-Semitic after reviving a folk tradition of burning an effigy of Judas on Good Friday.
Footage showed several dozen residents watching on as a figure of the disciple was beaten and burned, local media reported.
Past - Acts - Violence - Residents - Catholic
In the past, it was accompanied by acts of direct violence against Jewish residents and the Catholic church banned the practice over the aggression involved.
The 18th century tradition was revived on the Christian holiday in the southeastern town after several years, according to expressjaroslawski.pl.
'Jews - Revival - Anti-Semitism - Violence - Suffering
'Jews are deeply disturbed by this ghastly revival of medieval anti-Semitism that led to unimaginable violence and suffering,' Jewish congress CEO Robert Singer said in a statement posted on the organization's website on Sunday.
'We can only hope that the Church and other institutions will do their best...
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