“It was a trivial problem that … occurs every year,” said police Lieutenant-Colonel Khaled al-Tamimi. “Everything is all right and things have returned to normal,” he said. “No one was arrested because all those involved were men of God.”
Men of God very clearly. Some of them were fucking going for it mind!
This statement followed an epic Barnabus Rubble between priests at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. They were supposed to be cleaning the gaff and it ended in broomie-cuffs and fisticuffs between them. God alone knows what the followers of Judaism or Allah thought of it!
Lt Col al-Tamimi had to deploy 100 riot cops to the site. I guess that is “trivial” in copper lingo. I mean in the sense of Samuel Vimes.
I am a Quaker Warden and have to clean the gaff (which does involves a broom) and whilst the premises committee might get feisty I’ve never seen an actual pitched battle, yet. But this is England.
The BBC has the video.