The leader of a right-wing Jewish group has called for a ban on Christmas in Israel and the expulsion of Christians, describing followers of the religion as "blood-sucking vampires".
Benzi Gopstein - leader of the group Lahava, or Flame in Hebrew - wrote last week on the ultra-Orthodox Kooker website that "impure" Christians must leave the region.
"Christmas has no place in the Holy Land," Gopstein was quoted in the Israeli press as saying. "Missionary work must not be given a foothold. Let's throw the vampires out of our land before they drink our blood again."
In August, Gopstein called for the burning down of Christian churches in Israel.