“President Trump on Wednesday tweeted a fawning quote from a non-Jewish conservative radio host who described Trump as the ‘King of Israel’ and who said, without evidence, that Israeli Jews ‘love him like he is the second coming of God.’” — Washington Post, 8/21/19

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What is Jerusalem Syndrome?

Jerusalem Syndrome is a psychological disorder where the sufferer, prompted by a visit to Jerusalem, expresses delusional beliefs that they are the Messiah, The Chosen One, The King of the Jews, or The King of Israel.

Who suffers from Jerusalem Syndrome?

Anyone can be afflicted from this illness but usually the sufferer is white, male, and a narcissist.

How does Jerusalem Syndrome manifest?

Someone suffering from Jerusalem Syndrome might wander around aimlessly making nonsensical statements. They may also become aggressive, defensive, angry, and brag about how popular they are and how many people come to hear them preach. They will likely accuse Jewish people of betrayal and disloyalty for not believing that they are the Messiah. Jewish people won’t care. They’ve heard it before.

Can someone be afflicted by Jerusalem Syndrome
even if they are not physically in Jerusalem?

Yes. Especially if they have been there recently and have had a plaque erected with their name on it.

What happens if people accept and believe
a person who is suffering from Jerusalem Syndrome?

What? That’s crazy talk. Who would even believe such a thing?

What causes Jerusalem Syndrome?

Wait, I just want to reiterate that NO ONE should believe a person suffering from the Jerusalem Syndrome. I can’t stress that enough. That would have disastrous consequences.

OK. What causes Jerusalem Syndrome?

Jerusalem is a place of great spiritual importance to so many religions that people have murdered each other for millennia just to get claim a piece of its dusty real estate. That’s not the clinical explanation but it’s as good a reason as any.

Is there any cure for Jerusalem Syndrome?

Some people will stop believing they are the Messiah once they leave Jerusalem. But for others, Jerusalem Syndrome will continue unless the people surrounding the sufferer find the collective will to stop them from causing harm to themselves and others. The Kabbalah, a book of mysticism, recommends a special incantation. If you know someone suffering from The Jerusalem Syndrome, be sure to look it up immediately…

What are you waiting for?