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Jewish extremists vandalize Jerusalem monastery
Published Wednesday 12/12/2012 (updated) 14/12/2012 12:22
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A monk stands next to graffiti sprayed on a wall at the entrance to
the Latrun Monastery near Jerusalem September 4, 2012.
(Reuters/Baz Ratner)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Suspected Jewish extremists vandalized a Jerusalem monastery overnight Tuesday, Israeli police said.

Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld told Ma'an that "Price-tag" was sprayed on the walls of the monastery and three vehicles were damaged in the attack.

Police are investigating the incident, he added.

Anti-Christian graffiti such as "Jesus is a son of a bitch," and Israeli nationalist slogans were found on the church and nearby vehicles, Israeli media reported.

One car had "Happy Hanukkah, triumph for the Maccabees" written on it, Ynet said, referring to the Jewish holiday which coincides with the Christmas period.

A priest from the monastery said he forgives whoever committed the attack, which is the second of its kind, Ynet reported.

"It saddens me deeply," Father Claudio said. "I believe in Jesus and some don't, it's their problem. We believe in peace and I forgive whoever did this the first time and this time."

Price-tag attacks by Jewish extremists against religious sites are commonplace in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

In October, "Price-tag" and anti-Christian slogans were sprayed on the gate of the Monastery of Saint Francis, just outside of the Old City.

In early September, suspected Jewish extremists torched the wooden door of a Jerusalem monastery and in February extremists wrote "Death to Christianity" on two Jerusalem churches.

Last December, an ancient mosque in Jerusalem was torched and sprayed with the Star of David, "price tag," "Muhammad is a pig" and "A good Arab is a dead Arab" in Hebrew.
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1 ) Mel / USA
12/12/2012 16:50
Keep it up Zionists! It's good to see U doing such a 'great'job of sealing the fate of Israel,as long as Jews allow ZIONISM 2B their "Jewish" mentor. I wouldn't expect any more from Nazi Zionists.But,I expect better from wiser,more intellectual,progressive Jews in Israel,if there're any left who haven't divested from barbarian Zionism,as German's did from Nazism. Zionism's 'nest' in Israel is falling apart(better for Israel long-term). So,Merry Christmas Palestine!Eid Mubarak! And SCREW Zionism!

2 ) Biologist / World
13/12/2012 09:43
I don't believe that anti Jesus slogan. But I would like a clarification from Vatican and other Christian Churches if they are not pro Zionists.This statement is biologically incorrect and impossible.

3 ) Mel / USA
13/12/2012 16:50
Think! O Israeli Jews!In Israel,only Zionism could turn"Happy Hanukkah"into dirty words filled with HYPOCRISY at a pluralistic holiday time!Words as dirty,as our own US Zionists.And while global Jewry has radical,ideo-politico Zionism looming over as a dark 'pillar'of white-phosphorous'cloud',Israel will never be welcomed by the world.We know what Zionism's done for over 1/2 a century in Palestine.We saw it in WW2 prior,& thru'out dark &colonial history.So,come home Israel!Come back 2 humanity!!

4 ) Colin Wright / USA
16/12/2012 22:18
'...February extremists wrote "Death to Christianity" on two Jerusalem churches. Last December, an ancient mosque in Jerusalem was torched and sprayed with the Star of David, "price tag," "Muhammad is a pig" and "A good Arab is a dead Arab" in Hebrew.' One could argue they're being even-handed. One would think it would promote Muslim-Christian unity. It probably does.
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