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Catholic Church demands Israel act to stop hate attacks
Published Thursday 08/05/2014 (updated) 09/05/2014 19:14
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A Palestinian man looks at graffiti scrawled at the entrance to
a mosque that reads in Hebrew, "Arabs out" and "Revenge for
blood spilled in Qusra" in the West Bank village of Deir Istiya
on January 15, 2014.(AFP/File Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- The Roman Catholic church demanded Israeli action Wednesday after suspected Jewish extremists daubed hate graffiti on Vatican-owned offices in annexed East Jerusalem just two weeks before a papal visit.

Israeli Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said the government planned to use detention without trial against the suspected extremists as it comes under mounting pressure over its failure to secure a single prosecution in an intensifying wave of hate crime.

Hebrew-language graffiti reading "Death to Arabs and Christians and those who hate Israel" was daubed over offices of the Assembly of Bishops at the Notre Dame center, a Vatican-owned complex opposite the walls of Jerusalem's Old City, on Monday, the Roman Catholic church said.

"The Notre Dame center is the property of the Holy See and this provocation comes two weeks before Pope Francis' visit to the Holy Land and Jerusalem," the Latin patriarchate said on its website.

"Heads of the Churches in the Holy Land are preparing a series of actions aimed at informing local and international public opinion, and to make the authorities and law officials aware of their responsibilities."

Israeli police confirmed there had also been fresh hate attacks on Palestinian Muslim targets in northern Israel on Wednesday, the latest in a spate of such attacks mainly targeting Palestinian residential property but also targeting churches and mosques.

Israeli police caught a man as he punctured the tires of Palestinian-owned vehicles in the town of Yokneam, spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.

Investigators were seeking to establish if he was also responsible for vandalizing a Druze dentist's practice earlier in the day.

"Death to Arabs" and "Price Tag" were sprayed on his clinic windows, media said.

"Price tag" is a euphemism for the hate attacks by Jewish extremists.

The internal security minister said the government was preparing to allow the use of detention without charge against those suspected of such crimes, powers previously used almost exclusively against Palestinians.

"It is the government's intention to use administrative detention against those carrying out so-called 'price tag' attacks," Aharonovitch told army radio.

Administrative detention allows for suspects to be held without trial for up to six months. Such orders can be renewed indefinitely by court decision.

The US State Department's 2013 Country Reports on Terrorism included "price tag" attacks for the first time, citing UN figures of some "399 attacks by extremist Israeli settlers that resulted in Palestinian injuries or property damage."

Such attacks were "largely unprosecuted," it said.

Although police have made scores of arrests, there have been no successful prosecutions for price tag attacks and the government has come up under mounting pressure to authorize the Shin Bet internal security agency to step in.

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said on Sunday she would back the idea of defining such crimes as "terrorism" after the US State Department for the first time included mention of price tag attacks in its global report on terror.

Livni and Aharonovitch held an emergency meeting on Wednesday with the attorney general and security chiefs to discuss the wave of attacks and how to combat them, a statement from Livni's office said.

It said that the ministers would brief the security cabinet on events in the past six months since the price tag phenomenon was officially outlawed and consider declaring those responsible as a terror group.

It said it would also mull increased use of restraining orders removing known suspects from their usual surroundings and arresting them if such orders were breached.
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1 ) JoeFattal / USA
08/05/2014 14:07
The irony about it is that hate attacks against Christians and Muslims in Israel by Jewish extremists work against Netanyahu and his effort to call Israel a "Jewish State" very difficult to attain. Not only Israel is alienating herself as someone said, but also they working against eachothers. And that's going to make Netanyahu's effort very difficult to pass that bill. And an immense pressure to do something about it. Regardless if he has something to do with it or not.

2 ) Nakba / Palestine
08/05/2014 20:09
No 1: is not only from Jewish extremists!!! We must remember that Nazi-Germany elected Hitler in a very democratic way. Israelis have made the same since the Nakba until today in the same way. Either you accept both, Nazi-Germany & Zionist-Israel, or condemn both regimes.

3 ) Mel / USA
10/05/2014 00:46
#1&2:Not to mention that Israel's extremist "Jews" have very little affiliation with real Judaism(religious or cultural).Many are converts with no matrilineal Judaic line,can't speak Hebrew,Yiddish,English or Arabic apart from pidgin use & have no real idea about inter-Judaic/Islamic traditions,culture or history! Euro-Zionist Israel is finding it harder to assimilate them into Israel,than assimilating themselves back in early-mid 19OO's when they envisioned Israel as a "Jewish-only" Monaco!

4 ) Patrick O'Shaughnessy / Ireland
10/05/2014 17:38
The extremists sound like rejects from Dante's Inferno, although what they claim to have been converted from is unclear! The Roman Catholic Church should speak out loud and clear on this issue, as should His Holiness Pope Francis when he visits in the near future.

5 ) Colin Wright / USA
12/05/2014 19:41
To Mel #3: '#1&2:Not to mention that Israel's extremist "Jews" have very little affiliation with real Judaism(religious or cultural)...' Nu? It's a question of ends and means. In Zionism, Judaism serves as a way to realize Nazism, not the other way around. It would severely hamper them if they actually practiced Judaism in its entirety. There couldn't even be an 'Israel' until the Messiah appeared, for starters.
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