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Jewish extremists vandalize Jerusalem church
Published Friday 09/05/2014 (updated) 11/05/2014 18:50
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An Israeli policeman walks past graffiti on the wall of a church
near an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem, on
May 9, 2014. The graffiti reads "King David for the Jews...
Jesus is garbage".(AFP Thomas Coex)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Vandals sprayed anti-Christian graffiti on a Jerusalem church on Friday, despite Israeli police stepping up security around religious sites ahead of a visit by Pope Francis later this month.

"Price tag... King David for the Jews... Jesus is garbage" was spray-painted in Hebrew on the wall of St George's, a Romanian Orthodox church near an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood.

Israeli police said that "Death to Arabs" was found written on a house in the Old City in East Jerusalem, and swastikas were scrawled on the wall of a west Jerusalem apartment.

The Roman Catholic church has demanded Israeli action after Hebrew graffiti reading "Death to Arabs and Christians and to everyone who hates Israel" was daubed on its Notre Dame complex in Jerusalem on Monday.

"The bishops are very concerned about the lack of security and lack of responsiveness from the political sector, and fear an escalation of violence," the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem said.

The attacks on Christian property come amid a rise in anti-Palestinian hate crimes. Israeli ministers held an emergency meeting on Wednesday, pledging to enforce harsh measures against perpetrators.

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.

Israeli media on Friday reported that police and Shin Bet feared Jewish right-wing extremists would try to attract media attention by attacking Christian sites ahead of the Pope's visit to the region, scheduled to begin on May 24 in Jordan.

He is then due to spend two days in the Holy Land from May 25.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld highlighted a boosted security presence around sensitive Christian sites.

"We've already stepped up security in different sites, in different areas, and obviously will continue to do so," he said.

Rosenfeld said police did not connect the increase in attacks on Christian sites with the upcoming papal visit.

The perpetrators of violence against Palestinian communities are rarely prosecuted. There are hundreds of racist attacks against Palestinians in Israel and the occupied West Bank every year.
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1 ) Robby / USA
09/05/2014 17:38
This is wrong.

2 ) Colin Wright / USA
09/05/2014 17:47
Zionist ecumenicalism.

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
09/05/2014 17:50
Watch. Zionists will now propound that exciting Israeli intellectual discovery: two wrongs make a right.

4 ) Sherri Munnerlyn / US
09/05/2014 17:59
Zionist Jews attacking Christians and Churches in Palestine is simply acceptable conduct to the Zionist Apartheid Israeli government. What is exposed by this story is simply another crime of the Zionist unlawful Colonizers of Palestine.

5 ) Paul / Kenya
09/05/2014 18:28
At least they didnt burn down these churches, unlike what Christians did to Synogogues for over 2000 years. I donr condone this act of vandalism at all, but life is rather funny, and what goes around, comes around. Maybe it be the Germans next, who knows.....

6 ) Outlier / USA
09/05/2014 19:33
Sad and disillusioning.

7 ) JoeFattal / USA
09/05/2014 22:58
This is one way to escalate the violence, but smartly enough the Palestinians refraining from any act of violence which will give Mr.Netanyahu a good reason for not negotiating. So far I have giving the benefit of the doubt to Netanyahu and his government about this escalation that it wouldn't be in their best interest, but now I have no doubt that Netanyahu's government is involved and probably approves of it. This is only to escalate violence not necessarily a religious preference.

8 ) gabi / australia
10/05/2014 04:03
"We've already stepped up security in different sites, in different areas, and obviously will continue to do so," says Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld referring to the attacks on Christian sites. Do they set up security in Muslim sites, mosques, homes etc? Of course they don't. Stupid question really . . .

9 ) Jess / Canada
10/05/2014 04:53
We see their true colours now

10 ) Rami / Palestine
10/05/2014 06:33
#5 Please name one instance of Christians burning down a synogogue since 1947 and onward....In the Israeli/Palestinian conflict it has NEVER happened.

11 ) Colin Wright / USA
10/05/2014 07:08
To Outlier #6: 'Sad and disillusioning.' It's good that you've been disillusioned. Now maybe we can make progress.

12 ) George / Palestine
10/05/2014 09:06
the starting of the second Expulsion by the Zionists again Palestinian Christians when 70% of them were expelled from Palestine in 1948 by underground Jewish troops

13 ) Mel / USA
10/05/2014 17:42
#5:Paul /Kenya:'life is funny'(strange)? I woner if the beautiful &proud Maasai people would've found it 'funny',had the Zionist Organization(ZO)accepted Chamberlain's offer of 5,000 square miles of beautiful Kenya,in Uasin Gishu(in 1903 to escape persecution in Russia)only then to be ethnically persecuted,fenced in,attacked,by Zionist Jews fleeing persecution.Don't confuse all'German's'with racist Nazism,else you confuse all Jews/Christians with racist Zionism. Nazism is Zionism!Not'funny'!

14 ) @13 Mel / USA
11/05/2014 05:24
Only a disgusting person would say that Zionism is Nazism. You don't even know what Zionism is if you say such a thing. You should truly be ashamed of yourself.

15 ) Jim / USA
14/05/2014 07:55
Yet, the "American Christian Right" keeps bumping money to the apartheid Israeli regime!

16 ) nborseth / australia
06/06/2014 03:24
We should always rememberthe circumstances of a jewish state.As george marshall stated in 1948.The creation of a JEWISH STATE is the biggest threat to AMERICAN SECURITY hence 9/11 and the failure in iraq and afganistan.The only solution is the right to ALL palestinians to their homes and villages
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