“Death to Christianity” “Jesus, son of a whore” — Vandals Spray Hate Graffiti on Jerusalem Church
Vandals have spray-painted “Death to Christianity” and “Jesus, son of a whore” on a Greek Orthodox monastery in Jerusalem.
The overnight attack on the Monastery of the Cross was the latest in a series of vandalisms of Christian holy sites. Extremist Jews sympathetic to Israel’s settlement movement are suspected.
Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Wednesday the vandals also sprayed “price tag” on the monastery’s outer wall — a form of retribution settlers and their sympathizers use in retaliation for acts they consider to be pro-Palestinian. Extremists have carried out similar “price tag” attacks on other churches, mosques and Israeli military bases.
Israel has 155,000 Christian citizens, less than 2 percent of its nearly 8 million people.
There are approximately 167,000 Palestinian Christians currently living in the West Bank and 10,000 in Hamas-run Gaza.
Muslims hold Jesus in high regard as they believe he is a prophet, along with Abraham, Moses, Muhammad and others. He is mentioned more times by name in the Koran than Muhammad. Mary, known as Maryam in Islam, is mentioned more in the Koran than in the entire New Testament.
Photograph: Graffiti found on Monastery of the Cross, on the morning of December 12, 2012. Credit: Emil Salman
Soldier, two young women suspected of entering Luban al-Sharqiya near Nablus, spraying ‘Muhammad is a Pig’ on a village home and vandalizing a local construction shop.
By Chaim Levinson
February 10, 2012
An Israel Defense Forces soldier is suspected of perpetrating a so-called “price tag” attack in a Palestinian West Bank village, Haaretz learned on Friday, following recently intercepted security camera footage.
The Golani Brigade soldier and resident of the Itamar settlement was arrested along with two young women after footage indicated the three vandalizing the Palestinian village of Luban al-Sharqiya near Nablus.
According to a preliminary investigation, the three are suspected of entering the West Bank village on 1:30 A.M. Tuesday, where they sprayed the caption “Muhammad is a pig” on one of the walls and sabotaged a construction materials shop.
Security camera footage provided by Israeli NGO B’Tselem, displayed below, shows one of the young women stabbing sacks of building material piled up near the shop.
Later, a confrontation ensued between the three and local residents who woke up following the ruckus, during which the IDF soldier threatened the Palestinians with his rifle, causing them to flee the scene.
Suspects linked to the case were arrested on Thursday, with their arrest remanded until Monday.
The solder admitted to the act and is scheduled to be detained until Monday.
In addition, Orien Nizri from Jerusalem, known for her West Bank activism, and Sarah Goldberg from the settlement of Tapuach were arrested over suspicion that they were the young women in the car.
The young women are to be detained until Tuesday following a remand hearing in a Jerusalem magistrate’s court.
[Image: Inscription ‘Muhammad is a pig’ painted on a Jerusalem mosque, Dec. 14, 2011. (Jerusalem Fire Dept)]
JERUSALEM | Tuesday, February 7, 2012
(Reuters) - A Jerusalem monastery, built on the site where tradition says the tree used in the making of Jesus’s cross once stood, was defaced with “Death to Christians” graffiti on Tuesday.
The words “Price Tag” daubed on a vandalized car parked outside the 11th-century Monastery of the Cross suggested that militant Jewish settlers were responsible and police said they were investigating that possibility as well as other angles.
The term refers to retribution the settlers say they will exact for any attempt by the Israeli government to curb settlement in the West Bank, an area Palestinians seek as part of a future state.
"Price Tag" attacks have targeted mosques, Palestinian homes and Israeli military installations in the occupied West Bank but vandalism of Christian holy sites in Jerusalem is extremely rare.
Police said “Death to Christians” was painted in Hebrew on the outer wall of the fortress-like monastery administered by the Greek Orthodox church in a valley overlooked by Israel’s parliament.
"I am a priest and I forgive," Father Claudio of the monastery told Reuters.
Elsewhere in Jerusalem on Tuesday, “Death to Arabs” was painted in Hebrew on the wall of a playground of a Jewish-Arab bilingual school.
In the West Bank, anti-Muslim slogans were daubed on the walls of several homes in the village of Al-Lubban al-Sharqiya overnight, a Palestinian official said, blaming Jewish settlers.
A similar incident occurred on Sunday in the West Bank village of Al Janiyeh, the official said.
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[Image: A nun and a priest stand outside the Monastery of the Cross after it was defaced with graffiti in Jerusalem February 7, 2012. (© REUTERS/Baz Ratner)]