“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