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Attacks against Christian properties and churches by Israelis

August 22, 2013
By Jerusalem Inter-Church Centre

Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Custodian of the Holy Land and head of the Franciscan Order in Israel, wrote a letter to Israeli President Shimon Peres, published by Haaretz on 27 February 2013, asking him to intervene in to stop incidents of vandalism against Christians in Jerusalem.

"These actions," Pizzaballa wrote, "which as far as I know haven't led to any arrests, are but one painful example in a series of similar actions being carried out recently without hardly any hindrance. As you know, it is not my practice to write letters such as this. The various Christian communities live quietly and peacefully in Israel, with respect, appreciation and good relations with Jews and Muslims ... Unfortunately, throughout the years we have learned to ignore provocations and continue our daily life. Still, it seems that this time red lines have been crossed and we cannot remain silent. These shocking slogans sprayed on Christian sites of prayer, especially in Jerusalem, hurt the feelings of all the Christians in Israel, regardless of their creed, as well as hundreds of thousands of pilgrims visiting Jerusalem and the holy land, and millions more worldwide."

The Jerusalem Inter-Church Centre compiled a list of the attacks against Christians in Jerusalem.

19 Aug. 2013
Beit Jamal Monastery
“Monastery near Jerusalem defaced in suspected 'price tag' attack. The Beit Jamal Monastery is known for its good relations with Israelis who visit to buy its ceramics.”

28 Jul. 2013
Cremisan Monastery in Bethlehem
“Witnesses reported that Israeli forces raided the Cremisan Monastery in Bethlehem late on Sunday [July 28]. The witnesses told the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) that Israeli soldiers broke into the monastery, held the people who were inside, and inspected their personal documents.”

13 Jun. 2013
Christian cemetery in Jaffa desecrated
“Graffiti reading 'revenge' and 'price tag' found on tombstones in Christian Orthodox cemetery. Jaffa's Arab residents outraged over government inaction.",7340,L-4391835,00.html

31 May 2013
Dormition Abbey - Jerusalem
“Vandalism was discovered on the Church of the Dormition in Jerusalem's Old City early Friday. The church is built on the site where many Christians believe the Virgin Mary died.”

28 May 2013
Settlers slash tires of the car of St. Yves' lawyer in Jerusalem
“Settlers this morning slashed the tires of the car of St. Yves' lawyer in front of her house as well as the cars of her neighbors and sprayed painted vengeance and hate slogans ... That attack took place in Sheikh Jarrah area in Jerusalem."

12 December 2012
Monastery in Valley of the Cross
“Two "price tag" acts were recorded in Jerusalem and near Ramallah overnight. Hebrew hate slogans, including "Jesus is a son of a b***h," were spray-painted on a monastery in the capital's Valley of the Cross.”,7340,L-4318831,00.html

2 October 2012
Dormition Abbey Franciscan convent on Mount Zion
“Vandals attacked the Franciscan convent on Jerusalem’s Mount Zion early on Tuesday morning, spray-painting it with anti- Christian graffiti in the third “price tag” attack against a Christian site this year. The vandals painted the words “price tag” and “Jesus is a bastard” on the door of the Franciscan convent, located adjacent to the Dormition Abbey cathedral.”

3 September 2012
Monastery in Latrun, the Abbaye de Notre-Dame de Sept-Douleurs, near Jerusalem
“The door of a Christian monastery in Latrun, the Abbaye de Notre-Dame de Sept-Douleurs, near Jerusalem, was set on fire in the morning and anti-Christian slogans were found spray-painted on the monastery's walls. The arson and graffiti are suspected to be a “price tag” attack, following the recent evacuation of Migron, a settlement outpost in the West Bank. Monks residing at the monastery noticed the burning door on Tuesday morning, and called police after extinguishing the flames. Graffiti sprayed on the monastery walls included the words “Migron,” and “Jesus is a monkey".”

21 Feb 2012
Christian Institutions in West Jerusalem
“The attack on the Narkis Street Baptist Congregation marks the latest in a series of price tag attacks that have targeted Muslim, Christian and leftist institutions in the capital over the last two months.”


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