Ultra-Nationalist Israeli Seminary Students and/or Settlers Burn Christian School in West Jerusalem Revenge Attacks
So…. After trumping up ISIS’ anti-Christian violence for weeks, how long do you think it’ll be before we hear about ongoing anti-Christian violence in Israel from Pat Robertson (CBN) or the usual crew at Fox?
In dozens of attacks over the past seven years they call “price tags,” super-extremist Kook-fans called “Hilltop Youths” from around Mt. Zion have desecrated Christian and Muslim religious sites and assaulted clergy in the name of revenge with little fear for the justice system. While no Christians have been killed that we know about, the most recent attacks happened this Wednesday and Thursday, one of which burned a Greek Orthodox school building.
I support Judaism and Israel, but definitely not this stuff. Fair is fair, Fox News.
From Haaretz, Thursday:
Christian center set on fire, vandalized in Jerusalem hate crime attack
By Nir Hasson
A building belonging to the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem was set on fire and vandalized early on Thursday in a hate crime attack.
Firefighters arrived at the scene and extinguished the flames, and classified the fire as arson after an investigation into whether the fire was deliberately set. The forces also found hate graffiti denigrating Jesus sprayed on one of the walls…..[they also burned down a mosque the day before]
Mount Zion, the area where the suspected attack occurred, is one of the more vulnerable areas concerning price tag attacks. In the past two years, there have been dozens of various hate crimes, including the assault of Christian clergymen, graffiti, punctured tired, desecrated grave-sites, smashed gravestones and more.
In May 2014, a nearby church was set aflame shortly after Pope Francis’ visit. In 2013, vandals smashed Ottoman ceramic tiles at King David’s Tomb, thus destroying the last traces to the compound’s Muslim past. Later that year, vandals smashed gravestones of prominent historical figures at a Protestant cemetery on Mount Zion.
Church leaders have often expressed concern about monks and clergy’s fears of walking around Mount Zion in uniform due to spitting and harassment.
“In Mount Zion, might makes right, where a bully can do what he wants. There isn’t a monk here who doesn’t get spat upon - it’s part of the job description,” a senior official of one of the local churches told Haaretz months ago.
Church leaders have often blamed students at local Yeshivas, visiting from the Diaspora, for the attacks. In recent years, the visiting Yeshiva students have been identified with the “hilltop youth,” some of whom have been expelled from the territories. The head of the Yeshiva denied the allegations.
From World Bulletin:
Israel settlers torch W. Jerusalem Christian school
by World Bulletin, News Desk
Israeli settlers on Thursday torched one of the rooms of a Christian religious school in West Jerusalem and inscribed phrases offending to Jesus Christ on its walls.
Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement that unidentified people had committed a crime of “national proportions.”
She added that fire was set to the school room and a toilet used by priests and students of Christianity inside the school.
Samri noted that the attackers also wrote phrases offending to Jesus Christ on walls near the room.
“Firefighters had put off the fire, which caused material damage in the place,” Samri said, noting that the fire had not caused any human casualties.
More at Haaretz (Google around the pay wall if need be)