Hardline Israeli settlers deface Monastery of Saint Francis in Jerusalem

October 2, 2012

(Franciscan monastery at Mount Zion, Jerusalem, 2006/Darko Tepert)

Suspected hardline Israelis scrawled pro-settler graffiti and religious insults on a monastery outside the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday, police said, in the latest of a series of attacks on non-Jewish sites.

The vandals wrote the phrase “price tag” in Hebrew on the gate of the Monastery of Saint Francis on Mount Zion – a reference to a violent campaign supporting unauthorised settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

The “Price tag” is the retribution some Israeli settlers say they will exact for any attempt by their government to curb settlement in the territory, which Palestinians want as part of a future state.

The group has targeted mosques and, less commonly, Christian buildings, regarding any non-Jewish religious sites as an intrusion on the land.

The monastery of Saint Francis is near the spot where tradition says Jesus gathered his disciples for the Last Supper.

It was the second attack on a Christian institution in less than a month.

“Price tag” attackers set fire to the doors of Latrun monastery in the West Bank on September 4 in a possible retaliation for the eviction of families from an unauthorised outpost.

“Price tag actions are contrary to the Jewish religion and causes great harm to Israel,” Israeli President Shimon Peres said in a statement in response to Mount Zion attack. “Holy sites must not be harmed.”

A police spokesman said a number of people had been charged in connection with several of the incidents, but gave no details.

Palestinian officials and Israeli rights groups have accused the authorities of not doing enough to investigate the attacks.

via Pro-settler vandals deface Jerusalem monastery | Reuters.

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I commented on Facebook regarding Bangladeshi people of one religion, defacing the religious sites of another. That is cultural genocide. This here is the same thing. God promised Israel to the Hebrews, but just like the Jews, Christians and Muslims also believe in one God just like Judaism. Why destroy you’re own country?

Posted by ispeakmyopinion | Report as abusive

So Isreal has no extremists. These filthy settlers need to be dealt with!!!

Posted by KyleDexter | Report as abusive

As no one saw who sprayed graffiti on the church walls, it is hateful to blame settlers, Israelis, Jews, or anyone else for this particular crime.

Only recently this paper blamed Israelis and Jews for the anti-Muslim movie that was made only by Christian Arabs.

Israel has undercover police trying to find the perpetrators, but it is a difficult task.

Posted by Californiajean | Report as abusive

To Calaforniajean : Israeli settlers have acknowledged spraying the same message on Palestinian mosques and christian sites in the West Bank.

Is this less of a crime than doing it on a church inside Jerusalem ?

So who is hateful now ?

Posted by saharadweller | Report as abusive