Anti-Christian slogans alarm Catholic Church before Pope Francis’s Holy Land visit

May 8, 2014
(A church worker looks at a church wall sprayed with graffiti in Jerusalem February 20, 2012. Vandals daubed "Death to Christianity" on the Jerusalem church on Monday in the second such attack in the holy city this month, police said. The words "Price Tag", a slogan used by ultranationalist Jewish settlers, were also scrawled on the walls of the Baptist Narkis Street Congregation in a quiet residential neighbourhood in Jewish west Jerusalem. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

(A church worker looks at a church wall sprayed with graffiti in Jerusalem February 20, 2012. Vandals daubed “Death to Christianity” on the Jerusalem church. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

The Roman Catholic Church in Jerusalem, preparing for a visit by Pope Francis later this month, has expressed alarm over threats to Christians scrawled by suspected Jewish extremists on church property in the Holy Land.

In an incident on Monday, “Death to Arabs and Christians and all those who hate Israel” was daubed in Hebrew on an outer column of the Office of the Assembly of Bishops at the Notre Dame Center in East Jerusalem.

“The wave of fanaticism and intimidation against Christians continues,” the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem posted on its website, referring to so-called “price tag” incidents.

“Mere coincidence?” the patriarchate statement asked. “The Notre Dame Center is property of the Holy See and this provocation comes two weeks before Pope Francis’ visit to the Holy Land and Jerusalem.”

Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported that Israeli security services fear that Jewish radicals might carry out a major hate crime against the Christian population or institutions to drum up media attention during the Pope’s pilgrimage.

Police districts, the newspaper said, were ordered to produce security plans to protect Christian sites and gather intelligence on Jewish extremist activities.

A police spokesman declined to comment directly on the report but said stringent security measures would be in effect for the papal visit.

In recent years, “price tag” attacks have targeted mosques, Palestinian homes and Christian monasteries in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, areas Israel captured in a 1967 war and Palestinians seek as part of a future state.

“Price tagging” – a reference by ultranationalist Jews to making the government “pay” for any curbs on Jewish settlement on Palestinian land – has also occurred in Israeli military installations in the West Bank and Arab villages in Israel.

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Are these the “shared core values” between the US and Israel, that US National Security Adviser Susan Rice was flapping her jaw about this week?

The major US media are all owned by wildly pro-Israel elements; therefore, these sorts of Israeli hate crimes are seldom, if ever, mentioned in the USA media.

Here is a Jewish site that brags about Jewish ownership and influence in the US media:

http://www.simpletoremember.com/articles  /a/jews-in-the-media-hollywood/

Apparently, Jews can brag about their control over the US media, (and our Congress), but any non-Jew who complains about it is soon labelled an “anti-Semite”… a “Jew-hater” etc.

Here is a link to a site that details how much elected members of the US Congress accepted from the Israel lobby, in just this past election cycle… lifetime totals could be much higher:

http://maplight.org/us-congress/interest  /J5100/view/all

Americans have no reciprocal control over the Israeli media and the Israeli Knesset… the Israelis would never stand for what we are expected to cheerfully tolerate.

American Christians truly are “useful idiots” for apartheid Zionism in Palestine… the fact that Israeli Christians are hated, unwelcome and routinely harassed in Israel is being concealed by the major US media.

Posted by new_york_loner | Report as abusive

Let’s see are we talking about the catholic church that have committed such a vast number of atrocities against the human kind that we can’t even list them, that has been one of the most suppressing authorities of free thoughts and views, and that is the only religious sect that has created its own state so that they don’t have to pay taxes nor face legal actions for their deeds? And then they are worried by the writings on the wall!

OK that was a bit provocative but I don’t support violence of any sort. However, I think that we should all remember the history of these establishments and how they got to the powers that they today have. It was not through good deeds and a genuine care about your fellow man. You don’t have to go further than the former Palestine. Ever since the western powers decided to punish the Palestinians for the Nazi’s actions against the Jews there has been nothing but problems there and understandably so.

I many times wondered what the reaction would have been had the Jews been given the Southeast of the UK, Florida, or New York State in the US or maybe Bavaria in Germany! I think the support for the newcomers in the respective countries would have been minimal to say the least. Then why are we acting like we are surprised that the Palestinians protest against having been forced to endure what we obviously didn’t want to endure ourselves, and without any wrongdoing of their own?

The support for Israel has been too one sided and it leads to amongst many other things the kind of actions mentioned in the article above. All extremism is a serious problem, in this case Jewish extremism but it is just as bad with any other extreme fraction, Al-Qaeda for instance the west used to label them “freedom fighters” but that was only when they waged war against the Soviets who then called them “terrorists”. It seems the west at least managed to learn something from the former Soviet Union, and we surpassed their efforts in collecting data from everyone everywhere.

Posted by chrisjoh | Report as abusive

Any “militant” religion that threatens death to others will eventually consume itself with hatred and fear. At a minimum the victims of this hatred will isolate, ignore and abandon the spiritual aggressors into social, financial and geographical irrelevancy. The strength of any religion lies in the cohesion of its belief system none of which advocate the murder and slaughter of others. Militancy and evangelism have produced more hardship and waste than any other social dynamic in history.

Posted by grindermonkey | Report as abusive

At the centre of all main stream religions is the “Golden Rule.” Attacking such pro-social institutions is simply ignorant. For more info watch the YouTube video, “What is the Meaning of Life 101?”

Posted by TheReckoning | Report as abusive

the fun part is that christ is a title, not a name. a jewish title. jesus was considered by some to be the christ. a lifelong jew who was considered the christ by some other jews, and not by most. but, and here’s the punch line, the jews are still waiting for their savior, their christ. all jews are christians, just not this christ. so the first christ is a jew, and all jews are christians who are still waiting.

Posted by lastcurmudgeon | Report as abusive