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Teen arrested for anti-Christian graffiti on Jerusalem abbey

Anti-Christian graffiti reading 'Death to the heathen Christians the enemies of Israel' at the Abbey of the Dormition in Jerusalem, January 17, 2016.
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Jerusalem police announced Wednesday morning that a 16-year-old had been arrested on suspicion of vandalizing the Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem. Anti-Christian graffiti was discovered on Sunday sprayed on the wall of the abbey built where tradition says the mother of Jesus died.

"The investigation is continuing to determine if there is a connection between the vandalism to this church and other anti-Christian incidents in the Old City," Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said, adding that other arrests may take place.

The teen is being represented by lawyers from the right-wing Jewish Honenu organization, the Ynet news site reports.

The graffiti written in Hebrew on an outside wall of the Dormition Abbey included phrases such as "kill the pagans" and "death to the Christian unbelievers, enemies of Israel."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the attack at the start of Sunday’s cabinet meeting, saying “this act (of vandalism) is worthy of all condemnation."

"There is no room for such acts. Israel is a place where there is freedom of religion, and the only place in the Middle East when the Christian population has grown. The Police Department is acting to find those responsible for the act,” he added.

The Benedictine abbey is located on Mount Zion across from east Jerusalem's Old City and next to the site where Christians believe Jesus's Last Supper occurred.

It was previously attacked in 2014, when furniture and wooden crosses were burned.

"This time it amounts to a real call to murder Christians," said church spokesman Wadi Abu Nassar.

Jewish extremists have targeted Palestinians, Christians and even Israeli military property in "price-tag" attacks -- a term that indicates there is a price to be paid for moves against Jewish settlers.

Earlier this month, two Israelis, including a minor, where charged over the 2014 incident at the Dormition Abbey as well as an arson attack at the Church of the Multiplication on the Sea of Galilee.

The most prominent suspected Jewish extremist attack recently was the July firebombing of a Palestinian home in the West Bank that killed a toddler along with his mother and father.

On January 3, an Israeli court charged two suspected Jewish extremists over the firebombing, including the minor accused in the 2014 arson at the Dormition Abbey.

Anti-Arab carwash arson

A carwash in central Israel was set alight on Monday and the words "Jews don't employ Arabs" were found spray-painted on one of the walls of the building, the Ynet news site reports. Firefighters called to the blaze in Petach Tikva managed to put out the blaze before it spread to neighboring buildings. Investigators found that the slogan had been sprayed prior to the fire being lit, leading them to suspicions of arson.

(Staff with AFP)

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I wonder what Pat Roberson would say about this?

This is no different to the palestinian terror attacks. Actually it is worse as it seems to be by people who should know better and we can see where this leads. What next burn the church down? Jews do not do this.

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