Israelis spray graffiti on church ahead of Pope visit

Israelis spray graffiti on church ahead of Pope visit
Sat May 10, 2014 09:57:22

Zionist settlers have sprayed anti-Christian graffiti on a church in al-Quds (Jerusalem), despite claims that Israeli troops are stepping up security around religious sites ahead of a visit by Pope Francis later this month.

"Price tag... King David for the Jews... Jesus is garbage" was spray-painted in Hebrew on the wall of St. George's, a Romanian Orthodox church near an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood on Friday.

Israeli authorities also said that "Death to Arabs" was found written on a house in the Old City in East al-Quds, and swastikas were scrawled on the wall of a west al-Quds apartment.

The Roman Catholic church has demanded Israeli action after Hebrew graffiti reading "Death to Arabs and Christians and to everyone who hates Israel" was daubed on its Notre Dame complex in al-Quds on Monday.

"The bishops are very concerned about the lack of security and lack of responsiveness from the political sector, and fear an escalation of violence," the Latin Patriarchate of al-Quds said.

The attacks on Christian property come amid a rise in anti-Palestinian hate crimes.

The US State Department's 2013 Country Reports on Terrorism included "price tag" attacks for the first time, citing UN figures of some "399 attacks by Israeli settlers that resulted in Palestinian injuries or property damage." Such attacks were "largely unprosecuted," it said.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld highlighted a boosted security presence around sensitive Christian sites.

Rosenfeld said police did not connect the increase in attacks on Christian sites with the upcoming papal visit.

The perpetrators of violence against Palestinian communities are rarely prosecuted. There are hundreds of racist attacks against Palestinians in the occupied lands and the West Bank every year.


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