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‘Death to Christians': Suspected Jewish extremists deface monastery

7 February 2012 General 21 Comments Email This Post Email This Post
A nun and a priest stand outside the Monastery of the Cross after it was defaced with graffiti on Tuesday. The monastery, built on the spot where tradition holds the tree from which Jesus' cross was made, was defaced with graffiti bearing the hallmarks of militant Jewish settlers, police said.

A nun and a priest stand outside the Monastery of the Cross after it was defaced with graffiti on Tuesday. The monastery, built on the spot where tradition holds the tree from which Jesus' cross was made, was defaced with graffiti bearing the hallmarks of militant Jewish settlers, police said.

JERUSALEM — A Jerusalem monastery, built on the spot where tradition holds the tree from which Jesus’ cross was made, was defaced with graffiti bearing the hallmarks of militant Jewish settlers, police said on Tuesday.

“Death to Christians” was daubed in Hebrew on the outer walls of the Monastery of the Cross, an 11th-century fortress-like holy site situated in a valley overlooked by Israel’s parliament.

Army Radio reported that “Maccabees of Migron” was painted on the monastery, too, The Associated Press reported. Maccabees were ancient Jewish heroes, and Migron is an unauthorized settlement facing a court-ordered evacuation. 

Such acts originally targeted West Bank mosques but have recently expanded to include a mosque inside Israel, Israeli military bases, and now, a Christian holy site.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the words “Price Tag” were also painted overnight by the vandals, who damaged two cars parked outside the monastery in the attack, according to Reuters.

The slogan, used by Jewish settlers in vandalism attacks on mosques and Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank, refers to the retribution they say they will exact for any attempt by the Israeli government to curb settlement in the territory.

“I am a priest and I forgive,” Father Claudio of the monastery, which is administered by the Greek Orthodox church, told Reuters.

Rosenfeld said police had opened an investigation.

Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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  1. That is when the fight, would have broken out then.

  2. Why can’t people just get over all the religious fighting..I mean really …just believe what you want to believe and leave others alone for crying out loud already….Grow up and act like a human being with feelings instead of a wild animal out for blood for absolutely NO reason..

  3. what if they were human? oh wait…they are…

  4. this is disguisting, what if they were muslim?

  5. No surprise. I have a Catholic mother and Muslim father, and I don’t find this behavior surprising.

  6. double standard of the west!

  7. this is what is actually happening in Jerusalem against palenstine christians.. why do the christians in USA allow this too happen ?

  8. This is SERIOUSLY irresponsible reporting. I am not a fan of Israeli Politics. I DO however have family who are Jewish. “Israeli,” is NOT synonymous with “JEW.” Not to mention, this looks like it was done to cause anti-Jewish fervor. ONCE AGAIN… I DO NOT agree with Israeli Politics. They… ARE EXTREMISTS. I’m still curious… about the “unofficial” Nukes… which the U.S. (my Country… who doesn’t speak for me… or represent me… as a citizen.), “ACCIDENTALLY” gave to Israel (this event, is unique in the history of “acquired” Nuclear Weapons). I think it was done, in order to wash the U.S.’s hands of any direct connection, to what they knew would someday be… a dastardly use of them… by Israel. Probably, in order to incriminate Jews world wide, by the actions of Israel, against Palestine. I am NOT Jewish. But although i hate Religion (all Religion), I DO support tolerance for people who practice it, in the hope that one day… they’ll move beyond it. My Grandfather… a Russian/American Bomber Pilot, who went M.I.A., during the first major bombing run on Germany… was shot down, over enemy territory… and survived the camps there…. Would likely NOT support what Israel does either. Religious Extremism, is insanity, fueled by ignorance. I don’t care WHAT Religion it is. It IS insane, to claim a plot of land, in the most sensitive area (to Muslims)… in that part of the world… and plant a flag… claiming Religious Monopoly. Whoever does something like that, is begging for a reaction. So… I believe it IS intentional… AND it’s purpose, is to keep they fire fueled. “Sacred is, as Sacred does.” “HEY ISRAEL… YOU DON’T REPRESENT ME… OR AMERICAN JEWS! SO FUCK YOU… AND YOUR FUCKED UP POLITICS!” SEEMS TO ME, YOU WAN’T ARMAGEDDON!?

  9. Why ask hypothetical questions like “what if they were Muslim?” I don’t see the point. There is enough actual venom directed at Muslims without coming up with imaginary scenarios.

  10. hate in what ever form is just wrong.

  11. It makes perfect sense to ask “what if they were Muslim”: I know many people, and you all probably do too, who will have ha very different reaction to hearing that Jewish militants are attacking >Christians<. Can't wait to hear how the Dominionist crowd is going to handle this…

    This story popped up on my FB right below the one about Michael Steele objecting to the comparison of discrimination against gays to discrimination against blacks.
    (http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rawstory.com%2Frs%2F2012%2F02%2F07%2Fmichael-steele-to-dan-choi-gays-rights-arent-like-black-rights%2F&h=fAQGgxl9HAQH__MOjhIClbIHHbGrrDqZdRpstAtjr6lqK4w)

    I've never understood how people who seem to be otherwise very high-functioning can have so little empathy that they can only see injustice when it is directed at them.

  12. You are completely off topic with this post. What if the people who died in the atomic bomb explosion at Hiroshima were Muslim?

  13. It is a valid question. If they were Muslim the public outcry could not be contained.

  14. As such, Zionist Protestants who live their sheltered lives in the US will not give a damn about Palestinian and Lebanese Christians who must put up with this most of their days, but they…they’re just brown Papist heathens, right?

  15. Some Churches are really drumming for a war on Iran, and call on Christians to stem the time of Islam.’The Good news’, a monthly publication of an evangelical US church, have in their most recent publication, launched so much Anti-Islamic rhetoric,and question the validaty of the Holy Qur’an and Mohammed (PBUH), and then villified Iran and the Arab spring,and all the time,defending Israel’s views. When one looks at the booklet, and US mainstream evangelical ministries, it is strange that even these groups would exalt Vatican views on Islam, as long as they share the similar views. It made me sick,but being openminder, i read it, and now i ask myself: ‘Where is the love that ‘Christianity’ promotes?’

  16. Hate is a poisonous venom, regardless of the bearer or their target.

  17. Sometimes it seems like these settlers *want* to provoke Israel into kicking their asses. Every time they do this, there’s huge backlash.

  18. ZT,
    Ah, don’t you know that the settlers are Israeli Zionists?

  19. Lol ZT

    And not only that, but Israel advocates for this^^

  20. Earnest ! Thank you for your post !
    I know that most Muslims and christains are peace loving, descent people !
    But there is amongst both a radicall, arrogant element !!

  21. You guys arent getting it. Theyre not saying if the Victims were muslim, theyre asking if the vandalizers were Muslim…

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