Israeli Squatters scrawl hate graffiti on Jerusalem Church

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JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Suspected Israeli extremist wrote threatening hate speech on the doors of an ancient church in the Old City of Jerusalem >overnight Saturday, Wadie Abu Nassar, a senior advisor to the Catholic Church who is considered close to the Vatican, told Ma’an.

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Abu Nassar said the doors of the Dormition Abbey church were vandalized with threats scrawled in Hebrew that read: “Kill the Christians, the enemy of Israel” and “The revenge is coming very soon,” as well as “Send Christians to hell.”

Abu Nassar condemned the graffiti, calling it racist, and pointed out that the incident was not the first Israeli attack against Dormition Abbey.

In 2014, a suspected Israeli extremist lit a prayer book on fire in the abbey, in what police at the time said was a suspected arson attack just hours after Pope Francis held mass at a nearby Christian holy spot during a visit to the area.

A year before that, Israeli extremists spray-painted “Jesus is a monkey” in Hebrew outside the church, and “Havat Maon,” the name of an illegal Israeli settler outpost that had been dismantled by the Israeli government just days before the attack, Israeli daily Haaretz reported at the time.

In 2012, suspected extremists spray-painted “Jesus, son of a bitch,” in Hebrew, with the words “price tag,” a term used by Israeli extremists to mark nationalist-motivated hate crimes.

Abu Nassar said in the past that the extremists responsible for the attacks were not prosecuted by the Israeli government in a “serious way.”

Dormition Abbey dates back to the 5th century, and is thought to be the place where the Virgin Mary died. The abbey is owned by the German Benedictine Order and is considered to be one of the three earliest churches built in Jerusalem.

Israeli settlers have carried out at least 221 attacks on Palestinians and their property in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in 2015, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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  1. The Netanyahu government has winked a condescending eye to these extremist attacks by failing to investigate them thoroughly and being more concerned about the welfare of the criminal suspects themselves.

    Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked – who as an MK is considered the most right-wing member of that elected body – pressured the Israeli Attorney General to vigorously ensure that the suspects held in a deadly arson attack against an Arab child received all legal protections allowed by law.

    In 1999, just months before then-PM Netanyahu left office, his Justice Minister, Tzachi Hanegbi, the son of the former operational commander of the terrorist Stern Gang in the 1940s, issued a recommendation to the Israeli president for a sentence reduction to Ami Popper, a prisoner who was serving seven life terms plus 20 years for machine-gunning Gazans at a bus stop – killing seven and wounding eleven in 1990.

    Based on this recommendation, Popper’s sentence was commuted to 40 years. He also received over 120 furloughs, due to the efforts of the Shin Bet intelligence service, and married three times. On a 2007 furlough he got into a car accident, killing his wife and a son.

    PM Netanyahu last year delivered a eulogy at the funeral of Rabbi Moshe Levinger, an extremist leader who served time for killing an Arab shopkeeper – calling him a “great example”.

    It is not surprising that terror attacks occur against Palestinians by Jewish extremists – it is however even more disturbing to see the cabinet ministers and the Israeli law enforcement community give the level of support they do to help violent extremists.

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