BEERSHEBA (Ma'an) -- A church in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba was defaced with anti-Christian graffiti attacking Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary on Friday in the latest in a string of attacks by suspected Jewish extremists targeting Palestinian Christian sites.
According to the Jerusalem Post, the graffiti on the church in the old city of Beersheba read: "Jesus = Son of a whore."
Spokesman for the Israeli police Luba Samari confirmed the incident, and said police have opened an investigation into it.
The attack comes only two days before the Pope is due to visit Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, amid a wave of attacks against Christian holy sites and property that have occurred inside Israel in the last few months.
On Wednesday, Israeli police said they were putting a number of known Jewish extremists under house arrest for the entirety of the Pope's visit in order to prevent disruptions.