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Racist graffiti sprayed on Jerusalem monastery
Published Tuesday 02/10/2012 (updated) 03/10/2012 15:50
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A monk stands next to graffiti sprayed on a wall at the entrance to
the Latrun Monastery near Jerusalem September 4, 2012.
(Reuters/Baz Ratner)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Racist and pro-settler graffiti was discovered on a Jerusalem monastery on Tuesday, Israeli police said.

"Price-tag" and anti-Christian slogans were sprayed on the gate of the Monastery of Saint Francis, just outside of the Old City, Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld told Ma'an.

"Jesus is a son of a bitch" was also reportedly sprayed on the Christian site, Israeli media said.

Police have opened an investigation into the incident, which has "nationalistic motives," Rosenfeld added.

PLO official Saeb Erekat slammed the latest attack on religious sites and called on the international community to hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law.

"This culture of impunity that some countries have granted to Israel has allowed settlers to escalate their racist attacks against Palestinians without any legal accountability," he added.

Israeli president Shimon Peres condemned the attack, saying "holy sites must not be harmed," a statement said.

In early September, suspected Jewish extremists torched the wooden door of a Jerusalem monastery and sprayed "Jesus is a monkey" and pro-settler graffiti on the walls.

In February, suspected Jewish extremists wrote "Death to Christianity" on two Jerusalem churches. The graffiti also included profanity about Jesus, and the vandals slashed the tires of several cars parked in one of the church compounds.

"Price Tag" attacks have targeted mosques, Palestinian homes and Israeli military installations in the occupied West Bank.

An ancient mosque in Jerusalem was torched on Dec. 13, and sprayed with the Star of David, "price tag," "Muhammad is a pig" and "A good Arab is a dead Arab" in Hebrew.

Reuters contributed to this report
1 ) Joseph from the Ghetto in / Palestine
02/10/2012 12:30
The Zionists & most of the Jews are trying to convert the conflict in Land of Palestine from political into religious one. Jews of Europe used to claim what is called “anti-Semitism” against the others. If Jews, Zionist or non-Zionist, legalize this anti-Christians act as they did it in many places all over the world, they should legalize what Nazi-Germans did for them. Do Not-Serve-2-gods.

2 ) Rami / Palestine
02/10/2012 13:43
#1 "Anti-Semitism" is a myth. A propaganda tool used by Zionists to facilitate and realize their political agendas. Nothing more. How many arabs, pro-palestinians, muslims, or even just critics of Israeli policies have been labelled and effectively black-listed as "anti-semites?" Arabs from all over the Middle East are historically Semites. How could semites be anti-semites? Its similar to the myth of the "self-hating Jew." The Israeli PR machine has hijacked and raped the term "semitism."

3 ) Joseph from Ghetto in / Palestine
02/10/2012 14:23
I agree with you that anti-Semitism is a myth. According to DNA test made by Israelis, most Jews do not belong to sematic root except the Cohenim (Plural of Cohen). Are all Jews Cohenim? Of course not. Most of them belong to Asian root like Chaser (Non-Semitic & non-European as well). The term anti-Semitism is used parallel as anti-Jews mistakenly by westerns. Zionists have used it just as an excuse to cleanse ethically the Palestinian People. Many European scholars (non-pro-Zionism) know that!

4 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
02/10/2012 16:53
this. Second, NO-O-O-O-O, again, ... calling anti-Semitism a myth for propaganda use is camel shit. Ever hear of the damn Spanish Inquisition or Medieval European and Russian pogroms ??? ... but you also DO have a valid point: Many Arabs, pro-Palestinians, Muslims and critics of Israel HAVE been wrongly labelled as anti-Semitic but don't do any moronic blabbering about our PR crapping on the use of the term. 3), Except those who've converted (along with their descendants) "Jews" (cont.)

5 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
02/10/2012 17:07
ANYWHERE (as all Arabs ANYWHERE) are semitic. It means both of our Peoples descend from Shem (Noah's oldest son) and more importantly, THROUGH Abraham in Mesopotamia where ALL "Jews" and Arabs started out. The DNA test you reference basically applies ONLY to our Cohanim (Hebrew plural for priesthood) because that's where the genetic marker shows up for descendants of our High Priest Aaron. Got THAT ??? Forget about this Asian/Chaser crap. The term "anti-Semitic" has however (cont.)

6 ) Arnold / Canada
02/10/2012 17:20
Words convey messages only. I would prefer the words over violence. Some are comparing the "settlers" to Nazis. Dumb but then again look who it is coming from. The Nazis rounded up the the Jewish populace country after country. All with the condoning of all those country's leaders. Stuffed into rail cars with little or no ventilation. Many suffocated en route. Thousands were forced march to their death. There were other acts of evil and murder by the Nazis. How dare you can you compare the two.

7 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
02/10/2012 17:23
(historically) been developed to apply only to "Jews," NOT the Arab Peoples because WE were conquered and forced for survival to leave our land and become dispersed throughout other nations. This DIDN'T HAPPEN to the Arab Peoples. Anti-Semite has been mistakenly used as anti-ZIONIST (not anti-Jew) and vice versa. You CAN be pro-Semite (pro-"Jew") but also anti-Zionist, which is exactly what many are ... so YES, because Israel is NOT meant to be a secular nation, it's meant (only) for US !!!

8 ) Danny / UK
02/10/2012 19:41
Rami & Joseph - Surely Hitler would qualify as 'anti-Semitic'...I'm sure you don't believe the Holocaust to be a 'myth', right?

9 ) do you even know what the / WRITING SAYS???
02/10/2012 20:31

10 ) Amira / Canada
02/10/2012 22:50
How about the main stream media publishing over this and all settlers actions against the Churches just to expose to the US and European CHRITIAN who support and feed the illegal occupation?

11 ) Rami / Palestine
03/10/2012 11:12
Dear Yehuda, your argument is null & void for the following reason: "because WE were conquered and forced for survival to leave our land and become dispersed throughout other nations. This DIDN'T HAPPEN to the Arab Peoples." Oh but it did, and ironically it was perpetrated by the very people that you represent. The Nakba and Naksa are forced exodus, "for survival" they left their "lands and become dispersed throughout other nations." I stand by my statement on Semitism. It is just a PR tool.

12 ) BDS / Canada
03/10/2012 14:44
These violent and racist illegal "settlers" are clearly anti-Christian. Thankfully the mainstream churches are becoming more aware of the brutal occupation and the ethnic cleaning of Palestine and participating in the BDS against all the crimes being committed by the occupiers.

13 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
03/10/2012 17:55
@ 11), No-o-o-o ... BIG differences. For example, when Rome murdered us/destroyed our Great Temple in 70 C.E. and again slaughtered us (mid-130's C.E.) Rome then banned us from even living in Jerusalem. So Roman rule became so unbearable this is why so many of us at that time had to massively leave for the sake of our very lives. In 1947 (U.N.) we clearly said to Pals: STAY if you want. Since U.N. Partition Plan was rejected and war began, then yes, only THEN did we force out many Pals.

14 ) Rami / Palestine
04/10/2012 12:50
#13, your recollections of history border on science fiction. Did you clearly say to the Pals, "stay if you want" before.....or after the Haganah, Stern Gang and others (who later became the IDF, nontheless) committed mass murders and full on erasure of Palestinian villages? Nice to know that supporters of ethnic cleansing, mass murder and genocide still exist. I guess it balances out all the peace-loving lefties, huh?
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