For the third time in four years, the Beit Jimal Monastery has been vandalized in a “price tag” attack.
Ed. note: “Price tag” attacks are acts of vandalism by Jewish fundamentalist settler youths aimed Palestinians, Christians, left-wing Israeli Jews, Israeli security forces, and others seen as opposing the settlement enterprise.
According to the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, vandals on Wednesday night shattered stained-glass windows depicting passages from Jesus; destroyed a statue of the Virgin Mary; and damaged furniture.
Bishop Boulos Marcuzzo, patriarchal vicar in Jerusalem, called for tolerance after deeming the ransacking “not only an act of vandalism, but an action against the sacredness of the holy places and the faith of people.”
“The Holy Land is deep [in] faith and culture,” Marcuzzo said in a Friday statement. “We must live together with the diversity of beliefs. It is absolutely necessary to accept others, to accept each other in our diversity.”
In a strongly worded statement, the Council of Catholic Churches in Jerusalem demanded the suspects be arrested and brought to justice.
“The State of Israel, with all its institutions concerned, [must] punish [those] who were responsible for such acts because it could easily lead to serious and unpredictable consequence, which would be most unwelcome in the current tense religious climate,” the council cautioned.
Police said an investigation has been opened into the incident.