Church leaders warn of a ‘systematic attempt’ to drive Christians out of Jerusalem and the Holy Land

Orthodox Christians mark Holy Saturday at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in East Jerusalem on May 1, 2021. (credit: Mostafa Alkharouf / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Church leaders in Jerusalem raise concerns about ongoing assaults and vandalization of holy sites.

By Alia Shoaib |  Insider |  Dec 19, 2021

Church leaders warned that radical groups continue to “acquire strategic property” in the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem with the goal of diminishing the Christian presence.

Church leaders in Jerusalem warned that Christians had become the target of “frequent and sustained attacks by fringe radical groups” across the Holy Land in a strongly-worded statement.

The Patriarchs and Heads of Local Churches in Jerusalem pointed to “countless incidents” of physical and verbal assaults and the vandalizing of holy sites and churches.

In March of this year, the Romanian church monastery in Jerusalem was vandalized and its entrance set on fire. It was the fourth such attack on the monastery in a month, Daily Sabah reported.

No assailants were identified, but The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land said in a statement that authorities suspected “religious Orthodox Jews.”

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