‘Price Tag’ attack targets Jerusalem church


Graffiti reading "Christians are monkeys" was spray-painted on the Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem overnight Thursday. (photo credit: Courtesy Dormition Abbey)

 

Times of Israel

In an apparent “Price Tag” attack, vandals spray-painted epithets on the outer walls of a Jerusalem church and damaged two cars that were parked nearby overnight Thursday.

Photos released by the staff of the Dormition Abbey, which is located just outside the Old City’s Zion Gate, showed graffiti which read “Christians are monkeys” and were signed “Havat Maon,” a West Bank outpost.

The two cars, at least one of which belongs to the church, were covered in graffiti and their tires were slashed.

Though “Price Tag” attacks are generally carried out by Jewish extremists against Palestinian property, there has been at least one instance, six months ago, where vandals spray-painted defamatory graffiti on the walls of a Christian monastery on Jerusalem’s Mount Zion.

Perpetrators of such attacks say they’re retaliating for Israeli government decisions that they perceive as being anti-settlements. The attacks aim to exact a “price” for government action that the extremists oppose, like the demolition of outposts.

Later Friday, in the Arab village of Baytillu, northwest of Ramallah, the tires of three vehicles were slashed in another “Price Tag” attack. On one of the vehicles, vandals spray-painted the word “revenge.” And on a nearby wall, the words “Price Tag — regards from Evyatar” were scrawled, referring to Evyatar Borowsky, an Israeli stabbed to death by a Palestinian a month ago.

Police are investigating both incidents.

Father David Neuhaus, the Patriarchal Vicar for Hebrew-speaking Catholics in Israel, said Friday that the answer to the attacks was not stiffer punishments, but rather teaching tolerance and respecting others.

In an interview with Israel Radio, Neuhaus said that those responsible for the acts were, in all likelihood, not religious. They are nationalists who use religion as an excuse for their actions, he said.

Several ”Price Tag” attacks were carried out Wednesday morning in two Palestinian villages in the Jordan Valley, north of Jericho, and a number of neighborhoods in the capital. Those acts also appeared to be retribution for the murder of Borowsky.

“We have lost control over the settlers in some cases,” Welfare and Social Services Minister Meir Cohen of Yesh Atid said last Saturday. “We need to deal with the extremists in order to bring them back to normative behavior,” he added, responding to a recent wave of attacks.

  1. #1 by lolathecur on May 31, 2013 - 5:20 pm

    Don’t these zionist christians EVER see any of this stuff?

  2. #2 by Vickie Jacobs on May 31, 2013 - 6:24 pm

    They are so asleep and only God can wake them.
    Thank-God so many out there are trying. When they do wake…………….they pay a price for sleeping on the job. Their trumpets will then sound………trumpet means (#535) completion and their trumpet voice will raise………for then they will know the truth…Mark 13:11.
    Endure to the end………….Mark 13:13.

  3. #3 by Winston on June 1, 2013 - 1:42 am

    Great idea- flood the christian zionists with all the news they can’t seem to face.

  4. #4 by Chris on June 2, 2013 - 1:41 am

    You just have to giggle… all of the little munkeys of satan are beginning to feel the agony of defeat.
    It’s just divine!!

  5. #5 by annebeck58 on June 2, 2013 - 6:40 am

    Perhaps this needs to be discussed in the Christian-Zionist churches, before the plate is passed-around today (Sunday)? Maybe these fools would open their eyes and minds over what they are all thought of?
    I don’t even do religion or go to church of any sort, yet I am seen in the same negative light, by these taggers, as are those who’ll be in attendance today.

    The worst is that those who worship in all of these churches in the US and many other lands PAY for these little idiots’ paint, and food, and clothing, and education. Idiots.

  6. #6 by Jimbo on June 2, 2013 - 3:36 pm

    again,it’s the joos,stupid,supported by idiot redneck “xtian” Zionists…you can’t fix stupid!

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