Anti-Christian slogans alarm Church before Pope's Holy Land visit


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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The Roman Catholic Church in Jerusalem, preparing for a visit by Pope Francis later this month, has expressed alarm over threats to Christians scrawled by suspected Jewish extremists on church property in the Holy Land.

In an incident on Monday, “Death to Arabs and Christians and all those who hate Israel” was daubed in Hebrew on an outer column of the Office of the Assembly of Bishops at the Notre Dame Center in East Jerusalem . . .

Despite dozens of arrests over the past year of suspected “price-taggers”, there have been few convictions. Police say there are only a few score culprits, many known by name, but about half of them are minors to whom courts show leniency.

The Israeli courts need to punish the criminal “price-taggers” now and put an end to the fringe group’s use of fear and intimidation and vandalism against the Christian minority in Israel.


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Since when do Christians living in Israel hate Israel? Anti-Christian (or anti-Arab) slogans and vandalism have no place in the Holy Land. I agree with you that the criminals involved ought to be brought to justice, including minors.


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The Latin Rite bishop received a death threat:

On Monday night, a written threat was given to the housemaid of Catholic bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo, by a militant from Safed, stating that they have until May 5th to evacuate the so-called ‘land of Israel’, or pay dearly in lives.

The OP seems to be missing a link to the news story. It can be found here:
Anti-Christian slogans alarm Church before Pope’s Holy Land visit I thought the end had some interesting points.

Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said on Wednesday they would ask the cabinet to classify groups behind “price tag” attacks as terrorist organizations, opening the way for the possible use of detention without trial against members.

Despite dozens of arrests over the past year of suspected “price-taggers”, there have been few convictions. Police say there are only a few score culprits, many known by name, but about half of them are minors to whom courts show leniency.

Israel fears rightists might carry out massive hate crime during papal visit

The Israel Police and the Shin Bet fear that right-wing extremists might exploit Pope Francis’ visit to the Holy Land on May 24-26 to carry out a major hate crime to drum up media attention.

The security services estimate that the hate crime would target the Christian population in Israel or Christian sites across the country.


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