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.