JERUSALEM – The website of “QUDS NET NEWS AGENCY”, on January 10, 2014, showed pictures of graffiti from a few days ago, written in Hebrew on the walls of the Notre Dame Center, near the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.
According to the “QUDS NET NEWS AGENCY”, this is not the first time that graffiti “calling for the expulsion of Christians,” were discovered on the wall of an institution belonging to the Catholic Church, not to speak of other Christian institutions.
The anti-Christian sentiments were discovered by some young people who then went to complain to the Israeli police, who in turn went to the site to ascertain the facts.
The shock over the incident has prompted the Christian community in Jerusalem to protest strongly, not for the first time, denouncing these acts that reveal a deeper problem that concerns Israeli society in general and Jerusalem in particular; and which seriously calls into question religious tolerance within the society that encompasses the State of Israel, which cannot manage to prevent this type of religious intolerance.
In his Christmas message, the Latin Patriarch condemned “all forms of religious fundamentalism”, stating that Christians in the diocese had “suffered this year from an increase in vandalism by extremists, at twenty sites, amid the holy places, or places of worship.” A sign of concern for the small handful of Christians who still live in the country!
By: Firas Abedrabbo