Church hit by Jewish ex­trem­ists


THE “RE­VOLT” group, be­lieved to have been be­hind the “price tag” at­tacks against non-Jews in Is­rael and the West Bank, was thought to have been largely dis­man­tled by the se­cu­rity forces, but anti-Chris­tian van­dal­ism con­tin­ues.

On Sun­day morn­ing, graf­fiti was found on the walls of the Dor­mi­tion Abbey, a Bene­dic­tine monastery just out­side Jerusalem’s Old City.

Slo­gans scrawled on the stone in­cluded “Death to the Chris­tian heretics en­e­mies of Is­rael”, “Chris­tians to hell” and “The re­venge of the peo­ple of Is­rael is com­ing”.

The phras­ing in­di­cated that the per­pe­tra­tors were religious Jews, pos­si­bly the “price tag” vig­i­lantes who have car­ried out at­tacks on other churches and mosques in re­cent months.

De­spite the Dor­mi­tion Abbey at­tack, the Shin Bet se­cu­rity ser­vice be­lieves that its wide­spread probe, cou­pled with dozens of ad­min­is­tra­tive or­ders — un­der which ac­tivists have been ar­rested and had their move­ments re­stricted — has suc­ceeded in dis­pers­ing the nu­cleus of the “Re­volt” group.

Last month, two of its mem­bers were charged with car­ry­ing out the ar­son at­tack in the vil­lage of Duma, in which three mem­bers of a Pales­tinian fam­ily were mur­dered.

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