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Another monastery vandalized in Israel

October 03, 2012

For the second time in three weeks, a church in the Holy Land has been vandalized with graffiti. A leading Israeli newspaper reported that “Jewish extremists” are suspected of carrying out the vandalism against the Church of the Dormition on Mount Zion.

Israel’s president, along with leading rabbis, condemned the vandalism.

“We only just finished with Yom Kippur,” said Conservative Rabbi Mauricio Balter, “and now we have another sin for which we must atone: contempt for another religion.”

Noting that priests in Israel are often spat upon, Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Custos of the Holy Land, said that “when you say 'Christianity' to Israelis they immediately think of the Holocaust and the Inquisition.”

“If you as a Jew want people to respect you, you need to respect others,” added the Custos, who serves as superior of the region’s Franciscans.


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  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Oct. 03, 2012 1:58 PM ET USA

    Is Fr. Pizzaballa saying that Jews think all priests participated in the Holocaust or the Inquisition today? If not, then he needs to hold Jews who disrespect holy places accountable.