Church officials protest desecration of cemetery outside Jerusalem
January 11, 2016
Catholic Church leaders in Israel have renewed their pleas for a crackdown on anti-Christian violence after the desecration of a cemetery near Jerusalem.
Dozens of crosses on graves were destroyed or damaged at a cemetery in Beit Jamal, and the Latin-rite Catholic Patriarchate of Jerusalem noted that the vandalism was only the latest in a series of assaults on Christian targets. "We condemn this incident and remind all that this is not the first of its kind committed in recent years," the patriarchate said, adding pointedly that the crimes have repeatedly been attributed to "unknown assailants."
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