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Rabbis raise funds to restore church attacked by extremists

August 07, 2015

An Israeli interfaith institute has raised funds to restore the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish following an arson attack by Jewish extremists.

“Condemnation is not enough; after a while it loses its credibility,” said Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein, director of the Elijah Interfaith Institute. “When Jews reach into their pockets to support a cause, one knows they are serious.”

The project has been endorsed by the speaker of Israel’s Knesset and 17 Orthodox rabbis, who described the vandalism as “the most visible to date in a series of attacks on religious sites of other religions.”

“The accompanying graffiti appealed to texts from the Jewish prayer book, making it an attack on explicitly religious grounds,” they added, according to the Times of Israel.

 


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