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Christian Site in Israel Vandalized for the Third Time in Four Years

[ Ed. note – Beit Jamal is a holy Christian site near the town of Beit Shemesh, just west of Jerusalem. The site consists of a Catholic monastery as well as a church, and is traditionally thought of as the burial place of St. Stephen, whose death by stoning is told of in the Book of Acts. This past Wednesday night, the church, known as St. Stephen’s Church, was vandalized. Below are two articles on the attack, one from the Jerusalem Post, the other from the Independent Catholic News Service. Apparently the site is on somebody’s hit list. Both articles make mention of previous attacks at the same location, the Jerusalem Post mentioning that the latest incident is the third in four years. ]

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Israel: Vandals Desecrate Catholic Church

By Dan Bergin

On Wednesday, 20 September vandals broke into and desecrated St Stephen Church in Beit Gemal, near Beit Shemesh, west of Jerusalem. A statue of the Virgin Mary and stained-glass windows depicting important passages in the life of Jesus were smashed.

Bishop Boulos Marcuzzo, Patriarchal Vicar in Jerusalem and Palestine, who visited the Church yesterday, said: “this is not only an act of vandalism but an action against the sacredness of the holy places and the faith of people.”

He added that “In the Holy Land, is a deep faith and culture. We must live together with the diversity of beliefs. It is absolutely necessary to accept others, to accept each other in our diversity.”

In mid-December 2015, the cemetery of the convent was vandalized and several wooden and concrete tomb crosses were smashed and broken.

In addition to its strong condemnation of this atrocious attack, the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem affirms that education is the solution to inculcate respect for the religious and cultural differences of people.

The Council of Catholic Churches in Jerusalem, said in a press release, that it demands “the State of Israel, with all its institutions concerned, punish who were responsible for such acts because it could easily lead to serious and unpredictable consequences, which would be most unwelcome in the current tense religious climate.”

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Catholic Monastery Near Jerusalem Vandalized for Third Time in 4 Years

By Daniel K. Eisenbud

For the third time in four years, the Beit Jimal Monastery, located adjacent to Beit Shemesh, has been vandalized.

According to the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, vandals on Wednesday night shattered stained-glass windows depicting passages from Jesus; destroyed a statue of the Virgin Mary; and damaged furniture.

Bishop Boulos Marcuzzo, patriarchal vicar in Jerusalem, called for tolerance after deeming the ransacking “not only an act of vandalism, but an action against the sacredness of the holy places and the faith of people.”

“The Holy Land is deep [in] faith and culture,” Marcuzzo said in a Friday statement. “We must live together with the diversity of beliefs. It is absolutely necessary to accept others, to accept each other in our diversity.”

In a strongly worded statement, the Council of Catholic Churches in Jerusalem demanded the suspects be arrested and brought to justice.

“The State of Israel, with all its institutions concerned, [must] punish [those] who were responsible for such acts because it could easily lead to serious and unpredictable consequence, which would be most unwelcome in the current tense religious climate,” the council cautioned.

Police said an investigation has been opened into the incident.

The monastery was last vandalized in January of last year, when monks of the Salesian Order discovered dozens of cruciform tombstones knocked over.

In 2013, the same monastery was attacked with a firebomb, which caused minor damage, and the words “Price tag” were spray-painted on an exterior wall of the building.

The cemetery was desecrated in a similar incident in 1981.

Following the 2016 vandalism, the Latin Patriarchate called on police to do more to apprehend the suspects, who still have not been arrested.

“We condemn this incident, and remind all that this is not the first of its kind committed in recent years, most of which remain registered as if committed by ‘unknown assailants,’” the organization said at the time.

5 thoughts on “Christian Site in Israel Vandalized for the Third Time in Four Years

  1. Congress will probably give Israel more free money after reading this, to assuage any hurts Israel might incur from such blatant anti-Semitism!!

  2. how does one live with a rabid dog…?

    “TALMUDIC JUDAISM” is worse than a rabid pit bull in your bedroom
    or your house, or your yard….Jesus @ John 8:44.

    No one on Earth HAS to be a “JEW”, the Children of Israel can never be
    the Gog & Magog “PROSELYTES” to Talmudic Judaism…in Palestine.

    https://justsayin.online/2017/09/un-official-israels-occupation-is-corrosive-of-human-rights-and-democratic-values/

    All people on earth of good will “IN GOOD FAITH” should stop using the
    LANGUAGE as surrender to the ZIONIST “talmudic” TERRORISTS…
    and start identifying the YIDDISH SPEAKING ASHKENAZIM “PROSELYTES”
    as potential ex-cult members of the stool sculpture deity cult compound

    http://careandwashingofthebrain.blogspot.com/2017/09/q-what-is-national-anthem-of-israel.html

    NO ONE ON EARTH HAS TO BE A “JEW”.

    The world PLANET EARTH does not NEED a “JEWISH” state for
    psychopathic Zionist TERRORISTS….who Must hate Jesus to be a “JEW”.

    in the Scriptures @ Zephaniah 3:9 –

    “For then will I turn to the people a pure language,
    that they may all call upon the name of the LORD,
    to serve him with one consent.”

    which means distinguishing between the Holy and the Unholy
    Clean & Unclean, True from False, Wheat from Tares,

    Matthew 13:39-43

    http://biblehub.com/kjv/matthew/13-42.htm

    & True… “Israelites” from the “PROSELYTES” to Talmudic Judaism
    from the land of Gog & Magog…who are “JEWISH” but not from the
    “Tribe of Judah”…..Revelation 3:9….!

  3. Recently I posted an opinion about Israel sending “help” to devastated areas, like by hurricanes. Israel often is first on the scene, but can never be trusted to be doing good, such as doing organ harvesting in Haiti. So now Israel is first to “help”after Mexico’s earthquake. Subversion of a Christian culture is no less criminal than allowing damage to a representation of Christianity in its own country. There is no compatibility between the redeemed Christian and the rejecting Christ Jew.
    http://www.watcherofweasels.org/mexico-city-israel-disaster-hits/
    Mexico City: Israel Is There when Disaster Hits
    September 24, 2017 JoshuaPundit
    Israel’s response? To send in the IDF’s crack search and rescue teams along with humanitarian aid, emergency response teams and medics from Israeli aid agencies:

    • Yeah, if they’re really interested in helping humanity why don’t they send these “search and rescue” teams into Gaza or Syria or some of the other areas they’ve helped destroy. Thanks Ruth.

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