A Christian monastery in Jerusalem has been vandalized after extremist graffiti was daubed on its walls. Messages such as “Christians Go to Hell” were written, while Israel says it has ordered an immediate police investigation into the crimes committed.

The messages written in Hebrew on the walls and doors of the monastery included "erase the name and the memory of the bastard," and "death to the heretic Christians, enemies of Israel."

Father Nikodemus Schnabel spokesperson of the Dormition Abbey points towards anti-Christian graffiti in Hebrew, daubed on the Church of the Dormition, January 17, 2016. © Ahmad Gharabli

"Idols will be extirpated," a line lifted from the Jewish prayer service, and "Christians Go to Hell" were among the graffiti written with felt-tip pens, Reuters reports. It is believed that the vandalism was carried out by a number of people, due to the different handwriting, which was visible.

The Dormition Abbey outside of Jerusalem’s Old City walls on Mount Zion was affected by the vandals. Many Christians believe that Jesus held the Last Supper near the site, while it is also believed to be located near to the tomb of the biblical King David.

Abu-Nassar, who is a senior advisor to the Catholic Church, also condemned the graffiti, calling it reflection if Israeli Jewish racism, and pointed out that the incident was not the first Zionist attack against the Dormition Abbey.

Extremist Israeli Jewish settlers wrote on Sunday at dawn hate speech on doors, walls of Dormition Abbey Church in Old City of Jerusalem.

In 2014, an Israeli Jewish extremist lit a prayer book on fire in the Church, in what Israeli police at the time said was a suspected arson attack just hours after Pope Francis held mass at a nearby Christian holy spot during a visit to the area.

A year before, Israeli extremists spray-painted “Jesus is a monkey” in Hebrew outside the Church, and “Havat Maon,” the name of an illegal Israeli settler outpost that had been dismantled by the Israeli occupation just days before the attack.

In 2012, Israeli extremist Jewish settlers spray-painted “Jesus, son of a bitch” in Hebrew, signed by the phrase “price tag,” a term used by Israeli extremists to mark nationalist-motivated hate crimes.

Extremist Israeli Jewish settlers always carry out such attacks against the Muslim and Christian religious places across the occupied Palestine and the Palestinian territories.

Human rights groups have always said that the Israeli government encourages such hate crimes as it does not bring the perpetrators to court.


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