JERUSALEM, Jan 17, (AP): Israeli police discovered Hebrew graffiti Sunday on the walls of a famous Jerusalem church, in what appears to be the latest vandalism attack by extremist Jews. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said anti-Christian slogans were found on the outer walls of the Dormition Abbey, a Benedictine monastery located just outside Jerusalem’s Old City and where Christian tradition says the Virgin Mary died.
The graffiti included threats of violence, messages degrading Jesus and a call for Christians to “go to hell.” Nikodemus Schnabel, the Dormition Abbey spokesman, said the graffiti bore “very radical messages.” Police are investigating but suspicion immediately fell on Jewish extremists who have for years vandalized Palestinian property, as well as mosques, churches, the offices of dovish Israeli groups and even Israeli military bases. The socalled “price tag” attacks seek to exact a cost for Israeli steps seen as favoring the Palestinians. That attacks have prompted widespread condemnation and pledges by Israel’s government to get tougher on Jewish vigilantes. Israel’s Minister of Public Security, Gilad Erdan, said he has instructed police to give the vandalism case top priority.