Posted on February 20, 2012 at 11:23am by Billy Hallowell
Incidents of church vandalism have been finding their way into the headlines both in America and abroad over the past few months. In the latest attack to make international headlines, Israeli police reported that vandals sprayed anti-Christian graffiti on a Baptist church in Jerusalem.
Some startling words were plastered on the side of the Baptist House, including “Death to Christianity,“ Jesus was a son of a whore” and “We will crucify you.”
Aside from painting these hateful messages on the outside of the building, those responsible also targeted nearby vehicles. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Monday that the vandals also slashed the tires of three cars in the area.
Israel Today reports:
…the Baptist House has been a target since long before the start of the “price tag” movement. Situated near some of Jerusalem’s most Orthodox neighborhoods, the Baptist House has suffered numerous acts of petty vandalism, and the main sanctuary was set ablaze in 2007.
Looking at the broader picture, some have suggested that the general increase in hostility toward Christians and Messianic Jews in recent years is actually a good sign. As the message of the Gospel reaches more Israelis, increased resistance should be expected.
Rosenfeld says that words “price tag” were also scrawled on the church property. It’s a reference to a practice of Jewish extremists who lash out against the Israeli government for actions against settlers. This is at least the second time this month that a “price tag” attack has taken place. On Feb. 7, The Blaze reported on a separate incident:
Vandals attacked a monastery in Jerusalem and a prominent school with a mixed Jewish-Arab student body on Tuesday, and police said they suspected Jewish extremists were behind the violence.
“Death to Christians” and other Hebrew-language graffiti was scrawled on the Greek Orthodox monastery in Jerusalem (tradition says that the tree used to make Jesus’s cross once stood at this location), while “Death to Arabs” was sprayed across a wall outside the bilingual “Hand in Hand” school in another part of the city.
Such attacks usually target West Bank mosques but have recently spread to a mosque in Israel, an Israeli military base, dovish activists and Christian sites.
Rosenfeld says the police are searching for suspects.
In: Other Middle East
Tags: Israel, Jews, Settlers, Soldiers, Price, Tag, CHruch, Mosque, Jesus, Son, of, Whore
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