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Jewish Hate Groups Carry Out ‘Price Tag’ Attacks on Christians in Israel

21st Century Wire says…

Although reported by the Israeli press, this disturbing trend was initially ignored by the US and European media, but following the announcement of a Papal visit to the Holy Land, some US press outlets have begun to mention this incredibly embarrassing development.

ANTI-CHRISTIAN GRAFFITI: Jewish extremists say Christians are not welcome in Israel and occupied Palestine.

Much to the dismay of Israelis and the powerful Jewish Lobby in Washington DC, the US State Department have even issuing travel warnings now regarding extremist ‘Jewish hate groups’ in Israel. AFP reports how Israelis are angry that such warnings have been posted on a US gov’t website:

“Israeli police on Thursday challenged Washington’s inclusion of Jewish extremist attacks on Palestinians in a global terror report, saying such incidents could not be likened to militant attacks.

For the first time, the State Department’s 2013 Country Reports on Terrorism, published Wednesday, included a reference to a growing wave of racist anti-Palestinian vandalism, euphemistically known as “price tag” attacks.

“Attacks by extremist Israeli settlers against Palestinians. The US report noted that “the U.N. Office of the Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs reported 399 attacks by extremist Israeli settlers that resulted in Palestinian injuries or property damage (…)…

“Violent extremists, including Israeli settlers, vandalized five mosques and three churches in Jerusalem and the West Bank.”

Defining price tag attacks as “property crimes and violent acts by extremist Jewish individuals and groups in retaliation for activity they deemed to be anti-settlement,” the report said that over the year, the phenomenon had spread into Israel from the occupied West Bank. Attacks on Palestinian residents, property, and places of worship in the West Bank continued and were largely unprosecuted,” the report said, citing UN and NGO data.

A JEWISH JIHAD? Masked Jewish extremists using intimidation tactics and violence against Christians and Muslims.

Because of the upcoming scheduled visit by Pope Francis to Israel, the issue has finally popped up in the US media yesterday. The Washington Post reports:

“Catholic leaders in Jerusalem are increasingly concerned that an apparent uptick in nationalistic hate crimes by Jewish extremists against Christians and Muslims could mar the upcoming visit of Pope Francis.

On Friday, for the second time this week, anti-Christian graffiti was discovered on a church in Jerusalem. It follows a similar incident Monday at the Notre Dame Center, a complex in Jerusalem owned by the Vatican. The defacements come after more than 20 major hate crimes in the past few months have targeted Christian and Muslim communities here.”

More from the Israeli press here…

Times of Israel

The Rumanian Orthodox Church on Hahoma Hashlishit street in Jerusalem was defaced overnight Thursday-Friday, in yet another suspected “price tag” hate crime attack, police said Friday, in the latest incident in a wave of both anti-Christian and anti-Arab graffiti and vandalism that has swept the country in recent weeks.

The words “price tag,” “Jesus is garbage” and “King David for the Jews,” were found spray-painted on the site’s walls.

Church members returned from a trip to Ben Gurion Airport around 1 a.m. to find the graffiti written on the side of the St. George’s church facing Hahoma Hashlishit street, a Rumanian nun who preferred anonymity said.

She added that relations with their neighbors in the predominantly ultra-Orthodox neighborhood were usually good. Alongside the Rumanian church are also a small community of Polish Catholic and Armenian Christians. “It is an act of extremists,” the nun said.

The offensive graffiti was covered up shortly after the discovery.

Two years ago, in October 2012, the Rumanian Orthodox building was attacked in a similar fashion, prompting condemnation from Foreign Minister Avidgor Liberman.

On another street in Jerusalem, “Death to Arabs” graffiti was found written in a marker on an electrical box, Israel Radio reported Friday

An investigation was opened into the incidents, according to police, and units were searching for suspects.

“Price tag” refers to vandalism and other hate crimes usually carried out by Jewish ultra-nationalists in retaliation for government policies against the settler movement. Mosques, churches, dovish Israeli groups and even Israeli military bases have been targeted by nationalist vandals in recent years. The acts have been condemned by Israeli leaders across the political spectrum.

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