The Council of Catholic Churches in the Holy Land has criticised the escalation of “price tag” attacks against Palestinian Christian and Muslim properties, as well as the Israeli police’s failure to arrest any of the perpetrators.
The Council’s remarks come after Jewish extremists vandalised a church property in Jerusalem for the second time this week, spray-painting hate slogans on the church’s wall.
According to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed news website, Latin Patriarch Fouad Al-Taweel issued a brief statement saying that: “These acts of extremism and terrorism are worrisome to all of us and the Israeli government has to act promptly to stop them because they harm Israel’s image abroad and the democratic values which Israel tries to claim.”
The Latin Patriarch also noted that although several Israeli politicians have condemned the “price tag’ acts as terrorism, the perpetrators are never caught.
He said these acts of vandalism poison the atmosphere of coexistence ahead of Pope Francis’s visit to Jerusalem, scheduled for later this month.