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Racist graffiti daubed on Orthodox Church in Haifa

Image of a racist graffiti symbol on a Russian Orthodox Church on Mount Carmel in Haifa on 19 April 2017 [Arab48]
Image of a racist graffiti symbol on a Russian Orthodox Church on Mount Carmel in Haifa on 19 April 2017 [Arab48]

Racist graffiti has been daubed on the walls of a Russian Orthodox Church on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Arabs48.com reported on Tuesday. According to a representative of the Church of Saint Elias, Father Miroslav, similar vandalism took place in 2002.

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The culprits then, he said, were identified as devil worshippers, and he suspects that the same people are responsible for the latest attack on the church. The church, he pointed out, maintains good relations with its neighbours and even removed a concrete wall around the church at their request.

This is not the first such incident in Israel. A number of churches and other religious buildings have been attacked; graffiti and arson by extremist settler groups are not uncommon. In 2015, for example, the Church of Bread and Salt on the shores of Lake Tiberias was set on fire, causing serious damage. Abusive Hebrew graffiti was found on the walls of the church, which was also attacked in 2014.

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A group of Israeli Jewish settlers operating under the #Price Tag label have carried out hundreds of similar attacks against Palestinian facilities, farms, cars, churches, mosques and homes.

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