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Israeli settler arrested for Jerusalem church arson

December 4, 2020 at 6:37 pm

An Israeli man has been arrested after allegedly trying to set fire to a church -whose foundations date back to 4th century -known as the Basilica of the Agony next to the garden of Gethsemane in occupied East Jerusalem -President Abbas has called it act of terrorism [@sebusher/Twitter]

An Israeli settler was arrested on Friday for an arson incident at a church in occupied Jerusalem, Anadolu Agency reports.

“A 49-year-old suspect from Jerusalem arrived in the Church of Agony (Church of All Nations), poured flammable liquid, and set a fire, causing slight damage to one of the benches,” Israeli police said in a statement.

The suspect was caught by security guards at the church and later taken into custody by police, the statement added.

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Eyewitnesses told Anadolu Agency that the guards quickly doused the fire and caught the settler before the police came to take him away.

Over past years, Jewish settlers have carried out several such “price tag” attacks at Islamic and Christian sites in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

“Price tag” attacks or vandalism is a strategy used by extremist Jewish settlers to target Palestinians and their properties in retaliation for perceived threats to Israeli settlement activities.