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Christian Archbishop Attacked In Jerusalem

by | Fri, Mar 24 2023

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A Greek Orthodox Archbishop has been assaulted by suspected Jewish extremists in the latest attack on Christians in Jerusalem.

The Church denounced the incident at the Tomb of the Virgin Mary.

It claims the assailant attempted to harm the Archbishop and another priest during a church service.

A witness told news agency AFP that two men entered the church wearing a traditional Jewish yarmulke and tassels.

One of them who was carrying an iron bar was later arrested.

The Greek Orthodox Church noted that what it labelled “terrorist attacks by radical Israeli groups” had become an almost daily occurrence.

They targeted priests, churches, cemeteries and Christian properties with incidents intensifying during Christian holidays.

Israeli police have vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Last month, police arrested an American Jewish tourist for vandalising a statue of Jesus at the Franciscan Church of Flagellation in the Old City.

In a period of just over a month, a Christian cemetery in Jerusalem was vandalised, anti-Christian graffiti was scrawled on the walls of an Armenian monastery, and a Christian-owned restaurant was attacked by a group of radical settler youth.