Attack on monastery after settlers evicted
Vandals have set fire to the doors of a Christian monastery in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and daubed pro-settler graffiti on its walls in a possible retaliation for the eviction of Jewish families from an unauthorised outpost.
The name of the unauthorised Migron outpost, cleared of Israeli settlers following a court order on Sunday, was scrawled yesterday on the 19th century Latrun Monastery, alongside the words “Jesus is a monkey” in Hebrew, police said.
Israeli security officials had said they were worried Sunday’s eviction of 50 families from Migron, near Ramallah, might provoke more attacks by a vigilante settler group known as “Price Tag”, a reference to the retribution to be paid for any bid to curb settlement in the West Bank.
The group has targeted mosques and, less commonly, Christian churches, regarding any non-Jewish religious sites as an intrusion.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the attack. “This is a heinous act and those responsible for it must be punished severely. Freedom of religion and worship are basic fundamentals in Israel,” he said.
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