The Israeli Tourist Ministry recently invited the rescued Chilean miners to visit the ‘Holy Land’….. if they accept the invite they might still be able to smell the smoke from today’s hate fire…..

Israeli settlers burn church in Jerusalem

by Saed Bannoura
A hundred year old church was burned Friday by right-wing Israeli settlers, who broke a number of windows of the church and hurled Molotov cocktails inside.

Church in Jerusalem (photo from Ivarfjeld)

Church in Jerusalem (photo from Ivarfjeld)

The damage to the church was substantial, with burn damage throughout the first floor of the building.

The church was built in Jerusalem in 1897, and housed the Palestinian Bible College until 1947, when parishioners were pushed out by Jewish armed gangs during the violence accompanying the creation of the state of Israel.

Christians make up 2% of the population of both Israel and the Palestinian Territories – the number used to be around 15%, but many Christians from the Holy Land have emigrated due to the harsh conditions of the Israeli occupation, and discrimination against them by the Israeli state.

This is not the first time that Israeli right-wingers have destroyed churches and church property – a number of Chrisitan churches were destroyed during the second initfada (uprising) that began in 2000, and many more were destroyed by Israeli forces during the 1948 and 67 wars.

In 2006, an Israeli couple tried to firebomb an ancient church in Nazareth, the city where Chrisitans believe that Jesus Christ lived 2000 years ago. An Israeli court which tried the case failed to convict the couple of any charges.

A leader in the church attacked on Friday, Zachariah al-Mashriqi, told reporters that the attack on the church was a clear attempt to provoke Palestinians to respond in anger. He urged Palestinian Christians to respond to the attack with virtue and patience.

Al-Mashriqi urged the Israeli government to act responsibly and condemn the attack, and work on investigating the attack to find out who was involved and actually file charges in the case. He asked the Israeli government to protect holy sites in the city of Jerusalem, as these sites come under increasing attack by Israeli settlers.  




A later report from Ma’an News Agency can be read HERE


  1. October 30, 2010 at 18:08

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  2. Arrrrrgggghus said,

    October 30, 2010 at 19:59

    I seem to remember an injunction to “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Do the Israelis really want to be burnt out? Somehow, that seems self-hating to me!!!

  3. David said,

    October 30, 2010 at 22:06

    Not a single mention in the media in Argentina

  4. Geltmeister said,

    October 31, 2010 at 00:33

    “This is not the first time that Israeli right-wingers have destroyed churches and church property”

    Israeli right-wingers? more like Jewish religious extremists.

    These people are not political as the term ‘right-wingers’ would suggest. They are driven by a basic hatred which is indoctrinated into their beseiged minds in the Yeshivas and by borderline psychotic Rabbis who engage in the most despicable hate speech against the rest of humanity. They are nothing but squatters.

  5. James said,

    October 31, 2010 at 01:00

    And you will not hear one mention of it on the Zionist run MSM in North America.

  6. Tariq said,

    October 31, 2010 at 01:56

    The dog bit the hands that feed it! Let’s see if the hands feel the pain.

  7. Big Joe said,

    October 31, 2010 at 02:34

    Sounds like a another case of kristalnacht. A bunch of nazi wannabes. ….and the world sits idly by.

  8. Ray O Hope said,

    October 31, 2010 at 15:40

    ” they are the chosen (master) race, and they can do anything they want to anyone (goyim) “. just go ask Israeli rabbi’s !!!!!!!!!!

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