Monday, July 1, 2013

Israeli Nabbed for Defacing Christian Monastery; Painted "Jesus Is a Monkey" on West Bank Bldg.

An Israeli is under arrest for the vandalism of a Christian monastery in the occupied West Bank last year, carried out in solidarity with hardline Jewish settlers, the Newsmax World website reports today (July 1, 2013).

The words "Jesus is a monkey" were painted on the wall in Hebrew on the 19th century Latrum Monastery, and the monastery's doors were torched.

The September act was condemned by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said the perpetrators had threatened freedom of religion and must be punished.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said a 22-year-old man from Bnei Brak -- a predominantly Orthodox Jewish town near Tel Aviv -- was arrested yesterday and was due to be arraigned in court today.

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