Israeli Christians protest cemetery desecrations
Israeli Christians marched in protest on October 7 in Jerusalem to denounce the frequent desecrations allegedly perpetrated by groups of extremist Jewish settlers against Christian places of worship. A group of more than a hundred Christians marched from the Holy Sepulchre and then to the Latin Catholic and the Anglican cemeteries that were desecrated in recent weeks with racist graffiti drawn on the walls, damaging the tombs.
Participants in the small procession followed a wooden cross and sang and recited prayers along the way, spreading a statement denouncing intimidation against monasteries, cemeteries, churches and mosques. "It was a spontaneous demonstration to denounce the repeated attacks against holy places carried out by an irresponsible minority, that threatens the peaceful coexistence among peoples" said Bishop William Shomali, Patriarchal Vicar of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, according to the Fides news service.
The number of so-called 'price-tag' act of intimidation against monasteries, churches and Christian cemeteries have increased since February 2012. Since then, militant extremist groups close to the settler movement have also led attacks against mosques and places frequented by Muslims. In many cases, Israeli authorities have undertaken investigations of the attacks and have identified some of the culprits.
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