Monastery defaced near Beit Shemesh
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Police say vandals defaced a monastery in the Beit Shemesh area near Jerusalem, the latest in a series of similar incidents blamed on extremists.
An investigation by the unit for nationalistic crimes is underway, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said on Aug. 21. She said minor damage to the exterior of the Beit Jamal Monastery, likely caused by a firebomb, included the phrase “price tag” scrawled on a wall along with “revenge.”
A nun at the monastery said the women “awoke in the morning to find a plastic bottle that had exploded. The monastery has good relations with the Jewish people, and we know whoever did this is part of a radical minority.”
Gadi Gvaryahu of Tag Meir, or “Bright Tag,” an anti-extremism organization that works to condemn “price tag” events, said: “The desecration of a monastery is the direct continuation of the desecration of more than 20 Christian and Muslim houses of worship targeted during the last three years. The ‘price tag’ perpetrators attempt to instigate hatred between the different religions in Israel and lead to bloodshed.” — ynetnews.com
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