Israeli settlers attack Church of Gethsemane in Jerusalem

Ahram Online , Sunday 19 Mar 2023

Israeli settlers tried this morning to attack the Church of Gethsemane in occupied Jerusalem, according to the Palestinian Authority’s Governorate of Jerusalem.

The Church of Gethsemane, also known as the Church of All Nations, is located in occupied East Jerusalem


The Governorate said two Israeli settlers broke into the church and tried to sabotage the content inside the church, but were confronted and foiled by a Palestinian man who was present at the church.

The Palestinian Presidential Committee of Church Affairs condemned the failed attack. Chairman of the Committee, Ramzi Khoury, said in a press statement, “The extremist and fascist Israeli government is the sponsor of all the crimes committed by settlers against the Palestinian people and against Islamic and Christian sanctities.”

Khoury urged "the United Nations, the International Criminal Court and the churches of the world to take urgent and immediate action to stop all Israeli racist and extremist practices, to provide protection for the Palestinian people and Islamic and Christian sanctities, and to ensure the implementation of relevant international laws".

Earlier this year, Israeli settlers vandalised a Christian cemetery in occupied Jerusalem over the New Year holidays, smashing crosses and knocking down headstones on more than 30 graves.

In December 2021, patriarchs and heads of churches in Jerusalem warned that "Christians have become the target of frequent and sustained attacks by fringe radical groups", referring to Israeli far-right activists.

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