Iconic Israeli Catholic Church Burned In Likely Hate Crime Arson
Iconic Israeli Catholic Church Burned In Likely Hate Crime Arson Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com he Church of the Multiplication Loaves and Fishes located at Tabgha on the Sea of Galilee was heavily damaged early Thursday morning in what clearly appears to be another “price tag” hate crime arson, Israeli and international media reported. The iconic Catholic church marks the area at which Jesus is said to have performed the miracle of the loaves and fishes, in which he is believed by Christians to have fed 5,000 people with five barley loaves and two small fish. This miracle is the only miracle in the Christian bible said to be performed by Jesus that appears in all four of its gospels. 16 suspects – all yeshiva students, mostly minors, and all of whom are from West Bank Jewish settlements – were briefly detained for questioning by police in connection with the arson and then released without conditions, Israel Police reportedly announced Thursday. 10 of those arrested are from the radical settlement of Yitzhar, which is closely linked to both the outlawed Kach Movement of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane and to Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburg, a Chabad hasid, and his Od Yosef Chai yeshiva. The 16 teens were apparently vacationing in the area as a group. The fire started
simultaneously in several places inside the church – clear evidence of arson. A monk and a church volunteer were hospitalized for smoke inhalation, and while much of the church’s interior was badly damaged, the prayer area itself was largely unaffected because firefighters were able to stop the fire’s spread before it reached it. Graffiti painted on and inside the building in Hebrew included a passage from a Jewish prayer denouncing idol worship. The church also serves as a monastery, and the main door to the monks’ living quarters was one of the areas of the church that was set on fire. Crosses on signs directing people to the church have been repeatedly defaced over a long period of time. Police, however, did not catch the people defacing them. Last year, a group of “mostly Jewish youth” (i.e., most of the teens in the mob were likely identifiable as Jews by their attire, peyot, etc.) attacked the church’s outdoor prayer area
along the Sea of Galilee. They allegedly stoned worshipers, destroyed a cross, and threw benches into the sea. Again, no known arrests were made in that incident. According to Rabbis for Human Rights (a group with almost no Orthodox or haredi members), there have been 43 known hate crimes against churches, mosques and monasteries in Israel, the West Bank and East Jerusalem since 2009. However, the overall number of anti-Arab and anti-Christian hate crimes – arsons of private homes, cars and destruction of olive groves, for example – is much larger. While dozens of arrests have been made in these cases, almost no one has actually been indicted or prosecuted, let alone convicted. That’s in large part because unlike police in Western democracies, Israel Police does not generally use undercover surveillance, hidden cameras and other similar techniques to catch criminals who target churches and mosques, and most of the arrests made these cases were made only after the US State Department complained that Israel wasn’t adequately protecting non-Jewish religious institutions and populations (our media has been silent however MG). Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely reportedly condemned today’s attack as did Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan. “This is a cowardly and despicable act, which I fiercely condemn. We will not allow for someone to break the coexistence of the different religions and cultures in Israel. Any act against religious tolerance is hurting the most important value in the State of Israel, and we have zero patience for acts of this type,” Erdan said.
~Its amazing how we have a church shooting and a Jewish arsonist attack at the very same times isnt it? What is even more interesting is how folks like David Duke are so quick to agree that this was a white man (without yet even investigating it) who shot up a Black church in Charleston and totally disregard this Jewish attack of 16 Jews. Facsinating!