Archive for the ‘church’ tag
Jews tried to set a church on fire in the Galilee village of Biram. On the floor next to the entrance to the church a star of david was spray painted along with the word “revenge.”
(Hebrew – HaKol HaYehudi)
Vandals spray-painted graffiti on gravestones in a cemetery and poured a flammable liquid on a church in the northern village of Baram earlier this week. (Haaretz)
(Hebrew – Haaretz)
Orthodox factions are pressuring the Jerusalem municipality to cancel the city opera festival planned for next month, stating the fact that some of the shows are scheduled to take place in churches as cause. In response, Mayor Nir Barkat has agreed to consider the removal of city logo from some of the publications.
Jews residing near mosques and churches in Jaffa complain about the noise caused by the bell and the calls of the Muezzin, and summon policemen who interrupt the services. The Muslim and Christian communities in Jaffa have organized in order to fight the complaints. According to the chairman of the Orthodox Society in Jaffa, Adv. Gabbi Qaddis, “when the cops last came here, I told them: ‘What is wrong with you? Do you think I will complain to the police about the singing of a synagogue cantor? This isn’t Ramat Aviv or Ramat Hasharon. Our church stands since 1870, a long, long time before the [Andromeda Hill housing] project. This is a real threat to religious activity, and an attempt to stifle religious freedom, which is grounded in the Basic Laws”. (Hebrew)
The French-Catholic church Maison D’Abraham, in eastern Jerusalem, claims (Hebrew) the police don’t bother to investigate its complaints. According to Fr. Michael O’Sullivan, who runs the church, “just last month we had two incidents with a large truck, a Volvo, which deliberately slammed into our entry gate and escaped. After the second incident, we lodged a complaint with the police, but nothing happened. They didn’t sent a cop to examine our claims”. He further said that “we suffer from break-ins, theft and harassment, but the police does nothing, or only pretends to act. About two years ago we captured a thief red-handed during a robbery, we turned him over to the police, but it discharged him after one day. After two months, he was back stealing”.
The police suspects (Hebrew) that ultra-orthodox (Haredi) persons set fire to a church on Hanevi’im Street in Jerusalem. The church burned down early in the morning, and twelve tourists trapped in the burning building were removed and given medical treatment. The church has complained in the past of threats against it made by ultra-orthodox people.