While tensions in Jerusalem continue to remain on a low simmer (rather than a rolling boil), this week saw another attack on a Jerusalem church, this time the Dormition Abbey, located just outside the Old City’s Zion Gate. On January 17th, Hebrew-language anti-Christian hate graffiti was scrawled across walls inside the abbey. On 1/20, two Israeli teens were arrested for the crime.
The attack was widely condemned, including by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and America’s Anti-Defamation League. Hadash/Joint List MK Ayman Odeh condemned the attack, and slammed the Netanyahu government for “leading the hatred and approving, with a wink, the continuation of the hate crimes against the Arab minority in the State.”