Catholics Warn Israel on Anti-Christian Attacks

Church Leaders Blame Widespread Culture of Antipathy

Culture of Contempt: Catholic leaders say Israel tolerates a powerful culture of anti-Christian attitudes.
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Culture of Contempt: Catholic leaders say Israel tolerates a powerful culture of anti-Christian attitudes.

By Haaretz

Published September 07, 2012.

The “price tag” vandalism this week of the monastery at Latrun, in which the culprits sprayed the building’s facade with the words “Jesus is a monkey” and set the front door alight, prompted a fierce statement of condemnation signed by Catholic church leaders here.

In a rare interview, Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa cautioned Israelis over how Christians are treated here. “When you say ‘Christianity’ to the Israelis,” he said, “they immediately think of the Holocaust and the [Spanish] Inquisition. People don’t know that we are here and that we have roots [here],” adding that this attitude is reflected throughout Israeli society.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the attack.

In a reference to the long-standing, continual incidents of Orthodox Jewish extremists in Jerusalem spitting at Christian clergy, Pizzaballa said: “When I came to the country, I was told that I should know that if I walk around with a frock in the city [of Jerusalem], people would spit on me, and I shouldn’t be offended, it’s normal.”

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