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Price-tag Vandals Hit J'lem church, Palestinian Town
The Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/12/12 | Melanie Lidman

Posted on 12/14/2012 7:42:49 AM PST by marshmallow

Extremists puncture tires in 2 separate incidents, spray-paint "The Maccabis will succeed" on wall near J'lem monastery.

“Price-tag” vandals targeted sites in Jerusalem and near Ramallah overnight Tuesday, spraying extremist graffiti and puncturing car tires.

The words “tag mahir” – “price tag” – have become affiliated with the extreme fringe of the settlement and right-wing movements.

For the second time in less than a year, vandals targeted the Monastery of the Cross in Jerusalem’s Sacher Park.

This time, the vandals wrote: “Happy Hanukka, the Maccabees will succeed” on a stone wall surrounding the structure. They also spraypainted graffiti on a car with the words “Jesus is a bastard,” “price-tag,” and “Happy Hanukka.” Related:

They vandals slashed the tires of three cars.

In the second incident, which took place in Shukba, 18 km. northwest of Ramallah, unidentified persons set a car on fire and spray-painted the words “price-tag” nearby, Judea and Samaria Police reported on Wednesday morning.

Police opened an investigation, but have yet to make any arrests.

Father Claudio, the superior of the monastery, said he discovered the graffiti on Wednesday morning after morning prayers. “I forgave them the first time, I will forgive them the second time. I will forgive them the seventh, and 75th times, the 77th time I forgive,” he said.

“This person needs to write outside. Okay. But he needs to come inside the Monastery. Sit with me, drink one coffee, and I will explain to him why I believe in Jesus and why that is my freedom [to believe],” Father Claudio said. “He needs to come face to face. And I will tell him, ‘Welcome.’ Or with me, or with another priest. Let’s sit, and speak. This is the heart of the religions... I say to these people, ‘Hanukka Sameach’ [‘Happy Hanukka’].”

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TOPICS: Catholic; Judaism; Orthodox Christian
KEYWORDS: israel; monastery

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