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Israeli settlers storm Mary’s Chapel Church

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This is the sixth attack by Israeli settlers on a Christian place of worship in Jerusalem so far this year.

  • The Church of Mary in Jerusalem.

The Palestinian government condemned on Sunday a attack by Israeli settlers against the Church of the Sepulcher of the Virgin Mary, located in an occupied area in East Jerusalem.

The ongoing attacks are part of the “Tel Aviv” strategy to Judaize the area, enforce Israeli sovereignty and isolate it from the rest of the West Bank, announced the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates.

For his part, the head of the Presidential High Committee for Ecclesiastical Affairs, Ramzi Khoury, accused the extremist government of “Israel” sponsoring the crimes committed against the Palestinian people.

According to the official, Settler raids often occur on Al-Aqsa Mosque and churches to coincide with the upcoming Ramadan and violate the right to freedom of worship.

According to authorities in Ramallah, two extremists entered the temple with the aim of causing damage, but were repelled by a local.

At the beginning of this year, a group of them broke crosses and tombstones from more than 30 graves in a Christian cemetery in Jerusalem.

According to The Jerusalem Post, attacks against Christians in the so-called Holy City have increased in recent months.

Ultra-Orthodox-looking youths come in groups to identify the priests to harass and humiliate them, but so far the police have not given the slightest response, the publication noted.

In this regard, someone in charge of the Lutheran Church pitied Israel’s silence about this new attack on Christian religious sites and asked: What happens if the attack takes place in a Jewish cemetery? What will be Israel’s response? And if the attacker was Arab?

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