The Catholic Church issued a statement condemning the most recent vandalism. The Church statement also called on Israel Police to find the attackers and bring them to justice. But the Church noted that police had failed to do so after similar incidents.
Above: Toppled crosses at the Beit Jamal Franciscan Monastery
Catholic Cemetery In Israel Vandalized In Possible Hate Crime
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
A Catholic cemetery belonging to the Beit Jamal Franciscan Monastery near Beit Shemesh, Israel has been vandalized, Ha’aretz reported.
Several crosses on gravestones were broken last month.
The Catholic Church issued a statement condemning the most recent vandalism. The Church statement also called on Israel Police to find the attackers and bring them to justice. But the Church noted that police had failed to do so after similar incidents. Those incidents include:
• September 2015 – the cemetery was also vandalized.
• 2014 – the walls of the monastery itself were spray-painted with anti-Christian slogans.
• 2013 – attackers threw a firebomb at the monastery.
Christian institutions in the West Bank and in Israel proper have suffered a wave of hate crime attacks over the past several years, and Christian clergy are reportedly frequently spit on and cursed as they walk the streets of Jerusalem’s Old City – especially in the Jewish Quarter and in the streets that immediately border it.
Police have made few arrests. Those suspects arrested are rarely prosecuted. And those who are prosecuted usually get off with a no-prison sentence of community service.
The group of Orthodox young people, loosely known as the Hilltop Youth, believed to be behind many of these attacks also sprouted the Jewish terror cell that allegedly committed the Douma (Duma) arson-murders of a West Bank Palestinian baby and his sleeping parents in July.
Israel refused to vigorously investigate these hate crimes until the US Department of State sharply criticized it for its laxness in early 2014. Even then, few arrests were made and even few prosecutions took place.
However, the shock and revulsion over the the Douma arson murders this year, which was preceded by the the shock and revulsion over the kidnapping and gruesome murder of 16-year-old Palestinian Mohammed Abu Khdeir in July 2014 by three Sefardi haredi extremists, finally spurred Israel’s police and security services take stronger action to stop the Jewish hate crimes.
But critics from both the left and the far right have sharply criticized Israel’s government and its internal security service the Shin Bet for its alleged torture and mistreatment of Jewish extremists detained without trial. To many observers, Israel’s behavior makes it look as if it is desperately playing catch up, trying to break Jewish terror and hate crime cells it essentially gave carte blanche to for the better part of a decade.