Orthodox cemetery vandalized in Holy Land

Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel, January 5, 2022

Photo: rusdm.ru Photo: rusdm.ru     

In a sad act that is all too common in the Holy Land, an Orthodox cemetery in Israel was attacked last week.

Several graves were vandalized in the cemetery at the Church of St. Tabitha at the dependency of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Tel Aviv-Yafo, the Mission reports.

Photo: rusdm.ru Photo: rusdm.ru The incident happened in the daytime, when an unknown young man wearing a hood and a mask entered the church territory from the Israeli school located next door and knocked over and smashed the marble crosses on several tombstones.

The act was caught on surveillance camera, and the Mission has reported the incident to the police.

“It should be noted that attacks on Christian holy sites have been committed more and more often lately and, as statistics show, in all cases, radical representatives of Jewish religious communities are behind them,” the Mission reports.

The Ecclesiastical Mission’s properties were vandalized several times throughout 2021, including the desecration of icons and crosses, satanic inscriptions, and even physical violence against nuns.

His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem and the leaders of other churches in the Holy Land have raised their voices several times lately against these increasing attacks.

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