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Israeli press denounces Jew attacks against Christians in Jerusalem

Tel Aviv, Feb 18 (Prensa Latina) The attacks by ultra-Orthodox and Jewish settlers against Christians living in or visiting Jerusalem have intensified in recent months, although the police have avoided intervening, a local newspaper denounced.

Harassment, which includes spitting, cursing and shoving priests in the alleyways of the Old City, has become a routine, The Jerusalem Post stressed.

Ultra-Orthodox-looking young people come in groups to identify the priests in order to harass and humiliate them, but so far the police have not reacted in the slightest way, the Post criticized.

The newspaper assured that the residents of the Armenian Quarter affirm that they do not receive an adequate response or follow up on the complaints they have presented to the authorities.

Earlier this month, Jewish attackers desecrated a Christian cemetery on Mount Zion, where worshipers believe Jesus’ Last Supper took place.

The campaign is aimed against all Christians, lamented Amnon Ramon, a senior fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Political Studies.

Jewish youth “are subject to the growing influence of the Jaredite (ultra-Orthodox) rabbis, who are becoming increasingly extremist and pointing fingers at Christians. (…) For them, the greatest threat to the Jews in Israel are the Christians, whom they see as mere idol worshipers and who must be expelled,” said a rabbi who avoided being identified.


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