Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman condemned the vandalism of the St. George
Romanian Orthodox Church on Monday in Jerusalem, during a meeting with his
Romanian counterpart Tuesday.
Liberman, who expressed the Israeli
government’s “sorrow” over the attack, told Romanian Foreign Minister Titus
Corlatean that extremist elements responsible for these types of attacks have
also vandalized sites sensitive to Jews. He was referring to the June attack on
Yad Vashem when the walls of the Holocaust memorial’s plaza were defaced with
The police and other law enforcement officials are
doing their best to catch the criminals, he said.
Vandals damaged the
door of the church located near Jerusalem’s haredi Mea She’arim neighborhood on
Monday, throwing stones, trash and bottles at the door.
police spokeswoman said the police did not believe this attack was linked to the
vandalism last week at the Franciscan convent, adjacent to the Dormition Abbey
cathedral on Mount Zion. In that attack the words “price tag” were spray painted
along with the words “Jesus is a bastard.”
There was no spray-painted
graffiti on the door of the Romanian Orthodox Church or any other indication
this was a “price-tag” attack.
Price-tag attacks refer to revenge and
vigilante attacks allegedly carried out by extremist Jews against Arab or
This was the third act of vandalism against a
Christian site in the last five weeks. In September, vandals burned the door of
the Trappist monastery in Latrun and spray painted anti-Christian
A statement issued by Liberman’s office said the two foreign
ministers also discussed Israeli-Romanian bilateral ties as well as EU-related
issues, during their meeting.
Romania is considered one of Israel’s
closer friends inside the EU. The 27-member body is expected to discuss stepping
up sanctions on Iran at a meeting of its foreign ministers on Monday, and is
also expected to discuss in the near future its position on the expected
Palestinian effort in November to gain non-member state observer status in the
UN General Assembly.