A Molotov cocktail was thrown and graffiti sprayed at the Beit Jimal monastery
outside Beit Shemesh on Tuesday night.
No injuries or damage were
Police said that the graffiti included the words ‘Revenge’ and
“Goyim perish,” sprayed in Hebrew on the monastery walls.
investigating the circumstances of the incident, including the possibility that
the attack was nationalistically motivated.
MK Rabbi Dov Lipman (Yesh
Atid) visited the monastery after hearing about the desecration of the
He presented flowers to a representative of the nuns,
expressing apologies and outrage for what had occurred.
“This act runs
counter to the Jewish way. As a resident of Beit Shemesh, we appreciate your
neighborly friendship. It is critical that we live in peace and respect with
those who hold different beliefs. I hope the police will catch the perpetrators
very soon and that justice will be served,” Lipman said.
receiving Lipman responded by saying, “Your coming today reinforced our belief
that these people who did this do not represent the Jewish people. Having a
member of the government who is also a rabbi and a neighbor come truly warms the
In May, staff at Dormition Abbey on Mount Zion in Jerusalem
reported that offensive Hebrew-language graffiti was sprayed and church property
was destroyed, in an attack suspected to have been committed by supporters of
“The Christians are apes” and “the Christians are
slaves” was spray-painted on two cars parked outside the abbey.
December 2012, vandals spray-painted “Jesus is a monkey” on the wall of the
19th-century Latrun Monastery west of Jerusalem and torched the structure’s