Christian leaders: Arrest ‘price-tag’ vandals
Police have yet to arrest anyone in connection to wave of vandalism against Christian sites this year.
Reads: "Price tag" and "Jesus is a bastard" Photo: Marc Israel Sellem
After a wave of anti-Christian “price-tag” attacks this year, Christian leaders
from one Jerusalem church hosted 50 people at a solidarity event on Tuesday to
urge law enforcement to find and arrest the vandals perpetrating these
“We made it clear that we hold no grudge or personal animosity
or are seeking revenge,” said Rev. Charles Kopp, the senior pastor of the Narkis
“But we feel for the sake of civic order that the
arm of the law needs to take care of the situation.”
The Narkis Street
Congregation invited representatives from the Foreign Ministry, Interior
Ministry, and Public Security Ministry. City council members, including Deputy
Mayor Pepe Alalu, and rabbis from neighboring synagogues attended as
Vandals attacked the Narkis Street Congregation on February 20 of
this year, writing “Death to Christianity,” “Jesus was a bastard” and “price
tag” on the wall as well as slashing the tires of three cars.
beginning of the year, price-tag activists have also vandalized the Franciscan
convent at the Dormition Abbey on Mount Zion, the Latrun Monastery, and the
Valley of the Cross. No one has been arrested in connection with any of the
price-tag attacks this year against Christian sites.
Since the Narkis
Street Congregation chapel was burnt to the ground in 1982, the Baptist church
has suffered from nearly annual vandalism, ranging from small fires to
anti-Christian graffiti to slashing the tires of cars parked outside the
historic church. Police have not arrested any suspects in connection with the
Kopp said police have not been in touch with the
congregation to update them on any breakthroughs in their
“Israeli security is legendary and for a good reason,”
said Kopp. “I’m sure if they put the right unit on this case, they’d find them
in short order. If they have traffic police on it or some minor-league unit,
they’re not going to succeed.”
Kopp urged the law enforcement to treat
the vandalism as a serious national security threat, adding that it is a
“slippery slope” from vandalism to more serious crime.
spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said on Tuesday the special investigative unit in
charge of looking into the attacks against Christian sites this year has not
made any breakthroughs and there are no leads.