Anti-Christian graffiti sprayed on Jerusalem church

By AFP | Al Arabiya

Anti-Christian graffiti has been sprayed on a wall of a Jerusalem abbey built where tradition says the mother of Jesus died, police said Sunday, in an incident similar to previous acts blamed on Jewish extremists.

The graffiti written in Hebrew on an outside wall of the Dormition Abbey included phrases such as “kill the pagans” and “death to the Christian unbelievers, enemies of Israel,” a spokesman for the Catholic Church in the Holy Land said.

Police said the graffiti had been discovered during a patrol and an investigation had been opened.

The Benedictine abbey is located on Mount Zion across from east Jerusalem’s Old City and next to the site where Christians believe Jesus’s Last Supper occurred.

It was previously hit in 2014, when furniture and wooden crosses were burned. “This time it amounts to a real call to murder Christians,” said church spokesman Wadi Abu Nassar.